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Unless you're a model (and even if you are), you'll probably be photographed more on your wedding day than on any other. That's why finding the right hair and makeup pros is kind of a big deal.

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Bridal Beauty: Bridal Beauty Insider Tips

You know you want to look your best for your wedding day. What you might not know? What to do to get there. We went to the pros for insider beauty tips for brides, whether you’re going pro or doing it yourselves.

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

"More hair spray is not necessarily better. Too much of it can weigh down the hair and give it a dull finish. Sometimes, if hair is too oily, the hair spray can make it look whitish or cloudy."
-- Kristin Ariniello, Makeup and Hair Artist, Portland, OR

"If you’re doing your own makeup, it is a good idea to schedule a makeup lesson with a licensed professional to teach you everything you need to know about bridal makeup and makeup in general. This will give you confidence and knowledge that will last way past your wedding day."
-- Kirsten Brusse, Joli Visage, Providence, RI

"If you’re concealing a tattoo, learn to do it the right way with the right products. Go to a professional makeup artist first and have her teach you the right steps to conceal a tattoo and the correct products to buy for your skin tone."
 -- Lyndsey Yeager, Glossa Professional Makeup Artist, Cincinatti, OH and Covington, KY

"Don’t neglect your eyebrows, but don’t do them yourself. Your brows frame your face, so let a professional take care of your brows. It’s also a good idea to get them done days before so there’s no redness."
 -- MiMi Johnson, P3 Lab, Atlanta, GA

"Avoid makeup overkill. Want Angelina's lips, J. Lo's skin, and Jessica's eyes? Beauty inspirations are wonderful, but make sure all the elements will work together -- there may be a reason you aren't finding all of those accentuated features in one photo!"
-- Jeni Hoover, Jeni Hoover Hair and Make-up, Austin, TX

"Wear the correct shade of foundation. The best way to figure this out is in 'natural' daylight. Never make a decision about foundation unless you’ve applied it to your jawline first and looked at it in daylight. The color should blend and look like it disappeared."
-- Dierdre Mahon, DeeVa Beauty, LLC, Nutley, NJ

"When shimmer is applied just the right way, it adds to the beautiful, natural glow you already have. However, when too much shimmer is used, it can make your face look sweaty or oily -- especially in wedding photographs. To keep it looking natural, apply the shimmer to only one place. Also, just give it a light dust to avoid the sweaty look!"
-- Christy Lavallee, Makeup Artistry by Christy, Sturbridge, MA

"Waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Many women make the mistake on assuming that they won’t cry on their wedding day when, in actuality, they always do. Use waterproof foundation, primer, eyeliner, and mascara. We don't want makeup running down the face from either tears or too many dances
-- Allison Sammel, Elegant Beauty, Danbury, CT

"Controversial, I know, but I recommend no SPF be worn on the wedding day. Additional sunscreen will cast an ashy or ghostly affect when flash photography is used. I’ve always practiced this, and will until I get further data that says otherwise."
-- Kelly Wisniewski, Make-Up Artist, Phoenix, AZ

"Although it looks beautiful in person, mineral-based makeup is not ideal for photographs. It looks as if your skin is oily on film."
-- Daneene Jensen, Hair and Makeup Artist, Hilltown, PA