FAQ : Wedding Photographer Makeup

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y mother was a stay-at-home mom, homeschooled five children, and planned field trips according to bus routes that ran from our home to Downtown Los Angeles and back in time for dinner. She was like Super Woman with a clipboard, but instead of a cape, she donned pink sweatpants (a fashion indiscretion we'd like to forget). In the little downtime she had, my mother took part-time jobs to help my dad pay the bills. One of these jobs was selling makeup and skin care at parties.

When my mother received her instructor kit's filled with 85,823 eye shadows, she practiced applying on my 10-year-old face. Go ahead, judge. All I knew was the time my mom spent applying rouge to my cheeks and gloss to my lips were some of my favorite childhood memories.

Perhaps she instilled a love for makeup at a young age and it's gotten worse better through the years. When I get gussied up for work, I wear makeup. In 85,823 shades. However, being a photographer isn't all that glamorous. There's usually heat, sweat, and stress involved with photographing a wedding and for a while it looked like I washed my face in Crisco at the end of a long night. It was bad.

Six and a half years into shooting weddings and I finally found a mix of products that keep my make up on and not smudged on the back of my camera. Amen.

A few months ago, I was melting in Miami Beach and I couldn't keep makeup on my face if I had gone to Home Depot and had it professionally painted on. I walked into Sephora and this Cuban in white pants and an unbuttoned shirt told me this was like Botox in a bottle...and I trusted him?! Makeup Forever's All Mat basically acts as a primer before I put on any makeup and mattes my skin (I use this instead of lotion).


After I use my dual-fix compact from MAC, I use the MAC Prep + Prime Eye before I put on my eyeshadow. This seals my lid and locks in the eye shadow until the end of the evening...love it.


Once I finish applying all my makeup, I use two sprays of MAC's Fix+ Brume Fixante, which seals everything in place.


So, yup. Those are my three favorite makeup tricks to keep my makeup in place after lonnnng days photographing a wedding. I feel a little foolish blogging about this girlie stuff, but I simply thought I'd share because it'd make Rue Paul proud.

