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Tips for Doing Your Own Makeup on a Photoshoot

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Tips for Doing Your Own Makeup on a Photoshoot

Have you got a photoshoot planned and want to apply your own makeup rather than hiring a makeup artist? This article will give you some tips and tricks on how to create a camera-worthy look.

An important note: applying makeup for a photoshoot isn’t quite the same as doing your makeup for a social event. This is because a camera’s lens will capture more than what the naked eye sees – so if your makeup isn’t blended enough or patchy, the camera will pick this up and highlight the flaw.


What Makeup Products to Use on a Photoshoot

There are hundreds, if not thousands of makeup products on the market and each are designed for different skin types and uses. When choosing makeup products for a photoshoot, it’s best to choose items that are described as ‘long-lasting/long-wearing, camera-ready, photo-finish, etc’. This means they’re designed to give full, durable coverage and can be used in front of cameras. Depending on what sort of look you’re going for, you may require many products or just a few. We’ve highlighted the main necessities below to achieve a flawless base.


The Best Photo-Finish Primers

Beauty brand Smashbox has a whole range of photo-finish primers. Discover the different types for all skin requirements, e.g. oil and shine control, evening skin tone, reducing redness, etc. There’s also another branded product by this works called ‘in transit camera close-up. It’s actually a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. It removes redness and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


The Best Photogenic Foundations

Foundation is what gives your skin coverage, an even finish and it enhances your natural glow.

Makeup artist Carola Gonzalez @carolagmakeup said she’s been using Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk for over 10 years. “It brings life to your face, transforms it, and makes the skin glow in the most natural, flawless way.” This is something of a cult foundation, it’s very popular and for good reason. It offers a seamless application featuring Micro-fil™ technology for blurring imperfections, improving texture and brightening the skin.

Makeup artist Fabiola @fabiolamakeup said her favourite foundation is Dior Backstage Airflash. “I love it because it’s got great coverage without being heavy and thick… It looks like skin when it goes on and it dries matte, so you don’t need to add a lot of powder.” This foundation is an airbrush product enriched with light-diffusing pigments to instantly smooth the skin, boost radiance and lasts all day – even on the runway. 


Camera-Ready Lips

Once you have your skin set, lips are an important step to preparing yourself for the camera. Having any dryness or flakiness will definitely look worse in front of the lens so hydration is key. You can try using a soft sugar scrub to exfoliate them and then use a lip balm. Allow it to dissolve in for a while or dab away the excess for a clean base before applying your chosen lip product. American journalist Joan Lunden put together some tips on how to apply lipstick so it’ll stay put

Once you have your base makeup in place, you can have more fun with colour on the eyes, false lashes, eyebrow pomade, etc. Remember to clean your makeup brushes beforehand so your skin doesn’t break out. If you’re interested in learning how to apply makeup professionally, check out our Level 2 Course details.

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