Top 4 Makeup Tips for Photos

July 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I bring in a hair stylist and makeup artist for our photo sessions, but on those occasions that you know pictures will be taken, these tips may help you look your best:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrated, healthy skin will always look better. Even if your skin is oily, a good moisturizer will teach your skin not to produce so much.
  • Foundation is the foundation. It’s meant to even out skin tone, so think thin layers rather than a lot all at once. Apply and blend, then go back and add where you need more coverage and blend some more. 
  • Choose a foundation meant for photography or film. Select a matte or dewy formula without SPF, which causes “flashback” in the camera that creates an unnatural shine. The shade should match your neck and chest. 
  • Define your eyes and lips.
    • Use black mascara and a very thin eye liner at the base of your lashes to make them look fuller.
    • Use a lipstick or balm that’s a shade or two darker than your lips, even if going for a “natural” look, so you don’t look washed out.
    • A light touch of pinky-peach blush helps create a healthy glow.

* I’m not an aesthetician, but have found these tips to work for most people. Please conduct your own research to find what works best for you.


Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at [email protected] or (434) 226-0365.

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?


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