Give your pout extra staying power
"It's so easy to do it, but don't let yourself get buried in a sea of white,” advises Julia DiNardo, editor of Fashion Pulse Daily, who balanced a classic bridal gown with crimson lips. “I agonized whether I could pull off a red lip on my wedding day — it could have been too high maintenance to deal with — but it wasn't at all and was totally worth it for what turned out to be spectacular photos!" Her tip: "Avoid lip stains, since the main lip layer can crack and dry out, and find a long-wear lipstick that you love. Set it with a bit of powder, and then just remember to reapply before photos and after dinner!"
Pack your own polish
“Chip happens — so for my wedding manicure, I plan to take my own polish to the salon," says bride-to-be Annie Tomlin of The Glowhow. "That way, if the lacquer gets nicked before the big day, I can touch it up. Also, because I'm going with a sheer pink, a chip might not even be that noticeable in the first place. One less detail to worry about!”
To thine own self…
“Women often think their wedding day should be their Hollywood Princess moment. I think it's better to look in the mirror and see you staring back, rather than a stranger," Nadine Jolie Courtney, the blogger behind the namesake site. "Whatever makeup and hair look you choose, make sure it reflects you, rather than feeling like a mask or costume. I did my own makeup for my wedding (although I did let a hair pro take over!) and it was the best beauty decision I made. I didn't feel like I was wearing heavy war paint, and my husband loved seeing me — not a red-carpet-ready stranger — walk down the aisle.”
Trust your gut
Jeannine Morris, founder of Beauty Sweet Spot, was literally heading off to her wedding day as she was giving her tip. “When doing hair and makeup trials, pay attention to the energy of the stylist or artist. Of course, they have to be talented and understand your vision, but their personality is just as important. You want to work with people who are positive and calm on your wedding day. I did my homework and am excited to work with my glam squad, because they're a triple threat: talented, creative and cool.”