10 MAKEUP TIPS ON HOW TO LOOK GOOD IN PICTURES
Is there a better way to grasp a memory than to snap a few pictures? Weddings, holidays, baby showers, a fun night out with the girls…Our lives never seem short on occasions to whip out a camera and capture the moment. While you may love the people in the picture, what you might be fond of is your makeup. Makeup can be your best friend, or your biggest foe. Here are some tips on how to make sure your makeup is photo-ready for any occasion!
YOU DON’T NEED YOUR MAKEUP TO SHINE, TO SHINE IN THE PICTURE
Tip number one on how to look good in pictures – go matte with your makeup, or go for as little shine as possible. Lights and camera flashes are going to be reflecting off of your makeup. When you have a sheen to your makeup, it can be rather unflattering and give the impression of being oily. Instead, go for lightweight, matte formulas for all of your makeup if this is possible.
THE SAME GOES FOR SPARKLING
Be cautious of eyeshadows with glitter in them. Anything reflective particles you put on your face, will be seen tenfold in a photo! Sometimes even eyeshadows that you don’t think have glitter, will have a fine sparkling particles to them. Inspect your palette before applying, making sure to shine a light on it and tilt the palette side to side in order to catch any subtle shimmer.
WATCH FOR FALLOUTS TOO!
Another good tip on how to look good in pictures is simple: whether you are applying eyeshadow or highlighter, tap your brushes to remove excess product, and watch closely to ensure that no product falls on unwanted areas of your face. You’re a star, but you don’t want to necessarily twinkle like one.
READY, SET, GO!
Speaking of fallout, the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen at all, is setting your face. Use a matte primer before going in with your go-to foundation, apply your concealer, and lock it in with a setting powder (TIP: apply your setting powder while your foundation is still wet, it makes the foundation set better). For your eyes, use a lightweight concealer that matches your skin tone, while also brightening the area. It works just as well as eye primer, and will make sure your eye makeup stays locked in place.
SO YOU WANT SOME GLITTER?
Are you wanting to make a statement with true glitter eyeshadow? Using a non-pigmented powder, heavily apply it underneath your eyeshadow, until you have a very visible layer built on top of your skin before applying glittery eyeshadow. This will keep any fallout from sticking to your skin by trapping it inside the translucent powder. Once you are done applying the eyeshadow, using a large, soft brush, sweep away the powder. If you can manage to brush it away with one flick, then that’s the best route to go! Endlessly brushing away will risk the chance of the glitter getting blended into your makeup.
A CAUTIONARY TALE OF EYELINER
Eyeliner is one of the best ways to draw attention to your beautiful eyes – when applied carefully, of course. We are all too familiar with the struggle of attempting to get the wings of our eyeliner to match. And when your eyeliner game is going to be captured forever with the simple click of a button, it’s imperative that it’s at its best. How to look good in pictures? Our best advice with this fickle product is “less is more”! Even if you’re a fan of bold liner, try out a thin design to avoid giving the appearance of raccoon eyes. What may look good in real life, won’t always translate to photography. Creating a thin line along your lashes will make your eyes pop, while not drawing too much attention to the eyeliner itself.
DRAW THE EYES TO THE LIPS
The human eye is drawn to two features on the face more than anything: the eyes and the lips. If you have thin lips, master the art of lip contouring. A great makeup tip on how to look good in pictures is to add some dimension to your lips by applying a bit of lip liner, just a couple shades darker than the shade of lipstick you will be wearing, along your cupid’s bow and the corners of your mouth. Applying a lighter shade of lipstick to the very center of your lips can also give the appearance of being fuller.
As always, be careful of your outlines. Make sure to clean up around your mouth to avoid any wonky lines. Have a bit of color stuck to your skin near your lips? Very carefully apply concealer over it. Be conservative with the amount of product you use, to avoid drawing even more attention to the area, then tap it in until it is blended into the skin. Voila! Stain-be-gone, or, well, hidden.
WHO COULD FORGET CONTOUR?
Lips aren’t the only things that look best in photographs when dashed with a bit of contour magic. To optimize your perfect photo-finish look, frame your face with a light dusting of bronzer. Be careful not to use a bronzer too dark for your skin tone! It will be hard to control how much you put on the skin, and will be even harder to blend out appropriately. We suggest building in layers, so that you have total control and can ensure you do not go too dark. Use just enough product to add dimension to your temples, cheekbones, and jawline, but be careful not to leave visible streaks. Once it is applied, use a dampened beauty sponge to seamlessly blend into your skin. If you want to go step further, contour your nose by outlining the sides of your nose with a smaller, thinner brush to avoid over-applying; and the underside of the tip of your nose. Blend out the product just as before.
What is contour without highlight? Add further dimension to your face by applying a conservative amount of highlighter to your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, and inner corners of your eyes. It will provide an excellent contrast to the depth you created with the bronzer, while highlighting your best features. You can also apply a small amount just above your cupid’s bow to add further dimension to your face and lips!
DON’T STOP THERE…
We have all had days where we are in a rush to get out the door and only applied what we think is necessary and go. Just please don’t document your forgetfulness to blend your neck! Forgetting to include your neck in your makeup routine before stepping in front of the camera will draw the focus to your face, but for the wrong reasons (like how it doesn’t match the rest of your skin, for starters). So a good tip on how to look good in pictures is this: using a beauty sponge, apply your foundation to the top of your neck and work your way down, using less and less product as you get lower—that way you have a flawless transition from face to body. If you feel as though your bronzer is creating too much of a contrast to the rest of your skin, dapple a small amount of bronzer along the two dominant muscles in your neck. Flex these muscles and very lightly dust their sides, before blending with your damp beauty sponge. This will give your neck some dimension, better match the contrast of your face, without creating lines.
BROWS, BROWS, BROWS
Another good tip on how to look good in pictures is to take good care of your eyebrows. Oh, brows, how we dislike them sometimes. So much work, but what a wonderful payoff! Make sure to tame those brows! We recommend not plucking before getting in front of the camera, since it will create unwanted redness. In a snap, break the rules and shave (not entirely ;)). Drugstores (and even Sephora!) carry razors unique to eyebrow shaping in their cosmetic department. They will get rid of those pesky hairs without creating too much irritation.
Next, brush your brows, making sure to go in the same direction to avoid unwanted wildness. Finally, whip out your products. To ensure perfect brows, grab your brow pencil and outline the shape you wish your brows to have. Then, with a pomade product, fill in any patchy areas. Pomade products won’t just color in your brows, but will keep the hairs locked in place, so that you don’t have to worry about them all day.
LOOK, LESS REALLY IS MORE
Bold looks are fantastic, but can be problematic when you are in front of the camera. The camera will pick up on any cakiness, streaks, and sheen. Do your best to highlight your best features and cover problem areas, without using an excess of makeup. It’ll also boost your confidence to use less, seeing as how you won’t be stressing out over potential mishaps.
Now, get out there and rock it for the camera!
Do you have other tips on how to look good in pictures?