So brides, when it comes to bridal portraits and what to wear, you think to yourself, um…duh… wedding dress. But really the most important thing you’ll be wearing is your makeup. Keep in mind, you are dressing for a photo shoot, and while wearing a bridal gown is obvious at a bridal shoot, it’s what you wear on your face that counts most. This is because when we look at pictures, our eye goes strait to the face of the subject in those pictures. Now I’m not saying the gown itself isn’t important, of course it is, along with your shoes, and your jewelry and hair. What I am saying is that you should never underestimate the importance of professional makeup. When you look at girls in pictures who look flawless, it’s not retouching that makes them look so perfect, it’s makeup. Retouching can help, but if relied on too much, it leads to very unnatural results… the dreaded plastify effect. Instead, makeup should be looked at as your airbrush tool of choice!
Madeline Gardiner, owner of Joie De Vivre says “It is always important to hire a pro because they know small tricks that make a big difference and they know how the makeup will photograph to give you the look that you are requesting.”
Here are a few tips from Madeline when it comes to getting the best makeup for your big day:
1. Something many brides do not realize is that you have to go heavy, even if you want your makeup to look natural, in order for it to show up in the photographs. I generally carry a camera with me to snap a photo of the finished look to show the brides how different it looks on camera.
2. It’s always important to line the bottom of the eyes, even if it’s with a light brown pencil/shadow, otherwise the eyes will disappear in the photographs.
3. Make sure to shop around and see who is well rounded and can produce a variety of looks for you; you don’t want to look like every other bride out there.
Madeline was the makeup artist for Allison who was featured yesterday on the blog. Here she is doing some last minute touch ups for Allison just before the shoot began. You can find Madeline’s contact info here, along with many other talented vendors for your wedding.
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