Just as daytime makeup differs from evening makeup,
so makeup that looks flattering under camera lights is different again!
The following tips and tricks will help you look your best under the camera's gaze.
* Consult a professional:
At the very least, make an appointment to chat with a professional makeup artist about what they do that you can’t.
Photographic quality and long lasting makeup is required for your wedding day, and almost none of us have this in our makeup kit at home.
By the time you purchase the entire product range you need, it’s often cheaper to pay the professionals, enjoy the pampering experience, and leave the stress to them!
* Enhance the positive; eliminate the negative:
Tell your makeup professional about the facial quirks that bother you.
A good makeup artist will know how to thin down a broad nose, widen small eyes and puff thin lips!
* Consider the climate:
If you’re getting married under Nelson’s summer sun, make sure your primer, moisturise and foundation are all as oil-free as possible.
Avoid heavy sunscreens as they can leave a shiny and greasy base making it difficult for your foundation to stay put!
And keep some oil-free blotting sheets and matte pat-down powder handy throughout the day to avoid flash-flares on your T-zone!
* Use only photographic sensitive makeup:
Ensure you or your makeup artist uses makeup designed for the camera.
Any translucent or reflective qualities might look great for a night out, but they will behave unflatteringly under camera light.
Avoid glitter, diamantes and high shine lip gloss. Go for matte!
* Use a primer:
After a thorough cleanse, tone and moisturise, and before your foundation, use a primer to help your makeup go on smoother and last longer.
Use a separate eye-shadow primer to ensure smudge free eyes.
* Apply foundation with a sponge:
Your fingers contain bacteria, dirt and oil and can leave traces on your skin.
Use a foundation sponge (wet or dry according to the type of foundation) by stippling or patting across your face.
This gives a more natural, blended look than swiping the sponge across your skin.
* Use different concealers:
If you’re covering an acne or red spot, use an oil-free, pigmented, thicker concealer with hints of yellow.
But for under your eyes, where there are no oil glands, go for something emollient and creamy, and peach in colour to cover the blues and purples.
Dry, cakey concealer under your eyes means it’s either oil-free or you’ve used too much.
With all concealers, start small and allow it to melt into your skin. Build up as required.
* Use an eyebrow pencil:
An eyebrow pencil is a must to frame and enhance your eyes for the camera.
Go for a shade or two lighter than your own natural colour, and fill in that brow line!
* Use eyeliner at eyelash roots:
Use either pencil or cake eye liner to fill in the roots of your eyelashes.
It will make your lashes look thicker and stronger, and make your eyes pop.
* Fake eyelashes:
These have quickly become the norm for brides, but not all fake eyelashes are created equal!
Some are designed to last several weeks, others just a day. Some are glued on individually, others as a strip.
If you’re doing this yourself, practice well in advance of your wedding day. We’ve all heard the stories of brides gluing their eyes shut just hours before the ceremony!
Really, it’s another job best left to the professionals!
* Use lip pencil and lip stain:
Both will ensure your lip colour lasts for hours.
If this lip base is done well, a quick swipe with a frosted lip gloss will be all that’s required to freshen your look.
If you're planning on doing your own makeup, practice well in advance, and take some photos as you go.
The camera tends to flatten your face, so you’ll need to apply more sculpting makeup than you usually would. But don’t overdo it!
Build it up slowly, taking photos in between, until you’re happy with the look.
Then note down what you applied so that you can repeat it on your wedding day!
* Tan in advance:
If you’re getting a fake tan, make sure it’s scheduled at least two days before your wedding.
It’ll darken on the second day, and by the third day, will be looking settled and more natural.
* Be an enhanced version of yourself:
Think twice before making any drastic hair or makeup changes before your big event.
Your friends and family want to still recognise you, and not be shocked by any huge changes.
Certainly amp up your normal look, but remember that your loved ones simply want to see the best and brightest version of the you they know and admire.
Questions to ask your makeup artist before booking them:
* How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
* How many brides have your made-up in the past year?
* Will you serve multiple brides on my wedding day?
* Do you work alone or do you bring a team?
* What’s your vision for my wedding makeup?
* What makeup do you use and what do you find most suitable for photographic requirements?
* How long do you expect my makeup to last on a summer’s day?
* What preparation can I do in the weeks ahead to help you achieve the best result with my makeup?
* Are there any do’s and don’ts before I see you on the wedding day? (eg: moisturiser, sunscreen etc).
* Do you supply samples of foundation, eye shadow or lipstick for touch-ups throughout the day?
* Will you travel to my location? And is there a charge for this?
* Exactly how long do you expect to take to do all the makeup required on the day?
* Do you offer hair services as well (if relevant).
* What is your plan if you’re ill or there is an emergency?
* Do you charge for a trial?
* What is the deposit required to reserve my wedding date?
* When is the final balance due?
* What is your cancellation policy?
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