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The Dos and Don'ts of Makeup for Photography

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Before starting any plans for applying makeup to your models, it is important to keep the following rule in mind. The camera might add ten pounds to your subject, but it can also make up to 50% of their make up disappear too. This is why it is vital to not be afraid to "overuse" make up, even if it looks silly in person, its likely to translate differently in a photograph. It is also important to use professional grade makeup, so that it will be less affected by the harsh lights used in setting the lightning in the shot.

The first thing you must do is be sure your model's skin tone is as even as possible. This helps create a canvas for all other makeup application and prevents you from having to go back and edit any blemishes or unwanted contours later on after taking the photos. There are two types of concealer you can use to diminish blemishes, sunspots or redness. Use a green concealer to cover any pimples, rosecea or other causes of redness. Use a yellow based concealer to brighten up any dark spots or under-eye circles. For any other blemishes or areas of uneven skin tone apply a concealer that is two or three shades lighter than the natural skin tone.

The last step of preparing the canvas is applying a foundation that matches the skin tone of the neckline. This helps ensure there won't be a visible line where the make up ends and the untouched skin begins. The two most commonly used types of professional grade foundation are liquid or stick form. Both types provide very thick coverage that is sure to cover up any blemish the concealer couldn't completely cover. You can find photography grade foundations at various beauty supply stores or cosmetics departments of different midrange to high end department stores. Finally, after applying the foundation you'll need to brush a setting powder over the foundation to help it last longer and be unaffected by the lighting, or heat or moisture in atmosphere of your shoot's setting.

Eye makeup is probably the trickiest, most complicated part of doing professional looking makeup for a photo shoot. If you're artistically inclined, it might be a tad bit easier for you if you think of it as creating art on a canvas. It is better to use a lighter shade than a darker shade, especially if you are inexperienced in applying eye makeup, because lighter shades tend to lighten up the eyes and draw more attention to them. You can also apply a lighter shade from the eyelashes up to the eyebrow, where as using a dark shade to do this would make the eyes appear tired and the model rugged. To create a bright look to the eyes, apply a light colored eyeliner such as a pearl or light teal instead of black as black can attract attention away from the iris. For best results, start applying the eyeliner at the outer corner of the eye and take it towards the inner eye but stop about ¾ of the way in. This really helps draw the attention to the eyes in a photograph.

Lipstick is also very important when it comes to the overall look of your model in a photo shoot. Unless you're intentionally going for a dramatic look, stay away from reds or dark shades. Opt instead for a shade or two pinker or more mauve than the natural color of the lips and apply a lip liner the same color as the lipstick. This helps create a more complete looking lip and keeps the lipstick from bleeding. Be sure to avoid any frosted or extra shiny lipsticks and glosses as they are more likely to pick up light and produce an unwanted effect in the photograph. Frosted and light colored lipsticks often have the effect of making the lips almost disappear in photographs.

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