Some deftly applied foundation and a pretty up-do can go a long way toward making your photos truly shine, and for the best results, most top photographers recommend booking a hairstylist and makeup artist. Says Gruber, "It's worth the price." Even if you want a natural look, you should let a makeup artist even out your skin tone and define your features enough so that they "pop" on film without looking harsh. "Don't go too heavy on the lips and eyes," advises wedding photographer Donna Newman. "A clean, sophisticated look is timeless."

Choose someone who works regularly with brides and who can give you a few pointers on camera-ready makeup. For instance, a tiny bit of gloss on the center of your bottom lip will make it appear fuller, and bright red lipstick is a no-no if you've chosen to be photographed in black-and-white: It will look black on film.



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