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Meredith Holt, Published June 09 2012

SPECIAL WEDDING EDITION | Makeup: Bridal beauty that’ll last

FARGO – Your wedding-day makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not look like you’re wearing a mask.

“Try not to go too overboard, because you want to look like you,” says Fargo makeup artist Emily Newcomb.

Here are some tips from two local makeup artists for a lasting look that’ll photograph well:

The skin you’re in

A flawless face begins with a strong base.

“To prep the skin, start with a clean, moisturized and primed face,” Newcomb says.

Moorhead makeup artist Trista Jetvig Chapman uses Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

“It holds the makeup on all day, fills in fine lines and pores, and evens the skin,” she says.

The 2008 Best of Sephora Winner “creates a perfect canvas for foundation application,” the beauty megastore says.

Newcomb primes oily skin with Mac Matte or Murad Oil-Control Mattifier.

Both makeup artists use Temptu Airbrush Makeup on their brides.

“It goes on with a fine mist and covers imperfections without making you look like you’re wearing a ton of makeup,” Chapman says.

The micro-spray technology creates a “soft focus” glow that’s smudge-proof and waterproof.

“Once it dries, it stays on all day through sweat or tears,” Chapman says.

Newcomb says Temptu photographs beautifully.

“It gives a really smooth finish in the lens,” she says, which means less editing required.

If you prefer liquid or powder foundation over airbrush, look for a high-definition makeup from Smashbox or Cargo.

“They photograph much better and don’t discolor your face in pictures,” Chapman says.

If you’re doing it yourself, apply your foundation with a brush, not your fingers, Newcomb says.

Chapman uses Nars Blush in Orgasm (peachy pink with shimmer) or Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (brown with golden shimmer).

She says Orgasm complements most skin tones and Laguna’s a “perfect color.”

Newcomb applies Dermablend Loose Setting Powder in Cool Beige all over the face, lets it set in for a minute, then blends it in.

“I’ve been using that recently, and it works really, really well,” she says.

Both recommend finishing with a setting spray like Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, which promises to keep your makeup in place for up to 16 hours.

The eyes have it

For eyes, the local makeup artists swear by another cult favorite: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

The ultra-sheer, nude base keeps eyeshadow bright and prevents it from creasing.

Chapman likes pearls, browns and purples; Newcomb likes pinks, browns and coppers.

“They look natural,” Newcomb says. “You’re not going to look back on your pictures 10 years later and say, ‘What was I thinking?’ ”

Finish with mascara, eyelash extensions or individual lashes.

Chapman’s favorite mascara is Cargo’s Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara.

“It stays on, lengthens and adds volume,” she says.

Newcomb uses individual lashes instead of a strip because sometimes you can see it in pictures.

Plus, “If the glue comes off on one side and it’s flailing in the wind, that’s not very pretty,” she says.

Lip service

Chapman lines brides’ lips with nude or light-pink pencils from Urban Decay.

“Then I throw on a lip-plumping gloss like Bare Minerals or Too Faced Lip Injection to make the mouth pop,” she says.

Newcomb recently discovered a gem in the drugstore makeup aisle: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color.

“It’s incredible. It lasts a really long time,” she says.

Shimmer ’n shine

Go easy on the shine, shimmer and glitter. In fact, Chapman usually reserves it for eyes.

“I think it opens the eye and makes it pop when it’s in the corner of the eye,” she says.

The foundation itself creates a “glowing” effect, so it looks great alone.

“Throw a highlighter on your upper cheek and down your nose if you want a little extra shimmer,” she says.