How does no makeup translate in wedding photos?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Busy bee

One of my BMs didn’t wear any makeup beyond a little mascara. She never wears makeup – her skin is perfectly homogenous and she really doesn’t need any foundation – and it didn’t look weird at all. My mom didn’t wear any makeup either, actually (maybe some rouge – I’m not sure). You don’t notice – at least in my professional photos – the difference between the faces with and without. If the photos made it obvious that I was wearing makeup though, I wouldn’t have liked them in the first place.

Really, you can look at any pro photos with both men and women in them – very likely the men aren’t wearing any makeup. Does it look weird? No.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had one bridesmaid choose to do her own hair and makeup while the rest of us went and had hair and makeup professionally done (she did not want to come and I was not into forcing people to do anything).

To be honest…. I could see a difference between us and her.  Her look really stood out and did not look as polished as the rest of us.

The bridal party shots came out ok but in the end these were not the photos I was most concerned about….. I really wanted to make sure that the photographer captured by DH and I since these were the photos I planned on hanging in my house……

The one thing I would recommend is for everyone to carry those oil blotting sheets….. they really work!!!!!!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

AlmostMrsJPS:  Really depends on the person and the light/photo proccessing, to be honest. Most wedding photographers these days like to brighten everything up and increase contrast, so skin issues are minimized while eyes and lips are emphasized. That makes it easier to get away with no or little makeup. If she is very fair, she may look washed out, but it will probably be fine. However if your photographer has a darker, more grungy style, or doesn’t do much post-processing, there may be issues.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Tagging this to follow. I have a BM who also does not wear makeup, but unlike OPs case, her skin is significantly less even than my other BMs who do get dolled up. Not sure what to do because she says makeup is expensive and she does not like the feeling of makeup on her skin. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

AlmostMrsJPS:  Thanks! My wedding is in May 2015, so plenty of time to figure out the makeup situation. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

nuggetsoflove:  I also hate the feeling of makeup but I like the way it looks on me. The solution for me is mineral powder makeup, as I can’t even feel it once it’s on. This might be something to suggest to your bridesmaid?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

nuggetsoflove:  Would your bridesmaid consider wearing a little tinted moisturiser/BB cream and a bit of translucent powder to even her skintone out? Typically that’s all I wear unless I’m going somewhere really special, and it honedtly feels like just wearing moisturiser.

autumnvee:  I heard that mineral makeup reflects the light really badly in flash photography and yOi end up looking really pale. Not sure if it’s true or not because I’ve never tried it.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

autumnvee:  Bearimbolo:  Thanks for the suggestions. I also normally only wear BB cream and have considered having her try this. The problem is that she has a lot of scarring/indents from acne earlier in life, so maybe BB cream + concealer on those spots would work. I’m thinking of gifting her the essentials for her birthday so that she doesn’t have to go out of the way to get these things, as I already feel bad making her go out of the way to do something she doesn’t normally do. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Bearimbolo:  nuggetsoflove:  I agree that you need to be careful with mineral makeup. I just tested the theory since I am wearing the bare essentials concealer today and it reflect really badly in my camera phone. It all depends on the finish of the product. Another idea is to mix moisturizer with a foundation so the foundation does not feel as heavy.

Take her to a Makeup counter – MAC maybe – and have them do her makeup. If she likes some of the product then maybe purchase those products since you know she likes them.

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