Happy Tuesday!
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Ashley Goodwin - I went out in search of some of these products and wound up spending so much at Sephora they upgraded my VIB status to a new silver card. JASMINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  11.17.12 - 3:24pm
Falcon - Thanks for sharing these tips! Something that has been a LIFESAVER for me especially when shooting weddings is using a translucent LOOSE powder to set foundation (with a powder puff). Eye primers really do wonders too :)  10.08.12 - 2:47pm
Denise Karis - it worked REALLY WELL! :) Thank you! Now I just need something to make my face not turn super red :( I couldnt help but think (When looking through some of the portraits last night) "Jasmine Star would be proud." :P   10.07.12 - 10:01am
Amanda Marie Photography - I don't wear foundation. It always looks chalky and I am too cheap to buy it for more than $10 lol. Luckily I don't really need it. The area I would have wanted it to cover up (wrinkles on forehead) can't be covered with makeup anyways so I just cut bangs. Perfect. I need help with eye makeup. Any advice there? ;)  10.05.12 - 10:48pm
Rachel - Okay, shopping at MAC day before wedding = take all my money. But I have successfully procured MAC Prep + Prime Skin (My local Sephora had never heard of All Mat), Prep + Prime Eye, Fix+, and Studio Fix Foundation/Powder. And a new blush (Dainty) for good measure. I've never worn this much makeup in my life. Tomorrow shall be the test, may the force be with me.  10.05.12 - 6:21pm
Denise Karis - I got all three today for a wedding Saturday. I'll let you know how it goes :P Im in AZ so its like 100 degrees :(   10.04.12 - 11:46pm
Monika Greenaway - This is so great. I just got Bare Essentials eye primer and I am sooo in love I can't believe I didn't use an eye primer before. So I am definitely going to look into these products for face primer and a setting spray. Thanks!  10.04.12 - 12:54am
Ashley Christine - I SO needed this!   10.03.12 - 9:38pm
keely aka LKP - thank you for these tips! seriously love good skin care advice, and since no specific shades were mentioned here + all 3 tips leave the face drenched in healthy? well i'll call it skincare. healthy face + beautiful make-up. that's all there is to it. thanks again!  10.03.12 - 1:24pm
Mary - Thanks so much for sharing the tips Jasmine! This will come in handy for sure.  10.03.12 - 1:08pm
Leslie - I so almost asked about this while on the PASS tour!!! ha! I had always ended up looking like a homely rat by the time the ceremony began .... but found the combo that works for me now! - MAC primer + MAC tinted moisturizer + MAC studio fix = natural look that still is on when I leave .... SWEEEET!  10.03.12 - 12:56pm
Rebecca Nash - Thank you so much for sharing this Jasmine! This is always an issue for me - by a couple hours in my makeup is all over the back of my camera and all down my face. Lately I've completely cut back to lipgloss and waterproof mascara only. I'm definitely going to look into these products.  10.03.12 - 4:17am
Jolynn - Yes!! Thanks for the awesome tips!  10.03.12 - 12:27am
RENAE - I have always wanted to ask you about makeup tips but was too shy to ask...so thank you for reading my mind :) You are totally awesome AND psychic! lol  10.02.12 - 11:18pm
Allison Marie - SO good to know! Thank you for the tips! I'm always embarrassed when I look in the mirror after I shoot a wedding, so this is super helpful :)  10.02.12 - 8:41pm
LEOLAK - Just in time for my makeup shopping trip!!! Thanks for sharing the awesome secrets!  10.02.12 - 6:50pm
Wedding Snapper - Make up just doesn't suit me!  10.02.12 - 6:48pm
Ashley Goodwin - Seriously? SERIOUSLY!?!?! While I am in search of beachy perfume YOU are buying this secret weapon?!!? JUST WHAT I NEEDED! :) Thanks for sharing your trick...7 MONTHS LATER! ;) No, but for realz, just what I needed. Not another trip to Sephora...but these products.  10.02.12 - 5:30pm
Sarah Patch - Agree on the face primer! MUFE All Mat is amazing. Here are some options I like for the other products: Setting powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder Setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Eye primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion  10.02.12 - 5:10pm
Jenn Best - THANK YOU for the makeup love. I haven't worn makeup while shooting in Forever for the very reason that it's not on my face by the end of the night and my mascara makes me look like racoon. Would love to look more presentable though so this is fabu!  10.02.12 - 4:02pm
Sydni Jackson - gotta love primer...i use Arbonne  10.02.12 - 3:58pm
Brittani - lmao, please.. no need to feel foolish, giirrll!! This is straight up what a lot of us need... I know I do.. thanks! <3 (i'm a hot mess on shoot days!!)  10.02.12 - 1:16pm
sarah danaher - you KNOW that every single female photographer has wanted to know your secret here for ever. thanks for sharing!  10.02.12 - 12:54pm
Jaimie Krause - I'm so glad you posted about this! I melt during summer weddings, and I LOOK so bad that people are continuously asking me if I'm alright! I've tried multiple things, but none have worked. I'll definitely be making a visit to Sephora soon!  10.02.12 - 12:25pm
Carissa - Oh my gosh. I literally just got home from a wedding this past weekend, looked in the mirror, and decided it was time to get my wedding makeup situation fixed. And fast. This is sooo perfect. Thank you!!! You might have felt foolish blogging it, but I appreciate it a ton! :)   10.02.12 - 12:12pm
Lily Hernandez - Thank you for sharing, I love this ;)   10.02.12 - 12:05pm
