Whether be it our prom pictures, passport photo or driver’s license, there are just some photos that we would like to destroy or conveniently forget that they ever existed. Frizzy hair, questionable outfit choices, irksome inflamed blemishes and crater-like acne scars — for some reason, our imperfections tend to be on full display during these important photo taking moments, thus immortalising them forever. To make things worse, our weirdest expressions or positions always seem to be captured in these pictures, hence making us wonder if the forces of the universe are against us.
In an attempt to prevent this from happening again, we read up on universally flattering poses for pictures, make use of photo editing apps and beautify ourselves by putting on makeup and new clothing. Sadly, despite our best efforts, we find ourselves having to ‘suffer’ the consequences of a badly taken photo for many occasions, thus leaving us to conclude that we are simply not photo-worthy material.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Contrary to belief, looking good in photos isn’t purely determined by how photogenic we are or 100% guaranteed by the amount of hard work that we put in. While makeup and clothes can be used to enhance our appearance — what many people fail to realise is that the usual everyday look that they sport might not translate well onto pictures. This is especially so for certain types of makeup that can make you look pale and chalky under the camera lighting. Not to mention that some of us might be employing the wrong makeup techniques, hence adding years to our appearance and unintentionally emphasising our flaws like dark eye circles or pitted acne scars.
As such, it is imperative that we are aware of various camera-friendly makeup techniques and know-how so that we can look our best in photos. In addition, as not all of us have the financial capability to hire a makeup artist for major photo-taking events in our life such as graduation day or a wedding ceremony, having an understanding of the right makeup application methods can save us the headache of getting undesirable pictures. In light of that, let us share with you 5 tips on how to achieve a photo shoot worthy makeup look as below.
How To Look Drop Dead Gorgeous In Photos
You probably have heard this countless of times but a great skincare routine is pivotal to the success of the makeup look that you are trying to achieve. This is because having silky and smooth skin can facilitate ease of makeup application. So, always be sure to cleanse and exfoliate regularly to get rid of the dead skin cells, oil and grime in your pores, hence promoting cellular renewal and soft, clear skin. However, take heed not to over exfoliate or exfoliate right before an important photo taking event as it might result in your skin becoming red, blotchy and irritated — which is definitely not a flattering look.
Asides from that, don’t forget to guzzle down plenty of H20 and apply moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. After all, the last thing you want is flaky skin getting in the way of your makeup application or accidentally accentuating any of your imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines, dark eye circles or deep, indented acne scars.
Also, remember to take your skin type into consideration when selecting which makeup products to use to achieve this photo-ready look. For example, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, opt for powders that have oil control or mattifying properties, with a translucent finish. Avoid full coverage powders that might cling and sink into your skin, thus highlighting any bumpy blemishes or depressed acne scars. Whereas if your skin is dry, go for powders with a slightly dewy and sheer finish. The keyword here is ‘slightly dewy’ as some powders have super hydrating properties that can result in your face looking overly shiny and ‘blinding’ in photos.
Ultimately, the general rule of thumb to testing whether or not a particular makeup product is camera-friendly is to snap a photo of yourself after applying it. In addition, knowing the right makeup techniques is also essential to nailing a photo-ready look. As such, here are some ways on how to do so:
Use Matte Foundations With Translucent Finish
One of the basic criteria to attaining a good photo is creating the illusion of flawless looking skin. To prevent your face from having an oily sheen, avoid dewy foundations and stick with matte based foundations instead. However, one important thing to note when choosing matte foundations is to opt for those with a lightweight formulation and translucent finish. This is because an overly matte foundation will not only make your makeup look dull and flat but may accentuate any fine lines or pitted acne scars. Also, don’t forget to blend out your foundation thoroughly using your fingers for a more natural looking result and apply it to your neck as well.
Go For Blushers With Bright Hues
Depending on the photographer’s preference, some cameras might have the flash function turned on, especially if it’s in a darker venue. Hence, this might cause your makeup to appear drab and muted. To counteract this, apply blush with bright hues such as fuschia or tangerine that will aid in adding a luminous glow to your face.
Opt For Bold And Defined Eyebrows
As mentioned, the flash function can wash out your complexion and downplay some of your facial features, making you look tired and haggard. So add some life and definition into your face by opting for fuller brows. Full brows can also help in framing your face and give off a youthful vibe.