How-to: Look Great in Photos
Actress Camilla Belle pulls of the near-impossible in this pic by wearing a lot of makeup and looking as if she's doing the opposite.
Aside from flashing your dazzling smile, getting your makeup right is half the battle of looking great in photos. And with our personal lives being live-streamed across Facebook and Instagram twenty four seven, it’s only natural that we'd want to look our best in every shot. To help out, here are a few product application tips on how to master photo-ready skin faster than you can say ‘cheese.’
Learning how to tweak your makeup to suit specific lighting conditions is key. Although natural lighting will keep accessory products such as lipstick, eye shadow and blush, looking true to colour, it can overstress blemishes and pigmentation in the skin, so it’s worth focusing on the base first. On the flipside, artificial lighting, such as heavy flash and fluorescent bulbs, has a knack for bouncing too much light back onto the skin leaving it looking ghostly-white in shots. To take the skin from day to night without losing definition, try adding a little extra bronzer to the highpoints of the face, like the cheekbones, temples and brow bone.
Matt isn’t everyone’s mate
Although it may work wonders at keeping oily skin in check, wearing a full face of matte foundation can leave skin looking flat and aged. While there’s a fine line between looking dewy and greasy, it’s worth experimenting with different textures to customise your own base. Regardless of your skin type, you can’t go wrong concentrating the dewy formulas on the highpoints of the face, including the cheeks and temples, followed by a matt foundation worked along the t-zone and chin to keep excess shine at bay.
Cameron Diaz, circa 2004, before she learned the tricks of applying makeup for the camera flash.
Conceal like you mean it
If you're wanting to mask dark circles and imperfections, liquid concealer is worth its weight in gold. For photo-friendly coverage, remember this: concealer belongs over, never under, foundation and it pays to build the coverage slowly. If you’re too heavy handed with the product or use a shade that’s too light, you run the risk of bouncing too much light off the skin which creates a halo-effect around the eye area. Instead, ditch the brush and use your ring finger to gently pat the product onto the skin before setting with a translucent powder for a more subtle finish.
All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold
If you’re concerned about fine lines, it’s best to steer clear of shimmery powders, as they tend to settle into creases to exaggerate wrinkles. Instead, stick with a shimmer-free blush and eye shadow that you can wear for subtle contouring and keep the glittery goods reserved for the lips and nails only.
Get snap happy
If you’re thinking of testing out a new makeup look, set a few minutes aside for a quick dress rehearsal where you can take a few snaps using the flash and different angles on your phone. Then, if you’re still not sold on the look, send the shots to a friend that you know isn’t backward in coming forward with style advice.