Post # 1
Make up time… well it is a “bit” early for that but trust me I am thinking about it.
so I was at the Mall tonight with my BFF/MOH just bumming around. we decided to go into the MAC store and ask some wedding makeup related questions… you know cause why not. I am thinking I will be doing my own makeup on my big day… I always like it better, but wanted some tips and tricks from a pro and also some product advice. I had heard good things about MC here on the Bee. I digress. I went in and asked them if they could help me out which they of course did and one of their lades did me all up explaining everything as she went (including Falsies which I bought, but I was pretty much planning on buying anyway.)
Even when I left there I wasn’t crazy about the look, it just didn’t look like me, because well I didn’t do it. Also she put on foundation which I rarely do and when I do it is a mineral powder.. so having a thick cream smeared on my face just didn’t seem… right. at 23 I already have fine laugh lines and they were so visible with all that makeup on. also it seemed strange to me because I have freckles, and you wouldn’t have known, so it was like part of me was missing. ::deep breath:: here comes the punch line:
I AM CONSIDERING NOT WEARING FOUNDATION OF ANY KIND.
am I crazy? all those pictures! will I regret this decision? I wear makeup! almost daily, just not on my face. wait that sounded wrong. I wear eye makeup almost daily, and I still want a super stunner eye, but if I have a skin tone I like do I need to cover it up with heavy “photo finish” makeup?
Post # 3
It all really depends on your photographer. I would talk to your photographer and maybe they will take some test shots for you, then you can make an educated decision. It all comes back to the lighting and skill of the photographer. My mom has taken pictures of me with an absolutely crappy looking face and she can make me look like a super model in photoshop when she is finished.
Post # 4
No no no! I would never consider not wearing foundation for professional pictures. Photographers have high tech/end lenses that capture DETAILS of everything and bring them into focus for clear, bright pictures. If you have any flaws even at all on your face, they WILL show and you probably wont be pleased with the outcomes of the photo’s. I did something similar to what your considering for a professional portrait session and I instantly regretted it after seeing the final images, the pictures were great but a lot of blemishes, red spots, and uneven areas were really noticable in the pictures.
Mac makeup is fantastic BUT if you don’t normally wear makeup it can be thick/heavy. I’d suggest going with a lighter foundation thats not so rich like Mac’s. Or even just your normal mineral powder but absolutely not without anything.
Post # 5
but photographers can use photoshop! I didn’t wear any sort of foundation for our e-pics (I don’t even own any), and my skin looks way more perfect in the pix than in real life!
or else my photographer is just a magician… 😮
Post # 6
You may have flawless skin, but photoshop can only do so much. I’d advise you to at the very least wear a sheer powder foundation. You don’t need to wear pancake makeup, but I feel like you might regret this decision as the day wears on.
But they’re your pics!
Post # 7
I agree with KatyElle. There is only so much that Photoshop can do, and so much an photographer can do as well! Maybe you should try a tinted moisturizer so that you have a little coverage but still see your freckles.
Post # 8
Oh, definitely do not go bare. As Katy Elle said, at least do a sheer foundation. That will even things out a bit and it will help control shine too. This is not an occasion to be “natural”. If anything, be more heavy-handed than normal. You will look washed out otherwise.
I used to work in a cosmetic boutique and we did wedding make-up. We begged this one bride not to go bare but she did it anyway and she looked like total crap in her pics. Big mistake.
Post # 9
I agree with PP. You wedding day is definitely different from regular occasions and you’re going to want to look good in the photos! I would atleast wear something all over (eyes, lip, face) if it’s only minimal amounts. You will definitely need something mattifying to reduce shine!
Post # 10
I think that you will look beautiful no matter what and it isn’t like the boys wear makeup and they usually end up without screwed up looking skin… so how bad can you look. Don’t cover up your freckles!
Post # 11
While most photog packages include editing, Photoshopping is another beast altogether. There’s a big difference between exposure correction/sharpening and spending hours retouching the brides skin in Every. Single. Shot. Unless it expressly says she will do that in your contract, you should talk to her. She may charge you (a lot) extra. I would go with, at minimum, a sheer foundation and concealer for under your eyes.
Post # 12
I think that if you have good skin, then why not? I think that if you are questioning it though…maybe do the light mineral makeup.
Post # 13
What about doing airbrush makeup instead of regular foundation? I had it done for my wedding, and I looked flawless, but it still looked like me. And, it was extremely lightweight.
Post # 14
I think that if you love how your skin looks in other pictures you see of yourself, it should be fine. If you like it better with mineral foundation, wear that, but get the “matte” kind, since I’ve heard that otherwise it can look shiny in pictures.
Post # 15
I say if you’re comfortable with your skin as is, then go for it. Grooms don’t wear foundation and their skin usually looks great in the pro pics I’ve seen.
Post # 16
She was a no-makeup bride.