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How to Achieve the Best Look For Your Wedding Photos - A Step-by-Step Guide

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You will want to make sure that you look your absolute best for the camera!

Whether you’re the bride or a guest attending a wedding, you want to make sure that you look your absolute best for the camera! Apart from your killer dress, another important aspect that you should pay attention to is your makeup. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend your money on a makeup artist to get the job done. You can do your own makeup and still get the same result that you will get from a professional. To do this right, there are some tricks and tips that you need to keep in mind. This article will give you a step-by-step guide to make sure that you look just as great in your wedding photos as you do in person! Shall we begin?

1. Prep Your Skin

In order to look your best, your skin needs to be prepared! The night before your event, be sure to exfoliate your skin to get rid of dry patches before applying a layer of night cream for some moisture. You will wake up with fresh and soft skin, the perfect canvas for a full-face of makeup! If your skin is more on the dry side, then you should apply a thin layer of moisturizer before you apply any makeup. If your skin is more oily, however, then skip the moisturizer and move onto the next step.

2. Prime Your Face

Prime your skin with a primer to get it ready for the rest of the makeup. The primer will also make your makeup last longer, too!

3. Smooth Out Your Complexion

Pick a foundation that matches the best with your skin type and skin tone. You should avoid foundations that contain sunscreen as they reflect more and won’t work to your advantage with flash photography.

4. Set Your Foundation

Lock your foundation in place by setting it lightly with powder. Use a translucent powder if you want a matte look. If you want your skin to appear more glowy, then opt for one with a luminous finish instead.

5. Sculpt Your Face

Flash photography can wash out the structure and definition from your face. This is where shading comes in. With a medium-sized brush, apply some bronzer or contouring powder under your cheekbones, as well as under your temples and your jawline. This will create the illusion of more depth and structure to your face in your wedding photos.

6. Apply Highlighter

After contouring, you can enhance the high points of your face by applying a highlighter on top of your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and along the bridge of your nose. Whether you’re choosing to use highlighting cream or powder, make sure that you choose the right shade for your skin. For example, a warm highlighter is more suitable for darker skin tone while a pinkish highlighter is great for those with fair skin tones.

7. Apply a Blusher

The next step is to add some colour to your cheeks with a blusher. Apply it on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush. Make sure that you don’t put so little on that it won’t show on the camera. However, also don’t apply so much that you look like a clown!

8. Do Your Eye Makeup

Once you’re done with your skin makeup, you’re ready to move on to your eyes. Dramatic eyes may work for a photo shoot, but for a wedding, you should go for something more natural. Choose softer tones such as brown and grey for your eyeshadow. After priming your lids with an eye primer, draw a waterproof liner neatly along your lashline. Let it dry before you apply a similar shade of eyeshadow and smudge it over the liner. Then, with a flat brush, apply the eyeshadow along your lower lash line for a smokey look. Using a bigger brush, blend the shadow on your lid and into the crease to create more depth. Curl your lashes before applying a few coats of mascara. To make your eyes pop, put fake individual lashes at the outer corner of your eyes for a flirty look.

9. Fill in Your Eyebrows

This step should be easy for you as you may already be doing this for your everyday makeup routine. Fill in your eyebrows to create a more defined shape. Make sure that you choose a shade that matches well with your hair colour.

10. Apply Lipstick

Picking the right shade of lipstick can be tricky. The safest choice for weddings would be to go with nudes and pinks as they go well with every makeup as well as every colour of your dress. Most importantly, these shades won’t noticeably smudge or get on your teeth during the event. Instead of a glossy finish, opt for a matte or creamy finish as these will last longer on your lips.

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