Your wedding day will undoubtedly be one of the biggest and most memorable days of your life, and as you walk down the aisle 鈥 with all eyes on you, of course 鈥 you鈥檒l want to be absolutely flawless. But achieving that runway-inspired bridal look takes some preparation and planning (yes, the same amount of prep you put into the dress, the venue and the seating plan). To ensure your wedding day is picture perfect, and to help you achieve a gorgeous big-day look, we enlisted the help of top bridal beauty experts. Here they share insider makeup, hair and skincare secrets every bride needs to know before saying 鈥淚 do.鈥

WEDDING DAY MAKEUP TIPS

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鈥淎s a bride, you have to remember that photos last forever,鈥 says celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, the pro behind Kaley Cuoco鈥檚 wedding look. 鈥淵our look should be timeless and you should really just try to look like a more enhanced, fresh, beautiful version of yourself. So if you don鈥檛 normally wear a dark smokey eye, your wedding isn鈥檛 the place to try it out! You don鈥檛 want your soon-to be-husband or partner to not recognize you! Stick to a natural, romantic color palette on the eyes, and don鈥檛 forget waterproof mascara, because most brides shed a few tears. Also, on your wedding day you want your lips to look kissable, so stay away from really strong colors (like bright pink) or too much gloss.鈥

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鈥淎lways book a trial with your makeup artist, and don鈥檛 hesitate to bring images of your dream makeup and vision,鈥 says celebrity makeup guru Kimberley Bosso. 鈥淰oice your feedback at the trial. If you don鈥檛 like a lip color, tell your makeup pro. We want you to feel confident and look beautiful on your wedding day. If you鈥檝e booked an artist who doesn鈥檛 want to hear what you have to say, run out the door! A seasoned pro is all ears and wants you to feel happy. If we think your vision won鈥檛 be flattering on you, we鈥檒l tell you and go from there.鈥

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鈥淏ridal makeup should be flawless and radiant,鈥 adds Bosso. 鈥淲ith that said, I always use an airbrush application (with a gun and compressor) when working with brides. Airbrush foundation, blush and highlight gives makeup a staying power of 15 hours and beyond. In addition to being long lasting, the airbrush application creates a lightweight, photo-ready finish that every girl wants for her big day.鈥 Pro tip: To give your skin a gorgeous glow, make sure your makeup artist uses a silicone formula foundation.

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鈥淏rides: Don鈥檛 forget that the T-zone area tends to get shiny, so a little bit of powder makes a huge difference,鈥 says Katie Jane Hughes, celebrity makeup artist and Butter London Global Colour Ambassador. 鈥淟ight powder touch-ups between photos and during the reception are key to staying shine free.鈥 Hughes also recommends that brides don鈥檛 go complexion crazy (read: take it easy on the foundation and contouring). 鈥淵es, you need a full complexion for photos, but the coverage should be focused on the areas that need it, not where you don鈥檛.鈥

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To keep your makeup looking fresh from day to night, apply a setting spray before walking out the door. 鈥淎 setting spray is great because it will immediately seal and lock makeup in place, ensuring your look will last through all the tears and sweat of your special day,鈥 says Jessica Scantlin, lead celebrity makeup artist at Blushington. 鈥淭his is really a must-have for every bride, because no matter how prepared you are, the day can get hectic and the last thing you need to worry about is if your makeup is staying put. A setting spray can take care of that completely!鈥

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It鈥檚 true: Makeup can look totally different in photos than it does in real life. To avoid having a total bridal beauty fail, be sure to take some photos at your trial of your makeup (both with and without the flash) to see how it will translate. 鈥淩ed lips on brides can appear 鈥榞oth black鈥 in black and white wedding photos, and if your face foundation doesn鈥檛 match the skin color of your body, it will look like you have a floating head in photos!鈥 explains star makeup artist and bridal beauty pro David Maderich. Brides should also be mindful of HD powder and products with shimmer, as they can both reflect light when the camera flash goes off, creating unsightly white spots on your face (yikes!).

