Don't Fear the Flash: Stay Shine-Free in Your Wedding Photos With These Mattifying Makeup Tips

Because no busy bride has time to powder her nose

Updated 04/23/18

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You’ve probably heard this ad nauseam, but your wedding day is going to fly by. Between getting ready, greeting guests, posing for photos, and hitting the dance floor, powdering your nose or touching up your makeup will be the last thing on your mind. Besides, a makeup bag doesn’t really go with your wedding dress.

But no matter how hectic things get, you of course still want to look your absolute best—especially since every moment will be eternalized in your wedding photos. That's why we’ve rounded up the best makeup tricks and products that will keep you looking matte and camera-ready through your ceremony, reception, and even the after-party.

Why schedule time for touch-up sessions when you can just get it right the first time? Ahead, six genius hacks for ensuring your makeup is basically bulletproof even before you walk down the aisle.

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Exfoliate the Night Before

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Be sure to start prepping the night before if you want your foundation to look flawless on your wedding day. Makeup won't adhere evenly to dry, flaky patches, so use a light exfoliator, like AmorePacific's Treatment Enzyme Peel, to gently slough away dead skin and create a smooth canvas. And, of course, supple, hydrated skin is key, so always apply moisturizer after your scrub session.

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Blot Away Excess Oils Before You Apply Foundation

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Some moisturizers can leave an oily film on the surface of your skin which causes your makeup to slide right off. But you also don’t want to skip it—your skin needs to be hydrated on your big day. Apply your go-to moisturizer, give it some time to work its magic, then use Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers to remove excess oil before applying your makeup. That way, you’ll get the hydration, but without the excess oils that ruin your makeup.

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Double Up on Primers

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If you have an oily T-zone, use a mattifying primer in this area, like Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer, and a hydrating one, like e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, on your cheeks if they dry easily. Apply both to a clean face for better color payoff, a smoother canvas, and long-lasting wear. Translation: You won’t have to miss out on a slice of wedding cake when you run to bathroom to touch-up.

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Soak Your Makeup Sponge Strategically

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If you apply your liquid foundation with a sponge (try The Original from BeautyBlender), soaking it with a matte finish setting spray will keep your makeup completely bulletproof and shine-free. To avoid wasting product, soak your sponge in water first, wring it out, then spray it with your setting spray from all sides.

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Bake Your Makeup

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This technique is a favorite among beauty bloggers and you shouldn't knock it until you try it. Apply a generous coat of of loose powder (we love Lancôme Translucence Loose Powder) over your foundation and concealer and let it sit for up to twenty minutes. Then, just brush off the excess. If you tend to get oily, this is the best way to set your makeup and keep your skin completely matte all day and night.

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Finish With a Setting Spray

Courtesy of Wet n' Wild

Seal your makeup with a final mist of a long-lasting setting spray to ensure your makeup stays in place, no matter how crazy it gets on the reception dance floor. One of our faves? The budget-friendly and budge-proof Wet n' Wild Photo Focus Matte Finish Setting Spray.

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