So, you’re getting married.. congratulations! Capturing your big day so you can share the memories with others is often considered the most important aspect of the day, but there’s another part of the photographs future generations will see, and that’s how you look! You likely splurged for the dress and of course, you’re excited about the food, so what about making sure yours is just as perfect? While many people want to look similar to their everyday appearance, others may want to look more glamorous than ever before. Regardless of your preference, a makeup artist can help you achieve your goal. (All pictured makeup by Melissa Elliott)
You may not have considered a makeup artist, but what you may not know is, not all makeup is suitable for photography and the wrong makeup can be downright disastrous. Have you seen those photos where someone has a greyish white hue to their face? Well, there’s a common ingredient in makeup called titanium dioxide that reflects when flash hits it, causing the skin to look washed out. A good makeup artist will use professional grade makeup that is meant to be photographed, assuring this is not an issue. Additionally, you want makeup that is long lasting, another area where a professional is going to have experience with what gets the results you desire.
Obviously, not all makeup artists are created equally. When selecting an artist, be sure to take a look at their portfolio. Are there makeup looks you would like to see yourself in? Does the artist have a range of people in their portfolio showing range and experience? Do any of the looks seem dated, too trendy, or unflattering? Does the face color match the neck? Are all of the colors cohesive? There’s a lot to consider!
I highly recommend a trial run before the wedding. This is the time to nail down the exact look you want, so on the wedding day, it can be applied efficiently without needing timely changes. This also gives you the chance to photograph yourself in the makeup look and see how you feel! When I do a bridal trial, I suggest the bride look at herself in both natural and artificial lighting and take photos of herself, both with and without flash. You will be in a range of settings and situations on your wedding day and the last thing you want is someone tagging you on Facebook post-event and finding out your makeup looked a mess!
Experienced makeup artists can be costly, so this is place where you’ll have to budget accordingly. It is not uncommon to pay in the $100 – $300 range for a wedding day makeup application. Make sure you are 100% happy with the service provided, so you can be thrilled with how you looked on your special day every time you look back at photos. (All pictured makeup by Melissa Elliott)
Guest post: Melisser Elliott, vegan makeup artist.