Through the Lens: Wedding Advice from the Photographer’s Point of View

Part 1: Hair and Makeup

Properly styled hair and beautiful makeup can really make a difference between a good photo and a great photo. All photographers appreciate the value of a good makeup artist. As a wedding photographer, I know what brides go through on their wedding day – the tears of joy, the stress, the nervousness – not to mention dealing with all kinds of weather conditions. It’s so important for a bride to feel confident that her makeup and hair are going to stay beautiful throughout the day no matter what goes on, and that she is going to look her best in her photos.

I recently sat down with Victoria DiPietro of Bella Angel – I had worked with some of the girls from her company at a wedding early this summer and I was very pleased with the results. We spoke about how we could reach out to brides to help them make the right choices when it comes to hair and makeup. Victoria offered some great tips and I would like to share a couple of them with you.

Victoria recommends that every bride have a preview consultation with her stylist. First, you should discuss exactly what you want. You should bring photos and also tell the stylist how you usually wear your makeup, or if you don’t wear any. Your stylist/artist will advise you what looks best with your face shape and skin tone, and it should be an open communication that leads to the best possible result. When your hair/makeup trial is complete – be honest about the result. Make sure you are 100% happy.

Your makeup should look natural to the naked eye and flawless in photographs. It maybe more makeup then you normally wear, but it shouldn’t feel or look as if it has been caked on. It should feel light and natural, not heavy. You should not have to purchase foundation, powder, or eye shadows for touch ups. Good make-up should last all day and you should only need to touch up with lipstick, and that’s it!

I also spoke with Michelle LoConte of I Do – Hair and Makeup Aritstry and she recommends that the girls wear button-down shirts on the “day of” when they are getting their hair and makeup done, so that they do not have to lift a shirt over their heads. Also, on your wedding day, let your makeup artist work their magic on a clear canvas – start with a clean, fresh face. If you want to moisturize make sure you use a water-based product that is light and not oily. Michelle also recommends that you test specialty products ahead of time. What are specialty products? That would be anything new that you haven’t tried before, including sunless tanner. It would not be good if you were allergic to these products and discovered this on your wedding day! If you want to use sunless tanner, the best choice is to visit a professional salon that specializes in this so that you don’t end up with any undesirable color or uneven tones.

What else can you do to ensure that you will look your best? Take care of yourself starting NOW – not just the week before the wedding. Make sure you are getting enough rest. Eat right and exercise – this will help you deal with all the emotions, good and bad, that you will be going through in the next few months. Also, drink lots of water – 8 to 10 glasses a day. Water helps flush out toxins, aids in weight loss and helps your skin stay moisturized so your makeup will wear better.

Picture-perfect hair and makeup can be yours. Choose a professional who will respect your choices, help you if you’re not sure what you want, and whose goal is to make you look your best.

For more information and tips from Victoria DiPietro please visit their website at

For more information about Michelle LoConte please visit