Makeup Tips for Personal Pictures and Professional Photos

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Everyday makeup can sometimes be a hassle, so when it comes to figuring out what makeup you should wear for pictures and important family photos, you can get really stressed out. That is, until now. We’re here to give you some easy makeup tips so you can look perfect in your next photo, whether it’s professional or on just a day out with friends. Start with prepping your skin and then get down to business with your face, cheeks, lips, and eyes.

Brushes give the best results when you apply makeup. Use them with foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, and lipstick if possible.

Skin Prep

Before you begin applying your makeup or concealer you should always start with a good moisturized base for your eye area, face, and neck. This doesn’t mean that you need to switch from your regular skincare routine. Instead, just remember to follow your regular skincare regimen before applying your makeup. It's a good idea to use a deep cleansing or deep moisturizing facial mask two days before you have a professional photo shoot. This will make your skin look more refreshed, and if you do it a couple of days out then anything that erupts on your skin will go away by the time you’re ready for your close-up. Check out the Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask on

Next, apply a good makeup primer. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a primer.

The L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base is affordable, can be used all over the face including under the eyes, and really works some magic to make your makeup look flawless yet comfortable. Apply an even layer of makeup primer all over your face and under your eyes and blend downward onto your jawline and neck.

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Face Tips

Now that you have your skin prepped and primed, apply foundation. Use a good photo-ready or high- definition foundation.Too Faced Amazing Oil-Free Close-Up Coverage Foundation is a standout choice. It contains light reflectors that help to minimize both pores and fine lines, plus it works wonders under your eyes as a concealer. ​Buy it on

Speaking of concealer, after applying your foundation, don’t forget to use your concealer to cover spots and small blemishes and to help camouflage dark circles. A concealer with a yellow undertone helps hide those flaws better. Choose one that matches your skin tone closely. Check out the Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer on

Apply bronzer for definition. Put it on your temples, across the jawline, under your cheekbones (under where you will put the blush) and on the sides of the nose and blend well.

Next, you will need to work on your cheeks. Grab a good cream cheek color or cheek stain. This will add a nice color base for any added powder cheek color later. It may seem like color overload, but remember that photos tend to wash out the color in the face, so you have to make sure you have just the right amount of color showing.

Focus the cheek stain on your cheekbones and blend, blend, blend. Check out the Stila Convertible Color Cheek Cream on

Use a bit of highlighter on the top of your cheeks above the blush, down the center of your nose, and in the corners of your eyes.

After you finish your cheeks set your entire face with a light powder, such as a high-definition loose powder or a mineral makeup mineral veil product. Koh Gen Do Mainfanshi UV Face Powder is high-definition, but it is also very light and forgiving on the skin so it doesn’t leave you looking powdery. ​Buy on

Keep in mind no matter what powder you choose that a little will go a long way; don’t pile it on or you will look chalky in your photos. Finally, finish up by emphasizing your cheeks with a powder blush and highlighter.

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The Eyes

Your eyes should be emphasized but not too overdone. So pass on the smoky eye because it can be too much in a photo, and instead find a happy balance of color, liner, and mascara. To begin, find a good eyeshadow color for your eye color. Choose a color that suits your style and eye color, but keep in mind that mattes work better in photos than shimmery or glittery shades. The simplest eye for a photo shoot is to use a single color on the eyelid area going into the crease. Follow this with a light shade as a highlighter on the brow bone.

Eyeliner is a must in photos, but don’t go overboard on the eyeliner either. Keep it simple with a thin line by using a black or dark brown eyeliner or a liquid in the same shades. It’s OK to slightly extend the liner beyond the corner of your eye, but steer clear of cat eyes and long extended eyeliner lines. This will only focus the photo on your eyes instead of your entire face. Check out the Jane Iredale Eye Pencil on

To complete the eye look, apply a thickening and lengthening mascara, but make sure it’s not one that makes your lashes look so big that they look fake. You need to find a happy medium with the mascara: You want to be able to see it in the photos, but you don't want to look like a Las Vegas showgirl. Check out the Maybelline New York Lengthening Washable Mascara on

Finally, finish your eyes by cleaning up any fallout that may have collected under your eye area from the eyeshadow or mascara. Do this by gently rolling a Q-tip under your eye area and then lightly buff with your mineral powder brush.

The Lips

The rule on lip color is the same as the overall rule for photo makeup: Don’t go too bold. Again, a happy medium for color is needed. Begin with a lip liner that is either neutral in color or one that matches your natural lip tone. Line and fill in your lips with the lip liner. Check out a variety of lip liners on

You have the option of a light lip gloss, a lipstick, or both.

A good strategy is to use a light to medium lipstick in a pink or plum shade, depending on your hair and skin tones. Check out a variety of lipstick colors on

Then add a small dab of clear or light pink lip gloss in the center of your lips and gently rub to blend outward. Just remember to look at your lips in the mirror and if you can’t see them at all or your lips are all you notice, then you need a do-over. Check out a variety of lipgloss colors on

Finishing Up

When you are having photos taken, it is not the time for experimenting with new makeup shades or trends. Also, don’t forget to pluck, tweeze, wax, or groom any areas of your face that need that attention the day before so your skin doesn’t look red or swollen the day of the shoot. This is very important for your eyebrows and upper lip area.

If your brows look good but you accidentally over-plucked, don’t panic. Simply fill in your brows slightly with a good eyebrow pencil or brow powder. Keep them looking natural by filling in with short, upward strokes. Check out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil on

Don’t forget to find out the location of the photo shoot. If it is outside you should do a dry-run with your makeup by applying it and then going outside to make sure it looks good in natural light. You may also want to consider a good hydration mist, especially for outside in warm weather. Finally, don’t forget to take your makeup items in a bag in your purse. Then you'll have them at the ready if you need a quick touch-up on your eyes, lips or face.