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Do you have any burning bridal beauty questions? BRIDES beauty columnist Drew Barrymore — actress, producer, and founder of Flower Beauty — is here to answer all of your pressing skin care, fitness, and makeup application concerns. From her secret to pulling off a mid-wedding hair change to photo tips for the camera shy bride, here's what she's recommending this month.
Q: Did you change your hair from wedding to reception? I'm thinking of going more relaxed for the dance floor.
Drew Barrymore: I didn't, but having changed looks on the fly for jobs, I know the rules of transitional hair. First, the less product you use, the less likely you'll have dents after removing bands and bobby pins. Also, if your hair is dry before you put it up, that will help. Easy transitions that I've seen are a bun pulled out into a ponytail and a half-up style to an all-down.
Q: I freeze in front of a camera. Any expert tricks for looking more comfortable?
Drew: Take as many photos as you can after the ceremony. With only a party ahead of you, you'll be more relaxed. Another tip: Make sure your photographer takes tons of shots of the "in between" moments, not just the posed ones. Candids are a shy girl's best friend.
Q: Sparkly eye shadow on your wedding day: a do or a don't? If it's a do, how do you make it look subtle and pretty?
Drew: I say it's a do! But choose a product that has fine mica powder (not larger glitter squares) for a sophisticated sparkle. Chanel has a great cream, and Nars makes a wonderful powder, and you can get either in a variety of shimmering colors. Then, pick a lipstick without shimmer so it doesn't compete. Shine bright and be happy!
Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!