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Trade Secrets for Camera-Ready Skin

There might never be a time you have more cameras on you than on your wedding day. As a make up artist, there is  something so rewarding about being a part of the brides special day and seeing how happy she is and how beautiful she feels.  So I am sharing my trade secrets on achieving “camera ready skin”.

Skincare & Prep
How you prep your skin is very important for both long lasting wear and a flawless finish. Never apply your foundation or concealer without first applying a good moisturizer. The type of moisturizer and foundation you choose should be based on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin you’d want to apply a light-weight moisturizer and avoid areas where you’d tend to get shiny. Whether your skin is dry, oily, or combination, using a skin primer is always beneficial. Primers basically help keep your makeup looking fresh longer, which means less touch-ups. It also smooths the texture of your skin, gives slight hydration, and helps blot oil. Skin primer should always be applied after moisturizer. If you have puffiness, dark circles or fine lines under your eyes, you should use a cream specially formulated for that particular area.

  • EUCERIN Anti Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Lotion: This product is a non-greasy moisturizer that is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and won’t irritate your skin. It visibly reduces fine lines, not to mention firms, smooths and softens skin.
  • MAC Prep + Prime Skin: This silicone based primer helps the longevity of makeup, blots excess oil, soothes skin and smooths skins surface.
  • MAC Fast Response Eye Cream: This has instant results. It’s a non-greasy caffeinated formula that helps diminish the look of dark circles, de-puffs, firms and smooths the skins surface under the eye.

Skin & Base
While your skin is still slightly damp is the best time to apply foundation. This will help with blending, give you a smoother finish, and help you save some of the product. Apply concealer after the foundation in areas where you need a bit more help such as under the eyes or on blemishes. I personally like to use my fingers for liquid foundation and a brush for concealer. You then want to take a sponge or a brush and apply a pressed powder to help set the makeup to give you a more clean polished look, especially under the eyes so your concealer doesn’t crease. Choose a powder with more coverage if it is needed.

  • MAKEUP FOR EVER Professional High Definition Foundation: This is a trade secret of makeup artists. The product looks natural, but holds up under HD film.
  • Concealer: MAC select cover-up
  • MAC Blot Pressed Powder in Dark: This magic powder takes away the shine without adding more coverage or texture. It sets the makeup and gives the foundation a finished look.
  • MAC GrandDuos Mineral Blush: For some added umph, go for light over dark, a peachy-bronze with golden highlights.

Day of Advice
I highly recommend doing a trial-run with whoever will be doing your makeup on your special day. Take lots of pictures and test in different lighting to make sure it looks good on camera. You’d be surprised at how some colors/finishes appear in photos compared to real life. These fixes are usually minor and can then be tweaked (such as looking washed out once the flash is on, or needing a darker lipcolor, etcetera).

As far as the day of, you always want to keep a touch up powder and whatever you decided to use on your lips. Chances are you will get hot which equals shine and that is not pretty on camera because you will appear oily or sweaty. —REEMA ANBARI

Reema Anbari is a professional makeup artist who has been in the industry for 7 years and loving every second of it. Beginning her career as a full-time makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, she is now heading her own business in the freelance world. She specializes in weddings, fashion, print, video and film. When considering her many amazing experiences and opportunities, Reema considers bridal makeup a labor of love.

13 thoughts on “Trade Secrets for Camera-Ready Skin

  1. Great article, although I will have my makeup artist take care of all of this on the big day. At least now I know the basics to check up on her and make sure she’s doing things right :)

  2. I read blogs on a similar topic, but i never visited your blog. I added it to favorites and i’ll be your constant reader.

  3. found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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