Makeup for photos is a tricky art to master as there are varying factors that contribute to the finished product. This morning, I had the pleasure of glamming up a few young beauties for their Senior photos. I often am asked for tips on how to look good in photos so I thought I would share a few makeup tips that translate as flawless in photos and in real life.
But first, here are my beautiful clients (no filter photos) taken with my iPhone5:
On this gorgeous girl, I prepped the skin with a healthy spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir, cotton pads saturated with Le Couvent De Minimes 3 in 1 Rose Micellar Water, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer & Dr. Hauschka eye cream. Primed eyes with Nars Pro Prime Eyshadow base, Urban Decay Peversion 24/7 pencil smudged into the lash line, shadows from Mehron Makeup Eye Palette & false eyelash strips from Ardell. In her brows I used a Yaby Cosmetics eyeshadow powder applied with an angle brush from Makeup Forever and added a small amount of Eyeko Brow Gel. On the lips is Jurlique Love Balm, Cinema Secrets Lip Pencil and a Dior Addict Lipstick. I finished the complexion with a mix of Chantecaille Future Skin foundations, Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector, Cover FX matte bronzer, Chantecaille blush and Graftobian Loose Powder. The finished look? A naturally soft, bronzed skin with a neutral eye.
I kept the makeup clean and accentuated her big eyes and ivory skin using hints of subtle color. On the eyes, I layered a navy blue ‘Sabbath’ 24/7 eye pencil from Urban Decay with a combo of a matte navy and matte brown eyeshadow to create definition at the lash line. I used an iridescent pale gold plus a soft grey through both from Chantecaille on the eyelids, a bronzer from Edward Bess in the crease and applied a generous amount of L’Oreal waterproof Voluminous Mascara on her naturally long lashes. Through the brows is Makeup Forever Aqua Brows and Eyeko Brow Gel. The skin was primed with Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer and a few drops of One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster mixed into Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. To perfect the skin, I used Koh Gen Do Moisture concealer, Cover FX matte bronzer and La Femme Blush. On the Lips is a Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner, Jurlique Love Balm and Dior gloss.
I filled in these beautiful brows with a tiny amount of Yaby Cosmetics cake liner since she wanted to focus on her eyes and created a soft focus winged eyeshdow using a few shades from Mehron Makeup and Urban Decay playing with pearlescent shades through the center of the eyelid and matte taupe through the crease plus a pair of natural eyelashes from Ardell. Along the bottom lash line, I smudged a bit of Butter London Eye Pencil. On her skin, I used Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer first, then applied Becca Cosmetics Radiant Skin Satin Foundation and Illamasqua Skin Base Lift to brighten the center of the face. To warm up her naturally bronzed complexion, I used Jane Iredale Mineral pressed foundation in a deep shade, Chantecaille Ectasy Blush and Becca Cosmetics Shimmering skin Perfector Pressed in Topaz on the tops of her cheeks. For the lips, I mixed Vbeaute lip Spread, Cinima Secrets lip pencil and a Maybelline lipstick to create a glossy berry pout.
&&& now some makeup tips for looking fab in photos:
1. Take time to prep your skin with appropriate moisturizer & primer depending on your skin type. You don’t want a beautiful, bold eye with a blotchy complexion. Real life flawless skin can often look red or uneven on camera since flushed skin or pigmentation can peek through.
2. Steer clear away from products with titanium, zinc or mica (commonly found in foundations, spf and powders). These ingredients flashback white/grey leaving an ashy cast on the skin.
3. Camera flashes and even natural lighting can make the skin look like a flat plane so use a light hand and build up intensity on the eyes, lips and cheeks a little more than an average makeup day to create dimension on the face; otherwise your best features will disappear!
4. Take a test photo with your phone – with and without flash – to make sure your total makeup look is looking blended where it needs to be and defined where you want definition. If it’s not looking right, fix it before you go on your way.
5. Once you finish your makeup (or your makeup artist is finished applying all the products) look in a hand held mirror and in a mirror further away – like in your bathroom or in a floor length mirror. You will know immediately if you desire any edits.
6. Make sure your face, neck, chest and whatever exposed skin is seen looks uniform in color…. self explanatory!
What are your best kept secrets to looking good in photos?