Camera Ready: Prep For Your Wedding Photos

Wedding Make-Up Preparation For most couples, their wedding day presents one of the few times in their life when professional photos will be taken to preserve their memories. Given the amount of time and expense invested into every detail of the flowers, decor, and dress, it only makes sense that the bride would pay proper attention to her makeup. So how can you, the ecstatic bride, be certain that you will be flawless on the big day? Follow a few simple tips and you’ll exude radiance.

  1. Start working on great skin at least 3 months in advance. Ideally, you should see an esthetician for facials that will deep clean your pores and establish a dewy glow. Scheduling a couple of professional face peels will reveal clearer, satiny skin while removing spots and improving texture. If your esthetician recommends a skin care regimen, follow it religiously. A week before your wedding, schedule one last facial. Do not, I repeat, do not schedule a facial or peel less than a week in advance. Post facial or chemical peel redness is not something you want to accompany you down the aisle.
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  3. If you will not be hiring a makeup artist, you’ll need to hone your own makeup skills. The key to success is to get high quality products and have an expert show you how to use them. The most important component of your makeup arsenal is a long lasting, perfectly matched foundation. If your skin is dry, you’ll want a creamy texture. If you have oily skin, you’ll want a liquid, or an airbrush foundation. Look for a silicone base, since that will hold your skin’s oils at bay, allowing the smooth finish of your makeup to last through tears, sweating on the dance floor, and even humid summer weather. Have a professional help you match your skin tone to the shade of your makeup. Then, always double check the color by taking a mirror out into natural light to be sure the color is perfect.
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  5. Just for today, use a bolder hand. Typically, sunlight and the photographers’ camera flash will wash out the intensity of your makeup slightly. To compensate, professional artists apply eyeliner, lip definition, and blush with a little more depth. Follow their lead to make sure you look stunning both in person and on camera.

If you are not a makeup lover, you may want to invest in a professional artist. Many will come to your home or hotel to help you and your bridal party look polished. No matter what route you choose to go, remember that a good night’s sleep and a happy heart are the world’s best cosmetics. So smile, celebrate your love story, and you’ll be a vision of beauty as you walk down the aisle.

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