Ok, if you’re like me I am not exactly what we would call photogenic at all.
The hair is done, the make-up is on and we look great, however in the pictures we look like we’re ready for bed, right?
So here are some tips to look great in pictures, every time!
For planned pictures:
A face masked in foundation will look flat and pasty in photos.
For a more natural effect, use concealer only to hide imperfections, look in the mirror while tilting your chin down an inch or two.
You’ll probably notice darkness around your eye sockets and the folds that bracket your mouth, under your lip line, and on your chin.
Tap concealer over those areas with your pinkie until the makeup melts into your skin, then use a puff to press a translucent matte powder on your forehead, down the center of your nose, and onto your cheeks and chin.
Enhance your eyes.
To make sure yours pop when the flash does, focus on defining your brows and lash lines. Fill in your brows with a pencil or a powder (taupe if your hair is light, brown if it’s dark).
Then intensify your upper lash lines by working liner into the bases of your lashes. Skip lining the bottom lashes or your eyes will look closed in. Follow that with mascara on the upper and lower lashes.
Add some color.
Without blush, your face can look pale or washed-out in a photo, even if your skin is naturally dark. Lightly apply a warm rose, pink, peach, or coral to the apples of your cheeks, starting from the point below your irises and working out to your temples. (Don’t go any closer to your nose, as this can make your eyes appear close-set.) Keep the blush sheer (think of creating a watercolor effect), so the look is romantic.
For Spontaneous Photo Ops
When you have minimal prep time, focus on potential photo bombs.
Get lipstick off your teeth.
The old model trick works: Put your finger in your mouth and pull it out. Excess color transfers to skin, not teeth.
Take a powder.
If no blotting papers are on hand, a single ply of tissue or a paper napkin will work. Dab your forehead, nose, and chin.
Pinch your cheeks.
This creates a temporary glow.
Don’t redo your hairdo. Instead, use the time to tamp down frizz.
Breathe into your hands and rub them together to create some moisture, and then run them over the top of your hair.
Now you’re ready to get snap happy!