10 Tips on how to do makeup for pictures

The camera can be cruel and unforgiving and sometimes in just one flash it can capture one of the most horrific images of yourself that you never thought possible! Whether it’s for a professional photoshoot, a wedding or even a bachelorette party, if there’s going to be a camera around, here are ten tips on how to do makeup for pictures to be aware of:

1. Don’t use too much makeup

Though we are going to give you makeup tips below about how to use it, you don’t need to overdo it! When makeup is overdone it shows up on the camera, as well as real life. Unless you are going to appear under the bright lights of a stage, keep it light. Apply a thin layer of HD foundation to blur all imperfections, but avoid using foundations and face powders with SPF in them, as those tend to make your face look white on photos.

2. Start with a primer

The camera can often magnify fine lines and blemishes, so start with a good primer to smooth those fine lines and cover the slight imperfections.

3. Don’t forget your neck

The camera will pick out the color difference between your face and your neck, if you stop your foundation at your jawline. The flash will accentuate the difference in color, even if you can’t see it in your mirror.

4. Lengthen your lashes

The camera will pick out every little detail, so be sure to pay attention to your eyelashes. Your lashes may appear a bit sparse on camera, so lengthen and thicken your eyelashes with mascara (apply a couple of coats), but be sure there are no clumps, they will show in the photograph. False lashes also usually look great on camera. If you aren’t comfortable with wearing a full set of false eyelashes, try applying the half lashes or the singles, as those come across looking more natural.

5. Highlight your brows

Eyebrows are another feature of your face that tends to disappear under the harsh glare of the camera, so highlight them, as well as your cheek bones with a cream or powder highlighter to bring out your bone structure better in a photo. Avoid applying a highlighter all over your face.

6. Use a liquid eyeliner

If you usually use a pencil, then upgrade to a liquid eyeliner, if you know there’s going to be a camera around. Liquid eyeliner will define your eyes far better or, if you find liquid a bit tricky to apply, a gel eyeliner will work well too.

7. Take some powder with you

If you are prone to a T-zone shine, then remember to take some powder with you for a quick touch up before the lens shutter clicks. Avoid powders with SPF in it, as they tend to come up white on pictures.

8. Keep things matte

Remember about the glare that will come from camera flash and keep your face from looking shiny with matte makeup (this especially concerns your foundation, chose a matte finish one). Try to avoid any makeup that contains titanium dioxide, as this will reflect the light back and make your face look washed out.

9. Go a bit brighter with the blush

Did you know that a camera can wash out up to 40% of color? This is why don’t be afraid to go a bit brighter with the blush, but don’t overdo it and avoid blush with sparkles, as it will really sparkle with the flash!

10. Relax and enjoy!

You can always blame the photographer! 😉 LOL

I hope you find these photoshoot makeup tips useful.

Please feel free to share your own tips on how to do makeup for pictures in the comment section below.

Stay beautiful!


  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Hi, thanks for posting 🙂

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    January 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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  3. Kelly
    January 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Love your makeup tips! Now I will look perfect on photos 😀 Thanks

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