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Clients often ask me for tips on what makeup they should wear for their upcoming photoshoot. While I can offer very general guidelines, specific products and application techniques are just beyond my expertise. Luckily, my dear friend, Instagram Reels queen, and beauty advisor Renee Wadsworth is here to break it down for you!
Note – Renee has some links scattered through this post, some of which she does receive commission on. She operates with the same standards that I do, and only recommends what she truly uses and loves. If you do use her services, I’d love for you to mention this post, so we know to make more content like this! I receive no compensation.
You don’t need to be a makeup artist to have BOMB portraits. We are going to break down my 5 biggest tips so you can apply makeup confidently and with intention!
We know that makeup can cover up your skin imperfections, even out your complexion, and give you that boost in confidence to hop outside of your comfort zones and in front of the camera, but first, let’s take a step back and establish some ground rules.
In these photos, what are we really looking to capture? Is it the individual pores on your face? No, your pores are fine. We’re looking to capture your unique personality and joie de vivre! So keeping that in mind, let’s put the focus where it should be: having fun, staying relaxed, and letting YOU shine through.
When it comes to makeup, it’s not always about “covering up”, it’s about enhancing what you love! Think about becoming “YOU ON YOUR BEST DAY”.
What does that mean?
You have a unique style and attitude and we want to see that! If you typically wear a lot of makeup, winged liners, bold colors, and popping lips, then BY ALL MEANS, please show up as your glorious self with all those lovely assets. Keep reading to ensure your creations stay flawless all day.
If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, DON’T FRET. You certainly don’t have to. You should look LIKE YOU in your portraits. (I know, what a revelation.) Whether these are headshots for actors, authors, or artists, your audience will appreciate the real you more than the “Vogue” cover version of yourself that you think you might need to become.
Tl;dr – if you’ve never tried winged liner, now is not the time to clear that hurdle.
These are just good steps for everyday living, but it’s honestly a HUGE part of it, and I feel like I’d really be doing ya’ll dirty if I didn’t mention it.
Use what you have and fill some gaps! We certainly don’t need to fill giant carts and drop unnecessary expenses on products you probably won’t ever use again. So let’s figure out what you will use again. Personally, I’m a big fan of multi-use products and getting the best bang for my buck. Check out my free offer below and we can do this together!
Focus on a natural look that evens out your complexion. To accomplish this, I highly recommend using Primer, Foundation, and Setting Powder.
Now that we’ve reduced your overall skin redness and evened out your complexion, we can have full control of adding in some pops of color where we want them and enhancing our natural assets! My favorite ways to do this are with eyeshadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick.
Shooting in the warmer months? Set yourself up for success with these finishing sprays!
Using these 5 areas, you will elevate your skin and makeup game so you no longer feel overwhelmed, but instead can apply with intention and show up confidently. Remember, the real you will always shine through. Have fun!
Want to do this with a beauty professional?? Let’s set up a free 1-on-1 virtual consultation to go through your current makeup bag and help identify these gaps and prioritize your purchase so you can easily implement these simple steps confidently before your photo session! Contact me here and tell me Dylan sent ya! https://bit.ly/3s9ywKv
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Hi, I'm Dylan, a photographer in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I love iced coffee, red wine, and am always up for binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec..