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!