Why Professional Makeup for Pictures?
Professional makeup for pictures is recommended for a variety of reasons. Professional cameras are great a freezing moments in time, which means that blemishes or imperfections can really stand out. A professional makeup artist is great at applying just the right amount of makeup to bring out the proper balance between highlights and shadows, all while matching your skin tones perfectly. Doing this helps to make your beautiful features stand out in your images and helps you to feel more confident in front of the camera.
Tips For Doing Your Own Makeup
- Start by cleansing and moisturizing your face. Makeup sits best on clean and soft skin 🙂
- Good natural light is best for visualizing your makeup application. If at all possible, move to an area with large windows. Take a mirror with you if necessary.
- Start with a primer. For your makeup to work its best, it needs a smooth surface to sit on. Consider products like M.A.C. Prep and Prime, Rimmel Fix Perfect Primer, or L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional Secret No. 1 Magic Perfecting Base.
- For your foundation, do NOT use mineral based makeup for your portraits. While these are popular and good choices for everyday use, they will make your face look very shiny and plastic-like in photos. Instead, consider Revlon’s Colorstay Makeup or M.A.C. Studio Fix.
- Keep your foundation in place with a translucent matte powder. Consider using M.A.C. Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or Revlon Photo Ready Translucent Finisher.
- Give your eyes some attention! Avoid glitter or shimmer applications as they can take attention away from you in your photos. Also avoid overly dark applications as they can make your eyes look small. Almay Intense I-Color is customized for specific eye colors and can make it easier to select an appropriate shade.
- For eyeliner, less is more. An over application or overly dark colors will make your eyes appear much smaller. It is best just to go around the lash line and avoid the inner eye rim.
- Use a waterproof mascara for best results, and apply two coats. Using a new tube can be beneficial to avoid clumping.
- When choosing a blush color, pick something that closely resembles ow you naturally appear after exercise or heavy laughter. Remember to avoid glitter or shimmering products. Apply the heaviest coat to the part of the face where your smile creases and blend upwards to the cheek bone. Blush may need to be applied just a bit more heavily for a photo session because the camera can tend to wash it out.
- It is usually the safest bet to apply a natural color of lipstick because in style colors change so quickly. Consider using a neutral colored lip pencil. Try M.A.C. Spice. A blush colored gloss can then be applied over the top with the heaviest application in the middle and blending out to the corners of the mouth.
- When the above steps are complete, apply a final light coat of translucent powder over the entire face.