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How to Apply Makeup for Photographs

How to Apply Makeup for Photographs

How to Apply Makeup for Photographs

Ever take a picture and your make up doesn’t show? To look your best in photographs, relax, smile and follow some simple makeup tips to get a defined look that reflects on camera.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Mirrors
  • Blush
  • Blush Brush
  • Eye Shadow
  • Eye Shadow Brushes
  • Face Powder
  • Foundation
  • Lip Liners
  • Lipstick
  • Liquid Eyeliners
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Makeup Kits
  • Mascara
  • Foundation
  • Lipstick
Step 1

Make sure your foundation is yellow-toned (this applies for all ethnic backgrounds).

  • Step 2

    If you are African-American, it’s a good idea to have light, medium and dark shades of foundation to allow for different gradations of color on different parts of your face.

  • Step 3

    Use the right color blush so as not to look washed out. Layer natural color first, and make it “pop” with a brighter color on top.

  • Step 4

    Define your eyes with shadow, but avoid dark colors on the lid – they make the eyes recede. Add mascara, but don’t overdo it.

  • Step 5

    Choose deeper or brighter colors for strong lighting. Soft lighting, or daylight, requires less intense colors.

  • Step 6

    Apply makeup that works with your style. Don’t put on a lot of it for more effect, but instead use more color and a bit more definition.

  • Step 7

    Avoid dark liner, extremely glossy lips, shimmery or bright shadows, and foundation and powder that’s too pale.

  • Step 8

    Use good definition – e.g., careful lining of the lips and eyes – for black-and-white photographs.

  • Tips & Warnings
    • Snap away in summer. This is a great time to be photographed for holiday cards, since people usually look healthy and rested.
    • Choose a photo that looks like yourself.
    • Try to relax when being photographed. Tilt your head and move your face for a variety of shots.
    • Lift your chin when being photographed to lessen dark circles and keep the nose from looking big.

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