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Bridal Beauty: Is Shimmery Wedding Makeup Okay?

Q.

I want to try some of that shimmery makeup I see in all the fashion magazines on my wedding day, but my mom says glossy eye shadow and foundation won't look so good in my wedding photos. Is she right, or should I go for the glow?

A.

When it comes to your wedding day, grease is definitely not the word. In this case, mom is right. Matte wedding makeup will give you a timeless look that won't make you cringe when you look at your wedding pictures 20 years from now. Plus, if you have problem skin, why risk a breakout with pore-clogging, oil-based products? That's not to say you can't dabble in the latest shimmery shades -- the key to pulling off this look is moderation. Shiny wedding makeup can make your skin appear oily in photographs, as your mother warned, and ultra-glossy lipstick might look a bit Studio 54. You can fake a dewy complexion with some of the new powders and potions designed to enhance, rather than conceal, your natural skin tone. Maybe try one of the new oil-free moisturizers containing light-reflecting particles that hide the smallest lines and imperfections. As far as wedding makeup goes, there are subtle ways to shine: Blend some dewy cream blush into the apples of your cheeks; dab some sheer glossy eye shadow onto your lids; or apply bronzer or highlighting cream on brow and cheek bones for a sun-kissed effect. Finally, dust a little sparkly powder on your decolletage, and you'll be ready to dance the night away.

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