Top Tips for Photo Ready Makeup

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work as a makeup artist on a local photographer’s shoot recently.

As you know, I’m currently studying towards a qualification in Applying Makeup, so when this opportunity came up, I jumped at the experience!

As I hadn’t worked on a professional shoot before, I did a bit of research prior to it and also picked up a few more tips on the day.  Although you might not be ‘working it’ on a photo shoot any time soon 😜, the same principles will apply if you have a big night out and want to look flawless in the photos.  I’ve popped put some tips together and listed them below for you…


NATURAL LIGHT – is key when applying makeup in general, but especially important for photographs.  Applying in dimly lit, or artificial light will create a false environment and may involve you selecting incorrect colours that are not suited or matched to your face.

SPF FREE – This is something that I read about prior to the shoot and followed.  Most makeup (or moisturisers) contains at least some SPF – which is made up of Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide particles.  These particles are pure white and as a result they will show up on camera. Therefore always opt for SPF free!

PRIMER -Primer should play an important in your every day makeup routine anyway, but it is especially important for photos to ensure that you get a smooth finish. You can get primers which are specifically formulated with photo designed properties (eg Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer), but a good quality primer such as Benefits Porefessional is a good option too!!

COVERAGE – When applying makeup for a photo, you will need to apply a little more than what you would usually wear.  This doesn’t mean you have to cake it on! But you will need to build it up – whether it’s your foundation, concealer or eye makeup.  Layering is the key to makeup showing up in a picture.  Applying a thin application and gradually building it up, will give a rich look.  Contouring with foundation is ideal for photos as it will give much more depth to the face on camera. Which leads me to my next tip…..

SHAPE – Our faces can often lack definition behind the lense, so contouring is definately our friend here! (I have post on Contouring here).  By applying a darker shade of foundation (2-3 shades) underneath the cheekbones, the sides of the nose and around the temples/hairline, it will help to add some depth to your face.

MATTE NOT SHIMMER – Shimmer or glitter can often reflect the camera flash, which can result in a white appearance, or create an orb like reflection on your face – neither of which are a good look! So it’s best to opt for matte where possible.

Hopefully these tips are useful but if you have anymore, feel free to comment below!



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