Picture Perfect Makeup!

We all want to look our best on our special day. We take the time to pick the perfect dress, book the perfect venue, and hunt for the perfect cake that will put the cherry on the top of the experience. After all, our wedding day is special and memorable. We all want to look our best and to shine from the moment we walk down the aisle until the moment we leave the reception. This starts with picture-perfect makeup. We want our special wedding look to last the entire day and make us shine in pictures as well. Luckily, there are tips we can use to make this happen. 

 Memorable Showstopping Pictures

The goal of wedding photography is to capture us at our best. A wedding photographer will keep this in mind as he takes pictures of the bride on her special day. However, before the bride ever reaches the photography session, she needs to have picture-perfect makeup. Showstopping makeup doesn't have to be elaborate or complicated. Utilizing a few tried and true tips will help create pictures that stand out and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Before You Start

Don't neglect your skin. Our makeup will only look as good as our skin does. Nothing can take the place of a smooth hydrated palette to start with. Logically, this means that you need to start with freshly exfoliated skin and  hair removal if you have extra hair. Your skin also needs to be hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is also a part of proper skincare. A week before the big day, drink as much water as possible. In addition to drinking water, pamper your skin as much as possible before the big day. Also, get your rest. The week before the big day can be hectic, however its best to get all your beauty sleep so that you'll look your best on your big day.

The Eyes Have It!

Many people suffer from puffy eyes, dark circles, and other issues that may make us look less than fresh and awake. If you need it, give your eyes a little extra TLC. Eyecare should be a part of your skincare routine. Don't neglect the windows to your soul. This starts with getting your rest and using any eye maks or moisturizers for this delicate part of the skin. However, the week before your wedding is not the time to try that trendy new product. Stick to tried and true skin care practices and rituals. You will avoid unexpected results. 

Start at the Beginning

The first step for a picture-perfect face begins with a primer. A primer will set your foundation and help your makeup to last well into the night. Pair your primer with a setting spray that will help keep your face smudge-proof and fresh through all the tears, kisses, and sweat-filled dancing at the reception. A good primer and setting spray is your first line of defense when it comes to creating a look that will stay fresh throughout the night. As you select your products, avoid anything that has zinc, titanium dioxide, silica, or mica. These products cause a white or ghostly effect when the flash is used on a camera.  If you're not sure how the flash will reflect on your make up, take pictures before the big day. 

Bring Your Features Into Focus

Believe it or not, more is more on the big day. It's a good idea to use products and colors that will carve your facial features out and give them impact. The flash of the camera can wash anybody out. Avoid barely there wedding day pictures by using contouring and/or highlighting to add definition to your facial features. It's also a good idea to use colors that may be a little darker than you usually use for these same reasons. The idea is not to look like a clown but to use colors that bring your features out in an attractive manner. The idea of highlighting and contouring is to accentuate and define your bone structure.

Hold the Powder

DOn't go overboard with powder. The fresh dewy look is in. The excessive use of powder creates a mask-like look in pictures. It's best to forego the powder and use blotting sheets or other methods to keep shine down. You want to create a wedding look that will bring out your best features without highlighting the makeup itself. Heavy powder calls attention to the fact that you're wearing it. It can also call attention to fine lines and wrinkles and hear on the face. 

Get on the Same Page with Your Photographer

Let your photographer know how you want your pictures to look. In other words, discuss the editing techniques your photographer should use. Is there a scar you're trying to downplay or do you want small things like flaws or wrinkles to remain unedited? Whatever you want, be sure to communicate it clearly to your wedding photographer

Your wedding pictures will last a lifetime. Your pictures should capture the beauty of this magical day. Do everything you need to put your best face forward and communicate well with your photographer. Use a primer and a setting spray for makeup that will last all day. It's also a good idea to use a little more makeup than you usually do. However, use products that will highlight and accentuate your best features and make your skin look radiant and healthy. If you prepare, you will be more than happy with your wedding pictures. They will become a part fo this new chapter of life that you are proud to revisit and show for many generations to come. 


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