Thursday, February 23, 2012

10 Makeup Tips To Help You Look Good In Pictures

I was once again on my new favorite site Pinterest and I came across this fabulous beauty tip I wanted to share.  Picture time for many can often feel like a drag.  Does our hair look nice?  How do our clothes look?  How is our makeup?  Do I have too much or should I wear more?  I am sure you have asked yourself or your loved ones at least one of those questions before getting a picture taken.

I think it just might help to have some makeup tips to help that important picture day go a little bit smoother. 

  1. Use Mattes ~ Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you are going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. The camera flash and the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self..
  2. Apply in Natural Light ~  For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up. Some lights may wash you out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong and how to look good in pictures in the future.
  3. Use Yellow Tinted Powder ~  Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light leaving you with a shine. They may also leave you looking washed out in pictures.
  4. Blend in Under Eye Concealer ~  Most of us try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward coloring around the eye.
  5. Black Liner & Black Mascara ~  Many experts suggest using black liner and black mascara. If you normally use browns, opt for black. The darker hue will give you better contrast. The contrast will make your eyes pop more.
  6. Blush ~  Skipping blush will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face. Without it you end up looking like a blob with eyes. Don’t over apply blush either. Start light and add more if needed.
  7. Don't Skip Lipstick ~  Don’t forget your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to contrast your features for best results.
  8. Avoid Shadows ~  Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes. Also learn how to position your face towards the camera to not create shadows across your face or under your chin.
  9. Contour With Highlight ~  Learning to contour and highlight your facial features can be simple and is very important.  You can use bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural color to brush on under your cheek bones, under your chin, along either side of your nose, and the outer corners of your forehead. Apply a lighter color on the areas that light hits. Apply it to the tops of your checks, center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
  10. Whiten Eyes ~  Don’t forget to use eye drops to get rid of any red lines in your eyes. Those pesky bloodshot eyes can really mess up a good picture. You can also help your eyes look bigger and clearer by using a little white shadow on the inside corners of both eyes.

    Learning how to look good in pictures can be both fun and simple with a couple of helpful make up tips. Always remember you are beautiful no matter what makeup you wear or how a picture come out.  That is what makes these makeup tips so great.  You are highlighting the beauty you already have.

    Remember to have fun.  Depending on the type a picture you are getting (wedding, graduation) perhaps taking a few practice shots would help.  Do you have any other suggestions about how to look good in pictures?
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