Makeup Tips for Picture Taking

Taking pictures is generally a heart-warming experience as you capture moments you hope to cherish forever. For some women, however, picture-taking could be the very bane of life. These women tend to shy away from the camera, claiming unattractiveness and a lack of confidence.

Some of the most common complaints found in pictures are oily skin, blemishes, and tired-looking eyes. With a few tricks, taking a picture can be a pleasant experience rather than a stressful one.

Oily Skin

If you have naturally oily skin, it’s not a lost cause when it comes to pictures. If you know you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, avoid liquid foundations, since they will tend to look glossier. Instead, stick with matte creams and powders. Always apply foundation to a clean, fresh face and swipe your oily areas with toner prior to applying makeup. This will help calm down your oily areas a little bit and will help your face look less oily later on when you take pictures.

When applying foundation, do so in a T-shape. You should concentrate most on your forehead, nose, and chin, and then rub the remaining product into your cheeks and temples.

If you opt to use cream foundation, it is recommended to use your fingers, as your body heat will melt the foundation into your skin. Makeup brushes tend to leave streaks. Always blend your foundation a little ways past your chin to make sure there is no obvious difference between your face and the rest of your body.

Face powder helps to set your foundation, giving it more staying power. It should be the second-to-last product you should apply, right before lipstick or lip gloss. After you’ve finished applying eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and blush, apply face powder with a large fluffy brush (MAC’s 134 and 150 are good ones) in light, circular motions to your T-zone, then extend to your cheeks and temples. Your powder can be either translucent or the same color as your foundation, but make sure you don’t cake it on too thickly or it will look garish and unnatural.

Bring a travel-sized compact of your powder with you as well as oil-absorbing sheets and be sure to touch up right before taking pictures!

Make Up Tips For Taking Pictures

Hiding Blemishes

Covering up blemishes can be a bit of a pain, especially if they are red and noticeable. A green concealer such as Physician’s Formula Gentle Cover concealer in Green will help combat redness. Apply green concealer sparingly to the redness and pat in with your finger. Then go over the green with your regular concealer to erase any remaining green tinges. Be sure to not use anything with shimmer or “light-reflecting” pigments, as this will call attention to your blemish! Save these kinds of cover-up for under your eyes.

Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Under-eye circles can stand out quite a bit in pictures. For most people, the best fix for circles is to sleep well the night before. But for a quick fix, try placing cold, wet tea bags under the eyes for a few minutes. The caffeine from the tea will help de-puff the under-eye area, and the coldness will help refresh your eyes.

When choosing concealer, be very careful when labels claim to have “light-reflecting pigments.” Some formulations (like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat) are very effective because they will reflect light well and brighten up your eye area. But some only contain glitter which will just settle into your lines and creases and make you look even more tired.

If you are unsure, bring your regular foundation with you and buy a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your foundation. Going lighter than this will look overly bright and unnatural. And while concealer with SPF is good for other parts of your face, avoid it for under-eye coverup since it will most likely contain zinc, which will photograph as ghostly white in pictures.

When taking pictures, the most important thing to remember is to look happy and look like yourself! You don’t want to be unrecognizable in your pictures, so don’t go overboard with makeup. Lastly, make sure to check your teeth right before pictures. You don’t want food in your teeth ruining a beautiful picture!

For more photo-taking tips, check out our other article on preparing for photo day.

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