Wedding Wednesday! How to look your best on your wedding day. Part 1 – Makeup! {NYC Wedding Photographer}

An experienced makeup artist knows that makeup photographs slightly differently than it looks, and how to accentuate all your best features.

In my day to day life, I don’t wear much makeup. I usually throw on mascara and maybe a little shadow, liner, and lip balm. So, I thought that was all I ever needed to look like myself in a photo. And then, I had my makeup professionally done, and I was amazed at how much time and skill it takes to actually achieve that natural look, and it looked much better than what I could have done on my own.

I always recommend that my clients hire a professional makeup artist, especially if they don’t usually wear a lot of makeup. And I am so excited to have a few of those amazing makeup artists join me on this post and offer their advice on the following topics.

The key to look your best on your wedding day is to start out with great skin. What’s the best way to get your skin looking healthy? Hydration and a healthy diet seems to be the consensus across the board. You can start taking these steps today!

Michelle from NJ’s Pink Comb Studio says “Hydration is very important for the best skin possible. Make sure you are drinking a ton of water the week before your wedding and feel free to add fresh lemon, cucumber or raspberry to get some extra antioxidants. It will help with puffiness and dark circles as well!”

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(Makeup by Pink Comb Studio)

Gina from Philadelphia area’s True Beauty Marks also recommends water – “One of the best beauty tips I can give to brides in preparing for their wedding day is to HYDRATE!! Drink plenty of water and make sure to moisturize your skin (not just your face). It will help makeup to be applied easier, and leave that nice youthful “dew” that every bride should have for pictures.”

NYC makeup artist Sissi Chan adds “Also, the makeup will always look fantastic as long as your skin is in great condition. Eating right, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and getting enough sleep will help the skin get to it’s best condition. It’s also important to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin daily and never wear makeup while exercising or sleeping.”

(Gina from True Beauty Marks, Makeup by Cheekadee)

Los Angeles and Philadelphia makeup artist Emily (Cheekadee) adds – “be sure to drink lots of water daily and avoid alcohol and fried foods, especially in the days leading up to your wedding.” And of course nothing beats a great skincare routine. Emily recommends the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush. “Everyone should have one.” she says. “Seriously. It is like the Sonicare toothbrush, but for your face. It gets your skin ten times cleaner, removes toxins and impurities, helps slough off the dead skin cells, brightens your complexion and leaves your skin as smooth as silk.”

(makeup by EJ Kim)

NYC makeup artist Eun J Kim recommends applying a mask to refresh and rejuvenate the skin, twice a week, and her favorite mask is by The Face Shop.

(Makeup by Pink Comb Studio)

A professional facial right before your wedding seems like a great way to get your skin in tip-top shape – but how far in advance should you get one?

Sissi Chan says “If you normally get facials and you know how your skin will react it is fine to have a facial a few days before the wedding so you can relax and have a clean glow to the skin. If you do not normally get facials then it’s best to have the facial about 3 to 6 weeks in advance, just in case your skin breaks out from the facial.”

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(Makeup by Sissi Chan)

Honestly, I think natural skin color looks the most beautiful in photos, but if you really want that summery glow, NYC Makeup Artist Jessika Bekteshi recommends staying out of the sun or tanning bed “for at least one one week prior to your wedding. It will give your skin enough time to adjust the tan to a natural glow. If you are in the tanning bed for too long and get some redness or sunburn, try some natural coconut oil. Coconut has great healing properties and will help eliminate the redness and give your skin a nice tan.”

Michelle adds “if you are going to get spray tanned, make sure you avoid your face. some spray tan makeup has an adverse effect with professional make-up brand and your makeup will not hold up how it is supposed to.”

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(Makeup by Cheekadee)

“Nice brows are very important because they frame the eyes” says Ellen from Face the Day NY. “Have your brows professionally shaped at least three days prior to your event. Also, by getting them done three days before you will avoid the red and bumpy results of waxing or threading and be picture perfect on your big day.”

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(Makeup by Face the Day NY)

Jessika adds – “Quick tip, if your skin is red after you have gone to the waxing salon, try moistening a cotton ball with any eye drops for eye redness. (Visine, etc.) The active ingredients that help eliminate redness in the eyes will do the same for your skin.”


Don’t you just love how pimples seem to know exactly when to appear. Like, oh I don’t know, the day before your wedding. So what do you do if you wake up with a pimple?

Ellen says “Use Aspirin: Aspirin contains beta hydroxy acid which is a powerful defoliant. What you do is crush 1 to 2 aspirin tablets mix it with a little water and apply it on pimples for 15 minutes then wash. This will dry up the pimple and reduce any redness within hours. So why does this work, well if you took a look at most acne treatments what you will find is that the main ingredient is isopropyl alcohol and salicylic which is also the same main ingredient in aspirin.”

Michelle adds “Try Raw, organic honey. honey is naturally antimicrobial. you will be amazed when you see your blemish shrink before your eyes!”

(Makeup by Face the Day NY)

Another tip from Ellen is to use Lavender oil – “Put a small undiluted drop onto a cotton swab and then the zit. The lavender will reduce the redness since it is an antibacterial substance.” Plus, it smells REALLY good and has relaxing properties.

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(Makeup by Cheekadee)

Last but not least, how do you choose the right makeup artist for your wedding? Gina recommends always doing a trial, to make sure they are professional, talented, and sanitary. Communicate your feelings and ask questions. It’s ok to say if you don’t like something, or if you would like something done a little differently. Make sure you still look and feel like yourself after the makeup is done.

Thank you so much Emily, Ellen, Gina, Jessika, Michelle, Sissi and EJ for your input!

Are you a makeup artist? Do you have a quick tip to share with brides? Feel free to leave a comment below!


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