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Make-up guide

Gone are the days of applying heavy makeup for the camera. You can look beautiful and true in photos, without having to spend hours on complicated hair and makeup. This guide will help you create natural-looking make-up.

Before going further, I'd like to mention the posted dreaded make-up mistakes in photography. Don't use foundation with sunscreen if your session is in a studio and an artificial light source is likely to be used. When the flash bounces off such foundation, it causes your face to appear to be a completely different colour to the rest of  you. 

Make sure there is definition on the eyes, cheeks and lips because these features tend to fade in photographs if they are not accented with makeup. And while the color should be deep or bold, it should also be flattering. Stay away from harsh, garish colors or overly trendy makeup looks. Berries, reds, corals, plums and pinks are your best picks for lips and cheeks, and choose deep jewel tones for eyes, as well as grey or black. Beware of doing a very dark, smoky eye, as it may cause the eyes to look like they are sunken. 

And it goes without saying, use powder to eliminate shine! 

Portrait photography
Portrait photography
  • Start with health looking skin. Find a great moisturizer for your skin type and use it in the morning before makeup, and at night before bed.


  • Stay hydrated internally. Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of the shoot for a natural glow.

  • Let your healthy skin show. Go for makeup products that enhance rather than cover up. BB creams and tinted moisturisers, such as Laura Mercier's Tinted moisturiser,  are great at evening out skin tones.


  • Get your creamy glow on. Use a cream blush and highlighter for a lit-from-within glow. Apply cream blush with your finger tips on the apples of your cheeks and blend up the cheekbone until the colour looks like a soft flush. Pat some highlighter using your fingertips on the top of the cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupid’s bow of lips for a gorgeous glow.

  • Lightly fill in your brows to add depth. Full, natural brows are youthful looking and keep you from looking washed out. Brow gels are the best for adding fullness and colour. Choose a color that’s matching or one shade lighter than your brow hair, and comb through your brows, concentrating on areas where the hair is sparse.

  • Highlight your eyes with mascara and a touch of eyeliner. Keep the eyes really simple but still impactful. Apply a brown or bronze eyeliner on the top of the lash line and gently smudge it with your finger or a brush.Finish your eye with a volumising mascara that makes your lashes look fluttery. 

  • Add just bitten lip colour to finish. Tinted lip balms are the best for a no-makeup look. They add a hint of colour that looks like your natural lip colour but better. 

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