Getting Your Skin Photo-Ready

Make your skin clear and beautiful for your wedding day

By Trisha Berendt

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When it comes to your wedding day, you want to look your best. You've picked out the right dress and the right bouquets. With all of this worry, don't forget about your skin. There are ways to prep your skin so you look your best in your wedding photographs. With skin preparation months before the event, and makeup techniques on the big day, your skin should be ready for your wedding photos.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Make sure you have the right accessories. Important things to have to get your skin photo ready are acne medication, heavy night moisturizer, foundation, translucent powder, and a large round brush.

Step 1:

Get rid of your acne ahead of time. Acne can be a big problem in wedding photos. Visit a dermatologist several months before the wedding. She can prescribe medication that should take care of your acne problem in time for your pictures. If what she prescribed isn't working, visit her again and try a different medication.

Step 2:

Start a moisturizing treatment. A big problem for photographs is dry skin, which can show up patchy. Pick a heavy night moisturizer that's made for your skin type and use this once a week at minimum. Use it for the first time several weeks before the wedding. This way, the moisturizer causes you to break out, you'll be healed once the wedding comes along.

Step 3:

Use the right foundation on the wedding day. This can even out your skin tone and make it look better in photos. Choose a very thin foundation as close to your natural skin color as possible. If your skin is already smooth and blemish-free, consider a tinted moisturizer instead.

Step 4:

Use concealer sparingly. While you may be tempted to cover up any latent acne, consider this: Most concealer has light-reflecting particles that can show up white in photographs. These white spots could turn a beautiful shot into a mockery.

Step 5:

Dust translucent powder over your face to set the foundation and prevent shininess. Avoid a cakey appearance by using a large, soft round brush for application. A little bit of powder goes a long way towards making your skin look great in your wedding photos.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Carry a translucent powder compact with you during your wedding day to touch up and get rid of any shine from sweat or happy tears.
  • Try your foundation and powder weeks before the wedding and take test shots wearing a white top to see how the combination looks in a photograph.
  • Talk to your married friends. Ask them if they have any additional suggestions for preparing your skin for your wedding photos.

About the Author

Trisha Berendt is a freelance writer and professional wedding photographer.

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