Wedding day beauty tips

Colorado, Hair & Beauty
makeup.gif Matthew Jordan Smith

We asked Colorado-based makeup artist Janine Schmenk to share her top five wedding day beauty tips. (And if you want more, head to VOWS' "Beauty and Budgets" workshop on Thursday, April 22nd at 6 p.m., at 1810 Blake Street in Denver—you'll get to meet with wedding pros, including Janine, to learn about how to set a budget for bridal makeup, skincare, and hairstyling. RSVP at

Know that makeup looks different in photographs.

"Your everyday foundation may seem natural looking in person, but look washed in photos," says Janine. "Likewise, shimmer particles can completely change color when reflected through a lens, potentially turning your copper lip gloss orange or your lavender eyeshadow green." So always do a test run with your wedding day makeup, and capture it on film in similar lighting to that found at your wedding venue.

Skip the SPF for just one day.

"Living in Colorado, we're used to slathering on sunscreen before heading outdoors," says Janine. "But sunscreen's purpose is to deflect sunlight from hitting your face, and unfortunately it can do the same thing with a camera flash, bouncing light back to the camera and causing your face to look chalky white compared to your body. The same goes for the sunscreens found in mineral makeup."

Use a primer.

"Your makeup needs to be long-lasting without looking caked on," says Janine. "Using a base of primer and a translucent setting powder will keep your foundation in place all night."

Steer clear of too-dark blush.

"If you're taking some of your photos in black and white, be sure that your cheek color isn't darker than your skin tone," says Janine. "Otherwise the blush will look gray in pictures, making cheeks appear sunken-in."

Don't automatically dismiss the idea of hiring a pro.

"DIY is not necessarily a money saver when it comes to wedding day makeup," says Janine. "High definition makeup formulas can be pricey, plus a professional makeup artist knows exactly how to dial up your look a few notches for the camera, while still keeping you looking like yourself. And, if you've done a trial, you'll be able to relax on your wedding day, knowing exactly what you'll look like."

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