5 Do's and Don'ts of Photo-Ready Makeup
Have you ever casually logged onto Facebook only to find horrible pictures of yourself tagged on a friend's page? Not because you were dancing on a table or caught in a compromising position, but because your makeup has taken on a life of its own (and not in a good way).
Since we don't have publicists approving each picture that surfaces on the internet, learn how to perfect your face and stay photo ready with these easy tips.
While protecting our skin from the sun's harmful rays is important, the titanium oxide in sunblock creates a white cast on our skin leaving us looking ghostly when the camera produces a flash. Combining SPF with flash photography is a recipe for very unflattering pictures.
Do choose a full coverage, matte foundation without SPF.
A full coverage foundation with a matte finish will keep you from looking like a ghost and the matte finish will keep you from looking like an oil slick.
To ensure a flawless finish, a setting powder is mandatory, but not all setting powders are created equal. To avoid distorting the color of your foundation, a translucent powder is the perfect choice, it brightens and locks the makeup in place. But be careful! In person, they are undetectable but in flash photography, they show up in the worst way.
Do set your makeup with a powder that matches your foundation.
If you're looking for a brightening effect, swipe on a yellow based powder like Kim Kardashian does for a radiant glow.
Women have so many things to consider when posing for pictures: Is my hair okay? Am I sucking in my gut enough? Are my Spanx showing? You don't want to have to add to the list: is my makeup creasing?
Flash photography is very unforgiving to makeup gone awry. Your concealer may be settling into the fine lines underneath your eyes and the winged liner that took you so long to perfect, may be falling down your cheeks before it's time to say "cheese!"
Do prime your lids and face before applying your makeup.
Use a silicone-based primer for your face and under-eye area to keep foundation and blush from sliding everywhere. Prime your eyes with a jumbo eye pencil or a creamy eye shadow base to ensure long lasting shadow, especially if you have oily lids!
You'll also notice a difference in color payoff when you lay down a primer before eyeshadow. Whether you are using a higher-end shadow or a drugstore brand, the colors will appear truer and more vibrant.
Wouldn't we all like to have that sun-kissed glow year round? Some women try to replicate the radiance by piling on shimmery bronzers. Keep in mind that shimmer is used to highlight small areas of the face, and any glitter can settle into wrinkles and fine lines. If you misuse the glittery powder, you will risk looking like a disco-ball in photographs.
Do contour with a matte bronzer:
Be mindful of matte bronzers, they can appear orange-y. Sticking with a chocolate brown color will give you a warm glow and the illusion of perfect bone structure. Run your matte bronzer on the backs of cheekbones, along the jawline and around the temples for a slimmer face. Your face will look perfectly radiant and slender from every angle.
To add a bit more dimension to your face, try an aluminizing highlight on the tops of cheekbones and on the brown bone. This will give your face a candlelit effect and act as a nice contrast to the contouring.
If you've gone through all the necessary steps to make sure your makeup is flawless, it won't matter unless your lips are in line. A camera flash usually washes out your lips in a photo, so lipliner, lipgloss and/or lipstick is a must! If you're pout is experiencing some dryness and cracking, it will show up in pictures.
Do exfoliate lips and moisturize.
Kick chapped lips to the curb by exfoliating your lips with a scrub, a washcloth or your toothbrush. After you've rubbed off the excess skin, make sure to moisturize lips thoroughly with a nourishing lip balm. Your smile will be the focus of your snap shot, not cracked lips.
If you're daring enough to go for a red lip, make sure to check out The Vixen Guide to Red Lips!