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Makeup for Weddings and Barmitzvahs

Monday June 1st 2009
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Natural Bridal Makeup

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and every barmitzvah boy’s mother wants to feel young and beautiful again like they did when they first got married. It’s only natural to want your other half to think “Wow!” when he sees you all dressed up in your finery.
And, let’s not forget, your celebration will be captured for posterity in your photos, so it’s more important than ever to look your best – all day long.

Hayley Lehmann Photography know all the tricks of the trade to make you look great in the photos. Lighting is essential for flattering photographs. Pictures taken in bright midday sun can create harsh black shadows under the eyes and chin so it’s often better to wait for an overcast moment or to move to a shaded area. Studio lighting is much softer than flash on camera for those all important family portraits.
Angles are also important too if you’re to look your best. Instead of standing with your shoulders square to the camera, turn your body by 30 to 40 degrees – you’ll look half a stone lighter. Try the supermodel trick of tilting your face at a 45-degree angle to make your face appear slimmer, although beware of creating a double chin. And remember Hayley’s signature posing which includes “Happy hands and sexy feet”.

If you have minor skin problems like blackheads, clogged pores, dullness, or dry patches, then it’s best to start having a once-a-month facial at least three months prior to the wedding or barmitzvah. A good beautician can help you with a skincare regime to get your skin into top condition.

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Eye colour applied by a professional makeup artist

To look your best we think your makeup should aim for a more polished version of your everyday look. It’s a careful balancing act – looking natural without appearing washed out, looking well made up without appearing like a drag queen. We can only make the best of people that we have in front of our camera. We cannot correct poorly applied makeup, or create a natural look when the makeup has been plastered on.

You’ll probably experience some last-minute nerves on the day of your celebration, so it’s worth thinking about having a steadier hand apply your make-up by hiring the services of a professional make-up artist like Laura Leaman (no relation to Hayley Lehmann). Most professional makeup artists include a consultation as part of their pricing. Bring a swatch from your dress and pictures of how you will be wearing your hair. Doing so will give the makeup artist an idea of what he or she will be working with on your special day. Avoid going for a dramatic new image, but rather stick to a more natural effect, so that you’ll look like yourself – just a slightly more glamorous version.
Try to define your features as much as possible, but avoid the hard lines of eye pencils and liquid liners. The key to a flawless face is having a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. There is nothing worse than the face being one colour and the neck another.
Pinky-brown lipsticks whiten teeth whereas orange or red can make them look yellow. If you have very pale skin, a cherry red lipstick can look harsh. Steer clear of overly pale or pearly lipstick. Put Vaseline on your front teeth. This trick will stop lipstick from getting on your teeth, which can ruin photos.

If you’re having black and white photographs take extra care with your make-up. Dark red lipstick and heavy-handed blusher will look even darker in black and white photos, while pastel colours can fade out completely.

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Choose natural makeup including waterproof macara

Make sure you invest in a good waterproof mascara – just in case you get a bit tearful.

Avoid shimmer as it catches the light and will look too harsh if you overdo it. It also rubs off and shows on men’s suits. Keep the shimmer out of your foundation or blush. Slightly matte skin is better, so you don’t look too shiny in pictures. Keep shimmer soft—a highlight on the brow bones, or a touch in the center of your lips is all you need. A little well-placed shimmer goes a long way. Overdone the shimmer can make you look hot and sweaty in photos.

Treat yourself to a professional manicure as your hands are likely to be the focus of many pictures. Try to avoid weird and wacky nail art as this might make you cringe when you look back at the photos in years to come.

Talk to your makeup artist about timings and tell them that you need to be ready half an hour earlier than you actually need to be dressed. From our experience many makeup artists run late and cause panic on the day. Those we work with regularly know the importance of running to time.

Carry a touch-up kit in your handbag with concealer, pressed powder, lipstick or gloss, lip liner, tissues, mints, and a mini sewing kit (for emergency clothing fixes like a dropped hem or popped button).


Laura Leaman (no relation) www.lauraleaman.co.uk 020 8421 9246

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