How to photograph well: Makeup Tips


There are so many special events which involve some sort of photography.... parties, formals, weddings and the list goes on! Hence, it is so important to figure out the right makeup for your face in order to avoid mistakes such as white flashback, looking sweaty and appearing washed out.

Aside from picking a flattering outfit and practising your smile, the best way to ensure you’ll photograph well is through your makeup. With just a few tricks and changes to your everyday beauty routine, you can ensure you look as spectacular in pictures as you do in-person. Follow the steps below and get ready to smile for the camera!

1. Prep the skin

Great skin is the start of any great makeup look. The night before an event, carry out your normal skincare routine with the addition of an exfoliant as well as a mask to give your skin that extra boost it needs. On the day, ensure to wash your face in the morning so that it is clean, but try not to use anything to harsh or irritating. Also apply a light moisturiser and allow it to sink in for at least 20 minutes.

2. Priming before makeup

Begin with a primer to create a smooth base for the rest of your look. Tailor this to your skin type and needs; if you have oily skin use a matifying primer, or a more hydrating one if you have dry skin.

3. Evening the complexion

Choose a foundation that’s right for your skin type and made to be photographed. It’s best to avoid any varieties with built-in sunscreen (or choose one with low SPF), as they can give a white flash back in photography. It is also very important to shade match your base correctly, as any differences between your face and neck will be easily highlighted.

4. Setting the foundation

Setting foundation is important to prevent slipping and sliding, which can make you look sweaty on camera. However we need to remember that too much powder can make you come across powdery and cakey in photographs. To prevent this, use a light dusting of either translucent or coloured powder only in the areas that you need it.

5. Adding definition, structure and colour

Flash photography can wash away a lot of the structural definition from your face, so a little bit of shading and colouring can bring life back to your face. Try adding some liner or eye shadow to your eyes to stop them getting lost within the photo. Also, add some light bronzer and blush to the cheeks to add some shape and definition, whilst providing a healthy colour.

6. Choose a Lippy that lasts

When it comes to big events, choose your lipstick wisely. Nudes and pinks work well as they won’t noticeably smudge throughout the event. A matte or creamy finish will give you the best staying power and will require fewer touch-ups.

7. Set it all down

This final step is crucial and life changing! After you’ve perfected your look, make it stay put with a makeup setting spray. On clients, I use Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to blend all the makeup together and make it last for hours without fading or smudging.

Enjoy your next big event,

Olivia xx

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