Summer is the most popular time of year to get married, and we love getting our brides ready for their idyllic summer weddings.  Here are five of our favorite skincare and makeup “do”s that are perfect prep before “I do”s, along with expert dermatologist and makeup artist tips for looking your best on the big day.

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EVE LOM Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream

The liposome encapsulated retinol in this lush cream delivers skin smoothing results without causing redness or irritation., making this a great retinoid for dry or sensitive skin types  The formula is with nourishing shea butter and hydrating hyaluronic acid, and is enriched with a tripeptide for added collagen stimulation.  There is a meaningful concentration of retinol to result in powerful improvement in skin texture and tone over time, and the intensive hydrating and moisturizing blend of actives yields a plumped up complexion from the very first night of use: this cream delivers true beauty sleep.

A beautiful bridal look begins with smooth skin that will reflect light with a bright photo-ready glow.  Dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber advises, “when seeing brides-to-be see in consultation, I recommend starting a retinol leading up to the wedding to spark skin cell turnover.  This will bring fresh skin to the surface and help to prevent stress-related breakouts on the big day.  This lush cream from the U.K. is enriched with soothing moisturizers to prevent irritation and plumps up the skin with added hydration.  I recommend consistency with your skincare leading up to the wedding so that you can be confident in the results and not risk a reaction to an unfamiliar product.”

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TOM FORD Traceless Perfecting Foundation SPF15

This natural-finish, long wearing, humidity-resistant foundation moisturizes and evens skin tone creating a flawless, supple and pore-less canvas on which to sculpt the features.

Buildable, medium-to-full coverage. SPF broad spectrum sun protection shields skin from UVA/UVB damage. 

A natural, flawless complexion is important in any makeup application, and never more so than on your wedding day.  Makeup artist Enrique Valentino relies on this long wearing foundation as a staple for his bridal clients: ” it provides a beautiful satin finish, lightweight medium-to-full coverage, and humidity resistance.  I work quickly from the center of the face outwards with a Foundation Brush, and finish by bouncing a moistened Beautyblender across the skin.”  This creates a perfected look for photographs and a believable skin finish in person.

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TOM FORD The Ultimate Bronzer in Terra

TOM FORD innovation introduces the ultimate bronzing formula - a combination of liquid and powder technology that glides flawlessly onto face with a silky, non-drying, buildable sultry glow. The prismatic, hybrid formula is the most luxurious expression of TOM FORD Soleil, featuring an aerated, bouncy texture in stunning shades with finishes from velvet matte to golden shimmer. Oil-free, talc-free and longwearing for up to 10 hours, The Ultimate Bronzer is embossed with TOM FORD logo and encased in an ivory- and gold-colored TOM FORD Soleil compact.

Available in Gold Dust and Terra.

This bronzer is the newest cosmetic technology, combining of liquid and powder to create a bouncy texture and a smooth non-drying, buildable finish.  It is oil-free, talc-free, and longwearing for up to 10 hours.  Enrique elaborates, “I absolutely love the silky refined texture of this new formulation and how it glides onto the skin seamlessly.  To bronze and add depth simultaneously, I prefer a matte bronzing powder with no light reflective pigments.”

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TOM FORD Shade & Illuminate Lips in Possession

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The perfect lip color is an essential for bridal beauty.  This brightly blushed rose color adds soft definition to the lips that is both modern and timeless.  Enrique shares technique tips with this innovative product: “Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate lips is a full coverage powder-gelée that glides on to the lips with high impact longwearing color that will last from the first kiss to the end of the reception. To create a volumized look, I apply the light shade all over and blend a bit of the dark shade at the outer edges.”

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TOM FORD Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip

Four opulent complementing shades achieve multiple looks, from a bold, smokey eye, to a sexy splash of color and everything in between.  Formulated with advanced color processes, the four luxurious finishes - sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer, and matte - offer a spectrum of intensity and effects and deliver incredible shade fidelity and outstanding adhesion.  Two custom applicators included.

Neutral shades are a classic choice for a bride, and the rich sheen of this palette of metallic nudes updates subdued color with a high impact finish.  To enhance the dimension of the eyes, Enrique explains, “apply the brighter shades on the lid and focus the darkest shade toward the outer corners.  With the Smokey Eye Brush, I recommend applying the deepest color into the outer crease of the eyelid and blending it down towards the lash line.”  This creates a soft haze of color that can be applied softly for daytime weddings and intensified for evening glamour.