Is it really true that you need to pile on foundation so thick you need a chisel to scrape it off, or lipstick so dark it appears you drank a can of brick paint so you don’t look “washed out”? Of course not! That “washed out” look you might have seen in still photos is from direct flash with improper exposures set by the photographer, not improper make-up use. Wear your make-up the way you would want to look in real life because, with the right photographer, that is how it will show up on the camera.
On an opposite note, if you were planning on not wearing make-up, think it over again. For a minimalist look, swipe powder on your face to help absorb oil and prevent shine. Even if you have dry skin, it will create a softer, more even finish for your photos. Try a crème to powder finish for better coverage with less steps. A little blush won’t hurt either. Keep it a lighter shade of pink or a brownish pink for a more natural look. Have darker toned skin? Try using brighter colors. If you have dark eyebrows and long dark lashes, you can get away with skipping eye make-up all together. Otherwise, use an eyebrow pencil and/or mascara if nothing else.
When it comes to lips, I know people always suggest clear lip gloss for those who use make-up. I would suggest this is not always the best choice. Wear some kind of color on your lips, particularly if they are very light in tone to prevent an undone or dull look. It needn’t be a dark shade, only enough to define the area and add a little pop! In fact, I would say, if you were to only wear two items of make-up, it would be lipstick and a crème to powder foundation.
And of course, practice putting this all together to make sure you’re comfortable with the final look BEFORE your big day.