The following blog post was written by my dear friend and licensed Esthetician, Megan Raymont. I often get asked what people should do in terms of make-up when preparing for your photo shoot. its easy to say “wear whats natural for you”, but the truth is that there are professional tips to make-up application that can help enhance your best features and help give a flawless appearance to your photo. You can read about more skincare tips at Megan’s blog, Camp Raymont. I am also excited to announce that Megan & I are working together at Mandy Leonards Photography’s first boudoir marathon which is scheduled to take place in May! Stay tuned for another blog post about the marathon with more details:)

Makeup Tips for Your Photo Shoot
by: Megan Raymont
Makeup is one of the most important tools you can use to get beautiful results from your photography session. It can help you look more awake, present beautiful skin, and bring out your best features. For special occasions like your wedding day, hiring a professional is a must. For smaller mini-sessions (Christmas cards for example) doing your own makeup can save you time and money. There are a few things you need to know in order to achieve a flawless look in your photographs. Here are a few tips to get a makeup look that photographs well.

First you must prepare your skin. After all, makeup only looks as good as the canvas on which it is painted. Choose an appropriate and gentle exfoliant to free your skin of the dead skin cells just sitting there, looking dull and promoting breakouts. Depending on your skin type this could be a physical exfoliant, a chemical exfoliant, or a combination of the two. My personal favorite is the Daily Alpha Beta peels by DG Skincare (formerly MD Skincare) . Be careful not to use anything too harsh in the days leading up to your shoot. This is not the time to try a chemical peel or micro-dermabrasion for the first time.

Be wary of sunscreen on the day of your shoot, physical sunscreen that is. Titanium dioxide is arguably the best sunscreen on the market because it literally sits on top of your skin and acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays. For photography this could potentially cause problems by reflecting too much of the flash and creating a ghost-like appearance. When worn under a matte foundation this shouldn’t pose a problem as long as the foundation does not have titanium dioxide in it. To err on the side of caution, if you must use a sunscreen choose a chemical sunscreen instead of titanium dioxide. It is easy to read the label of your product by looking at the ‘active ingredient’. If you don’t see titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, you are good to go.

It’s time to prime—your skin. One of the best on the market is Smashbox Photo Finish. If you have oily skin you may also want to use a pore minimizer, like Dermadoctor’s Picture Porefect. This step(s) will help ensure your foundation goes on smoothly and flawlessly.

Apply foundation that matches your skin tone. Be careful to match the foundation color to your neck at the jaw line. If the makeup does not match your neck, your face will not appear to go with the rest of your body. You can apply makeup to the neck and décolleté to avoid this, but I think it is easier and smarter to simply choose a foundation that is the right shade. Blend, Blend, Blend. If you need concealer, choose a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation for under the eyes. Again, blend, blend, blend. Are you getting the idea? To cover blemishes, you can either layer your foundation or choose a concealer that matches your foundation. You don’t want to highlight these areas so make sure the concealer matches the foundation exactly. Be sure to follow up with a matte powder that also matches your foundation. Using a translucent powder is not ideal for photographs because most translucent powders contain light reflecting properties (like mica powder) that could also create a ghost like appearance.

Apply the rest of your makeup. Keep in mind that the flash from the camera will inevitably wash you out some. You can make up for this by applying your blush with a slightly heavier hand and choosing a lip color that is one shade darker (at least) than your natural lip color. Pay close attention to your eyes and lips, and keep your lips moisturized throughout the shoot. When applying shadows and blushes, remember to, you guessed it, BLEND! For the same reasons described above, you will want to avoid any products that are too shiny or have glitter in them. If you are going for a smoky eye or using heavy eye makeup, you may want to do this step first because you will inevitably get dark powders underneath the eye. Set your look with a light dust of powder (again, not translucent) before applying mascara.

Curl your eyelashes. This move alone will open up your eye and help to draw the focus there. Start at the base of the lashes and hold, move to the middle of the lashes, and finally the ends holding for 10 seconds each time. Lock in the curl with a waterproof mascara to finish your look.

I hope these tips have given you an idea of how important makeup is to your photo shoot! As an Esthetician, makeup and skin care are among my favorite discussion topics I recommend to use amazon vitamin c serum and reduce the wrinkles. For more tips, stop by my blog at Camp Raymont. It’s my family blog, but I often incorporate skin care tips, tricks, and products I love. Also, if you want to hire a professional to do your makeup for a shoot with Mandy Leonards Photography, I would love it if you contacted me.

Cheers to beautiful photographs!

May 7, 2010 - 6:43 am

lindsay koehler - Great tips!

April 19, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Julie - This is super helpful–thank you!

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April 4, 2010 - 6:58 pm

giovanna - Great pointers!

April 4, 2010 - 6:57 am

Casey - This is an awesome article, thanks!

April 1, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Jen - Thanks for the tips!

April 1, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Laura Brett - Great read Mandy!

April 1, 2010 - 10:41 am

Beth - Great tips!

April 1, 2010 - 9:19 am

Trisha - Great post Mandy! Enjoyed reading your tips!

April 1, 2010 - 9:17 am

Tawney - Greap tips! Thanks!

April 1, 2010 - 9:05 am

Michelle Barnes - Great tips!

April 1, 2010 - 8:31 am

Hannah - Great advice!

April 1, 2010 - 5:37 am

Krysia - Great tips! Thanks for posting this!

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