Photography makeup is surprisingly different from day to day makeup.
What are those differences??
I thought you might ask…so I made a list for you!
1. Go about 30% more intense with your blush, shadow, mascara (I wrote that with a K the first time haha) & liner.
Outdoor and studio lighting has a tendency to zap the depth out of your makeup, if you look in the mirror and it looks like a touch too much, you are probably right on track. You want your features to be defined so you can show them off!
2. USE HD foundation & products without SPF
SFP is what causes that ghost-like flashback you see in some photos, so avoid that in your primer and foundation
I have really noticed how washed out I look in photos if I’m not wearing a heavier coverage foundation than usual, my photo fav is Makup Forever HD
3. BLEND BLEND BLEND!
Lines look twice as harsh in a photo so make sure you blend anything you don’t want to stand out.
Highlight And Contour, baby. Perfect lighting following you around?
With your own built in lighting you can even look decent in the DMV lights!
Before & After I learned how to HAC:
5. Easy on the SHIMMER!
Shimmer tends to look awfully reflective in a photo. Try to use mostly matte eye shadows (the shimmery ones won’t show their pigment in the lens as well) And for illuminated skin use products without shimmer like:
Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation
6. Some color on your lips.
I know a lot of you are NUDE ONLY ladies, and I love a nude lip too! But you have to remember to either do a 3d nude lip (like this one) or to use a little bit of color, otherwise (especially in the black and whites) you’ll be lipless!
I am a believer it pumping up those lashes for a photo, it will add so much to a profile photo or a looking down pose. Although, I love lash extensions I understand that they are pricey ( I probably couldn’t afford them myself if not for trading) I really love strip lashes too, and they only cost like 4 bucks. Well worth it for some photos. You need the right ones and the right techniques though or it can be much more difficult than it should be! Here is my lash video and these lashes are my favorite.
8. Set with powder.
You want to set with a translucent powder (my almost free recipe). Sweat and oil are magnified by the camera + you need your makeup to stay put. It’s a must. Hot TIP: if you have the cash this setting spray by Urban Decay is worth it’s weight in gold! I can tell a huge difference when I don’t use it.
Products I used on Rachel:
Eyes: Mac Shadow in Concrete (in the crease and to soften the liner), MAC Nylon to highlight & Voluminous Black Eyeliner
Lips: Lined with CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil in Mink & glossed with the Balm Plump Your Pucker Tinted Lip Gloss in Water My Melon