1. Sparkle and Shine. Your wedding day is absolutely your day to shine but too much sparkle in the wrong places can be a photo disaster. When sunlight or the flash of a camera lands on very shimmery products in can overly enhance the shine or worse yet make the skin look oily. A safe way to add some bling is a soft shimmer on the cheeks or eyelids, balanced with matte shades and strategic highlighting for a beautiful healthy glow.
2. Too Little, Too much. Carefully applied makeup can define your features and enhance your natural beauty both in person and in your photos. Too little makeup can leave you looking washed out. Discuss your typical makeup personality and the details of your wedding with your artist so that she can design a look that is true to you and also fits in with the style of your wedding. For example; a “natural” girl having a morning garden wedding will be just gorgeous in clean, soft natural colors. Take that same girl and give her a dark smoky eye or bright red lips and her guests may wonder who the girl in the white dress is.
3. Raccoon eyes and/or a faded face. You may have sincere plans not to shed a tear at your wedding but your makeup artist knows better. There is nothing worse than a bride with mascara and eyeliner running down her cheeks. Waterproof products are a must and there are some wonderful products readily available on the market today. A good foundation, primers and setting products can make all the difference in a look that will last you the entire day with minimal touching up.
4. Last minute beauty frenzy. The week before your wedding is NOT the time to try something new. I have seen teeth whitening that left burned swollen lips, “ooompaloompa” spray tans, waxed brows with red blisters and breakouts from new moisturizers. Stick to trusted products and professionals in the two week time frame prior to your wedding day. This is also the time to be a stickler about your diet. Drink plenty of water, limit caffeine intake (excess caffeine can make you oily), sleep much as you can and avoid excess alcohol. Easy? No way! But do the best you can.
5. Waiting for the last minute to choose your hair and makeup professionals. Booking early ensures that you get to choose who you want on your beauty “team” and allows time for trials and testing. Your makeup and hair will be showcased in photos for years to come and compared to most other wedding expenses they are actually a small but extremely important investment.
These are the people that will be in your space just hours before the ceremony. Not only do they need to be skilled in their craft but dependable, personable and comfortable for you to be with.