Why Amazing Hair and Makeup is So Important for Your Wedding Photos

By Mariè Richards Photographer

Today's post is about the importance of choosing professional hair and makeup services and the affect it will have on your wedding photos.


Professional Makeup

As a wedding photographer, some of my brides comment that although they've booked a professional hair stylist, they will be applying their own makeup on their wedding day (or they have a friend who will apply it). It's at this point I offer my opinion and experience, taking them through a few scenarios to consider should they choose this option.

Many of us think we can apply our own makeup beautifully, and while we often do a great job, we can fail to understand that our everyday makeup is very different from what professional makeup artists apply. Professional makeup artists are trained in contouring the face, thus accentuating your best features. They are amazing at reshaping your face using brushes for shadowing and blending, much like an artist does on canvas. They use top quality products giving you perfect coverage that will last all day. This is essential if you are to continue looking your best throughout your entire day, with your lipstick being the only makeup required for touch ups.

While all this is very important, a valuable result of having professionally applied makeup on your wedding day will be the results shown in your wedding photos. Bridal makeup is renowned for a soft dewy look, radiating a youthful looking and almost pure complexion. Perfect coverage foundation, contouring and concealing will ensure a flawless looking you, allowing your photographer to capture the best shots of you in the timeframe allocated. A professional makeup artist will know what is required to suit wedding photography.

Applying makeup yourself can result in a few hidden flaws that the camera will expose. Face shine, mismatched foundation colourings and prematurely worn makeup will show up more through the camera lens than will be viewed by the naked eye. While you can fix a number of errors with digital photography, these flaws will take a considerable amount of time for your photographer to correct, which can be costly and unnecessary.

Another point to consider is your photographer may be taking photos of you while you're getting ready. These photos are better taken if you're sitting down, relaxed and enjoying yourself while having your makeup applied, rather than if you were standing up in front of a mirror trying to apply your own makeup!

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Professional Hair

The same goes with bridal hair. Let's be honest - it doesn't matter how fantastic you are at styling your own hair, there are areas that you just can't get to. So it goes without saying that hiring a professional hair stylist for your bridal hair is essential. There are a number of reasons why.

A professional hair stylist knows how to cope with every type of hair - fine, thick, frizzy, wavy, curly or straight. And they know what it's going to take to hold your style in place given your hair type. They have the tools and products to ensure your hair will stay in your chosen style all day long. A great stylist will also take into consideration the weather on your wedding day - giving your hair more hold if it's windy or applying certain products if it's humid or raining.

Your hair stylist will also know how to make your hairstyle look balanced, full and flattering, ensuring your hair looks great at every angle, giving freedom for your photographer to capture you at every turn. They're also experienced at attaching a veil or head piece without the risk of it falling out or disturbing your hair.

Investing in a professional hair stylist is important. I have photographed many brides who opted to have a non professional style their hair, only to find they didn't take into consideration hair type, or applied enough heat or cooling, product or spray to hold their style. An hour or two later their hair was wispy, falling down or limp and straggly, which is not a great look for wedding photographs.

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Before choosing a professional makeup artist or hair stylist consider the following:

  1. View previous work or portfolio if possible.
  2. Book a trial, ideally three months before your wedding.
  3. Keep your makeup application (and hair if possible) on all day, that way you'll find out how well it lasts and how it makes you feel.
  4. Find out what brands/products your makeup artist uses.
  5. Did they make you feel relaxed and comfortable and did they listen to what you wanted?
  6. Were they punctual and reliable and did they keep to time?
  7. Consider having a professional makeup artist for your mother and the groom's mother (your photos will thank you for it).


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