DIY Wedding Makeup Secrets from a Celebrity Makeup Artist

After I got engaged I knew I wanted to do my own makeup for the big day. When LHJ's beauty director suggested I meet with Giorgio Armani's national director of creative artistry for a wedding makeup lesson, I couldn't refuse -- and I'm sharing the how-to with you, too!
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When I got engaged last year I knew immediately that I'd do my own makeup for the big day. I'm very particular about my makeup -- some might call it product obsessed. So my mission was to put together a list of products I'd need to create my ideal look.

Somehow I found myself spending hours (seriously hours) researching foundation in search of the perfect formula. I'm a tinted moisturizer type of woman, you see, and I hadn't worn a real foundation in years.

I zeroed in on Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation as my top contender. It's a gorgeous formula that's won several awards. When I mentioned it to LHJ's beauty director (one of the perks of our office is that shop talk includes discussing the perfect foundation), she suggested that I meet with Armani's national director of creative artistry, Tim Quinn, and get a little wedding makeup tutorial. Have my makeup done by the man who makes Gwen Stefani and Kate Bosworth even more gorgeous? Um, yes please!

I met Quinn at the Giorgio Armani flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City. We discussed how I wanted to look on my wedding day -- natural, like myself but better. We also talked about the feature I love to highlight the most (my eyes) and then the lesson began. Lucky me -- and lucky you because I'm sharing Quinn's amazing pro tips so that you can DIY a gorgeous wedding makeup look too!

This may seem like a lot of steps but this is a day to look your best so we're sharing every little detail to help you get it right!

1. The morning of your wedding, start with clean, dry skin. Prep the skin under your eyes with a de-puffing serum like Armani's Regenessence Eye Rejuvenating Serum. Then, apply a rich, moisturizing eye cream such as Armani's Crema Nera. Use your fingers to dab the cream in and feel for extra-dry spots that might need more attention.

2. Moisturize your entire face. A well-hydrated face sets a good base for your makeup and will make it look even better. Quinn also recommends using a lip scrub like Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish to smooth and de-flake your lips in preparation for color.

3. Apply a gel-based primer to your entire face. Quinn prefers a formula with silicone for a smooth finish. Primer will prevent makeup from moving or melting, which is especially important if you have oily skin. Try a mattifying primer if your wedding is outdoors or if you tend to get shiny.

4. Use a smooth liquid, light-reflecting concealer -- Quinn used Armani Maestro Eraser -- under your eyes and over your entire eyelids. This will even out your skin tone and camouflage any blue veins or dark shadows around the eyes. It will also give your eye shadow more depth. Make sure you don't use a heavy concealer that's meant for blemishes -- the goal is to brighten your eye area.

5. Next, fill in your brows with light, short strokes. Quinn likes wax-based brow pencils because they have great staying power. Plus, the fine tip lets you get really precise. If your pencil has a spool at the opposite end, use that to blend and comb your brows once you've filled them. You can also use a clean mascara wand. Even if you don't fill your brows every day, Quinn says every bride should include this step -- there's no better way to frame your face!

6. Smudge waterproof eyeliner along the base of your upper lash line. Don't worry about drawing a perfect line for this step -- getting the pencil right into your lash line (instead of above it) will give you the illusion of thicker lashes.

7. Now, grab a small, angled brush and a pot of gel-based, waterproof eyeliner (Quinn loves Bobbi Brown's version). Use your angled brush to draw a precise line over the base of waterproof eyeliner pencil you already smudged into your upper lash line. Then, line your lower lash line. Lightly smudge the liner to soften the look. Lastly, use a flesh-colored pencil to line the inside bottom rim of each eye. Quinn uses this little trick to make eyes instantly appear brighter!

8. When it comes to eye shadow, stick to your comfort zone -- if you're not the type to wear bright shadow, don't do it on your wedding day! Quinn likes peaches and warm browns for day and soft plums or grays for an evening wedding. He used Armani's No. 7 "Blush" Eyes to Kill Quad to compliment my light, neutral skin tone.

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