Post # 1
I had my makeup trial a few months ago, and I’ve been wondering about something ever since. Everyone I’ve talked to says their wedding day makeup seemed like too much in person but looked perfect in pictures. I vaguely remember feeling this way about makeup for my senior pictures. But now I’m looking at the photos from the trial (taken with a cell phone and all taken pretty close up) and am getting worried. I feel like there might be a little too much blush on my cheeks and noticed that my face is a shade tanner than my neck (I’m very pale). Are these things I should mention to my makeup artist on my wedding day as changes I’d like her to make? Or should I just trust her judgment since she’s the professional and does this all the time? On a daily basis, I don’t wear any makeup, so I’m pretty clueless about it all. I’m also pretty cluesless about how it looks on camera. Will the makeup look better in the professional photos or is this something I should discuss with my makeup artist?
Post # 2
Definitely discuss it, and don’t be afraid to ask for changes!
I don’t wear daily makeup either, and I had to seriously fight to get my makeup artist to understand that I didn’t want, need, or like full-coverage foundation and heavy color. She made the switch to nars tinted moisturizer, and I still looked plenty transformed and made-up in photos! Here’s a before/after – she used tinted moisturizer, a heavier concealer just under the eyes, a little blush, eyeshadow (no liner), mascara, and lip stain. I loved this look and would absolutely have regretted if I let her do the first look she did at my trial. So don’t be shy!
Post # 3
There has to be a balance! As much as you want your photos to turn out great, you don’t want to look like a clown in person in front of the mirror or in front of your guests! I can’t comment on the look without seeing photos, but if your foundation doesn’t match your skin tone then yes, that’s an issue!
Post # 4
your foundation should always match your skin tone, if it is tanner, it’s not right.
You should not look too heavily done in person, this whole thing is a myth- because whereas your senior pics were probably lit with at least standard 3 light kit, your wedding photographs won’t be with a professional lighting crew or lights.
It’s the lights that wash people out on TV, in pics, etc. not the camera. In fact, when doing make up for tv, we always ask what they’re shooting on because certain hd cameras make it hell on MUA, and less is more unless it’s lit well. Every flaw can be seen on those cameras, and so blending well and making things look natural is the key.
This idea that you need a ton of make up is an oversimplified, often wrong, misconception. You need to sculpt faces, not make them look like they’re clowns.
Post # 5
Part of a wedding is about celebrating you. If heavy makeup isn’t you, don’t do it. I think it should be kind of like a job interview, wear one step above what you normally would
As far as yellow/dark foundation goes… if you have pale skin and a makeup artist who isn’t VERY experienced with pale skin it can be a nightmare to get the foundation right. Most foundation goes on looking like it matches, but as it oxidizes it yellows. I have extremely pale skin and I only wear powder foundation for this reason. I would highly suggest either going and getting a few shades to try for yourself and wear on the day, or having her retry with a different foundation before the big day.
Post # 6
Personally I absolutely loved my makeup in person (and in photos), I would worry and maybe tone it down if you think its over the top now.
Post # 7
I personally love makeup and usually wear at least a little bit everyday. I wanted to look more made up on my wedding day than just a saturday out running errands however my husband is used to seeing me made up because I usually do full makeup when we hit the town. I wouldn’t want to be any less made up than that! To me, a wedding day is an event that you can definitely get away with that “extra” glam look. To each their own however. It is true however that makeup usually comes across good in photos– as long as its within reason of course!
Post # 8
You don’t want your head a different color than your neck. In my opinion, that always looks bad in photos. I think you can do a more dramatic look for your wedding than you might normally, but it should be something you feel comfortable with.
Post # 9
If your MUA thinks that having your face painted darker than your skin tone then I’d be changing MUAs! That is incredibly basic. It has nothing to do with it looking better on camera. I too am very pale and my MUA searched high and low for a shade that would work on camera and match my neck – she ended up blending two foundations to achieve the desired effect.
The eye make-up and lip colour ought to be a little heavier than normal life makeup so the definition is picked up on a lens. Even ‘natural’ make-up takes a lot to achieve the desired look. But you shouldn’t have it plastered on with a trowel. I’d trust your instincts on this one.
ETA: I do not wear make-up everyday either but I did not feel like a clown. It was subtle. There was a red lip which worked. The only thing I would not usually go with was the addition of a little glitter eyeliner on the top rim of my lids. That was the only little thing I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing any other dress up day.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for your replies! Your insight and opinions are very helpful. One more question — my wedding is a few states away, and I’m not planning to see the MUA again until the wedding day. Should I send her an email with a picture from the trial day and ask her if she can make the changes or try to schedule another trial? I could probably make another trip to my wedding city for a second trial, but it would be difficult and then I’d have to pay for another trial.
Post # 11
Okay, across states isn’t ideal but it isn’t the end of the world either. Email her and tell her that you want a foundation that matches your skin tone, she should come back to you with plenty of ideas as many brands cater to pale skin and she’s a professional so it ought to be easy. I’m hoping that she just didn’t have one in her bag the day of the trial. She should already know what she’s going to use on you.
I would personally go to a cosmetic shop and get colour matched (Sephora certainly do that). Tell the assistants that it’s for your wedding photos so they will know not to pick anything with sparkle (some of the dewy finishes can come up whiter with flash photography). Then you can inform the MUA of the brand and colour if she still isn’t convincing you, or just buy the tube for piece of mind. I bought the lipstick my MUA was due to use for touch-ups throughout the day, for instance.