ENGAGEMENT SESSION MAKEUP AND WARDROBE GUIDE
Updated: Jul 23, 2019
What To Wear To Your Engagement Photo Session
The big point is to wear clothing that showcases your personality. We are always going to give some suggestions based on the venue you choose, however it’s all about styling and planning. The more time you invest in selecting a wardrobe for your photo shoot, the happier you will be with the results. Leaving the details to the last minute creates stress and takes the fun out of the day.
Clothes: As a general rule, wear solid colors. When you wear stripes and patterns, they tend to draw attention away from your face. You should stay away from turtlenecks and large loose clothing. Wearing turtlenecks tend to seem like you don’t have a neck; and wearing baggy clothes makes the body looks wider than it is. Avoid wearing Shorts or capris since they have a tendency to make your legs appear shorter than they are.
Colors: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate. Khakis and solid black or white and lighter colors fall into this category. Primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph. Keep in mind that darker colors will help you look or appear thinner while lighter colors will make the subjects appear larger. We recommend darker pants or jeans with darker shoes to give the photo texture and visually anchor your portraits. When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best on wall portraits and complement your home’s décor.
Accessories: As a general rule, keep it to a minimum. No hats, hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewelry unless you can keep it from distracting from your face.
Shoes: You should always avoid running shoes, white socks, and heavy footwear like boots or uggs. Instead use fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos. Dress shoes or nice shoes that are darker in color always anchor the photo and look better.
Props: Props can be a great way to help showcase your personality in your engagement photos.
In general, you should 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
Your engagement session doesn’t require a professional makeup artist, but professional makeup tips always help. Even if you prefer a natural look, the camera tends to exaggerate flaws and create artificial ones. Who needs that?
Makeup tips for the camera include an array of corrective and dramatic effects as well as enhancing one’s natural appearance. The key is to consider that images are two-dimensional, so shadows and highlighted areas may need to be emphasized, de-emphasized or even simulated, for the best overall effect.
Skin, The Canvas: Before you apply makeup, start with smooth, toned and moisturized skin. If necessary, give yourself a facial or scrub treatment. This minimizes uneven or artificial-looking makeup application and promotes a healthy, glowing look.
Minimize Shadows: As photos are two-dimensional, the camera ages the subject by enhancing dark, fine lines, and wrinkles. To compensate, gently apply a lighter shade of concealer makeup to darker areas: around the eyes, crevices, and expression lines. Next, using an upward stroke, apply a light layer of foundation makeup over the face including lips. Blend makeup at the edges. Except for corrective work, use foundation makeup colors closely matching the natural skin color.
Bronze or Blush: Various makeup effects can be achieved with blush. Bronzer makeup powder is widely successful and produces a natural or lightly sculpted look, depending on its application.
To apply powder blush: blow off excess from the brush and apply gently to cheekbones and above the outer corners of eyes to the temple. For a makeup application guide, make a wide peace sign with a hand. Rotate 90 degrees towards your nose. Palms out, place the point of the “V” at your hairline and align with the corner of your eye and the bottom finger resting on the cheekbone. Focus color at or one finger below this area on the cheek, and at or above this area around the eyes. Apply a second thin layer on checks and blend lightly at edges as needed.
**Additional makeup tip: Bronzer makeup can also be applied to the sides of the nose to minimize width. And, a darker shade of blush applied under the cheekbones produces more definition.
Eyes and Lines: Unless you like the look or have the eyes for it, avoid harsh lines or the raccoon look, it makes the eyes look smaller and deeper set. Try a smoky colored eyeliner pencil, and smudge a bit if necessary. With liquid eyeliner, an option is to dot the eyeliner next to the eyelash base rather than create a solid line. For a different look, limit liquid eyeliner application to the top eyelid and/or the outer corners of the eyes. Smoky eye shadow applied above the eyelids and blended with the outer corners of the eyes also creates a desirable effect; a highlighted brow area enhances this effect.
**Additional makeup tip: To soften lines, lightly wipe the lid and brow area once or twice with a powder makeup brush dipped in light pink blush.
Lips: Most lips benefit from definition, even when lipstick is not generally used. For a natural but polished look, try a shade or two darker than your lip color, apply lip pencil, smudged lips a bit and use a little gloss or lipstick.
**Additional makeup tip: Apply a lighter lip color or gloss only to the center of lips to enhance a pouty look.
Powder: When Not to Shine – Apply a light dusting of translucent powder over your face to avoid shine and set makeup. Concentrate on the T-zone as necessary, and apply sparingly to lined or dry areas.
Eyebrows: Before applying makeup ensure that the eyebrows are properly shaped as they affect facial expression. For a guide, align a pencil vertically along the edge of nostril and inner corner of the eye. Do the same for the outer corner of the eye. This makes a good start and endpoint for the eyebrow. If the eyebrow arch needs help, align the pencil with the edge of the nostril and the outer edge of the iris to determine the highest point of the arch. Tweeze stray brows outside these areas and use an eyebrow pencil for even more definition. However, it is best to avoid significant tweezing just prior to applying makeup.
Red Eyes: To brighten the whites of the eyes and minimize redness line the inner lower eyelid with a light blue eye pencil.