After 15+ years in the wedding photography business, I maintain strong opinions on the impacts of wedding makeup. Wedding makeup is an art, involving an in-depth understanding of the bride’s desired look as well as her facial features and her best qualities. It defines the bride’s entire image and how she wants to present herself: classic, romantic, daring, bold, sexy, elegant–sometimes all of the above. When done well, a bride’s makeup makes a major difference in pictures. When done wrong, it makes an even bigger difference.

Mistake 1: Not fitting in with your surroundings.

Different venues and themes tie into the bride’s stylistic approach. For example, smokey eyes and dark eye shadows may not fit a springtime meadow wedding as well as an evening cityscape wedding. When a bride’s makeup doesn’t fit her surroundings, things can seem out of place, which shows up in group formals, first looks, and more.

Mistake 2: Hiring good versus great.

What’s that? You’re looking for a professional makeup artist for your big day? Look no further, one of your bridesmaids recommended her third cousin who has a great Instagram following and brand new brushes. Hiring a friend, or a friend of a friend, who is “good” at makeup means hiring someone that may only understand how to highlight her best qualities, not necessarily others’. Professional makeup artists are educated and experienced in creating stunning looks that vary depending on their client’s features.

What always works:

In every scenario and in my experience, the bold yet classic approach always wins. A natural and dewy glow, rosy lips, and dramatic eyes melt the camera every time. I recently worked along side the makeup gurus at Design Visage, who flawlessly executed the bold/classic combo for the beautiful bride, Dianna. Hers and Stephen’s wedding at the sophisticated and classic Prado at Balboa Park filled the venue with grace and elegance. Needless to say, Dianna’s makeup awed all and held strong throughout the entire day,

Wedding makeup completes the bride identity by complimenting her dress, her venue, and most importantly, her self-image. Don’t lose out on the perfect look for your wedding, and consider the tried and true approach to that jaw-dropping reaction you want from your guests when they see your first steps toward the next big chapter!

Dianna and Stephen’s wedding - vendor credits:

Coordination: High Society Events  | Ceremony Venue: The Immaculata Catholic Church  | Reception Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park | Floral Design: Elegant by Design | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Reception Music: Visions Entertainment | Videography: Taylor Films | Linens: Mikasa Fine Linen | Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting | Cake: Cute Cakes | Rentals: Folklore | Transportation: Top Dog Limo Bus

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