Here are two questions that I recently received from readers:
a silly question — what should I wear to get ready in? Something I
can unbutton or easily take off my head so I don't mess anything up? ~Paige
Sweetheart, there are no silly questions! You are right about a button
up or something with a loose neck. Not really an issue for me, but for
hair. If you have a festive or cute tank this is a great opportunity to wear it and you will look adorable in photos.
I have small wrinkles underneath my eyes, I guess I would say mild crows feet? I am paranoid about them showing in wedding pics and I read in a magazine, to ask your make up artist to not put powder over this area because it would bring out the wrinkles. Is this true? Any tips on how to de emphasize that area? I am thinking I might not have any choice in the matter. Thank you Lo! ~Victoria
Great question, Victoria. I have had to explain this to hundreds of women throughout my career. Everyone has wrinkles around or under their eyes, but it is important to brighten or lighten the under eye area. If you look really closely in the mirror you may notice the wrinkles more b/c of the concealer, but no one else sees this. If they are that close – tell them to back off! It is well worth the trade off of lightning the area. This is what I suggest when applying concealer:
Start with an eye cream to hydrate and prime the area.
Apply concealer lightly with a brush on the areas that are dark. This is generally right under the lash line and towards the inner eye and nose area.
Blend out towards the outer and lower eye area with little or no concealer on crinkly parts.
Allow for the concealer to settle. Press the concealer into the skin instead of rubbing. It is natural for concealer to crease because that skin has a lot of movement – just press it in.
Set with light powder. Dust powder over concealer with a ponytail brush or sponge. Only a smidgen of powder to set and blend.
Take a look at Charlize Theron, arguably one of the most women in the world, in close-up photo versus a one from a few feet away. Yes, even goddesses have wrinkles! And, if you saw her without the flash in her face you could see even more. Please back away from the mirror and look at yourself as people see you.