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Do or Don't: Doing your own wedding-day makeup

Posted by Casey Harrison  May 8, 2013 09:58 AM

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Unless you are Kate Middleton, who famously did her own makeup on her wedding day, or have some major makeup skills and experience, I have to say this one is a DON'T. It's easy enough to do your own makeup, but are you confident that you can make it last through twelve hours of smiling, kissing, sweating, photo-taking, crying, dancing, and bouquet-tossing? A professional makeup artist can do your makeup in a way that makes it much more long-lasting. After my wedding, I couldn't believe that my makeup had stayed on all day!

Another thing to consider is that a professional makeup artist knows how to apply makeup in a way that will be flattering for photos. They may use a special kind of makeup that won't reflect light, so that you won't look like a ghost in any photos that are taken with a flash. I often work with the makeup artist during the getting-ready photos to take some practice shots and check how the makeup is turning out in photos.

This is just one of those things that I think is best left to the pros!


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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
Casey Harrison is a wedding and portrait photographer in the lovely city of Boston. She spends her days scouting the countryside for beautiful locations for shoots and taking photos of couples in love through her business Hello Love Photography.

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