How do I get a flawless face for my wedding with my 'special' skin type?
I have pretty oily skin, large pores, definitely pink undertones, and occasional (thank goodness) blemishes. I don't normally use foundation at all for those reasons. However, I am looking for suggestions on how to have a flawless face for my wedding pictures without PhotoShop. Anyone have any suggestions for primer, foundation, powder, etc.? I'd really appreciate it, and thanks in advance!
I used Laura Mercier makeup for my wedding and it turned out wonderful. I used the oil-free primer, tinted moisturizer and set it with the translucent loose powder. Once it was set, all I really needed to touch up for pictures was the lipstick. I really recommend using her makeup...it will definitely give you a flawless polished look. Her specialty is the "flawless face." Check out her products...I think they'll be the best ones you're looking for.
You might want to try airbrush make-up. Air brushing really does a nice job with naturally hiding flaws and creating a soft focus for pictures. Many salons provide this service. When I got married I purchased a package that included 3 sessions. I used one for my trial run. I scheduled my engangement photos this day - so I got extra mileage. I schedule another for the day of my rehearsal dinner. And then one for the day of my wedding. If you are getting your hair done that day - may as well get it all done at once. When you schedule your sessions, ask if they will provide you with some samples to take with you to touch up your make-up. If not, then when you do your trial run and decide on colors ask for recommendations so that you can purchase before the big day. You will at least want powder to deal with shine and lip color to touch up your lips.
I highly recommend MAC Pro Longwear for an all day look. The only time you need to reapply is after eating.
Just remember when your a bride at a photoshoot you are just like a model. And speaking from from experience you want to put on a little more paint on then usual! You want emphasize your best parts for the camera. So just a reminder, when it comes to adding the color, darken and highlight a little extra.
Have a great time at your wedding and as always have fun with your makeup!
For a flawless look foundation I would recommend Clinique's Almost Powder Makeup, it gives great coverage and still gives you a natural look. I would also recommend a foundation by Laura Mercier, it is a little pricy but I will definitely give you the look you are going for. The High Definition powder by Makeup Forever is great to put over your foundation and it does a great job controlling the oil production on your face. For a primer, I would recommend Smashbox Photo finish. I hope this helps!!
Drink lots of water. Stay out of the sun. Depending if your wedding is close you may not want to try a bunch of new stuff and 'upset' your skin. For the day of: NARS Pro-prime mattifying primer, NARS Sheer matte foundation, Pressed or loose transluscent powder to set (but don't put it on the cheeks, more so on the middle of you face and allow some healthy glow on cheeks).
concealer under eyes and blemishes. Lip stain, waterproof mascara like siseido lasting lift. Be careful with some sunscreens as they show up as white on camera photos. NARS pro-prime has an SPF in it and i haven't heard any complaints of this. (i don't wear spf - the horror .....)
For your pre-wedding photos, I'd recommend the following makeup, primer and powder:
The best products that I have found to help stop my extreme oiliness is to apply an oil-controlling face primer such as Make Up For Ever All Mat Foundation Primer which you can read more about at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P16
Make Up For Ever's All Mat + Mattifying Foundation is a great foundation for oily skin. It's a shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation that you can read more about at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P17
You can also use MUFE's "Foundation Shade-Finder" to help you choose the correct color for your skin tone which you can find at: http://sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?br
Also, I would recommend setting your foundation with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Foundation Powder which is a colorless, shine-controlling powder that comes in a handy mirrored compact so you can carry it with you for touchups throughout the day. You can find it at: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P21
I hope this helps you.
I would say that wearing a primer under your foundation is really important to keep everything in place for hours, I like Tarte's Clean Slate. I also use the primer under my eyes before applying concealer. Since there is usually a whole lotta picture taking at weddings, I would not wear a mineral foundation since they are really reflective and not that great for flash photography. I really like a light coverage "no makeup" look so I use a damp beauty blender sponge and liquid foundation. I think a good translucent setting powder is essential as well. Hope this helps and best of luck!