Maggie King from Mkup the Beauty Studio is an advanced expert in highlighting, contouring, shading and color theory makeup techniques. Dream Weddings works with her and her team often on photo shoots, as well as to bring you the best in makeup education.

​We sat down with Maggie to discuss the list common things she wishes brides, grooms and anyone wishing to look their best in wedding day photos knew to consider prior to receiving a professional makeup application and we’re bringing you some info to help you prepare.

​“It used to take a lot of effort to understand and receive skin treatments such as chemical peels, Botox, Dermaplaning, etc. but these services have become so mainstream and so many professionals now have the techniques dialed in that it’s much easier to assess and receive one or more treatments that will allow for your best skin and makeup application, come your wedding day.

​So let’s get into a few of these, shall we?


​Basically, the difference between the two is that enzyme peels are typically utilizing plant-based or more natural ingredients and are often gentler than a chemical peel. So those with a need for a lighter re-surfacing of the skin that allows for dead skin cells and debris to be removed and rejuvenation to occur may want to consider the enzyme peel treatment. Those with scarring from acne or deeper dark spots from sun or tanning damage may want to consider chemical peel treatment, since it typically produces better results for these issues by working a little deeper.

For the Enzyme peel, Maggie recommends setting up a consultation with a dermatologist or provider at least 6 months out. Effects from an enzyme peel can last 4-6 weeks, but don’t wait to have your first one only 4 weeks prior to the wedding. Have a trial peel at least 3 months before the big day. If all goes well and you like the results, have a refresher peel 2-3 weeks out so your makeup application on the wedding day goes smoothly and you’re looking radiant.

​With a chemical peel, consult with a professional as soon as possible if you think that’s the route you need to go, based on your skin. Since these are harsher than the enzyme peel, typically take longer to heal and you may need multiple treatments, you’ll want to leave plenty of time for the entire course you may need in order to achieve your desired results. Remember, NEVER do anything drastic or try anything for the first time too close to your wedding day.


​To Botox or not to Botox, that is the question! Often times, Maggie is asked if she can use makeup to fill in fine lines or wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes or near the mouth and essentially make them disappear. The answer is always a resounding, “Nope!” In fact, makeup can sit in a groove of these fine lines and make them even MORE apparent. So that your makeup application goes as smoothly as possible, Maggie suggests consulting with a legit professional regarding whether or not Botox is right for you 9-12 months out. Depending on the severity of the lines you wish to treat, injections can last anywhere from 3-6 months so if you find that Botox is right for you, again, have an initial treatment as far from the wedding date as possible to test your reaction and your results. If you like your results, have a refresher treatment 2-3 months from your wedding date.


​This is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling, dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also removes peach fuzz anywhere it is applied.

​These very tiny and fine hairs take on whatever makeup is being applied and can suddenly look extremely apparent, especially in back-lit portraits where sunshine wraps around the subject and illuminates the edges of the face and neck.

​The nice thing about this treatment is that it is painless and there is literally no downtime. Still, if you have sensitive skin, Maggie recommends you consult with a practitioner about 3 months out from your wedding date. Try a treatment. If you like it, have another one roughly 1-2 weeks out so you have bright, smooth skin that is ready for flawless makeup application!


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