By Chandni Dua
Looking Picture Perfect on your Wedding isn’t just about your makeup routine. You need to start good skincare habits well in advance of your weddings and the flawless makeup will take care of the rest.
Consider Climate before Applying Makeup
Especially for brides getting married in warmer climates, consider using as many oil-free products as possible- primer, moisturizer, foundation etc. and keep oil-free blotting sheets on hand.
Prepare your Skin for make-up
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, oil, dirt, and pollution and then use a gentle scrub to buff off any dry patches. Use a gel-based lotion in the end that will leave your face smooth and help extend the wear of heavy makeup.
Importance of Primer
Before applying foundation, apply a transparent primer. It will form a barrier layer between your skin and makeup, so makeup will not block your pores when it gets hot. It also ensures that your skin is smooth and that your makeup lasts all day and night. Don’t forget to use a primer on your eyelids to ensure that your eye shadow remains in place without creasing or smudging.
Most brides will cry happy tears on their wedding day. So be prepared. Every bride knows to wear waterproof mascara, but make sure you use waterproof eyeliner too, so even if you cry, there will be no smudging or streaks. Your makeup will look flawless all night with waterproof makeup.
Watch out for T-zone
Powder your T-zone and then blot with an absorbing sheet. This ensures your nose and forehead don’t look too shiny in the photos.
Blush your way to happiness
Blush often pulls a disappearing act half way through the day. To make it stay put, layering is key. For a natural makeup Look, try a Cream Blush. It’s sheerer and looks healthy and fresh. If you want more staying power, try layering a powder blush on top of it.
Put lip balm on your lips before gloss or lipstick so they’re not dry and flaky. Then, fill in your entire lip with a lip pencil, which will hold the color longer. Apply your lipstick with a lip brush, blot with a tissue, and then repeat. Matte lipsticks last the longest and hence are preferred the most.
Remember that neutral, lighter brown, and pale lip colors can look washed out in photographs unless you are extremely fair with Light hair. So choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear.
After eating and before the next round of photos, keep your lip products close by to re-touch if required.
And most important, relax and smile. You can’t go wrong with this trick.
General tips that go a long way:
– Be aware of the Light inside the room you book to get ready in for your Wedding day.Very often your wedding venue plays a big part in getting gorgeous pictures of the Bride getting ready
– If the situation doesn’t allow you to go out and shoot in natural environment, make sure there is natural light in abundance and light bulbs around the mirror.
– Don’t go for anything too trend-led. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it’s best to avoid statement looks and opt for classic and evergreen styles.
– Do not over-correct the under eye circles. If your concealer is too light, it’s the only thing you will see in the photos.
– Don’t apply false eyelashes for the first time on your wedding day. Practice first.
– Carefully check of the type of foundation you are purchasing. Make sure that it is oil-free as heat can create smudgy patches.
– Avoid waxing or facials right before the wedding. The bride should give her face a few days off before the big event!
– Don’t forget to apply the foundation on your neck, back, ears and other exposed areas of the body as well. Otherwise, your face might look painted on and artificial.
– Avoid Stress. Feel happy. Because you are beautiful within and that’s all that matters.
– Some cosmetic touches can actually backfire when it comes to looking more photogenic. Glitter and other luminescent lotions can end up looking like sweat in your Pictures. They also tend to rub off on everyone you hug.
– Once your makeup is complete, use a finishing or setting powder to make everything more matte. I recommend even taking some powder with you (or oil blotting sheets), especially if it’s a warm day.
– When you put on your makeup, sit by a window or in a room with a lot of natural light. This will give you the best idea of what your makeup really looks like, and how it will look in the pictures.
Chandni Dua is a Wedding Photographer and has authored this article with inputs from Makeup Artist Priyanka Chopra. To view Chandni’s work visit her page on India’s largest professional photographer’s directory by Canvera.