Professional Picks

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2008

Your wedding day isn't one you leave to chance, especially when it comes to your hair and makeup. We asked top makeup artists, hair stylists, and models how they achieve their camera-ready looks.

Body Smoother
For skin that feels sleek, Marla Malcolm Beck, owner of the Bluemercury apothecaries, uses Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. It smoothes and moisturizes with sweet almond oil. As with any new product, be sure to test it several weeks prior to your wedding to ensure that you don't have an adverse reaction.
Fresh, $65.

Pure Radiance
The best way to make skin glow is by applying a layer of gold-flecked body lotion. Giselle, a hair colorist at New York City's Pierre Michel salon, loves Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion. Plus, it won't stain a white dress.
Mario Badescu, $10.

Eye Soother
Model Sarah Ruba deflates puffed-up eyes with Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Eye Contour Day Balm. "I pat it on my lids from the inner corner out, she says. 
Dr. Hauschka, $50,

Face Refresher
Yulia, a model, uses Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask when she wants to take her complexion from dull to dewy. "I apply it when I'm tired," she says. "I wait five minutes as it foams up, then wash it off. It really makes my skin glow." 
Bliss, $52.

Tone Equalizer
To even out your skin tone, start a regimen six months before your wedding. New York City dermatologist Jessica J. Krant, M.D., recommends Revaleskin products. The cleanser and day and night creams contain coffeeberry extract to help lighten brown spots, calm redness, and smooth out fine lines.
Revaleskin, $40 to $110; by prescription.

Hair Helper
"Every model suffers from fried, beat-up hair. It gets pulled every which way with hot irons and dryers," says model Heather Marks. "I load up on products like Crede ER Treatment. It nourishes hair with avocado oil, making it shinier and healthier.
Crede, $33,


The Flaw Fixers
Spot Remover
To camouflage a blemish, Paris-based makeup artist Tom Pecheux likes Nars Concealer. "It's lightweight and conceals anything very quickly," Pecheux says. Use a small, pointy brush to dab onto pimples.
Nars, $21.

Makeup Perfector
A pre-makeup primer might seem like an unnecessary step on an average day, but for your wedding, consider prepping your face with a product such as skin-smoothing Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to help makeup go on evenly.
Smashbox, $36.

Pore Shrinker
To minimize the appearance of pores, model Meghan Collison applies Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. It helps to prevent oily skin and also improves its texture.
Clinique, $16.50.

Undercover Agents
Two foundations topping many makeup artists' lists: CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Both tone down redness and help to create an even complexion.
Cover Girl, $9,
Giorgio Armani, $55.

Eye Illuminator
To combat under-eye circles, London-based makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury blends on concealer, then covers it with a dusting of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.
Laura Mercier, $22.
Shu Uemura Natural 18R Brush, $48.

Cheek Enhancer
New York City makeup artist Jenna Menard gives cheeks a boost of natural-looking color with MAC Blushcreme. Best of all: It actually stays on the entire day.
MAC, $18.


Special Effects
Eye Enhancer
Raychel Wade, makeup artist and owner of Cheek to Chic Cosmetic Consulting in New York City, uses MAC Paint in Bare Canvas on lids before applying eye shadow. It evens out skin tone, makes eyes look bigger, and "gets the 'wow' factor every time," she says.
MAC, $16.50.

Wake-Up Call
To make sleepy eyes look wide-awake, Wade brightens the inner rims of clients' lower eyelids with Three Custom Color Specialists' Light Clarifier, a nude-colored eyeliner.
Three Custom Color Specialists, $14.

The Ethereal Look
A dab of Givenchy Mister Lighta pen-like concealer with light-reflecting pigments on the corner of eyes near the nose, brightens them in pictures, says Wade.
Givenchy, $31,

Great Lengths
False lashes are a wedding-day must, according to many pros. Wade uses short, black individual lashes for a dramatic effect that also looks natural. Her favorite is Andrea Perma-Lash Flair, Short Black.
Andrea, $3.29,
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers, $28,

A Shimmery Touch
Wade dusts Sue Devitt E-Z Eye shadows, which come in sheer hues, over any colored eye shadow for a shimmery effect.
Sue Devitt, $18,

Defining Moment
Many makeup artists prefer gel eyeliners, such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. It sets very quickly and stays on all day.
Bobbi Brown, $19.

The Finishing Touch
Makeup artist Jenna Menard applies Maybelline Define-a-Lash Waterproof Mascara. This product will thicken and darken even the lightest of lashes and last through the teariest of toasts.
Maybelline, $8,

Text by Elizabeth Graves


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