How to Look Good in Wedding Photographs
The dress was beautiful, you got through the
ceremony and reception without a hitch, but just when you
thought your wedding was perfect, your pictures come back
and you look awful. What can you do to make sure that your
photos are as beautiful as the memories you have?
• Never scrimp on your photographer. Nobody’s
going to remember if your bouquets had daisies or rare, exotic
orchids. But years from now, your great grand children will
be looking at your wedding album. They’re not just souvenirs,
they’re heirlooms. Spend on them.
• Avoid complicated hairstyles and veils. You’ll
be walking around, too busy talking to guests to check the
mirror. You don’t want your veil hanging to the side,
or your bangs plastered to your face. Keep it simple and elegant.
If you want a dramatic veil for your walk down the aisle,
look for a style that allows you to detach part of it, leaving
you with something less cumbersome at the reception.
• Buy or make a small clutch bag or pouch that matches
your gown. It should carry blotting paper, pressed powder,
lipstick and blush. Ask your maid of honor to keep it handy
• Wear waterproof mascara. You will cry a lot. It’s
guaranteed. Black mascara will run and leave unflattering
• Don’t wear heavy powder eyeshadow. Again, you
will cry. You will also sweat from walking around in heavy
makeup, a thick gown, and hundreds of guests milling around
you. Powder smears and cakes, and ends up under your eyes.
• Don’t wear sheer lipstick. You’ll eat
it off. Or if you do, wear a matte or semi-matte base and
apply the sheer lipstick as a top coat. Be sure to blot well,
or it’ll end up around your mouth or on your teeth.
• Don’t wear heavy shimmery makeup, unless it’s
applied by a professional makeup artist. It doesn’t
photograph well under less than perfect lighting conditions.
If you do, apply only on the eyes.
• Bridal makeup should be soft and romantic, not harsh.
Natural pinks are most flattering, and really make you look
like a “blushing bride”. Avoid hard-edged contouring
and dramatic browns, unless blended well and kept close to
the eyeline. Even lipsticks should stick to the pinks and
brownish pinks. Bright reds look too harsh worn against a
• You’ll need good foundation that lasts long
but doesn’t cake. The trick is to apply moisturizer
first and let it “set”. This will prime your skin.
Apply a matte or cream foundation, then concealer. Dust powder
foundation with a brush.
• Take good photographs right after the ceremony, when
everyone’s make up is still intact. You should have
solo shots, couple shots, and group photos with your entourage,
friends, family members.
• Ask for a few black and white photographs. They always
have a soft, romantic feel.
• If you’ll be having outdoor photographs, light
is most flattering in the morning and at dusk. Avoid any outdoor
shots from 11 am to 2 pm; everyone will just be squinting.
Article Source: http://www.wedding-wisdom.com
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