How To Apply Makeup for Photographs

When applying makeup for a photograph, a little more effort is required to look great in a picture. Makeup that is acceptable for a regular day might not be enough for a photo, and you may end up looking pale or washed out in the picture. A few makeup techniques can enhance your natural beauty while capturing your special moment on film!

First, start with a clean, moisturized face. Many women do not use foundation during the day, but it is a nice way to cover imperfections while evening out your skin tone. Apply foundation with a clean sponge, paying attention to the areas where makeup can cake, like around the nose and under the eyes. Concealer can be used after foundation to hide any blemishes that are still noticeable, or to lighten the under eye area. If dark circles are a real problem, a highlighter can be used on shadows to brighten the eye area. A popular brand of highlighter is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. When applied to the inner corner of the eyes, you achieve a brighter and more alert appearance. Finish with pressed powder to set your flawless foundation application.

For a timeless picture, trendy makeup should be avoided. Your natural facial features should be highlighted, not covered up and dramatically contoured. Using a palette of natural colors will help achieve this look. For eyes, use an eye shadow brush to sweep a neutral color eye shadow across the lid. A slightly darker shade of the same color should then be applied to just the crease of the eyelid to define the eye. Often, a light shade of shadow is used above the brow bone to accent the eye. This can be done for pictures, but avoid anything too iridescent and shiny, as it may be distracting in the picture. Line eyes with a brown eyeliner for a more natural look. Eyeliner should be slightly thicker at the outer corners for more definition. Finish eyes by using an eyelash curler, applying mascara, and eliminating any clumps with an eyelash comb.

Applying bronzer or blush after your eye makeup is recommended because is it easy to overdo cheek color. Apply bronzer to areas where the sun naturally hits, such as across the forehead, down the nose and on the apples of cheeks. Brush bronzer underneath your jaw line to contour your face. This creates a slimmer look for your picture. Use blush sparingly from just under your cheekbone out to your temples.

Lips should be lined with a liner close to your natural lip color and filled in with a matching lipstick. Avoid lip gloss because it may cause a glare in the pictures.

Following these tips will make your next photograph look naturally amazing and flawless!


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