You plan your wardrobe for your session, and your kids' wardrobe too, but do you spend much time thinking about your makeup for your photos?
Photo session makeup is actually a pretty big deal and can make a big difference in your images. Check out these top tips for taking your hair and makeup from blah to voilá!
1. Start with hair removal. Whether you decide to wax, or take the more comfortable route and opt for a dermaplaning treatment, removing the excess hair on your face will make for a more flawless makeup application. Plus, nobody wants to have unkept brows in their photos!
2. Go a little darker than normal. Your makeup will show up about two shades lighter in your photos than it looks in real life. Go a little darker with your eyeliner and shadow, fill in your brows and pick a lipstick or gloss that packs a punch. You'll be thrilled with how the darker makeup pops in your photos, even if you think it looks like too much in real life.
3. Choose matte colors. It just photographs better. Sparkles and shimmer are not your friend for photo shoots.
4. Pick a lipstick or gloss with a blue undertone. Life hack: lipsticks and glosses with blue undertones actually make your teeth look whiter. Who doesn't want whiter teeth? Conversely, colors with yellow undertones (like corals and some pinks) will make your teeth look yellow. No thank you.
5. Finish with a setting spray and powder. This came straight from a highly sought-after professional wedding makeup artist - use a setting spray (something like this) and then follow up with a translucent setting powder for ultimate staying power. This tip is especially useful if you're planning an outdoor session in the summer!
If you have a makeup artist you love, who has done your makeup before, it may be beneficial to use their services for your shoot. However, I don't recommend having your makeup done by someone else for the first time the day of your session - that's just a recipe for disaster and unhappiness!
Oh, and by using these best practices, you'll eliminate the need to go back and ask your photographer to remove the little hairs from under your brows, or any other small thing you're unhappy with, which will make your photographer love you. Trust me, I know.
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