Thursday, April 22, 2010

FAQ: Makeup is so important to your wedding photography!

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Wearing makeup is one of those experiences I've never had, for some obvious reasons (I'll leave them to you to figure out ;). As a photographer it's become a necessity to learn about it though. Also as someone always looking for a new experience, and exploring what I'm unfamiliar with, it intrigues my curiosity. Putting on makeup can be as much of an art as creating an image of someone wearing it.

About Face Design Team

After the photos are made I try to do very little retouching. A makeup artist can make my life easier and the time I spend working on photos less. It's amazing how a little bit of makeup in the right places can make your eyes look open and keep light from reflecting off of your head. I believe in it being as subtle as possible though. I like things natural.

Kara Sánchez with KyleLynn Cosmetics

To get the right look for the camera, it can be important that you hire someone. You might put makeup on everyday, or you might be like me and try to keep things as natural as possible, but it's good to have an artist who knows how the light and the makeup will react when it's captured by the camera.

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When it comes to makeup in black and white photography there are some awesome tips here from top celebrity makeup artist Elke Von Freudenberg. It talks about not using too much foundation and the different shades of makeup you should use.

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A few more tips from Elke can be found on Wed Alert. One tip that is super important is doing a consultation with your makeup artist. Get your makeup done for the rehearsal dinner or other special event (Like an e-session or boudoir shot) to give your wedding day look a run through.

Most of the time you also want your wedding day look to be cohesive. You may have a high fashion, couture wedding gown and typical "wedding hair and makeup." In the end the style of your dress doesn't match the style of your makeup and hair. Ashley Brockinton, another wedding and portrait photographer, has some great tips and videos on her blog for achieving that put together look.

Liene Stevens has some great tips about skin care before your wedding here.

Last but certainly not least, you can find tons of articles on The Knot about hair and makeup ideas. I highly recommend this article about skin care, healthy hair, and getting into shape for your big day.

Have you found any great makeup tips for your wedding day?


Unknown said...

Chad, you really make some great points! Having the right makeup applied to the right places can indeed create a wider open eye, a more sculpted cheekbone, a fuller lip, etc. A great makeup artist coupled with a skilled photographer make for the best "permanent memories" - the wedding portraits.

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