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© 2018 by Andrew James Hargraves.

How to look great from first glace to last dance.

April 30, 2018

 

Over the years I've had the good fortune to work with some fantastic make up artists on both wedding and fashion photo shoots. With weddings in particular you will want to avoid beauty malfunctions by planning ahead, and you’ll be the belle of the ball on your most important day.

 

To help any bride to be, I have prepared some great advice to ensure show-stopping photographs on your wedding day.

 

Trial Run

Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding for peace of mind. Make sure to snap a few images after your session to make sure all elements, from makeup, to hair, to dress, to jewellery, are a perfect match and fabulously photogenic.

 

Keep it clean

Make sure to take excellent care of your skin in the weeks leading up to your special day. This means a daily, faithful date with a quality cleanser, moisturiser, and exfoliate (when necessary).

Timely tending

Allow 50% more time for hair and makeup than you originally anticipated on the big day. This will ensure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.

 

 

It’s natural.

To prepare for every lighting scenario, apply makeup in natural light, since you can detect subtle tones in skin and foundation colour, and know for certain how much blush or bronzer to put on. Also go easy on the shimmers and translucent powders. A little goes a long way, but too much ends up looking streaky and unpolished.

Waterworks

There will be tears, so waterproof mascara is a must. Even if you’re not terribly emotional, the stress leading up to the day is enough to leave anyone in tears.

 

Falsies

Even if it seems counter intuitive, most wedding makeup artists will swear by false eyelashes. Not only do they make your eyes pop, you will hardly even notice that they’re there. Make sure to research and consult with your makeup artist to know which ones to buy.

 

Take a powder

Be sure to use powders with a yellow tint, since pink or white powder can cause the flash of the camera to pick up cool shades, rather than warm, natural ones. Sure, you want your powder to match your skin tone, but you don’t want to look pale or ghostly. Use a blending brush to seamlessly blend together your concealer, powder and your bronzers along your face and your neck for a flawless, more natural look.

 

 

 

 

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