Even with all the planning that goes into a wedding, you can't really know what to expect until you've actually gone through it—and that includes your beauty look. So in the interest of saving you hours on Pinterest planning ahead for every possible hair and makeup snafu, we asked a handful of real women to reveal the advice that's really worth knowing. From the right way to map out your hair to keeping your makeup on lock during the big day, consider this your no-BS guide to bridal beauty.
"Bring your favourite makeup items from your collection, and don't be afraid to ask the makeup artist to use certain items that you're attached to and comfortable with." — Allie
"Get specific in detail when it comes to inspiration. Gather imagery and use more than one photo to share with your makeup artist to show specifically what you want for cheeks, lips, eyes, etc." — Sarah
"Because I have very sensitive skin, it was key to not experiment with new makeup products on the day of the wedding—I didn't know how my skin would react." — Dobrina
"Don't use too much makeup. It's tempting to glam up for the big day, but you still want to look like yourself!" — Meredith
"It actually looks better over time, so you don't have to worry about getting shiny or your makeup wearing off." — Erin
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"I tried to get a fancy Pinterest hairstyle done at my hair trial, and everyone hated it. I just ended up going with a style that was more natural, and I'm so happy I did." — Katie
"Don't listen to your mother when she tells you you need to do an at-home glycolic peel two days prior. Your face will end up erupting like Mount Vesuvius." — Lauren
"Put together a little bag of essentials for your maid of honour to hold onto throughout the night for touch-ups." — Cara
Calling all brides! Any must-know advice of your own? What do you wish you had known on the big day?