It doesn’t matter if you’re using a compact camera to take pictures or you’re snapping a selfie with your phone, you want to look your very best. It can be a surprisingly big challenge.
We have all spent a little extra time in the bathroom gussying up, only to look at the pictures that were taken and realize you don’t want to see any of them ever again, let alone post them on social media!
We’ve all been there, and it’s because the makeup you wear day-to-day is not the kind of makeup that looks good in pictures.
So, what kind of makeup does look good in pictures? Here are a few tips, that when mastered, will ensure you always look like your best self in photographs.
Get Rid of Shine
No one wants a shiny face, whether you’re having pictures taken or not. However, shine is insidious, especially when cameras are involved. With bright natural lighting and harsh camera flashes, you can look shiny in pictures even though you don’t look shiny in person.
There are a few things you can do to help control the shine in photographs:
- Use toner as part of your regular beauty routine, and use it right before you apply any makeup
- Use oil-free face lotions, and avoid using heavy overnight creams before pictures
- Apply translucent powder over the shiniest places on your face, which includes the center of your forehead, the center of your nose, and your chin.
- Use blotting paper, as needed
Sparkly, shimmery makeup can be a lot of fun to wear, especially when getting ready for a night out on the town. However, if you’re planning on taking plenty of pictures while you’re out, you should think matte instead.
There are a lot of rules when it comes to applying eyeshadow, but when it comes eyeshadow techniques that look the best in pictures, matte eyeshadow should be your go-to. It won’t reflect the light, which will ensure your gorgeous eyes are on full display in every image.
Matte eyeshadow is an especially good tip for mature women. Glitter and shimmer can settle in creases and wrinkles, enhancing them in photos. Matte eyeshadow can enhance the eyes while downplaying crows feet and other wrinkles that come along with age.
Showcase Those Brows
No one wants their brows to look like they have been painted on their face. In an effort to make sure this isn’t the case, many people avoid brow pencils. You shouldn’t if you want to look your best in pictures.
Defining your eyebrows means defining your entire face. Strong brows can enhance your eyes and provide balance to your visage. Don’t skip the pencil. Just make sure you do it right.
Use an eyebrow pencil to apply hair-like strokes to your eyebrow from the bottom, progressively lightening your strokes as you reach the end of your brow to create a natural look.
Do Some Contouring
You don’t want to look like you’re wearing tons of makeup in pictures, but strangely enough, that means you need more.
Contouring and highlighting your face can make sure you look your absolute best in photos. Practice at home before you take your contouring public. It includes multiple steps, like bronzer on the edges of your forehead and jaw line, as well as a highlighter on the cheeks, nose, and inner corners of your eyes. It also means making sure you’re using the right brushes for each job.
Moisturize Your Lips
Don’t forget about your lips! It’s easy for lips to look lackluster, cracked, dry, and flaky in photos when you may not have noticed how they looked in real life.
Choose the right lip color for the occasion, but more importantly, make sure that the lip color is applied correctly. Everyone can pull off a shade of red, but applying it correctly is what will make sure it looks good in photos.
Not a lipstick girl? You don’t have to wear a bold color. Make sure your lips have been exfoliated and apply Chapstick or a nude hue right before you’re set to take those pictures.
If you don’t feel like you look like yourself in pictures, your makeup is probably to blame. If you’re planning on taking more pictures than usual at a special event, it’s worth the time it takes to get your makeup right. With these tips, you can ensure your makeup is flawlessly applied with photography in mind.