Trick #2: Makeup For Portraits

2. Either book a session with a make-up artist (and tell her that it is for photos – this is important) or as your portrait photographer for advice on DIY. Hint: the base/foundation is critical. – 10 Tricks

bb cream

ceecee cream

whip cream

Here is Renee, demonstrating the efficacy of three popular foundation types. One is a luminescent variety which promises to scatter light and make your imperfections invisible. In real life it might do that but photos are not real life. Whatever light is used, be it sunlight or strobe, a shine is created with this type of foundation. Shine always looks like oil and has to be removed in photoshop, or powdered down on set by the makeup artist. Also, anything that catches light on the skin runs the risk of making tiny bumps into highlights, complete with their own tiny shadows.

Best option – go for something the exact same tone and colour as your neck and make it matte. Matte foundation is the happiest choice for photos.

After that, I request either mascara or eyelashes to be applied. Eyebrows should be groomed, through an out of place hair is easily removed in post-production.

Lip balm, not too glossy because too much shine makes such a highlight that people will only look at the mouth in the portrait, but enough that you don’t have dry lipskin that requires photoshop surgery.

Finally, don’t fret breakouts. Don’t worry about a coldsore. Didn’t whiten your teeth, if you ask, your portrait photographer will do that for you a little bit (beware of overzealous whitening). Forgot lipcolour, no worries. If you need it, your lips can be tinted and blush applied in photoshop…

Here’s your list:

1. matte foundation that matches your neck
2. eyelash something: mascara or falsies
3. lipbalm

Easy! (Want a pro to do your makeup? It is more affordable than you think! Ask your portrait photographer. They will have a list of pros that they trust.)

Published by photographykelowna

Graduate of New York Institute of Photography, I have worked as a photojournalist, wedding photographer, portrait photographer and photography teacher. I live in the mountains in BC, Canada.

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