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Good Grooming

“Dark and smokey eyes can look overly dramatic on the big day,” says Parra. So how do you get definition without going to the dark side? “Start with an eyebrow and lash tint at Benefit a week before the wedding.” $32, at Benefit boutiques

Primed and Ready

Parra loves Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer. “This lightweight complexion corrector minimizes the appearance of pores and helps your makeup last all day. No touch-ups!” $34, at Sephora stores

Mane Attraction

“It’s important to have healthy, silky hair to frame your face,” says Parra, who turns to Kérastase’s Chronologiste Essential Restorative Concentrate for revitalizing dry and unruly tresses. $145, at Maxine Salon, 312.751.1511

Bright Eyes

To de-puff day-of dark circles under your eyes, Parra recommends Shiseido’s Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask. “The results— hydrated, younger-looking skin—are instant.” $62.50, at

Chicago makeup artist Mercedes Parra.

Portrait by Adam Heneghan

You’ve got the dress that hugs in all the right places and the perfect romantic updo. All you need now is flawless makeup to highlight your best features. Enter Chicago makeup artist Mercedes Parra, an expert at bringing out a bride’s most beautiful self. Here are her top picks (and tricks) for big-day beauty prep.