Today we continue our two-part series all about wedding day makeup with makeup artist Lora Elaine.  And don't forget to scroll to the end of this post for a very glamorous giveaway!

Easton: For the bride who never wears makeup, what do you recommend for her to look beautiful in photos? Lora: Take a deep breath and jump in!  You never wear a fluffy white gown, throw a party with all of your friends and family, and dance to Frank Sinatra until midnight (or maybe you do!).  Regardless, this day is special, so I recommend embracing the frills and fuss.  Make sure you have someone who will make you comfortable and who will pamper you every step of the way, so you feel absolutely stunning for your walk down the aisle. Easton: Should a bride play up her eyes? Lips?  Are there rules of the trade for this? Lora: I think it depends completely on the bride.  For evening weddings, I think emphasizing the eyes with sultry, smoky shadows is fun, but if you love a strong lip color then I say embrace that!  This is the day to really enjoy yourself and perhaps wear a bit more makeup than you normally do.  The one rule I have is that I advise against dark colors for both eyes and lips simultaneously.  It tends to look too much like burlesque... which is not my favorite look for a wedding.

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Easton: Is there anything certain skin types or tones should avoid on the wedding day? Lora: Above all, every bride should be certain her makeup artist has her correct skin color.  If you think you are darker or paler than average, make sure your makeup artist has the full spectrum of tones.  It's never good to look washed out or too yellow on your wedding day!  If you have oily skin, avoid oil-based makeup and opt for an oil-free primer and setting powder.  If you have dry skin, try a hydrating primer and finishing cream for that dewy look. Easton: What's your favorite everyday product for brides... for anyone?! Lora: For brides, definitely a touch up kit!  Every bride should have an arsenal of her favorite products the day of.  Just do it!  Your wedding day will be so much happier!  Get your makeup artist to provide you with a lip gloss, lipstick, mirror and matching bag... Favorite product in general?  Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Pen for under the eyes.  It's like 12 hours of sleep in a pen!

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Easton: What is winter's hottest makeup trend? Lora: Lipstick!  I love lipstick!  Matte, beautiful lipstick. There is nothing quite as romantic in winter like Chanel's matte lipstick with the pop-out container.  It's my number 1 makeup accessory for a classic yet modern look. Thank you, Lora!  To check out more of Lora's portfolio we encourage you to visit her website.  In the spirit of giving and with Lora's generous help, we are so excited to announce our giveaway!

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We are giving away a Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio holiday compact by Laura Mercier!  The compact includes 6 eye colours, 3 eye liners, 2 cheek colours, and 3 mini brushes!  One lucky reader will win this gorgeous makeup palette.  To enter, please comment on this post, telling us your favorite wedding day makeup look, AND become our fan on facebook! A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Wednesday! All photos from real Easton Events weddings.  Image 1 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Image 2 & 3 courtesy of Jen Fariello, Image 4 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts.