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How to Look Flawless for your Wedding Photos

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Wedding pictures hold some of the happiest memories of a lifetime, so be sure you consider all the angles when preparing to be photographed on the big day.

Every bride wants to look her best in her wedding photos. Though we encourage everyone to let go of the idea of perfection when it comes to their wedding, there is some prep work that you can do in advance to ensure you look as close to flawless as possible in your wedding photographs! Check out this list of suggestions below:

In the weeks and months leading up to the wedding…

Prep your skin to look flawless in your wedding photos

Look Flawless for Wedding Photos
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Plan ahead for beauty procedures

It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of tastings, fittings, and appointments and forget to schedule facial treatments until the last minute. Don’t be tempted to get cosmetic lasering or chemical peels within 10 days to a month of the event, depending on the exact type of laser or peel. Even something as simple as a facial should be given a solid week for your skin to normalize, especially if any extractions will be performed. Call well ahead of time and discuss this with the technician.

Read this: Advice for cosmetic procedures before the big day

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Practice good skin health

Stay hydrated and eat healthfully leading up to your wedding day to take extra care of your skin. Don’t start a new skincare regimen or anything that may irritate your skin within the month of your wedding. Anticipate your skin’s history, and treat it accordingly depending on changes your skin may experience in the climate or weather that’s expected at the venue.

Looking photo flawless on the wedding day…

When it comes to caring for your skin on your wedding day, follow these simple guidelines.

Start with a good base

Be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. You may feel like you should use a heavy cream or stick foundation since you’re being photographed, but heavier formulas will look caked on. They are also more likely leave a line of demarcation around the neck and hairline that’s tougher to blend away. Just stick with the liquid or powder that works for you, and be sure it’s properly matched to your color.

No one wants to look washed out in their wedding photos, but it can also age you a bit if your base is too dark for you. Color correcting concealers are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup. Examples include: green or yellow for redness, and peach or yellow for undereye circles. Remember that redness will be easily picked up in photographs. Take care to balance out with a color corrector, and stay away from pink-based foundations.

Avoid the shiny look

Glitter will reflect too much on camera, and shouldn’t be worn to a nice event like a wedding anyway. Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, only keep the sheen on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, which is especially important to balance any highlighting applied. If you know you’re more oily, pop pressed powder in your bag so that you stay shine free.

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The eyes have it

Keep in mind that darker eyeshadows and heavy liner make eyes look smaller. A matte or pearl shadow formula will be universally flattering and especially in warm, earthy tones. To keep eyes looking big and bright, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with an off-white, light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. The older you are, the more important it is to stay fast to the no shimmer rule, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines.

Black eyeliner can also look too harsh for older women (same goes for liquid liner.) Fair blondes are more suited for eyeliner and mascara in the brown tones. Don’t forget to make sure brows are properly framing the face. Everyone looks better and younger with defined brows! Fill your arches with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. Brow color and size are important considerations here, so don’t forget to use a light hand and blend.

Consider your venue and lighting

Will the event and photos be taking place indoors or outside? What time of day will you be taking your wedding photos? Indoor pictures will likely be taken with some sort of flash, which can yield some interesting results. It’s important to use powder to combat shine and to ensure foundation is matched well.

If outdoors, soften makeup a bit as it can easily look too heavy or harsh. Also, adjust your makeup look for more formal locations and/or later times in the evening. When considering these factors, you will want to use more color and definition over simply adding more makeup.

In closing

Keeping these ideas in mind, remember its always most important to look like yourself and feel comfortable on your wedding day. These techniques will help ensure you look flawless both in person and in photographs for years to come.

Read this: 10 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Your Best on Your Big Day

Content provided by Sarah Logan on behalf of ASI, which is an aesthetics school offering classes in waxing, facial treatments, cosmetic laser training, and microdermabrasion certification

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