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Makeup Tips for Everyday Pictures and Professional Photos

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Everyday makeup can sometimes be a hassle, so when it comes to figuring out what makeup you should wear for pictures and family photos your head can go into an instant tailspin. That is, until now. We’re here to give you some easy makeup tips so you can look perfect in your next photo, whether it’s professional or just a day out with friends. So let’s begin with prepping your skin, and then we will offer some quick and easy tips for your face, cheeks, lips and eyes.

Skin Prep

Before you begin applying your makeup or concealer you should always start with a good moisturized base for your eye area, face, and neck. This doesn’t mean that you need to switch from your regular skin care routine. Instead just remember to follow your regular skin care regimen before applying your makeup. We also suggest using a deep cleansing or deep moisturizing facial mask two days before you have a professional photo shoot. This will make your skin look more refreshed, and if you do it a couple of days out then anything that erupts from your skin will go away by the time you’re ready for your close-up.

Next you can move on to a good makeup primer. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a good makeup primer either. One of our favorite primers is from L’Oreal. The L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base is very affordable, can be used all over the face including under the eyes, and really works some magic to make your makeup look flawless yet comfortable. Apply an even layer of makeup primer over your face, under your eyes, and blend downward onto your jawline and neck.

Face Tips

Now that you have your skin prepped and primed you can move onto your foundation. We suggest a good photo-ready or high definition foundation. Our favorite photo-ready product is Too Faced Amazing Oil-Free Close-Up Coverage Foundation. It contains light reflectors that help to minimize both pores and fine lines, plus it works wonders under your eyes as a concealer. Speaking of concealer, after applying your high definition foundation don’t forget to use your concealer to cover spots, small blemishes, and to help camouflage dark circles. We recommend a concealer with a yellow undertone to help hide those flaws easier, and one that matches your skin tone closely.

Next you will need to work on your cheeks. Now is a good time to grab a good cream cheek color or cheek stain. This will add a nice color base for any added powder cheek color later. It may seem like color overload, but remember that photos tend to wash out color in the face so you have to make sure you have just the right amount of color showing. We suggest using a base cheek color to give you a nice natural glow, while giving a good base for your powder blush later. Remember to focus the cheek stain on your cheek bones, and blend, blend, blend. After you finish your cheeks set your entire face with a light powder, such as a high definition loose powder or a mineral makeup mineral veil product. We really like the Koh Gen Do Mainfanshi UV Face Powder because it is high definition, but it is also very light and forgiving on the skin so it doesn’t leave you looking powdery. Keep in mind no matter what powder you choose that a little will go a long way, and don’t pile it on or your will look chalky in your photos. Finally, finish up by emphasizing your cheeks with a powder blush and highlighter.

The Eyes

Your eyes should be emphasized, but not too overdone at the same time. So pass on the smokey eye, because it can be too much in a photo and instead find a happy balance of color, liner and mascara. To begin find a good eyeshadow color for your eye color. Make sure to choose a color that suits your style and eye color, but keep in mind that matte shades work better in photos than shimmery or glittery shades. The simplest eye for a photo shoot is to use a single color on the eyelid area going into the crease. Follow this with a light shade as a highlighter on the brow bone.

Eyeliner is a must in photos, but don’t go overboard on the eyeliner either. Keep it simple with a simple and thin line by using a khol black or dark brown eyeliner, or a liquid in the same shades. It’s okay to slightly extend the liner outside of the corner of your eye, but steer clear of cat eyes and long extended eyeliner liners. This will only focus the photo on your eyes instead of your entire face. To complete the eye look apply a thickening and lengthening mascara, but make sure it’s not one that makes your lashes look so big that they look fake. You need to find a happy medium with the mascara, so you can see it in the photos but where it doesn’t look like you’re a Las Vegas show girl. Finally, finish your eyes by cleaning up any fallout that may have collected under your eye area from the eyeshadow or mascara. Do this by gently rolling a Q-tip under you eye area, and then lightly buff with your mineral powder brush.

The Lips

The rule on lip color should follow the overall rule of your entire makeup for photos; don’t go too bold. Again, a happy medium for color is needed so don’t go too neutral or too loud. After all you don’t want to look like a corpse or a prostitute. So begin with a lip liner that is either neutral in color or one that matches your natural lip tone. Line and fill in your lips with the lip liner. Now you have the option of a light lip gloss, a lipstick or both. We would suggest using a light to medium shade of lipstick in a pink or plum shade, depending on your hair and skin tones. Then add a small dab of clear or light pink lip gloss in the center of your lips and gently rub to blend outward. Just remember to look at your lips in the mirror and if you can’t see them at all, or your lips are all you notice, then you need a do-over.

Finishing Up

Remember, when you are having photos taken that it is not the time for experimenting with new makeup shades or trends. Also, don’t forget to pluck, tweeze, wax, or groom the areas of your face the day before so your skin doesn’t look red or swollen the day of the shoot. This is very important for your eyebrows and upper lip area. If your brows look good but you accidentally over-plucked don’t panic. Simply fill in your brows slightly with a good eye brow pencil or brow powder.

Don’t forget to find out the location of the photo shoot. If it is outside you should do a dry-run with your makeup by applying it and then going outside to ensure it looks good in natural light. You may also want to consider a good hydration mist, especially for outside in warm weather. Finally, don’t forget to take your makeup items in a bag in your purse. You never know what may happen where you will need a quick touch-up on your eyes, lips or face.

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