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I've been a makeup artist for years. Here are the 8 biggest mistakes I wish brides would avoid.

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An experienced makeup artist can help you figure out what to avoid when it comes to bridal beauty.
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  • As a makeup artist, I've learned which decisions brides will regret about their wedding-day looks.
  • Going with an overly dramatic look, such as dark lipstick or a bold eye, is usually a misstep.
  • Insisting on a tinted moisturizer or just powder is going to lead to less-than-stellar photos.

As someone who's done bridal makeup for seven years, I've learned which trends and last-minute decisions can lead to regrettable wedding photos.

From leaning into bold trends to insisting on minimal makeup, here are eight wedding-day choices I'd advise against.

Going with trending looks might be regrettable

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Trending makeup, like bold brows, might look dated in wedding photos.
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This is probably the biggest mistake I see brides make.

Choosing a wedding-makeup look that's trending today is the easiest way to have pictures that make you cringe in five to 10 years.

Trends come and go but a classic look will never fail you.

It's best to avoid a dramatic look

Similar to trendy makeup, this could be regrettable when looking back.

When you reminisce on your wedding-day pictures you want to be able to recognize yourself. You'll keep these pictures forever, so that bold eye or black lipstick might not be how you want to remember your big day.

Don't ask for too many opinions

Asking for too many opinions on your makeup will only take you further from certainty.

Always go with your gut and consult only one or two trusted advisors if need be. It's best to ask people who know you well and whose opinions on makeup you respect.

Not booking a trial is a mistake

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I can't emphasize getting a trial enough.
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Some people don't see the need, but if you're able to, budget some money for a trial with your makeup artist.

A trial helps you establish trust with the artist so you can relax without feeling the need to micromanage them on the wedding day. You can also try different looks and finishes and see if you vibe with your artist.

Your wedding day isn't the time for trial and error, so book this time to avoid any mishaps.

Avoid choosing makeup only because it looked nice on someone else

Unfortunately, makeup is not one-size-fits-all. That lip color that looked great on your best friend might not be as flattering on you.

Makeup should be tailored to the skin type and concerns — for example, I avoid using highlighter on textured skin.

You can rely on a trusted makeup artist's expertise when they recommend or advise against something.

Forgo the pre-wedding lash extensions

I've seen really nice lash extensions, but I've also seen how some completely alter a look and how glue can sometimes cause a reaction and lead to red eyes.

Instead, I choose strip lashes based on every bride's complete look, taking eye shape, makeup, hair, and the dress into consideration.

I like to have the flexibility to choose from a variety of lash styles because sometimes, you can't tell what looks best until the wedding day.

Insisting on dewy makeup could be a misstep

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There are ways to make sure radiance comes through on camera without the dew.

I love the dewy-makeup trend as much as the next person, but it just doesn't work when you're looking for longevity.

What starts off as dewy makeup at the beginning of the day will eventually look like a grease bomb in pictures, especially if you have oily skin.

Instead of requesting a dewy look, ask your makeup artist for a soft-matte skin finish that emphasizes radiance.

Minimal makeup is probably not going to look good in photos

Though you may think it's a good idea, your makeup artist knows just a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and lip balm on your wedding day and in photos won't cut it.

We're faced with the unique challenge of creating makeup that looks nearly flawless on film, appears amazing in person, and lasts about 16 hours.

Even for the best skin, "just powder" will be a mistake.

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