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Makeup for Photos: 4 Tips for Your Wedding Day

People don’t often realize how important wedding day pictures are until years later. It’s not until you’re sat looking at photos and reminiscing about the wonderful day you had that you’re truly thankful for capturing those memories.

On your wedding day, your makeup has a big job to do. Not only do you need to feel beautiful and confident but your makeup should also last the whole day and look great in photos. So, how do you achieve stunning makeup for photos on your wedding day? Here are a few tips.

1. Get Your Skin Ready

You’ll probably be more photographed on your wedding day than any other day of your life. So, in order to get the perfect makeup, you’ll need your skin to be the perfect blank canvas. You can start preparing your skin ready for your big day a few weeks in advance.

Start by drinking plenty of water so your face is always suitably hydrated. A few days before your wedding, avoid any food high in salt and fat. The night before your wedding, use a quality facial scrub and cleanser; preferably one you’ve used before.

2. Prime and Set Your Makeup

If you want your wedding day makeup to last all day, you’ll need to prime and set it. Use a primer you know is suitable for your skin before applying any foundation. Your skin is made to absorb moisture, so without using a primer your skin is likely to absorb your foundation, forcing you to reapply at some point during the day. 

Once you’re happy with the way your makeup looks, use a setting spray to keep it that way. It’s just an extra assurance that your makeup will last as long as possible. 

3. Forget the Powder

Many makeup artists make the mistake of using powder as a base on the skin because one layer can look more natural than liquid foundations. However, most people find they need to reapply powder throughout the day, especially if the weather is warm. 

This can lead to makeup looking caked and thick. Photographers can always edit out imperfections from photos but they can’t remove makeup mistakes.

4. Use More

If you’re someone who generally likes to keep their makeup as natural as possible, it can be daunting to go heavier on the makeup just for one day. You may feel like you won’t look like yourself but the makeup for photos requires a little exaggeration.

Although you may feel more comfortable with a natural look, you’ll also want the shade of your lipstick or eye shadow to show on close-up photos. It’s just another detail you’ll want to remember in years to come.

Makeup for Photos: How to Get it Right

One of the most important things to do for your wedding day makeup is to have a few trials. You’ll need to figure out what works best for you and which makeup artist you’re more suited to. Take a look at some more bridal tips for the best wedding day makeup.