Ashley Williard - Thank you so much! I've been toying with the thought of not even wearing makeup for my sessions (think LARGE sunglasses), just because it's all gone in a couple hours. Definitely going to check these out.   10.02.12 - 11:53am
ML Pipes - Jasmine, you are not being foolish... girlie girls like me, need to know this stuff. One of my major insecurities is how I look during a shoot because I'm not a natural beauty...I NEED makeup... Thanks so much....  10.02.12 - 11:47am
Linda - Thanks for sharing! Always love people's makeup advice :) I swear by Urban Decay Primer Potion for all-day eye makeup staying power and Prestige automatic eyeliner.   10.02.12 - 11:40am
Paula Franco PHOTOGRAPHY - I decide tones of times no to make up to photograph each saturday wedding, because the disaster behind the camera is so notorious, but your tips can be very helpful!! Thanks a lot Jasmine!!  10.02.12 - 11:33am
Ruth Yoder - Thank you for the info!! great to know!   10.02.12 - 11:11am
Fran Colonna - I have to carry a face cloth with me at weddings because I sweat right into my eyes and then can't see.....I hate it because the makeup comes off on the cloth. I will have to try mac. I am considering going to a tennis shop and buying a sweat band to where across my forehead, under my bangs just to keep the sweat from pouring down my face....  10.02.12 - 11:04am
Trude - I'm a makeup addict too! Eyeshadow primer is a daily must for me, I use Too Faced's version but they're all pretty comparable. And Fix+ is a wonderful thing, it really does make a difference!! :)  10.02.12 - 10:59am
Vera - I'm totally printing this blog post out and running to the mall!  10.02.12 - 10:48am
Crystal Trenkle - Comment away! A few years ago, on Oprah's suggestion, I went out and bought Model in a Bottle. It was sticky and heavy and made me feel like a mannequin! I'll buy anything MAC! And just because you said so...Ima try All Mat!   10.02.12 - 10:43am
Sarah - Seriously glad you blogged about this because I've been horrified so many times about how bad I look at weddings and I have had no idea what to do about it.   10.02.12 - 10:39am
gretchen eck - Awesome you were homeschooled. Great advice too! -Homeschooling Mom of four!  10.02.12 - 10:20am
Jennifer Lynn - This is the best post I've ever read!!! Non-photogs won't even understand, but I don't feel like I can wear makeup to work because I spend the whole day rubbing it off of the back of my camera. I can't wait to try these! You're the best!!  10.02.12 - 10:06am
Lauryn - I have the most trouble with my eye liner staying in place. Does the initial spray take care of that? Or is the the type of eye liner that is causing my problem?  10.02.12 - 9:59am
Leah LaMontagne - Thanks for sharing this! I live and work in the Las Vegas dessert, and it gets HOT! I have long wanted to figure out how I can wear my makeup throughout a shoot or wedding, instead of my camera wearing it! I will try these!  10.02.12 - 9:50am
Christine Brizendine - Seriously... you don't know how much I appreciate this post. I ALWAYS feel like I can't keep makeup on when I'm shooting!!! After shooting I look like a put my eyeliner on in the dark and my my camera looks like it got a bath in white power. So I'm game for learning any tricks to keep the black streaks across my eyelids and my camera clean! You are the bomb...Holla!  10.02.12 - 9:47am
Nicki O'Hara - Don't feel foolish - you're a GIRL! You're supposed to blog about this stuff! I cringe when I show my screen to clients, desperately wiping away smears of foundation. You're a STAR ;) x  10.02.12 - 9:46am
Scarleth - Thank you for sharing, because everytime I have to do a big event or party, I have to apply something on my face and because my face is so oily by the end of the day if you squeezed it you could make some sort of juice....yuk! So, thanks again!  10.02.12 - 9:46am
Stephanie Rose - I'm in love with this fabulous blog post! It's really nice to get advice on other aspects of being a wedding photographer. Totally rockin' awesome. Thanks for the tips!   10.02.12 - 9:39am
brandy burridge - any suggestions on mascara? ive been searching FOREVER, for one that won't leave me with a black eye at the end of the night after shooting.   10.02.12 - 9:38am
candace - thank you for this. you helped a girl out in houston, tx, one of the hardest places to keep makeup on.  10.02.12 - 9:22am
Angela - I've been looking for a fix to the same problem. Definitely going to give them a try.Thanks for sharing :-)  10.02.12 - 9:21am
Mary Veterano - I love this post, Jasmine! Ugh it's so true, I swear 90% of the time I probably look like a hot mess at a wedding. That first 10% is only right after I've applied my makeup for the day and I've shown up and given the bride a hug. It's all downhill from there.  10.02.12 - 9:15am
t.j. max photography - This is EXCELLENT advise! I have also found the new L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow to be the first ever to stay in place all day/all night long! And it comes in a bunch of awesome colors. A.MAZE.ING! :) Just thought I'd pass along the tip! Have a great one!  10.02.12 - 9:15am
Megan - What about smudge free mascara? That's my biggest problem!  10.02.12 - 9:12am
Retha - Love MAC's Fix+, and it smells so good!  10.02.12 - 8:44am
Emily - I love this girlie post! I'm going to have to try these. Thanks for the tips!  10.02.12 - 8:43am
Whitney Lane Arnett - Love that you blogged this! I always leave for weddings feeling like a rock star but by the end of the night it scares me when I look into a bathroom mirror!  10.02.12 - 8:37am
Kathryn Grace - Hurray for homeschooled photographers! :-)  10.02.12 - 8:24am