10 Ways To Look Good In Every Photo
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Photo Finish1 of 11
By Natasha Burton
How frustrating is it to get dolled up for a major event, only to see pictures from the night before and realize your makeup didn't translate so well in photos? To help you look just as gorgeous in pictures as you do in real life, we got makeup artists to reveal their camera-ready secrets.
Go Natural2 of 11
For best results, apply your makeup in natural light, advises makeup artist Laura Geller. And, contrary to popular belief, more makeup isn't necessarily better in front of the camera, adds Dermablend makeup artist Jenn Jaffe. "Build foundation and concealer where it's needed most and leave other areas more sheer for a natural look."
Make a Match3 of 11
Matching your foundation exactly to your skin tone is essential for looking your best in photos, says makeup artist Page Berse, who specializes in getting women ready for wedding shoots. "Always blend over the jawline and downward toward the neck so there is uniformity in the shade." Jaffe adds that color matching is a must because too-light foundation will look artificial in pictures, especially when flash is used.
Hit the Spot4 of 11
"Concealer that is too light can give you a raccoon eye effect that shows up in pictures," says Berse. She suggests always applying concealer last—yes, after your foundation. That way, you'll use less and have a better idea of what you actually need to hide.
Color Correction5 of 11
Yellow-tinted powder works wonders under the eyes for correcting dark circles, says celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip. The reason? The yellow pigment will counteract those bluish shadows. Just don't use it all over—only for color-correcting and touch-ups.
Well Defined6 of 11
To accentuate your cheekbones, try contouring, says Jaffe. "Blend a foundation two shades darker than your skin tone into the hollow of the cheeks—just under the cheekbone," she says.
Get Cheeky7 of 11
When it comes to applying blush, pay close attention to color. Jaffe says it's unflattering in photos when women wear too much strong pink or red blush. A peach or soft pink will do the job without giving you that unwanted clown-like effect.
Go for Bronze8 of 11
Bronzer can give you a glow if you tend to look pale or washed out (which flash photography can exacerbate). "Try a little bronzer applied to the high points on the face—cheeks, temples and chin—and be sure to use one with a matte finish," suggests Berse, so that the camera's flash won't reflect too much shine.
Eyes Have It9 of 11
While putting on false lashes and using darker liner can make your eyes really pop, most people forget about their brows when having photos taken, Berse says. "Make sure to have your brows cleaned up, shaped properly, and filled in with the right shade, either matching your hair color or slightly darker," she says. "An amazing brow really sets the stage for creating a stunning eye look."
All That Glitters10 of 11
As a general rule, makeup artists agree that you should avoid glitter and overly glossy makeup when you know you'll be taking photos. A touch of shimmer on your cheekbones or luster on your lips can add dimension to your face, but too much gloss is picked up by the camera, and the results are less than flattering.
Lip Service11 of 11
Go for a bit more lip color than you would wear every day, Berse says, noting that corals and pinks are universally flattering choices. A full-coverage, creamy lipstick is your best bet, she says, because long-lasting lipsticks are drying and often look flat in photos. To give your lips more definition, use lip liner after you apply lipstick.