Wardrobe Guide – What to Wear for Engagement Photos
We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed and wear clothes that reflects your personalities in the best way possible but it all comes down to planning. Taking time in choosing an outfit helps a great deal because the final result will make you very happy. Don’t wait till the last minute to plan the details since this ends up becoming very stressful and things get messed up and you’re left with those annoying ‘what if’ moments that we hate.
Feel free to ask us for options on accessories and colors, we’ll try to help out as much as we can.
Dress: Our favorite choice is usually solid colors as things like stripes and patterns take away the attention from the face and that’s the focus point in pictures. Do yourself a favor and stay away from outfits that include turtle necks because they have a tendency of giving the illusion of no neck. Also lose clothing isn’t appreciated because not only does it hide the neck , it also makes the body looks wider than it really is. Shorts and capris make the legs look short and stumpy so those should also be avoided.
Colors: Colors that are solid and monochromatic are the easiest to coordinate and work with. Alternatively, primary or even complementary colors can work and add energy to the pictures. Jeans/trousers that are dark that are paired with dark shoes usually give texture and also visually anchor a portrait. Colors that are darker will make you appear thinner while lighter colors will make you appear larger. With that in check, keep in mind the décor of your home and walls while choosing a color scheme because you want the pictures to look when putting them up.
Accessories: Accessories are best if kept to a minimum. Steer clear of things like hats, hair jewelry or even sparkly/costume jewelry unless it doesn’t take away the attention from you, the subject of the shoot.
Footwear: Opt for something like fashionable boots, sandals or maybe even go barefoot as it adds a touch of simplicity especially for a casual shoot.
Props: This a great, clever and extremely brilliant way to showcase your personality in your engagement photos. Generally, We try not to use props that don’t represent you as a couple.
You can bring at least two to three different outfits to the shoot, and we can help you decide what would be most appropriate.
MAKEUP GUIDE – HOW TO DO YOUR MAKEUP FOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
Makeup plays a pivotal role in a professional photo op, especially when the reason for the shoot is your engagement. However, a makeup artist is not necessarily needed for looking good on camera, a few professional makeup tips usually do the trick. The camera usually exaggerates flaws and also create artificial ones even if we go for a look as natural as possible and we definitely don’t need that. Here are a couple of camera-friendly makeup tips that are certified to enhance rather than detract from your looks.
There is an array of corrective and dramatic effects alongside enhancing ones natural features. The key is to consider the images are 2D, so shadows and highlighted areas may need to be emphasized or even de-emphasized or maybe even simulated for the best overall effect.
Skin: Before applying any makeup onto your face, make sure it’s smooth, toned and moisturized. Get a facial done while you’re at it, or maybe even a scrub treatment! Doing this just gives you a natural, healthy and glowing look and reduces uneven or artificial looking makeup application.
Minimize Shadows: Since the pictures are 2D, the camera sometimes emphasizes on dark, fine lines and wrinkles which age the subject. Dealing with this is easy, go for a light shade of concealer on the darker areas (concealer sticks are the best and easiest to work especially if you’re new to doing your makeup), put it around the eyes, crevices and expression lines. Also go for a light layer of foundation, a tip for beginners is, when choosing a foundation, always test it on your neck as opposed to the arm because you want your face and neck to look the same. Put the foundation on the face, including the lips and then blend the edges using maybe a big fluffy brush or a damp beauty blender.
Blush and Sculpting the Face: Powder blush helps in a lot of things. As far as giving the face a more sculpted and defined look, you could either use a bronzer or if you have the time, contouring is the best way to have the perfect cheekbones and sharp jawline that we always dream to have. For this, use the cream contour kit, and if you’re doing it yourself, go ahead and watch the contouring tutorial by Carli Bybel.
Applying Powder Blush: Once again, using a clean fluffy brush, blow off the excess or tap it off and gently put it on the cheekbones and above the outer corner of the eyes. This usually helps give the face a nice matte look if you hate the shiny look.
***Additional makeup tip: Bronzer can also be used to contour the nose and give it a defined look and a darker shade of blush applied under the cheekbones helps give a more sculpted look.
Eyes and Lines: The best way to accentuate the eyes would be to use a black eyeliner (gel liners are preferred as its easy to work it) and do a thin and subtle cat eye. Now girls, getting the perfect winged look on the first try is impossible right? To fix this, use a bit of cello tape. Put it on the lower lash line going upwards at a roughly 45 degree angle toward your brow line and apply the liner, and there you have it, a simple yet perfect winged look.
***Additional Makeup Tip: For a softer look, lightly wipe the lid and brow area with a powder brush dipped in light pink blush. For the illusion of bigger eyes, use a small brush dipped in white shadow and slightly dab the inner corner of the eyes.
Lips: A lip liner acts like a guideline for getting lipstick/gloss on easily and not getting messy or over done. For a natural look, try a shade or two darker than your skin tone, use the lip pencil, smudge the lips a bit and use a little gloss or lipstick. For a pouty look, put a bit of gloss only on the center of your lips.
Powder: When not to shine – Apply a light dusting of translucent powder over the face to avoid the shine and set makeup. Pay attention to the T-zone as necessary. Apply sparingly to dry and lined areas.
Eyebrows: Probably the most important facial feature for the girls. Using a pencil as a guide, align vertically along the edge of the nostril and inner corner of the eye. Do the same for the outer corner as well. This makes a good start and end for the brow. Tweeze the stray brows outside this area and use a brow gel and pencil for more definition. Tweezing isn’t highly recommended before applying makeup.
Red eyes: For brightening the whites of the eyes and minimize the redness, line the inner lower eyelid with a bright blue pencil.
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