Beauty: Picture Perfect

Want wonderful wedding photographs?

  • Story by Photo Carolyn Haslett & Words Briar Douglas

Want wonderful wedding photographs? Here is a sneak peak into some bridal beauty tips to ensure you shine in front of the camera all day.

After the sun sets on your special day, photographs become a lifelong record of your newlywed glow – no pressure, then! Whether you’re camera shy or have an extensive self-portrait collection, here’s how clever makeup and posing secrets will ensure you look your most beautiful on film.

Start with your finish
No matter how flawless you appear in the mirror, your look needs to work well with flash photography as well as natural light. The type of foundation you use is a crucial element in this balancing act. ‘Semi-matte products are the most photogenic option,’ says L’Oréal Paris makeup director Lisa Matson. ‘Watch out for anything shimmery or reflective – these tend to make skin appear oily in pictures.’ If you like a dewy look, restrict shimmer to the tops of your cheekbones. ‘A slight sheen where the light naturally hits your face looks fresh and youthful,’ says Neisha Henry from Smashbox.
Be especially careful of how you apply sunscreen, warns Bobbi Brown makeup artist Sarah-Lee Russell. ‘If you wear a higher SPF on your face than your body, you might look washed out in your photos,’ she says. And some sunscreens may make you look like a geisha: ‘Products that contain high levels of zinc are the worst culprits,’ says Lisa Matson. Makeup artist Leisa Welch says the best thing to do is test your sunscreen under your makeup, using flash photography. Don’t forget to apply it to your arms, neck and decolletage – sunburn will look far worse than an over-exposed sheen. ‘Wear a sunscreen that’s at least SPF30,’ advises Lisa. ‘Don’t rely on sunscreen in your foundation. Chances are you won’t apply it everywhere you need it, and they usually aren’t formulated for New Zealand’s harsh sun.’

Strike a balance
While being a bride calls for an extra special makeup look, appearing over-done is a cardinal sin. Aim to look like an enhanced version of yourself. ‘It’s advisable to wear a little more makeup than usual, especially as it won’t show up as much in photographs as it does in real life, but don’t be heavy handed,’ says Revlon makeup artist Lisa Philips-Hogg.
If you are blessed with smooth, unblemished skin, a tinted moisturiser might be all you need. ‘For those who require more coverage, opt for a light layer of fluid foundation and apply concealer to any areas needing extra coverage, such as under your eyes or to disguise redness,’ suggests Sarah-Lee. Mineral makeup in powder form provides the most coverage while appearing natural in photographs. Finally, don’t go more than a few shades darker than your skin colour. ‘Have a trial run a month or two before the big day, and make adjustments then,’ advises Lisa Matson.

See our latest issue for more essential beauty tips! Plus learn expert tips from Amanda Betts, co-owner of model and talent agency, Red 11, on how to achieve great bridal portraits.

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