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Whether it’s holiday photos, parties or graduation pics – we all want to look our best when there’s photography involved! Especially in family gatherings, you may be required to pose in photos and you want to be sure you look as good as possible.
Whether you’re sitting for photos or involved in a group gathering, there are some things you can do with your makeup to help you put forward your best face possible! Here are our 7 tips for flawless-looking makeup in photos:
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1. Lay The Foundation
You’ve likely never noticed, but the skin on your face, neck and upper chest aren’t all the same shade. To look your best in photos, you’ll want to even that out as much as possible.
It can be a little tricky to choose the right foundation color, but keep in mind that your neck will be the lightest colored area. Ask for professional help at the makeup counter if you aren’t sure. Apply foundation to your face, down your neck and onto the upper chest if needed. And take extra care to blend will at the hairline – you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask!
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2. Stick With Matte Colors
While it can be tempting to layer on the shimmery shades, it’s best to stick with matte shades when you know there will be pictures taken. The camera flash will reflect on shimmery or sparkly makeup, making you look shinier or washed out.
Save the shimmery make up for the daytime when you’re out in the sun.
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3. Brighten Your Blush
Go for a blush that is a bit brighter than what you normally wear. Blend well to avoid having it look like war paint, and make sure there are no sparkles in the makeup.
4. Go Easy On The Eyes
You’ll want to avoid using too much mascara or eyeliner – in photos, it will make your eyes look smaller, or even give you the dreaded “raccoon” effect. Use a light brown or grey eyeliner to maximize your eyes.
Another eye trick: minimize bloodshot eyes by adding light blue pencil liner inside the lower lash line; it will brighten the whites of your eyes. When applying shadow, use a slightly lighter shade toward the inner corner to make eyes look bigger and brighter. Add one or two coats of mascara to finish the look.
5. Draw On Perfect Lips
Prevent smudged or bleeding lip color by applying a liner in a matching color. Liner can be used to make lips look fuller by tracing just outside the natural lip line. Add just a touch of gloss to make lips shine.
6. Carry Blotting Paper
Oil or sweat can cause a super shiny forehead or nose in photos if the flash should happen to hit at a bad angle.
You can prevent this by carrying blotting paper with you, and using it throughout the night to dab at the oily “T-zone” – across the forehead and down the nose, where you’re likely to get the most perspiration. Avoid applying more powder when you’re perspiring, it will just cake and look heavy.
7. Don’t Be Afraid Of Falsies!
False eyelashes that is. While you may think that fake lashes look… fake, no one will notice they aren’t real in pictures. They’ll really open your eyes up and make them look bigger, which will light up your whole face.
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