Making Sure Your Makeup is Camera Ready!
You plan and anguish over every little detail. Then, your dream day finally arrives.
You put on your beautiful wedding dress and make up your face by applying your favorite lipstick, a frosty, glistening pearly number called Ballet Slippers. You look good, but when photographer's proofs arrive, you can't believe how poorly it photographed.
Wake up. And relax; we've got some helpful advice on how to make you belle of ball. The key is wearing classic makeup that flatters both you and camera.
The philosophy of a timeless, classic look is soft, subtle makeup, with one feature, either your eyes or your mouth, being most dominant color. The colors are clean, matte (i.e.; not shiny) and as fresh as nature. Soft, natural, feminine tones will form a harmonious, timeless makeup palette that will look as great today as will your wedding pictures twenty years from now.
Be sure your skin's in great shape so your makeup goes on well and looks great. Beauty is truly only skin deep, so take good care of it. If you have any skin conditions, such as acne, visit a dermatologist at least four to six months in advance of wedding to clear it up.
If you skin-care regimen is not controlling your oily skin, or if it's dry and flaky, visit a skin-care counter at least a month before wedding to find products that work for you.
A great lipstick shade can't camouflage chapped lips. Use a good lip balm/exfoliant product like Alexis Vogel Lip Exfoliant; night and day to make sure your lips are in top, kissable shape for your special day.
Also, have skin-care services such as facials and waxing done at least three days before wedding to give any resulting irritation or redness that nay occur time to heal.
Another worthwhile investment is a salon manicure. If you have hard to grow nails, consider having weekly manicures two months before wedding. If you nails are normal, than a manicure one day before wedding will look great. Choose a nail color that complements your lipstick, but keep color in soft to midtone shades of pink, peach and rose. A French Manicure is a classic, timeless choice.
Classic Makeup Look
To find a classic makeup look that appeals to you, browse through bridal magazines (fashion magazines are too trendy). Choose models with similar coloring to yours and then have fun experimenting.
There aren't any safe shades to recommend that everyone can wear. A light, baby-pink blush color would look great on someone with light skin coloring, but wouldn't do anything for darker skin tones. Look for colors of nature that look soft, subtle and naturally beautiful on you.
If your skin color is uneven and blotchy, a foundation makeup will cover up most ills. Be sure color matches your own skin color, so your wedding guests won't see telltale lines of demarcation between your face and neck color. A great foundation that looks good in person and in photographs is Alexis Vogel Crème Foundation.
For under-eye discoloration, apply a concealer after applying foundation. (If you put on concealer before foundation, it will only blend away with foundation). Press it gently into skin with your ring finger or a concealer brush and apply it only on area of discoloration - no need to sweep it all way to outer corner of eye.
Look for products that feature longwearing claims so that touch ups will be minimal and you'll be radiant all day and night. To make your foundation makeup and concealer wear longer, set them with loose powder. Press it gently into your skin with a cotton puff (not brush). Take pressed powder with you for touching up any shine, and re-apply as needed, especially prior to photographs.
Use blush and eye shadows in matte (non-shiny) formulations, which are more natural looking in photographs. Remember to choose soft, understated colors of nature so that your wedding pictures will show a radiant, happy you, instead of you wearing purple eye shadow.
Your blush color should be soft and coordinate with colors of your eyes and lips. For most people, a little circle of color right on "smile" area of your cheeks is most natural, more flattering look.