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Perfect make-up for your photo session

September 20, 2019
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You’ve booked yourself in for a photo shoot and you want to look your best. Of course you don’t HAVE to wear make up and many people don’t and look gorgeous. However, if you want to wear make up, here are a few tips to help you to get the best results.

Before I begin, I am not a make up artist and this advice is just things I have picked up from doing many photo shoots on subjects wearing make up and doing a bit of research on make-up that works well with studio strobe lighting.

You wouldn’t be the first to think that you can get away with wearing your every day make up – but not everyone can. The first thing to remember is that a studio setting is not the same as natural light and so the camera won’t always “see” what you see in the mirror.

Tina’s Top Tips on make up

  1. Lose any products with SPF… you’ll get flashback – don’t know what that means? You’ll look a bit like a ghost!
  2. Unless you really like the shiny look, go for matte products and avoid shimmer.
  3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Start your make up on a nice smooth canvas to avoid that dry, flakey appearance.
  4. Use a primer. I know it may sound like you are using a lot of products but if you are having a long shoot in front of hot lights, it does get pretty warm; you want your make up to stay put for as long as possible without having to reapply.
  5. You don’t need to worry about fine lines on your face – we ALL have them and they make you look…human, but if you are really bothered about them, steer clear of too many powdery products or avoid them altogether, they sink into your lines and make them far more noticeable.
  6. This sounds obvious but match your foundation to your skin colour and pay attention to your jaw line and neck! You don’t want to look two toned.
  7. Flash photography can make your skin look a bit washed out so don’t be afraid to use a bit of blusher or bronzer to define your cheekbones…just blend out those edges so you look more JLo and less Coco the clown.
  8. Mascara and eyeliner are your best friends. Photographers tend to focus on eyes so emphasise those eyes with lashings of mascara and some eyeliner to make your eyes pop.
  9. Fill in those eyebrows but go easy. You want them to frame your face but they don’t need to take centre stage
  10.  Before you reach for that lipstick, give your lips a once over with a soft toothbrush, pop on some lip balm…now you’re ready for some colour. Personally, I would always opt for a matte lipstick as I don’t like the “wet look” lip gloss or glossy lipstick gives on camera.

Finally smile, relax and try to forget that there’s a camera pointing at you – you’re fabulous.