@Ms. Blue: MUA here…. be careful with setting/finishing powders. don’t apply too liberally, especially the MUFE HD powder. also, stay away from foundations with SPF in them, as the titanium dioxide in them will cause a white cast in flash photos. If you require sun protection, use it at the skin care level, and not in your foundation.
Generally speaking, you want to apply your makeup a little heavier than your day to day look. So, that means a little more blush, a little more bronzer, a bit more mascara (or use false lashes), etc.
Be sure to blend your foundation down to into your neck. You don’t want the camera to pick up a line of demarcation between your foundation and your neck.
stay away from products with too much shimmer. Shimmer can sometimes make you light up like a disco ball in photos (especially those taken by regular wedding guests who usually always use the flash on their cameras).
splurge on foundation, eyeshadow, and blush. try to stay away from drug store brands of these product sas many of them may not photograph as well and/or breakdown quicker than higher quality brands. drugstore eyeshadows and blushes are generally not nearly as pigmented as professional grade products, and will tend to fade away/crease more than pro products.
Conversely, drugstore mascara is just as good (and sometimes better) as many professional brands. My favorite is “Falsies” (I believe it’s by Maybelline). Just make sure to get waterproof. One of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve found is a drug store brand… Maybelline Superstay 24 hour lip color. Best long-wearing product I’ve found. Doesn’t transfer, doesn’t budge, nice range of colors.
Primer is an absolute must. It gives your foundation something to stick to and enhances wear. But just remember that you only need a little bit. It’s not like moisturizer where you slather it on and let it soak in. Just a pea sized amount is all you need.
Primer is also a must for eyeshadow. I prefer either Benefit’s Stay, Don’t Stray, or Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Just need a tiny dab. You almost don’t want to see it once you blend it into your lid. Use too much, and it will do exactly what you’re trying to prevent… it will cause your eyeshadow to crease.
Practice, practice, practice! there’s a big difference in doing your makeup for your daily life and doing makeup for an event where you will be photographed a million times from every possible angle, and with every type of camera known to man (from DSLR cameras to iPhones). Practice your look for the day as much as possible and have someone take photos of you in as many different lights as possible.