WEDDING DAY HAIR TIPS

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鈥淒on鈥檛 try to cut corners and go with the cheapest option when it comes to your wedding day hair,鈥 says Megan Cary, owner and operator of Megan Cary Styling & Makeup Artistry in Denver. 鈥淵ou very much do get what you pay for. Many brides feel comfortable going with their regular hairstylist who cuts and colors their hair in the salon because they are comfortable with that person and used to their prices. But the truth is that many of these hair pros don鈥檛 have expertise in bridal styling. Always do your research, get referrals and book well in advance to look your absolute best on your big day!鈥

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鈥淵ou, as the bride, should try to choose a style that鈥檚 cohesive with your overall feel of the wedding (i.e. dress, location, time of day and formality),鈥 explains Hannah Bush, owner and head stylist of Urbanista Weddings in Seattle, WA. 鈥淔or example, if you are having a beach-front wedding, I wouldn鈥檛 recommend having a style that鈥檚 sleek and precise. Instead, I would go with a style that is comfortable, simple and, most of all, allows for movement. For an outdoor garden wedding, choose a soft and flowy hairstyle with pieces framing the face or neck. Adding a few flowers would be perfect. And for a ballroom wedding, you would benefit from having an elegant style 鈥 most likely an updo.鈥

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鈥淢ost bridal styles in magazines or on Pinterest that catch the eyes of many brides are created on very thick, long hair 鈥 or the models have extensions,鈥 advises Cary. 鈥淒on鈥檛 expect that your stylist will be able to recreate one of these looks on short, thin hair. Instead, try to grow your hair as much as you can before your wedding, or opt for extensions. The thicker or longer the hair is, the easier it is for the artist to recreate the gorgeous style you want.鈥

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For a wedding hairstyle that looks incredible and stays put all night long, arrive to the salon with second-day hair. 鈥淗air that is a bit dirty and gritty holds and styles much better than clean, silky hair,鈥 adds Bush. 鈥淎 great stylist will know how to get rid of extra oil and add texture, but the safest bet is to arrive to the salon on your wedding day with hair that鈥檚 one-day dirty.鈥

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To ensure your tresses boast photo-ready shine, it鈥檚 necessary to get your strands as healthy as possible for the wedding. Leading up to the big day, make sure to trim split ends every 8-12 weeks, repair damaged ends with a weekly moisturizing hair mask and use a heat protectant spray daily before styling to prevent future breakage. 鈥淎 week before the wedding, head to the salon for a deep conditioning treatment. You can even add in a clear gloss treatment for extra shine,鈥 suggests Danny Jelaca, celebrity stylist and owner of Danny Jelaca Salon in Miami Beach. 鈥淓very bride wants that healthy, fresh hair glow 鈥 and it鈥檚 so easy to achieve if you treat your strands with care.鈥

WEDDING DAY SKINCARE TIPS

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鈥淭he biggest skincare mistake brides make is forgetting about their complexion until just before the wedding,鈥 says Alexandra Wagner, licensed esthetician, skincare specialist and owner of Alexandra Wagner Skincare in Venice, California. 鈥淢ake sure to start caring for your skin six months before your wedding so you feel confident your skin will be glowing for the big day.鈥

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鈥淭he plan six to 12 months out should revolve around your skin鈥檚 conditions. Two weeks before the wedding, the plan should focus on hydrating, lifting and tightening treatments,鈥 says Joanna Czech, celebrated esthetician, global skincare advisor for La Mer and owner of Joanna Czech Spa in Dallas, TX. 鈥淟astly, get a manicure and pedicure a day or two before the wedding so it鈥檚 fully dry and doesn鈥檛 smudge the day of.鈥

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鈥淓ating a healthy diet low in sugar and dairy will help you achieve a glowing complexion. And exercising regularly before the big day will not only get you in shape and relieve stress, but it will also bring blood flow and increased circulation to the skin 鈥 giving you a gorgeous glow from the inside out,鈥 adds Wagner, who鈥檚 been helping brides perfect their complexion for the past 10 years. Wagner also recommends that brides try to 鈥済o with the flow鈥 as much as possible, since stress wreaks havoc on our hormones and can cause breakouts. 鈥淭ry to relax and enjoy the experience,鈥 she adds.

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鈥淭he month before your wedding should be completely experiment free,鈥 advises Czech. 鈥淪ay no to new invasive treatments, waxing, or brow shaping right before the big day. Do not try anything for the first time, as you don鈥檛 know how your skin will react and you might not have time to fix the reaction. Any experimentation should start 12 months before the wedding so that you have enough time to gauge your skin鈥檚 reaction.鈥 If you need a little extra color on your skin, experiment with spray tans a month or two before, and if it works for you, get one two to four days before the wedding (definitely not the day before). And same goes for facials!

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