The warmer months are filled with special occasions like weddings, hen parties and birthdays. No matter what the event, one thing is for certain, the thing that we all want more than anything else is the perfect picture with our loved ones. These quick shots can be wonderful memories to be looked upon for years to come! On a special occasion (and really, let’s be honest every other day too), you are the rock star, the celebrity, and with mobile phones ready, everyone is a paparazzo. While being camera ready isn’t on top of the list for every day, maybe it’s nice to treat yourself on that special day. I know there is never enough time to get ready for a special occasion and you never take enough time for yourself so, I’ve compiled a quick list of a few beauty shortcuts that can help you look your very best in those cherished photos.
Remember waterproof mascara
Waterproof mascara and eyeliner, if you wear either, are a must for any special occasion. Having your family and friends in one place is sure to make anyone feel overwhelmed with joy. If waterproof eye makeup isn’t a part of your everyday routine, pick up something quick from the beauty counter. Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara and Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner are two of my favourite buys! They hold up beautifully throughout the day with no touchups and can survive tears of any amount.
Setting powder vs HD powder
When flash is involved in photo taking, we want to avoid HD powders. While HD powders may make your skin look airbrushed in person, it is not a fan of flash. Think about the red carpet photos you’ve seen where there are large white patches on the actress’ skin. Stay on the safe side, and stick to the old staples like a spun setting powder or loose powder to set your foundation or to keep your skin from looking shiny.
Long-wearing lip colour done right
Between lunch, hugs, kisses and maybe a drink, lip colour is bound to wear off. The last thing you want to be thinking about all day is having to re-apply a lip product. I recommend a non-drying, long-wearing lip colour like Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipstick (available at Debenhams) or, even better, a fantastic, pigment-rich lip product like Glossier’s Generation G, which is coming to the UK later this year!
Don’t forget a little colour on your cheeks
I may be a makeup artist, but I’m also very no frills when it comes to wearing makeup myself. My daily face consists of concealer, mascara, a little (who am I kidding, a lot) of blush and some lip product. I like things to be quick and simple, but I never forget my blush! Cheek colour is an easy way to look fresh-faced and photo-ready without a lot of work. It makes your skin look awake and healthy very easily. Try just a wash of colour on the apple of your cheeks to brighten the whole face.
No touchups needed for the perfect picture
As mentioned prior, the last thing you want to do is have to worry about touching up your makeup on a special day. Using waterproof eye makeup and long-wearing lip colour is an easy way to incorporate touchup proof products into your look. If you decide to wear a full face of makeup for the day, I suggest finishing the whole look with a great setting spray. Setting spray is basically like hair spray for your face, it helps keep everything in place and lets you go hours without touching up. Simply apply it as directed after you’ve completed your face of makeup.
Remember, if this is your special day, it’s all about what makes you feel most beautiful!
By Amanda Hopcraft
Amanda Hopcraft is the owner of Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist, a luxury, on-location travelling beauty team. Her work has been featured all over the globe in print, blogs, television, commercial, runway and of course on the faces of countless brides.
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