May 4, 2010

Wedding Day Makeup Tips - Confused?

My roommate from college has a little sister who is getting married next weekend and she reached out to me to obtain "little words of wisdom" regarding wedding day beauty. As I started to write the list, I realized how different wedding day makeup is from everyday makeup. I thought it was important to share my top tips and tricks with everyone. It's a LOT of information so take a deep breath and read on...


Use a primer.

Primers are applied after your moisturizer. Generally they're silicone based and it creates a smooth surface by filling in the pores and fine lines on your face. It also gives your makeup something to adhere to which makes it last longer.

Do not wear sunscreen.

The ingredients in sunscreen which block out the UVB rays from the sun will leave a white cast on your skin. You won't see it in person, but when your photographer starts using their flash, you will notice a grey or white cast on your skin.

Use a mattifying gel.

If you tend to get oily in the t-zone area, a great way to fight that off is to use a mattifying gel. MAC Cosmetics has a really great one. Also, Dr. Brandt's No More Pores Primer has salicylic acid in it which has mattifying properties as well. It's a two for one.

Stay away from powder foundations.

Making your makeup last all day is about layer for maximum impact. You're best off using a liquid foundation. It looks more natural on your skin. You can use a flesh colored powder to set your makeup after you've applied your "face". Additionally, if you have areas on your face that tend to be dry, powder foundation will only emphasize them on film.

Avoid using mineral makeup.

Mineral make usually looks great in person but has a tendency to look either slick and shiny or super dry. Obviously you don't want to look shiny, but you also don't want your skin to be dry. The more dry you skin appears the more obvious your flaws are.

Make sure you use blush, and put on a little bit more than you're used to.

You want to make sure that your cheeks have a rosy glow, but also keep in mind that the camera and the sunlight can wash out your face. There's nothing worse than not applying enough blush in photography. The end result will make you look pale and washed out. A good way to test this is to take a few test shots on your own camera to see how your face looks on film.

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