5 Makeup Tips for a Perfect Photoshoot
#1 NATURAL LOOK MAKEUP
Since shadows play the most important role in perfect photos, same idea applies to face. Doing a natural make up does not mean going light in products, it may actually be the opposite: you will need a number of things to prep your skin for a photoshoot: foundation, conealer, highlight, blush, contour and a finishing powder. The trick, however, is to avoid shades that are darker than your natural skin tone and never forget to apply them to your neck, bust and shoulders if they will be revealed in your photos.
For special occasions such as weddings for example, although the photographer’s job is to do just that, it may be a good idea to hire a professional makeup artist as well, as they know how to make the right features of your face stand out in the photo.
#2. GO MATTE
Go with matte products. Even though in real life you may sometimes wish to use products that have some glow in them and they make your face look more lively and healthy in real life, in photos that may actually do the opposite. So, especially if makeup is not your strongest side, it’s safer to go with matte powder, lipstick and eyeshadows.
#3 BLEND IT WELL
By now we got it! There is nothing worse than having a perfect photo ruined by unnaturally sharp lines of your makeup. That being said, blending is foundational part of the application process, and this applies to everything on your face: eyeshadow, foundation, blush, highlighter, contour, etc. A very basic tip to that is to use big brushes for lighter shades and tones, because you will cover bigger areas, and smaller brushes for darker smaller areas. There are hundreds of articles online and videos on youtube on blending alone and we absolutely encourage you to view some!
#4 FULLER EYE BROWS
Even though they are most commonly ignored, never minimize the importance of and never forget to fill your eyebrows. Fuller eyebrows not only give you a more youthful appearance, but they also help in creating a better illusion of symmetry, which is exactly what you would want in a perfect photo. Make sure, however, that you do not use a color that is darker or lighter than your natural eyebrow color. Makeup should complement the photo but not be the center of attention - you would not want your eyebrows starring in your photo!
#5 ADJUST YOUR MAKEUP ACCORDINGLY
Lighting is very important in photography. That is why it is important to consider what time of the day you are doing your photoshoot and also whether it is inside or outside.
There is no way in hiding the exaggerated makeup from the natural light. It will bring out all of you, including the imperfections. So, there are two big rules if the photoshoot is taking place outside during a day time: 1. Make sure that you apply your makeup in natural light - near a window for example. That will help in applying the right amount of makeup and if it looks good in natural light, it will look good under any light. 2. Go with light colors. Avoid anything drastic and exaggerated. This applies to all: your foundation, eyeshadow and your lipstick. In this case less is more!
If you are having a photoshoot during the day and and then again later in the night, it is easy to transition and adjust your makeup, following these simple tips will do the trick: darker lipstick, darker eyeshadows, more highlight, and a liner to your lids.