Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Makeup Tips For Family Photo Sessions (From a Pro!!)

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!

Today, I have a SUPER exciting post to share with you!  My friend Jenn of Jenn Marie Makeup Artistry spent the time to give me tips on what I should do to look my best for my upcoming family photos.  I don't know about you, but we take photos every fall for our Christmas cards.  Jenn is kind enough to let me share these tips with you so that we can all look and feel our best for our photos.  Jenn demonstrated the tips on her (already gorgeous) face to show off the kind of look her tips will achieve.

Here's what Jenn says:

Doing makeup for photographs is a little different than every day makeup.  Some things look great in person but don't translate well in pictures.  Here are a few makeup tips to help you look your best when you are photographed for your upcoming family portrait sessions:

1.  Use matte colors - Although shimmer can look great when applied properly, if you are a little unsure about what to do, it's always safe to go with matte colors.  Matte makeup won't reflect light, making it easy to apply and easy to photograph.

2.  Fill in your brows - Even if you don't fill in your brows on a daily basis, fill them in for your pictures.  Your eyes and face will look so much more complete if your brows are looking polished.  This especially goes for blondes.  Blonde eyebrows will disappear in photographs.

3.  Makeup will photograph 2 shades lighter.  Makeup doesn't translate as vibrant in photographs.  I recommend doing your blush, eyes and lip color a little more vibrant than you normally would.

4.  Use powder - Even if your makeup is applied perfectly, if you look shiny in your pictures it can ruin your whole look.  Once your makeup is complete, use a finishing or setting powder to make everything more matte.  I recommend even taking some powder with you (or oil blotting sheets), especially if it's a warm day.

5.  Wear false lashes - I have never had a client who didn't like wearing false lashes, even if they were hesitant about them at first.  95% of the people in my portfolio are wearing false lashes, and they make all the difference!  If you want something more natural, buy the individual lashes and just put a few on the outer corners.

6.  Apply your makeup in natural light - When you put on your makeup, sit by a window or in a room with a lot of natural light.  This will give you the best idea of what your makeup really looks like, and how it will look in the pictures.

7.  Wax - makeup does not adhere well to peach fuzz.  Whatever you normally wax on your face, wax it before your pictures.  I suggest waxing at least 48 hours before your pictures to give enough time for any redness and swelling to go down.

8. Wear lip gloss- I, myself, never wear lip gloss.  I am a chapstick girl through and through.  But when it comes to photos, lip gloss is a must.  I consider my lips on the smaller side, so wearing lip gloss really helps them look full and plump in pictures.

9.  Wear black mascara - Some people think black is too harsh for their skin tone, but I promise that when it comes to pictures, black looks good on everyone.  Wearing black mascara will bring out your eyes a lot more than brown will.

I hope these tips will help your photos turn out even more beautiful!   

Huge thank you to Jenn for taking the time to give us these tips!  I cannot wait to try them out and see the difference they make in my photos!  You need to check out her Jenn Marie Makeup Artistry Page for tons of amazing tips and breathtaking before and afters!  If you are local (Sacramento Area), it's not too late to book Jenn for your holiday sessions!

Have a wonderful day, friends!  

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