1. USE MATTES
Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you are going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face.
2. APPLY IN NATURAL LIGHT
For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up.
3. USE YELLOW TINTED POWDER
Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light leaving you with a shine.
4. BLEND IN UNDER EYE CONCEALER
Most of us try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward coloring around the eye.
5. BLACK LINER AND BLACK MASCARA
Many experts that give advice on how to look good in photos suggest using black liner and black mascara. If you normally use browns, opt for black. The darker hue will give you better contrast. The contrast will make your eyes pop more.
Skipping blush will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face.
7. DON’T SKIP LIPSTICK
If you’ve ever wondered how to look good in photos, don’t forget your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to add contrast to your features for best results.
8. AVOID SHADOWS
Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes.
9. CONTOUR WITH HIGHLIGHT
Learn how to look good in pictures by contouring and highlighting your facial features. You can use bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural color to brush on under your cheek bones, under your chin, along either side of your nose, and the outer corners of your forehead. Apply a lighter color on the areas that light hits. Apply it to the tops of your checks, center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
10. WHITEN EYES
Don’t forget to use eye drops to get rid of any red lines in your eyes. You can also help your eyes look bigger and clearer by using a little white shadow on the inside corners of both eyes.
The details of applying make-up are mostly greek to me...but wedding photographer long enough to know what works, and these tips are pretty great. I also think it's important not to alter your make-up too drastically for your wedding photography or portrait photography. Remember, we are photographing you! Be proud of who you are and utilize these make-up techniques to help bring out your best. Hit the link to contact Black Dog Photo Co. if you have any questions about how to look your best in photos.
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