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Tips for the Perfect Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Photographs

Friday, 11 December 2015
Tips for the Perfect Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Photographs

Get the look you want in your wedding photos

You will forever cherish the photographs that capture the excitement of your wedding day. You want to look back on beautiful photos where your hair and make-up were perfect. When it comes to make-up showing up properly in photos, you need to pay attention to the technique of how it’s applied. You also want to choose a hairstyle that will flatter you the most in photos, and that will last all day. Here are some hair and make-up ideas and tips, to help you look your best for your wedding or engagement photos.


Applying make-up for photographs requires a different technique to applying regular every day make-up. While in person, certain make-up applications look great, but they don’t necessarily translate as well in photos.

    • A matte finish is favourable: Most brides would opt for shimmer because it does look great when applied properly. However, if you are uncertain of the technique of applying it, then it’s safer to go for matte as it won’t reflect light, and it’s easier to apply and photograph.
    • Remember make-up will show up two shades lighter: It’s important to keep in mind when applying your make-up that it doesn’t appear as vibrant in pictures. Make sure that you apply your blush, eyes, and lip colour to appear a little more vibrant than you normally would.
    • Don’t neglect your eyebrows: Not many fill their brows in for everyday wear, but by filling them in for photos, your eyes and face will have a more complete and polished look. This is especially important for blondes, whose eyebrows may disappear in photos.
    • Choose false eyelashes: Wearing false eyelashes in photos will make a much bigger impact. If you prefer a more natural look, then use the individual lashes to put on the outer corners of the eyes.
    • Apply in natural light: By sitting near a window or a room that gets a lot of natural light, you will get a better idea of what your make-up really looks like, and you can avoid the risk of over-application of product.
    • Powder is your friend: No matter how perfectly your make-up is applied, looking shiny in photos can ruin the look. After make-up application, use a finishing powder to make everything matte. If it’s a warm summer wedding, you may wish to keep some powder on hand to help keep the shine at bay.
    • Arm yourself with lip gloss: Lip gloss makes for the perfect pout in pictures. They make lips appear full and plump.
    • Opt for black mascara: Even if you don’t normally wear black mascara, when it comes to photos, black suits everyone. It will bring out your eyes better than brown will.


Deciding on the perfect hair for your wedding photos is difficult, with so many different styles to choose from. You also need to consider which style will look the best in your photographs. We look at some of the pros and cons of different popular wedding styles.

  1. Hair down:
  • Pros:
    • It’s the most comfortable style as you won’t have a feeling of your hair being pulled tight by pins all day.
    • It’s allowed to move around and flow freely.
  • Con:
    • It’s very unpredictable. It could turn into a mess at the end of the day, which could ruin your photos. This could be saved with some touch ups throughout the day.
  1. Hair up:
  • Pros:
    • It’s the perfect excuse for looking fancy and not feeling overdone.
    • There are countless of different up-do styles to choose from.
    • It will hold its form all day long for better photographs.
  • Cons:
    • Certain styles don’t look as interesting from the front.
    • They can be uncomfortable for a long day.
  1. Half up:
  • Pros:
    • You get to still have the loose look but with the help of pins in place.
    • By the top being held, it’s more likely to hold shape and body throughout the day.
  • Con:
    • It still risks getting messy like a loose style.

It’s important that time and the right technique goes into your hair and make-up for your wedding photographs. It’s even more vital that you hire an expert wedding photographer who will provide you with professional and beautiful wedding and engagement photos.