Picture this: you have your big photo shoot tomorrow to get new photos for your website. You have an amazing photographer, three gorgeous new outfits, and the perfect location. You've decided to do your own hair and makeup and now you're getting a little anxious about it, wondering if it will look good, if it will show up on camera, or what if you put too much on? How will you know if you'll look super model perfect, or like one of the little girls from Toddlers and Tiaras?? Aaaak!
Don't worry girl, I can help you! I've done hundreds of photo shoots, and I'm going to share with you my top five best tips to make sure your makeup looks perfect on camera and in your photos or video, and is good enough to go out to your favorite restaurant after for a celebratory dinner.
1. Start with super hydrated skin. Use a non greasy, lightweight moisturizer that will plump up your skin and keep it really hydrated. Leave the SPF for the beach, SPF is generally not photo friendly for flash photography. And if you're not sure if your photographer will be using a flash, better safe than sorry. Your makeup will go on better on hydrated skin, and it you're skin will look young and fresh. I use Embryolisse in my kit, but you can use your favorite moisturizer that works for your skin type.
2. Make sure your skin is matte. What this means is you don't want your skin to look shiny and reflective, you want it to look flat. Shiny skin does not show up well in photos or on film, and can make you look like you have really oily skin, reflect too much light, or be really distracting. If your skin is dry, you probably don't have to worry about this. If your skin is more on the oily side, you can use mattifiers or primers to absorb and prevent shine. Two of my favorites are The Porefessional from Benefit or Make Up For Ever's All Mat.
3. Limit the use of shimmer, glitter and shiny makeup products. Actually make that no glitter, and only a little shimmer if you can't do without it. These types of products can reflect light too much, or make your skin look really shiny. If I do add any luminizing products on a client during their shoot, I make sure it's really subtle, and only highlighting the features a little. I may add a little in the inner corners of the eyes, top of the cheekbones, and cupid's bow. I love these Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass cosmetics. They are subtle but gorgeous, and have 6 shades to fit all skin tones.
4. Give yourself flawless skin. For the most part, you are probably going to want more of a fuller coverage foundation, along with using concealer and powder. You want your skin to look really even and pretty. You want enough coverage in your foundation products to cover any redness, blemishes, or discoloration in the skin, or dark circles, and of course, be matte. If you have even, blemish free skin, then you can use something a little sheerer like Make Up For Ever's Face and Body Liquid Makeup. It evens out the skin tone and looks and feels really natural. But if you need more coverage, use Make Up For Ever's HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It covers everything you need it to while still looking like skin.
5. You're going to need more color in your face than you think. You don't want your face to look washed out, and you want your features to stand out. This means you'll probably need to apply more blush, contouring, brows and lips than you think you need. Take a selfie with your iphone to make sure your makeup stands out, and ask your photographer if you can see his or her screen at the beginning of your shoot. Bring your makeup with you in case you need a little touch up.
6. Define your eyes. You can really connect with your audience or clients with your eyes, and you want to make sure they stand out. To get eyes that pop in photos, make sure you use eyeliner on the top of your lashes, and on the bottom lashes too, or at least define under neath with a medium tone eyeshadow. Contour the crease of your eye socket with a medium toned shadow, and blend out the edges really well with a large fluffy eye shadow brush. And don't forget lots of mascara, at least 2 coats. Bonus points if you do false eyelashes!
7. All day shoot? Use a setting spray to make your makeup last through the last shot. You can also use a translucent powder and blotting papers for touch ups for shine. My favorite setting spray is Make Up For Ever's Mist and Fix. It sets your makeup so it lasts all day, but also keeps it fresh and from looking cakey.
What are your favorite tips for photo shoot perfect makeup? What products are your favorite for makeup that lasts all day? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below! And if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends!