Special to African-AmericanBrides.com by Sarah Logan of Aesthetic Science Institute

Wedding pictures hold some of the happiest memories of a lifetime, so be sure you consider all the angles when preparing to be photographed on the big day.
Exfoliate and moisturize- Don’t forget that the most important step is good skincare for a clean, smooth base. Soft, supple skin will be the best canvas for any makeup to look great on.
Don’t go changing- Brides shouldn’t try new skincare products, or anything that may irritate skin during the wedding countdown. Don’t be tempted to get cosmetic or skin treatments too close to the date, especially if you haven’t experienced the procedure before.
Build from a solid foundation- Be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. Color correcting concealers, like lilac for any sallow areas, and peach/yellow for under eye circles are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup.
Define eyes and brows- While its important to line and define eyes so they pop in photos, keep in mind that dark shadow will make eyes recede and look smaller. For big bright eyes, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. Also, make sure brows are properly framing the face- everyone looks better and younger with defined brows. Fill the arches with powder or a solid pigment and brush.
Skip the glitter- Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, keep the sheen only on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, and and blot any oiliness as needed. The older you are, the more important it is to avoid shimmery eye makeup, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines.


There are a lot of sources for managing your finances while planning the wedding you want. But we still really like the Wedding Survival Guide by CBS MoneyWatch. The feature "9 Tricks to Trim Wedding Costs" is especially full of good, solid advice. Hope this helps some ladies who, like a lot of us, are managing our champagne tastes on beerin style!

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