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Picture Perfect - Looking good for Wedding Day photos

Posted on 12 Feb 2012


Robert Jones founder of simple beaute and author of Makeup Makeovers, gives some great makeup tips to make you look and feel absolutely beautiful and confident for your wedding photographs.


In my opinion, the most important thing to think about when preparing for your wedding is how you will photograph. many, many years from now, when the wedding dress no longer fits, the only tangble thing you will have to really remember your special day are the photographs. So when considering your make up look for your wedding photos or your bridal portrait, remember that it's all about making your best features stand out in the photo. You want to define your features better - not cover everything up with heavier makeup.

Depending on the lighting and the camera's flash, professional photography can wash you out and make you appear pale. But we can prevent that from happening. The best way to make your skin appear warm and radiant is to sculpt the face using highlighting and contouring techniques. This will give your face more dimension in your bridal portrait and help you photograph more beautifully. You will need three shades of foundation to achieve this "face-sculpting" effect. The diagram on the left will help you understand the purpose and placement of the three shades. Be sure to blend the three shades really well, because it is the blending that makes the sculpting method work and look natural. Here's how it works:

1 The first color should match your skin exactly. It is your true foundation color. Apply this shade all over your face.

2 The second color - your highlight color - should be one level lighter than the first. Apply this shade to the high points of your face, including your forehead, under the eyes on top of the cheekbones, and on the tip of your chin. This helps to give your face more dimension by bringing these areas of the face forward.

3 The third shade - your contour color - should be one level darker than your first (natural) shade. Apply this shade to the outer areas of your face, including the temples, along your hairline, and along the sides of your cheeks. This will deepen your skin tone and help you appear healthier and warmer so you don't look washed out. It also adds dimension and depth to your face while still looking very natural. To complete your look, you can simply finish with the shade of powder that matches your natural foundation shade. This will still let your sculpting efforts shine through. But if you want to really enhance your sculpted look, follow what you have done with three shades of powder: one that matches your first foundation shade, one that matches your highlighter shade, and a darker or bronzing powder to match your contour shade. This will give you a perfectly sculpted face that will photograph beautifully.

Powder is the most important makeup step when doing photography makeup, because it eliminates shine and helps the skin appear smooth and matte - the perfect canvas for beautiful pictures. Matte skin always looks more perfect and flawless than shiny skin.

Here's an easy trick if you want to narrow the width of your nose: Create a strip of highlight shade down the center of your nose the width that you want your nose to appear. Then place the contour shade on the sides of your nose. This will make your nose look narrower, because the eye will be drawn to the highlighted area. If your nose is a little crooked, bring a straight line down on the top of your nose with the highlighter shade, then contour along the sides. People will naturally focus on the line that is highlighted, making the nose appear straight.

Blending is also key when it comes to professional photography makeup. The softer the light, the more perfect your makeup and skin need to be. The brighter the light, the less perfect your skin and makeup have to be. Bright light tends to âہ“blow out the skinâ€Â and diminish the fine details. In softer light, the camera can pick up a makeup line along the jaw, neck, or eye area, so be sure to blend in your foundation, cheek, lip, and eye colors extremely well.

Here are a few tips that can help you create beautiful wedding photos and bridal portraits...

? If you're posing for a bridal portrait in a studio, you can wear more makeup than you could if you were taking your photographs outside, because you don't have the different lighting factors to consider.

? Make sure to warm up your skin and give it dimension by sculpting and bronzing your face.

? If you want to wear foundation and powder with a bit of sheen to it, you may do so if your portrait is taken in a studio (but remember that matte skin always photographs more flawlessly). But stick with a matte look for your wedding day or if your portrait is being taken outside (due to the different lighting situations).

? Blush adds life to the face. You may choose to wear a shade that's a bit more colorful for your portrait than you choose to wear on your wedding day. Even if you do not normally wear blush every day, you will want to wear at least a little color for photographs to give your face a bit of life.

? Warmer cheek colors photograph more beautifully than cool colors, because they make the skin look fresh and glowing. But don't forget that applying a little bronzing powder first will give you a fresh glow that will make you look unforgettable.

? You can wear matte or shimmer eyeshadows for your portrait and your wedding day but never frosted shadows. They always look too shiny and artificial in photographs. Remember, this picture is forever!

? When choosing eyeshadows for photography, shades with warm undertones (including brown) enhance every eye color and will photograph beautifully.

? Make sure at least one of your eyeshadows has a matte finish. Generally, you never want to use three shades of shadow with a shimmer because they will make the lid look too shiny. It is okay, however, to use three matte shades. For me, the one shade I almost always choose to be matte is my midtone, because it is supposed to look the most natural.

? Don't choose shades that are too bold. This is not the time for bright fuchsia lipstick or charcoal eyeshadow. Instead, you should choose lip shades that are just a few shades darker than your natural lip tone. Select eyeshadow shades that are deep enough to create definition and enhance your eye color, but not dark enough to demand all the attention. Your goal is to define your features with enough color to see the definition in the photographs, but not so much that you overwhelm and distort your features.

? Nothing will bring out your eyes better in a photograph than defining really well at the lashline. There are two ways to achieve this. First, you could layer your mascara to help thicken and lengthen your lashes. The second technique - and my favorite for the absolute best definition - is to apply false eyelashes.

? Make sure your lips are well defined for your portrait. Erasing your natural lip line with foundation or concealer before you apply your color will give you a fresh, perfect canvas, so that when you apply your lip liner it will give your lips perfect definition in photographs.

? Brows should be well groomed and defined with brow color. Even if you do not normally wear eyebrow color, in a photograph, the light could possibly wash your brows out, so a little color for definition might be necessary.

? I know I have already mentioned it, but I want to end by reminding you again that powder is your friend when you're being photographed. Matte skin always photographs more flawlessly than shiny skin!

Extracted from Makeup Makeovers:?Weddings - stunning looks for the entire bridal party - by Robert Jones. The book is published by Fair Winds Press, £12.99 ISBN: 9781592332311 and is available to buy at www.qbookshopuk.co.uk



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