The trick is to start early.

By Elizabeth Swanson
February 28, 2020
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When it comes to prepping your skin and getting a naturally gorgeous complexion for your wedding day, Rose-Marie Swift of RMS Beauty suggests starting months in advance. "Beauty is an inside job," says the makeup artist and organic makeup founder. "It begins with your gut health, the food you eat, your water intake, and your sleeping habits. For excellent gut health, I recommend taking [probiotics and prebiotics]. Incorporate them into your daily routine and you will notice a significant difference in your skin and internal health."

Eating fruits and vegetables, fish, and healthy fats will also contribute to that natural bridal glow. Start your internal skincare regimen at least six months before the big day. Skincare wise, Swift recommends using natural oil serums for optimal moisture and radiance. Just a few drops will do the trick after cleansing (and always use a gentle cleanser, no matter what your skin type). Try Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum ($295, sephora.com) or RMS Beauty Oil ($78, dermstore.com).

Face masks can be a great addition, but Swift cautions against using many of them, since they can be too harsh on the skin and lead to redness and flaking. Instead, she recommends natural products that contain plant enzymes—specifically Dr. Alkaitis face masks ($39, alkaitis.com)—as they are gentle yet effective and leave the skin "flawless," she says.

Of course, a little bit of makeup will always be the perfect finishing touch to a gorgeous complexion. The key is to underdo it—never overdo it, Swift says. "Always do your makeup in natural light," she says. "Don't pile on your makeup, the skin is sensual and beautiful so over-application goes into thick, cakey territory." Her concealer—called "un" cover-up—is aptly named. It has even, sheer coverage that camouflages redness and dark circles while blending into the skin really well. Swift recommends applying it with fingers for minor touch ups.

For fuller coverage, she says, alternate between a concealer and a loose powder using a foundation brush. But only apply powder lightly over the T-zone, otherwise it can create a matte, flat surface texture. "Remember, brides are supposed to glow," she says. For a touch of color, add blush to the cheeks. And then putting on a bit of soft bronzer or luminizer, like RMS Living Luminizer ($38, sephora.com) or Perricone No Highlighter Highlighter ($17.97, ulta.com), will add the perfect touch. "Add it to the areas of the face that the sun would naturally hit," Swift says. (Cheekbones, bridge of nose, a touch on the forehead.) "If you are wearing a strapless gown, don't forget to add it to the collarbones and shoulders," she says. "You will radiate beautifully, guaranteed." No filter needed!

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