Make-Up Tips for Photoshoot

Paid photo shoots will most likely offer you a make-up artist, but that’s a luxury you may not always have.  Find out before the shoot if you will have a make-up artist supplied, if not, here are some great tips for your next shoot:

  1. Even though you will most likely shoot in sunlight or under heavy strobes, you need to put on heavier make-up than daytime use.  Extra contrast and heavy powder.  Heavy powder is very essential and will reduce post work on your images.  Applying heavy make-up make feel awkward but it looks good on camera.
  2. Moisturize your face thoroughly and then follow with concealer.  The concealer should be about 3 shades lighter than your skin tone.  Cover blemishes and discoloration with a concealer.  Lighten the area around your eyes and fix any blemishes around your lips.
  3. Foundation can be tricky.  Match the foundation to your neckline and chin, that is, your face should have the same tone as you neck.  Yes, put make-up on your neck (some make-up artists will go down to the shoulders).
  4. Powder it up!  Powder is the key to better photos.  It truly makes the biggest difference between good and great photos.
  5. Your lips should be a solid color and a shade or two deeper than you usual wear.  Don’t wear any dark lip liner, make the liner the same color as the lips.
  6. Blush is another tricky effect.  Too much and you look like a clown, too little and you look sick.  Practice with blush until you get a tone.
  7. Apply eyeliner from the outside of the lower part of the eye and extend almost to the inner part.  Eye shadow is your call.  The lighter the shade the livelier you look.  Darker eye shadow makes the images mysterious.  Ask the photographer what kind of feel or theme the shoot is going for.  Apply eye shadow to the upper lid and above the eye below the brow.  Remember, most photographers focus their lens on the eyes, so spend some time on those peepers!

Bring your own make-up!  I used to have a kit with me until a photographer told me about a horror story when all his models used the same kit and woke up the next day with pink eye!  So, when my make-up artist can’t show, I rely on the model to bring their own kit.  Yes, this also applies to men, obviously you won’t use as much make-up but powder is very important to make a guys skin look great on camera.

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