Photography And Wedding Makeup


One of the most important lessons I have learnt about wedding makeup is how to make your wedding day make-up compatible with your Wedding photography. Your wedding make-up must be flattering yet subtle. Delicate and not too harsh for the camera. Not all makeup is photogenic and the camera magnifies what it sees. A camera captures light and color slightly different than our eyes. When it comes to your wedding day make-up, your safest bet is to choose an experienced make up artist with the right make-up products for the entire bridal party. This includes the mothers of the bride and sometimes even groom. By doing this, you will create continuity for all faces in the wedding photos.

Here are some make-up techniques I swear by to ensure you will get the best photos possible:

Contouring – Without contouring your face, your wedding make-up in photographs will look flat. Contouring make-up gives your face a 3-dimentional look – Adding a low shimmer bronzer to certain parts of your face will give your face depth where you need it. This make-up technique can enhance your best features and even make you look slimmer and more toned. Highlights are also important for your wedding day make-up and photos – I love Napoleon shimmer dust in Sand Beige. A little on your cheek bones and above your eyelid will project these areas and make them look more prominent in the photographs.

Sparkles – While gorgeous in real life, sparkly makeup and powders will show up in photographs as small white specks on your skin. Whilst most shimmer dusts are fine, glitter reflects so I always avoid it and recommend against it. Shimmer can look brilliant on your cheeks, cleavage and eyes. Most “shimmery” eye shadows photograph well in your wedding photos as long as they do not contain glitter.

Eyes – I always use a light hand when lining your lower lashes. A heavy line is not flattering and I don’t want it to smudge as this would create shadows and darkness under your eyes. I like to use a flat diagonal brush and feather the shadow gradually. This gives the most natural results with just the right amount of enhancement. I always use a waterproof mascara that matches your hair and complexion and the rest of your wedding make-up on your wedding day. I like to use a clean mascara that I am familiar so that the lashes do not become clumpy. Clumps will show in close up pictures and are extremely difficult for the photographers to fix digitally.

Powder – Powder is a must have make-up item on your wedding day. I always advise my clients to get their Bridesmaids to carry a powder in their clutch to prevent shiny skin reflected in flash photos. Lightly dusting your face with translucent or camera finish powder will set your make-up and give it a professional finish. If you have oily skin there are better ways to deal with shine than to bring powder along and continually applying it. I advise against this because adding layer upon layer of powder to your face will make it look “cakey” and unnatural. You don’t want your wedding make-up to look made-up. It is best to purchase inexpensive oil-blotting sheets.

Lips – Color on your lips is very important part of your wedding make-up look, but stay away from dark (or almost black) reds, it is much easier to digitally add color in your photos than it is to take it away. You do not want matte lips; you want them to look soft and shiny but not too glossy. High gloss will not photograph well. I like using a gloss and then blotting it using the oil absorbing sheets (the same as what you use to soak up any excess oil on your skin above.)