So here’s a little blog post I put up a few years ago but it contains some words of wisdom from a few of my lovely photographer friends when it comes to hair and makeup and I think it’s worth sharing again!
It’s your wedding day and it’s so important that you truly feel amazing…and you will! You’ll be surrounded by friends, family and loved ones, you’ll be wearing a beautiful wedding dress and marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with; so wedding hair and makeup is just a finishing touch. Choosing hair and makeup styles should be fun and enjoyable and it really isn’t worth panicking about providing you have found a trust worthy hair and makeup artist.
It’s a pet hate of mine when I hear others say that you need more makeup for it to show on camera, as I’ve never believed that’s strictly true. Of course you need the right products; ones that are good quality and that are going to last all day; and you also need the correct application which helps it look flawless…but that certainly doesn’t mean you need to hide behind a mask of makeup. It’s so important that you feel comfortable with your makeup yet still look like yourself; after all you don’t want to give your groom too much of a shock when you walk your way down the aisle!
Rebecca Wedding Photography says “Gone are the days when a lot of flash was used in wedding photography which often washed out the skin colour and tone. These days the natural, relaxed and more fine art photographers use mainly natural light or bounced flash were possible thus capturing a softer real life look.” As a makeup artist, we are taught to stay clear from using SPF in our products as they can create unsightly grey patches or a ghostly glow. With wedding photography now becoming much more relaxed and documentary style, it means we are less restricted by products so don’t panic too much if you would like to use your favourite product but it still contains a little SPF.
“I once had a Bride that was desperate for a dewy look but was so worried she would have to wear lots of powder for the photographs so not to look shiny.” Says Rebecca Wedding Photography. “ I told her that it was far more important for her to feel comfortable, confident and beautiful on her day and that is what would show through in the photographs, any shots that looked at all shiny could easily be adjusted with a little Photoshop. There were literally 2 or 3 photos from later in the evening that needed this, in the rest of the photos she looked the glowing, blushing Bride she wanted to be.”
If prone to oily skin or you’re particularly worried about shine breaking through, Lucy Noble Photography recommends keeping some blotting paper with you. Blotting paper is a great way to battle shine without applying additional product and building up too much foundation and powder.
“A professional will ensure your hair and make up looks great from all different angles which is important for the wedding photos!” Says Clare Tam-Im Photography. “If a professional does the hair and makeup, I rarely come across any problems. I have unfortunately seen it where a bride has applied makeup herself or a friend has done it for her and she has to excuse herself multiple times during the day to go and re-apply as it just hasn’t lasted. Brides don’t need any extra stress on the morning of their wedding when they should be excited and looking forward to their day, so when their own makeup application takes multiple attempts it can be a bit tense!”
Please please please be sure to help your makeup artist by giving them a great canvas to start on in the first place. Whilst we can work our magic to an extent, please remember that we are not plastic surgeons or miracle workers! I would definitely recommend getting eyebrows shaped, although you’re not trying to look like a different person, it’s important your brows don’t look unruly or lack definition. Look after your skin and exfoliate, drink plenty of water and eat well. Your body and skin reflect what you eat, so get plenty of vitamins and minerals from your vegetables. If you’re getting any facial treatments done, be sure to get them several days before the wedding as skin can look irritated and be sensitive for a few days following.
Lucy Noble Photography recommends to seriously consider the use of fake tan before the wedding day. “I think fake tan is a real risk factor, nearly every bride feels that they would look better if they have fake tan on so as to look nice and brown …but this is not always the case sadly. This goes for bridesmaids too! Sometimes it can show up very streaky or too orange on camera and sometimes even rubs off onto the dresses!”
So enjoy choosing your wedding makeup, don’t over think it and remain true to yourself and your usual look. You makeup will be fine, it won’t be applied so that you look like a drag queen and you will have a wonderful wedding day!
Thank you to Rebecca, Lucy and Clare for sharing their knowledge!
Vicky Brown Hair and Makeup
Based in Hertfordshire