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Flawless in Wedding Photos: Makeup Artist Reveals 9 Tips for Great Bridal Makeup

Flawless in Wedding Photos: Makeup Artist Reveals 9 Tips for Great Bridal Makeup

We are so very grateful to Anne Kibler of Charlottesville Makeup Artist for sharing with us these 9 incredible wedding makeup tips that will ensure you look flawless in the photos from your Charlottesville wedding. Anne is one of the sweetest & most fun-loving wedding vendors we have here in Charlottesville, not to mention she is truly a professional and takes her job, and more importantly, her brides, very seriously. We are over-the-moon to have Anne & Charlottesville Makeup Artist contributing on the Local Buzz Blog today! Thank you, Anne!

xo, Maribeth

1. Skin Care Counts

Great makeup starts with a good canvas. No doubt, makeup artists can work miracles… but we are not plastic surgeons! Regardless of how much we “work our magic,” makeup can only take you so far. There comes a point of diminishing returns, and often less is more. So what’s the secret? The best way to have great makeup is to take excellent care of your skin. Any quality makeup (and I recommend only using quality products for your wedding in Charlottesville) will look better on a canvas (your face) that’s healthy, hydrated, and well cared for. Most beautiful makeup has great skin that is well taken care of underneath.

2. Don’t Skip the Primer

Have you ever tried a DIY house painting job? How important is primer? Using a primer means needing to use less paint to get the job done. While painting your house is obviously different from applying makeup to your face, I use this analogy because it’s one that most people understand. I mean, most people have heard of paint primer – the white stuff you apply before you actually paint. The funny thing is, most people will take more time to prep a wall then they will their own face! Most people have never even heard of makeup primer. Believe me, it exists! And for your wedding, its non-negotiable. Here’s another reason: don’t you want your makeup to LAST on your wedding day? A good quality primer will help make that happen! Not only will it help smooth out any roughness on your face, it will also make your face “adhere” better to the makeup, blend more smoothly, and last hours longer. It will also look better. As an artist, I like to think of a face as a blank canvas, and it’s my job to create a masterpiece. Well just like a painting, the artistry of that masterpiece is easier to create when the canvas has been primed!

A few of the models from a gorgeous styled shoot from Charlottesville wedding photographers The Pinwheel Collective. All models made-up by Anne of Charlottesville Makeup Artist!

3. Concealer is a Good Idea

Unless you are among the lucky 5% of the population that gets all the sleep they need and never has any under-eye circles, you will probably benefit from a little bit of concealer. Avoid trying to “cover up” the darkness with a concealer that’s caked on five shades lighter. Again, less is more. You don’t want to look like you have white circles under your eyes. The idea is to “correct” the darkness under your eyes with a slightly lighter color than your skin tone. I would advise against the “reverse raccoon” look!

4. Choose a Good Bronzer… Wisely

If you’re one of those bronze-obsessed type of bride, then skip this section! The last thing you want on your wedding day is to look like you just got a bad spray tan. For the rest of you, a little (again, NOT a crazy bronze face!) will help you look less washed-out in photos. The camera can sometimes give the impression that you are a shade lighter than you actually are. A good bronzer applied correctly, in strategic areas, can give your face more “depth” in photos. Also, if your makeup artist is experienced with contouring, that’s worth checking into. But I do caution to make sure you trust your makeup artist with this step. Get a trial, and experiment with it then. Contouring is an advanced technique and only looks good when a makeup artist actually knows what she's doing. Sadly, not all makeup artists know what they’re doing. Done by an amateur, your face will look muddy or dirty. Done well (by a professional, with experience), & your bone structure will look fabulous in your photos!

5. Pay Attention to your Lashes

If you’re what I like to call a “lash virgin,” you’re not alone. Most women have never tried or have even heard of false eyelashes before. Well, if there’s a time to "turn it up a notch,” your Big Day is the day! Like the bronzer/contouring this can backfire on you, so be sure that your makeup artist is truly a professional with experience. Fake lashes can be your best friend…or your worst nightmare! Applied poorly, or if the lashes are cheap, they will poke you all night long, irritate your eye, and you will probably end up rubbing off all of your eye makeup! Applied correctly, you will look STUNNING in your photos. I kid you not, you will probably be more photogenic then you’ve ever been in your entire life. Provided they are done right, nothing can do what lashes can do… And a great lash job will change your life! Your eyes will look fantastic, better then they have ever looked. You may even forget that you’re wearing them, and if you cry, the mascara won’t run… it’s like a dream come true! The camera tends to “wash out” the eyes, so be sure to do something. While I consider fake lashes a “nice to have,” wearing a good quality (waterproof) mascara is an absolute MUST.

6. Don’t Ignore Your Lips

Believe it or not, this goes for your groom too! Unless you are going for that corpse look, I would strongly recommend taking care of your lips! You don’t have to go too crazy. Even if you’re not a lipstick or lip gloss kind of girl, at the very least bring Chapstick. Dry, chapped lips that are cracked will show up on camera, and they look very unattractive, not to mention will totally wash you out. I do a lot of makeup for local TV here in Charlottesville, and even the men wear lip balm. If men can wear lip balm, you can at least wear chap stick for your Charlottesville wedding.

7. Your Brows are just as Important as your Eyes

Most people tend to ignore their brows. Maybe it’s because people just don’t know any better, are too lazy, or because plucking or waxing is uncomfortable. Whatever your excuse is, just do SOMETHING! When it comes to your brows, even a little bit of “something” is better than a whole lot of “nothing.” You don’t have to be an expert. Pluck a little bit in the obvious areas like in between and just under your brows. If your brows are unruly maybe trim them a little. For beginners I recommend a little bit at a time. You’re not trying to look like a completely different person, you just don’t want your brows to look crazy unruly or lack definition. How important to “dressing up a window” are window curtains? Well, if your eyes are the windows to the soul, your brows are the curtains! Even just a little bit of grooming can make a big difference in your photos.

8. “Testing it out” on Camera is ALWAYS a Good Idea

Even if you use quality products, not all makeup is meant for photos. Whatever you decide, test it out on camera. Some products will give your face a “white shadow” in photos. So be sure to experiment with whatever you are looking to do before the wedding, rather than at the wedding.

9. Let it Go

The day of the wedding, your makeup routine should already be planned out. If you are doing it yourself, you should be a master at creating this look since you have already done the experimenting & practicing over and over again in the mirror. If you are hiring a pro, you should have already had a makeup trial. What’s done is done. Stressing out will only cause you anxiety, and your face will tell that story in the photos. Just have fun, and enjoy the ride!

For more information about Anne & her professional makeup artistry services, check out Charlottesville Makeup Artist's listing on Borrowed & Blue!

To learn more about Anne, check her out in our Spotlight Series!

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