No professional makeup on wedding day? Pictures of lightly made up faces?

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I don’t have any pics to share, but I did have 2 ideas.

First, if you have a Sephora or similar store nearby, it might be worth going in and explaining that you don’t want to be heavily made up for your wedding and want perhaps just a touch of makeup, and see if they have any suggestions for specific products that might photograph well.  For example, they might suggest a certain BB cream or something.

Then, I’d have a discussion with your photographer and see what sort of advice they have.  They might have some practical suggestions about what they’ve seen photograph well vs. poorly.. ie, “avoid mineral powder foundation because it tends to give flashback in photos.”

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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chillbee29 :  you can always ask the makeup artist for a natural/bare look. Their products are made to last all day, be photographed and seamlessly blended. With amateur makeup, I’d be worried the flash would reflect off of my foundation or my mascara would run. Could you try doing your own makeup for engagement photos? 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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chillbee29 :  I would reccoemnd doign some sort of makeup at least. Definitely agree with PP – hit up a sephra, explain your situation and get them to reccommend a few products. With a professional camera and close up shots, with no makeup, every little line, pore and everything will be hugely magnified!

You definitely dont need a big full face glam if thats not what you are into, but I would reccomend a little foundation, conclear and maybe blush. Just to highlight your face in the right areas and smooth out any texture from your skin.

Note that I’m not a makeup artist, just a self taught makeup lover that spends way WAY to much money at sephora! I will be doing my own makeup for my wedding day AND all my bridesmaids. Since I decided to go that route, I have ton a huge amount of reasearch on wedding makeup. Every girl wants a very natural look, but you can achieve that with minimal makeup. Good luck Bee!

EDIT: to say that PP is correct as well. Certain foundations and powders and certain makeup can cause issues with flash and such. So I would definitely either get product recommendations from a MUA or MAC employee, or hire an artist and specify you want a very natural look!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I didn’t get mine done for my smaller sized wedding.  I went to clinique and explained what I was doing and they had a couple products I bought.   I also watched  YouTube videos and practiced.  I’m glad that I did it that way.  I’m not a makeup person because I’m allergic to most products, and I wanted to look like me.  I also don’t know how it would work if I ever went to a professional because I’m allergic to so many things.  I wouldn’t want an allergic reation on my wedding day…  I don’t have a comparison, but here’s my end product.

 

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Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

chillbee29 :  I have a comparison . Engagement session I did my own makeup (so just mascara) and for the wedding I had my makeup done. I did ask for a more natural look. I personally like how I look in both, but I did feel better and feel more put together on my wedding day. 26734178_1780845652220074_4288812727322672946_n

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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chillbee29 :  when you do a trial, bring pictures of what you want. Google “natural makeup before and after” so your artist knows exactly what you like. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

Yes, you can specify a brand. The easiest route is to go to a department store counter that will use their line exclusively on you. Or see if there’s a boutique like MAC (if you want that brand) that has a store near you. Not sure if you are familiar with Blue Mercury but they have a number of brands there but if you told them you only wanted specific lines they would definitely do it.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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chillbee29 :  Engagement photos were taken by our wedding photographer 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I did my own make up and hair for my first wedding. I was by no means an expert… little fountaition, mascara blush and a little gloss. I don’t even recall if I used eye shadow. 

I looked pretty and natural in my photos taken by a professional. But then again I was 19 and didn’t have any wrinkles, freckles or spots to cover, lol. 

Get a nice long lasting formula. I use Lancôme ultra wear. Top with a mineral free powder and a setting spray like urban decay all night. Then use a good nonflaking mascara. Blenders work well… make sure they are damp for application. If you want color on your lips, try a lip stain with a nice gloss on top. Practice a lot and take pictures to see how it looks. 

Go slightly heavier than you like the look of in person… it will photograph better. 

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