How to Look Good in Wedding Photos

Photography: Carolyn Haslett

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Though bridal beauty is traditionally natural and soft, on wedding day modern bridal makeup can be anything from barely perceptible right through to full glam.

Being a bride is a little like being a celebrity for a day: being pampered with hair and makeup, wearing a beautiful dress, and being followed by paparazzi (i.e., your wedding photographer).

When it comes to wedding makeup, keep it simple. On your wedding day you want to look the most beautiful version of yourself. If you generally wear little makeup, this is probably not the day to experiment, but keep in mind, the camera never captures makeup and colour as vibrant as it appears in real life. Even if you are after a subtle makeup look for your photos, you still need to slightly exaggerate the makeup because the camera flash reflects and makes the makeup less dramatic.

Makeup Preparation

Great skin is the foundation of beautiful wedding makeup. Applying a base of both moisturizer and primer will ensure that the makeup will stay and blend smoothly, reducing imperfections. Avoid using products with SPF for bridal makeup as it can often make skin look shinier in images. Your foundation shall be blended around your neck and décolletage, so that your face doesn’t appear to be a different colour than the rest of your body.

Eye Makeup

The eyes are the focal point in most portraits. Make sure the makeup defines the eyes, so they stand out. Your wedding day is the perfect time to try out a “soft feline flick” on your lids for an ultra-feminine look that instantly defines and lifts your eyes. False eyelashes are another option for great eye definition. Choose a full set of lashes if you want to create true drama or individual lashes for more natural makeup look in your photos.


Fuller brows look much better in photos than thin ones. Define them with the eyebrow pencil.

Contouring Makeup

To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light. Sweep bronzer over the jawline, temples, sides of the nose, and just under the cheekbones to give your face a perfect shape.

Plump Up Lips

If your lips pull a disappearing act in photos, trace the edges of your lips with a pencil that is one shade darker than your lipstick.

No Need to Reapply

Seal the makeup with a mattifying makeup spray. Avoid lots of powder that can make your skin look dull in pictures. Use oil-absorbing sheets to blot away the shine on a hot day.

These bridal makeup tips help to make you look picture perfect on your wedding day. Remember, the best wedding shoots are the ones where you are look authentically like you. The best strategy is to pretend your photographer isn’t there and just enjoy the moment.