- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
I’m sorta new where, but I’ve been reading these boards for at least 4 months now and I see a lot of questions about day of make up. Im a professional MUA, but I work in tv and lifestyle print mostly. Some film. i wanted to share my thoughts with you, not to override your MUA person, but more for the DYI brides. I hope it’s helpful, ill try to keep it really simple. These tips are for pictures and video specifically, bearing in mind that you need to look normal in real life, too:-) sorry this is so long, but I wanted to cover as much as possible.
The thing I want you all to know is that make up for print/photos is different than video, and different from a live event, so ideally you want to compromise between them all.
For example, your lighting conditions will change probably, so what looks good inside might not look so great outside. Video is especially harsh. The bright lips you see on hidef tv shows with even lights might not look the same on your video. video for a wedding isn’t lit like a set since you are moving around, so you are dealing with shadows and contrast issues. for this reason, it’s my opinion that clean and soft works best, its a good compromise for all of the various conditions. Not no make up, but well blended with gooD coverage. (If it was my event, I’d have amber up lighting because its the gel we use for golden hour simulation, which makes women look even more beautiful, though up lighting wont give you the exact same effect, but every bit helps!)
for the best pictures, a great, even foundation with under eye coverage is essential. A matte powder is essential (i use studio fix by mac, but there are good cheaper powders). Blotting tissues are essential. Go easy on lower eye liner, because while it can look great in photos, it can make you look hard in video. The best tip for liner, for DYI brides, is to use a liquid liner on the upper lid but first use a shadow, then liquid, and then shadow over the liquid to soften it. Blend blend blend. You can do a darker eye and if its blended properly, it will not look harsh in real life or on video.
any make up with sunscreen in it can photograph with an unhealthy tint, so be careful with that. – I like these lines ( powder, not going to name them) in real life, but not in pictures. I’m not trying to insult anyone who uses these products, just trying to share trial and error I’ve learned. Same with all over sparkle powder On the face. That’s usually a big no for video ( I’m gearing this toward brides on the wedding day, not high glam photo shoot with proper lighting). Use it judicially on areas you want to highlight.
The colors etc are a matter of individual preference. I would err on the sIDE of soft and feminine if you are torn, unless your look is steampunk, high glam, 20s, etc. I’m a fan of fake lashes for your big day, ESP because they allow for less eye make up while popping your eyes. if you can afford the salon fakes, they will look the most natural. However, I do my own individual fakes for a few bucks and the strips also look great, just play around with them till you are comfortable.
Blush: a nice glowing cheek, on the apples, well blended. I like a highlight too, on the top of the cheek, a lighter color or a very subtle sparkle/ glow, or even the under eye lighter coverage can serve to highlight the cheek.
if you are DYI, I’d suggest having a bridesmaid or friend keep the blotting tissues and lip gloss for touch ups. I load a brush with the lip color and take that on set for quick touch ups. A few q tips for under eye clean up throughout the event will keep your pic looking great. You might want concealer with you, if you have any spots, etc. I use a concealer brush for those so i can dab without getting cakey, but beware if you used airbrush make up, you may not want to mess with it once its set.
you might want to ask your photographers what kind of lighting they’ll be using, and their input on adjustments re makeup; e.g., flash can require more make up, outside under a tree with bounce boards can be soft, but in glare of full sun, Make up can be harsh or washed out, depending on conditions and filters, Etc. when you do your trials, try to mimick the conditions of your settings as much as possible. Ideally, you want to look like a glamorous or best version of you, IMO, the make up should highlight you, not itself:-) if you are DYI, and dont wear a lot of make up normally, you might be most comfortable with a clean, fresh look. Trust yourself.
If you aren’t doing video, then you have more options re darker make up, which many brides feel looks better in photos. (This really depends on a number of factors, which is why I lean toward well blended and soft for safety, but your photographer will know best what your specific conditions require And if they are doing ps for you, etc. this does not apply to studio shots; I’ve geared this to on location with changing light conditions.)
I hope this was somewhat helpful. Each MUA has their own style, so again, im not trying to override anyone’s personal preferences, just sharing what ive learned over the years. You all look beautiful in your trials and dresses. 🙂 Hugs and have fun with your make up trials! ( auto correct did me in on this post- please forgive the errors)