A question I’m often asked by my brides is… “Should I use an oil-free moisturizer the day of my wedding? I normally wear a sunblock moisturizer but I read that the SPF messes up the picture.”
On your wedding day you are probably going to have more photographs taken of you then any other day of your life! Trust me… You do not want your skin to be shiny, dewy or glowy. You want to keep it as matte as possible. Shiny skin on camera doesn’t look that great.
To properly prep your skin for photos, start out by using an oil-free, mattefying moisturizer with no SPF. You also want to skip the sunblock on the day of your photo shoot. The “titanium dioxide” that’s in your sunblock tends to reflect a lot of white light.
When SPF creams are applied over moisturizer or under foundation, they will cause white casts on your face that will be visible on your photos. Also, be careful with moisturizers that have a shimmer. They do not translate well to the camera and tend to photograph like snow. They provide light reflection in order for you to shine or shimmer on your big day but, when a flash bulb hits, it’s all reflected back with the result of pores being amplified! Look for matte products with no SPF instead.
Some moisturizers that I love – La Roche Posay – Effaclar Active Matt moisturizer.
Keep in mind that the flash from the camera and the lights will also rob some tint from your makeup. This is the reason why you look paler and your makeup looks less on a photo. I remedy this common photo shoot problem by applying a bit more color.