Would it surprise you to hear a lot of people don’t know how to wear make-up for their photoshoot? It shouldn’t. The make-up you wear day-to-day may look great in the mirror, but after the lights and camera get through with you, you can end up looking like a hot mess. Most of my sessions include the services of a professional makeup artist with experience in photoshoot make-up. If you are not comfortable with that or you’d like to recreate your look again, follow these tips for a picture perfect look!
- Exfoliate and hydrate (moisturize) your skin the night before your session. And, remember to drink a lot of water in the days leading up to the session so your skin looks healthy.
- The day of your session, wash and moisturize your face with a non-SPF moisturizer. Any makeup products with SPF will show up shiny in photos and who wants a shiny face?
- Use a non-shimmery foundation primer. It will fill in any fine lines and create a smooth surface to apply your makeup onto.
- Apply a full coverage, matte foundation (no SPF) in the color that matches your neck. In order to get just the right shade, you may need to mix more than one foundation color. And to get full coverage, you may need more than one layer of make-up. If you’re concerned about looking too pale, go to tip 4!
- Contour and highlight your face. Contour with a darker color under your cheekbones, on the sides of your nose and around the hairline. Highlight with a light color on the tops of your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, along the top length of your nose and optionally on your cupid’s bow.
- Set your make-up with a yellow tinted powder (you may use translucent powder if it isn’t shimmery). The yellow tint also helps reduce redness in your skin.
- Avoid shimmery, sparkly, or glittery make-up unless in your eye-shadow otherwise it will reflect light.
- Eyes: use an eyeliner on the top and bottom lids (black works great on the top lash line, use any color or eyeshadow on the bottom); wear multiple layers of mascara (false lashes, or fiber mascara works great too); pay close attention to your eyebrows as well.
- Wear a little more make-up than you normally wear, paying close attention to your cheeks and lips.
- Set your make-up with a setting spray. This will help it last through the shoot and until you are ready to remove it!
One more tip: it’s always a good idea to bring your make-up bag with you to your session for touch-ups or to add more where needed.
For all you visual learners, this client had done her make-up prior to her business portrait session (left). Fortunately, my make-up artist was on hand to remove the shine, add color and contouring and brighten up her lips to complete her look. Beautiful!