As a Washington, DC wedding photographer, the number one thing I get asked about after a client is fully booked for their wedding day is advice on what to wear for your engagement session — which, to be totally honestly, I love chatting about fashion! Recently, however, I have found that I am also getting quite a few questions about tips for applying makeup, which is not quite as much my expertise. So I did a little bit of researched and pulled together some ideas based on what the pros recommend and some of my own past experiences! I’ve found that you certainly don’t need a professional makeup artist to look good on camera, but reading through their tips may help!
Engagement sessions are not the time to try a new trend — for example, if a red lip isn’t a look you’ve already worn on many occasions, it might be best to wear something a little more neutral! Sticking with what you already know and love will ensure your confidence going into the session.
This is not to contradict “being you!” by any means. The camera is just not quite as forgiving as the human eye and actually tends to exaggerate imperfections. To battle this, you’ll want to focus on makeup that enhances your natural beauty and since that is being picked up on camera, you may need to apply slightly more than you normally would might. In short, you want the camera to be able to pick up your makeup while still looking like your beautiful self!
Chat with a professional.
If you’re looking for some advice on how to apply your makeup before your shoot, you can always head to your nearest makeup store to chat with one of the professional artist. They love giving out tips and showing you exactly how to use their products at home! There is also an enormous amount of information available online, ranging from video tutorials to how-to blogs. I love some of these quick tips from Utah hair and makeup artist, Steph:
+ Apply powder over your foundation to reduce shine.
+ Fill in your brows for a polished look.
+ Extra mascara will bring out your eyes.
+ Apply your makeup in natural light for a more true to life appearance.
+ Wear lipgloss for a fuller lip.
+ Soft cheek and natural eye colors photograph beautifully.
Feel free to bring a pouch with you of some of your favorite items — when it’s time to change outfits halfway through your session, you can simply reapply anything makeup that’s faded while we were shooting.
There is truly nothing more flattering on a bride (or groom, for that matter) than a genuine smile! Relax and enjoy yourself; you are there to celebrate this time in your lives and you look perfect as you are!