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#1 AmyInMI

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    Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:48 AM

    Hello everyone!!

    Aaron and I are getting our engagement pics taken this coming weekend and I am looking for suggestions for my makeup. I am not one who wears a lot of makeup, but of course I want it to look great for the pics. I was just wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what brand/type of foundtaion to get that will look nice in the pics and won't look oily or anything. I have even thought of going to Macy's or something to get it done there but am not sure if I will have enough time because the pics are in my hometown and where my parent's live, which is 2 hours away from our house.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
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    #2 Heidi

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      Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:09 AM

      I usually wear very little to no makeup on a daily basis. For my engagement pics, I didn't do anything different - I didn't want to look like someone I'm not! :)
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      #3 CourtneyV

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        Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:14 AM

        I hear ya about wanted to look a little spruced up for those pictures, but just be careful not to go overboard - Heidi's right, you do want to look like yourself still! When you do wear makeup, what do you usually wear? I would just apply that, and maybe spruce it up one notch - maybe a different colour eyeshadow or something. Go to wherever it is that you buy your beauty products and ask what goes best with your eye colour to make your eyes pop! :) And have fun with it!

        Edited to Add: As for the foundation - I actually love the way that the mousse foundation looks and feels. I think its called Dream Matte Mousse? I'm not sure, I'll go home a check for sure, but it really looks and FEELS good!
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        #4 Martha

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          Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:45 AM

          The people at the make-up counters are very good about not applying too much make-up. Just tell them you want to look natural and not over done.

          For one wedding I got my make-up done at the Clinique counter...for another wedding I got done at MAC. Even though MAC carries darker, more dramatic colors, I ended up looking very natural at both places.

          #5 RaydensMama

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            Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:50 AM

            I agree that you dont want to go overboard with the makeup, but keep in mind, light will bounce off of oily skin and you dont want that in your pictures. I would recommend using some blotting papers before the shoot, also make sure you put powder over your entire face/neck area. You may even want your FI to do this (if he is up to it) Also remember that makeup does not stand out as much in photos as it would just looking at someone on the street. So I would apply your regular makeup slightly heavier. This way it will look similar to how it usually does. If you do not use makeup regularly then I would strongly suggest getting it done by a proffesional, making sure that you tell them it is for a photoshoot.

            #6 Christine

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            Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:39 PM

            if you don't wear a lot of make up don't go to the mac counter they tend to do really dramatic makeup. I would go to sephora or macys. I love benefit and bare essentials.
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            #7 Jessalyn

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              Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:57 PM

              I've read that if you wear make-up with sunscreen in it that it reflects the light poorly and doesn't photograph well.

              Here are a few articles I found that might be helpful:

              Make Up For Photography by Noelle Wong: The Sideroad
              Bob Pardue Photography - makeup tips for better pictures. Learn to use make-up the correct way for glamour or pagent competition photographs
              Makeup & Skincare: photography makeup
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              #8 Rachelle E.

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                Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:11 PM

                Yeah, I think the main things I'd worry about are:

                1. Make sure you have good foundation...Jess is right, certain formulas do not photograph well and will make you look really washed out, etc. Someone at a makeup counter or Sephora will be able to reccomend something good to you. I know MAC Studio Fix (pressed powder) photographs well...I'll sometimes brush that on over my normal foundation (Stila Illuminating Foundation or Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer) just to mattify and get more "pic ready".

                2. Define your eyes. No, you don't need to do any crazy colors or anything...but maybe just have someone show you what technique really enhances your eyes best. And get some good mascara! :-) Ooh! And an eyelash curler...love those!!

                3. Lips...again, not necessarily a crazy color or anything like that...but just something that looks pretty on you and helps highlight your smile, compliment your skin tone etc.

                Those would be my main concerns. . .And just keep it simple, you do want to look like YOU!

                #9 Lizzy

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                  Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:17 PM

                  Hi, I work at Macy's now for Estee Lauder. A fairly new approach for doing make-up consultations is very quick, like 10 minutes. We do foundation that is photo friendly, eyes w/one all over color and one accent color on the outer edge of the eye, liner and mascara. The lips are lined and then gloss or lipstick. Then we apply a little cheek color...blush or bronzer. It ia all done with a light hand. If the client asks for something more dramatic we take more time and really have a full consultation with her or him. The whole idea is to have the client look like herself w/ a little touch of polish for something special.
                  Hope this helps. Oh, FYI, there is never a charge for this service.
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                  #10 Shelley

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                    Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:23 PM

                    Jessalyn - thanks for the links to those articles! Very helpful!

                    Sounds like I need to invest in some good powder for my pics!

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