My How To Look Better In Photographs-Makeup Tips

22 Jul

How to look good in pictures is always a challenge. Some people are more photogenic than others. But since I’m always in front of the camera, and most of the time I prefer to do my own makeup for my photo shoots than most make artists, I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to photograph better. Here are a few tips on how to look good in pictures using make up.

Apply your make up in natural light/daylight if possible. This is also best for every day makeup application as well as for photos. Some lighting makes it hard to tell what colors really look like, and you can end up doing your makeup too dark or too light & it can look unnatural.  It can be really embarrassing when you leave the house and realize that your makeup looks different than you thought.

Always use Matte Makeup. Matte makeup would be flat colors that don’t have sparkle or shimmer or shine. When you are going to be photographed don’t use any products that are going to reflect light off your face. The flash reflects light off the shimmer and will make you look shiny, distorted, and it will look unnatural.

I always use a slightly yellow face powder which tends to photograph better than shimmery or translucent powders. Although you might not think so, some powders will reflect the light leaving you with a shine or even make you look washed out in pictures.

Wear natural colored Lipstick. You don’t want your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face, nor do you want to wear a color that is completely unnatural. Sometimes our natural lip color is a little strange for example, my lips turn blue when I’m cold, and I’m usually cold at photo shoots, so a good layer of a warm toned lipstick color is always a must for me. It is a good idea to contrast your features. Choose a shade that is a little darker than your natural lip color.

Using blush keeps your face from looking washed out. Don’t over apply blush, just a little extra color on your face is good. Blush adds definition to your face and some color to your cheeks. And again, avoid blush with shimmer or sparkle in it. You may not wear it everyday, but consider it when being photographed.

Using black liner and/or mascara usually looks great in photos. I recommend using black because it will give you better contrast which will make your eyes pop. Just don’t go to heavy on the black eyeliner, you don’t want to look like a raccoon either. Use it just along your lashline or waterlines to enhance your eyes.
Use more concealer! Covering up dark circles under our eyes or blemishes with a little concealer is fine for everyday use, but in pictures, use more concealer for better coverage to reflect light to conceal imperfections and make you look flawless. Just make sure to not have a shade that is too light, slightly lighter or matching your skin tone is best.  Also, blend the concealer extremely well, making sure not to increase fine lines or awkward coloring around the eye. Heavier concealer in real life looks noticeable, but in photos it isn’t, so feel free to use more than you normally would. Sometimes I get blemishes, or no sleep, and using a bit more concealer helps to make me look flawless in photos. Also, always use concealer after applying foundation!
Contour cheekbones and any other places that you want correction. Look better in pictures by contouring  your facial features for more definition in your face. You can use bronzer or contouring powder to brush on under your cheek bones, under your jawline, along the sides of your nose. Using a Fancy Cheeky Brush from Sunset Blonde Beauty for the best and most blended application!

Foundation is not always a necessity, but it does even out skin tone and imperfections. There is something about using foundation in photos that genuinely gives you an airbrushed look. I get asked all the time how I get my skin to look so flawless, and it’s a combination of having the right products and the right tools that works for you, along with practice and experience. My face is much paler than the my body, and so I always like to even it out and change the color of it with a little foundation in a darker shade. You may have red spots, scars, veins, blemishes, discoloration, etc, that you are used to seeing every day, and might not even notice. Or maybe you are very well aware of what’s on your face. For photos, foundation along with concealer can make a huge difference with your skin. Getting some assistance from a professional with selecting the right shade of foundation is always a must. Most people can’t tell what shade they need to match their skin. Using the right foundation will help you look better in photos.

Looking better in photographs is easy with a few helpful makeup tricks. You can also take a few practice shots before heading out, bring your makeup with you, for touch-ups or to correct something you might not have otherwise noticed.  Make sure your make up looks as good in pictures as it does in person.


Sunset Blonde


2 Responses to “My How To Look Better In Photographs-Makeup Tips”

  1. Nau August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Will you post your favorite yellow powders you prefer to use? I know you posted your current lipstick purchases on your previous post in regards to your Rimmel lipsticks. Could you post your favorite lipstick shades for photoshoots and which ones you use regularly that are universal shades. It would be really helpful, I keep buying lipsticks that come out and have a drawer full. I want to stick to a few shades and get rid of the rest. Could you do a video post or tutorial of how you contour step by step with your brushes?

    I apologize for the many questions. I have dark circles as well and was interested in the Kryolan Dermablend concealer you use. I would like to know your recommendation of a peach color from the line. For instance, something similar to a M.A.C. Peach corrector , Bobbi Brown Corrector or Benefit Erase Paste #2. I keep buying the latest peach correctors but like how your Dermablend concealer blends but I looked at the shades available on their site and dont’ know which one to choose.

    Thank You,

    • Sunset Blonde's Blog August 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Nau!
      Thanks for reading my blog. You do have a lot of questions! I will do my best to try to answer them in a post coming very soon!
      Sunset Blonde

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