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Congratulations, you said “Yes” and are about to stroll down the path to happily ever after. The list of things to do seems to be growing faster than the speed of light, but pause, take a deep breath, and look in the mirror. This is your moment to shine. Now, exhale and read on to discover five important steps to making sure you are simply stunning on your wedding day.


Design a skin care plan

There are fabulous primers, concealers, and foundations on the market today, but the best canvas for make up is flawless skin. Create a plan six months to a year in advance of the big day and get your skin in optimum condition. Visit your esthetician for professional treatment and ask her/him to help make your face camera ready.  Regular skin care is a delicious way to pamper yourself and create a gorgeous glowing complexion.

Book a make up artist

If you know that you are going to use the services of a make up artist, be sure to book him/her once you set the wedding day date. Brides who wait until the last minute may be disappointed, as popular make up artists are booked far in advance; it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

Create a vision board of looks you like

The web is a virtual treasure chest full of great ideas for hair and make up. Whether your look is red-carpet glam or laid back and natural, you can find endless ideas to borrow. Create a vision board of looks you love to share with your make up artist and bridesmaids.

Make a make up checklist

Even if you have your make up done professionally, you should bring a bag of basics for touch ups on the big day. The short list includes: lip gloss, cream blush, concealer, eyeliner and, waterproof mascara.

Get a good night’s sleep

Getting a solid night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do before your wedding. Nature has a wonderful way of magically replenishing your body to look and feel its best. Take a long hot bath, drench your skin in your favorite luxurious body lotion, put on your most comfortable cotton pajamas, and enjoy forty or fifty winks.

Amy Brackman is a make up artist, beauty expert, and founder/owner of LuxeBeautiQue beauty and cosmetics bar and full-service spa in Swamspcott.