In the current, March issue of Professional Photographer Magazine, Lorna Gentry has a great list of do’s and don’ts for brides regarding makeup and tanning. I have seen the best and worst of makeup and tanning over my years of photographing weddings, and feel that this is one of the best lists I’ve seen.
There are a couple things to start. Don’t go to a tanning booth or use a spray tan right before the wedding. Use a professional makeup artist.
If you don’t want to use a professional makeup artist, or even if you do, here are some tips that can make your wedding day or your portrait shoot much better.
1. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. You can use your everyday makeup, but use more than you normally use every day. Many makeup professionals use airbrush makeup, the method of choice for HDTV, because it’s lightweight, waterproof and gives flawless coverage.
2. SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE. Use less makeup for a day wedding and more for evenings. You can get dramatic with the eye makeup.
3. DON’T SKIMP ON CONCEALER. Use a moisturizing concealer on the thin, sensitive skin under the eyes. If your concealer isn’t moisturizing, blend it with a skin cream. For blemishes, first treat them with a natural or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, then cover with concealer.
4. DO A MAKEUP TRIAL RUN. It’s the only sure fire, stress free way to make sure you makeup will look beautiful.
5. NOT ALL MINERAL MAKEUP IS CREATED EQUAL. Titanium dioxide, a chemical used as sun block, can reflect flash, giving you a ghostly appearance. In 2009 makeup artist Annie May launched a line of mineral makeup formulated especially for photography called Advanced Mineral Makeup. May promises it won’t white-out the bride under a flash.
6. USE WATERPROOF MAKEUP WITH STAYING POWER. You don’t want to spend your reception in hte bathroom reapplying your makeup. Foundation, eyeliner and mascara should all be waterproof. In case you cry (and you probably will), have a tissue or handkerchief handy to gently blot your tears right at the eye.
7. KEEP YOUR LIPS MOISTURIZED AND COLORED. Dry lips look dreadful in photos. Have someone carry your lipstick for you and touch up often. Matte and gloss lipstick both photograph well, and be sure to use blended lip liner for enhanced definition.
8. DON’T FORGET THE GROOM. He may not want to hear this, but if he is read faced due to too much sun (or drinking), a little powder can help. That goes for shiny heads too. And it’s a good idea to slip a tube of Chapstick in the groom’s pocket for his dry lips, as well as a handkerchief to dab well-wishers’ makeup smudges off his suit.
9. DON’T SPRINKLE ON GLITTER. In photographs, it tends to look like little white spots, as if there’s something wrong with the camera.
10. REMEMBER to apply foundation and powder to your neck, shoulders and decolletage – you want your head to look like it belongs to your body