‘Wedding photography makeup’ – My lovely brides often ask me about this. They want to know how to look their best for their wedding photographs. So, because I am an expert in Photography, and not Makeup Artistry, I thought I would team up with the incredibly talented Lauren from LC Makeup Artistry to educate us all….
DIY Make Up:
“Your wedding day does not mean you need to book a Makeup Artist, ” says Lauren from LC Makeup Artistry. “However, it’s still an option to reach out to discuss a trial with an artist. It’s an opportunity to perfect and polish your favoured makeup style, and ensure you have the right makeup products and tools. This will help keep your wedding morning as calm and stress free as possible.
“On your wedding day, your makeup is put to the test – through smiles, happy tears, love and kisses – so longevity is key.”
Lauren offers makeup lessons which are completely tailored to your requirements, using your products and her professional kit, and will advise on product recommendations and application tips. Makeup lessons are available to anyone, no matter what your makeup application skill.
Lauren’s Artist Tip:
“A good setting spray is key to ensuring your makeup is going to be stay in place – and kiss proof – from morning to night on your wedding day – my favoured product is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Apply by spritzing to the face after applying all liquid and powder products, and then again after finishing lips. It doesn’t have any heavy chemical spray, and can be reapplied to ‘refresh’ your makeup at any point through the day.”
Professional Wedding Make Up:
All Makeup Artists provide a wedding makeup trial for brides with bridal bookings. This is an opportunity to meet with you and to put you at ease. I usually suggest to my brides that we make use of their wedding makeup trial and have their pre-wedding photography session (offered with my full day Wedding Photography Collections) on the same day. That way, you can see just how amazing you photograph, have that extra boost of camera confidence, and can also make a few tweaks should you want to.
LC Makeup Artistry offers bridal packages involving a trial from £85 and wedding packages are available for bridesmaids and mums. Artists usually book 12 – 24 months in advance, so don’t be afraid to message to ask for availability when you set your date. I’ve popped Lauren’s details below at the end of our blog post.
Some Tips From A Photographers Viewpoint:
As with any wedding supplier you’ll be working with, it’s important to feel comfortable in their company. As a wedding photographer, it’s so important that my couples are at ease with me and my camera (which is another reason we do a pre-wedding session – read more about this here) and this applies for your Makeup Artist (MUA) too!
Take with you any inspirational photographs:
If you’ve seen a style that you love from the MUA that you’ll be using, then show them the photograph for reference and explain what it is you love. Using the expertise from your MUA, they’ll be able to tell you if this will look fab on you, or if there’s a better style or tone that could really enhance your features.
Something to consider:
I aim to use natural light but for certain parts of the day I have to use a flashgun. So it’s important that your choice of make up doesn’t leave a ‘shiny’ oily finish as the bounced light is likely to enhance the shiny, oily appearance. So avoid that! Any talented MUA understands great wedding photography makeup.
Be honest at your trial:
If you are working with a Make Up Artist, they will want your feedback. They will want to make sure that you feel over the moon with your make up and radiate confidence. So be sure to tell them if you aren’t too keen on something, and make sure to tell them how much you love it when you both get it right.
Take photographs for reference:
After your trial, be sure to take a few photographs. If you’re having your pre-wedding photography session, then you’ll have this covered. But if not, then take some on your phone so you have reference to it for the day itself. Most MUA are likely to make these visual notes too.
Lauren’s Artist Tip:
“Choosing your Makeup Artist that is right for you is important – they are part of one of the biggest days of your life. Look through their portfolio of work before booking and be honest about what style you are comfortable with – or would like. Your bridal makeup should be a reflection of you.
“In your trial don’t be afraid to state any changes, and take lots of pictures in different lighting to ensure you don’t have any unwanted flashback/colour match issues and you are happy with the coverage, colour tones and application. This way on the day – you and your artist are on the same page, and both can chat and be confident you are going to be picture perfect!”
For more information about my Wedding Photography Collections or to discuss your photography needs, then please get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
Smile, Jeni x
Jeni Lowe Photography