Post # 1
So my engagement shoot is coming up and due to location and weather we’re doing it early in the morning (just after sunrise). Problem with this is I can’t find anyone to do my hair and makeup! I’ve been practicing and I’m becoming confident I can manage my hair… but makeup I’m not so sure.
I want it to look natural and pretty. I can do my own makeup fairly well for everyday wear, but I’ve never done it before in a photo shoot. Is there anything specific I should keep in mind given that it’ll be in photos?
Post # 2
I’m doing my engagement pictures this weekend and doing hair and makeup on my own as well. I would suggest going to a makeup counter and having your makeup done by someone there. Tell them what look you’re going for and they’ll give you advice on coverage/etc.
Post # 3
Hello, I am a makeup artist that does a lot of editorial work. Don’t wear a foundation with SPF in it, as it may come out white in the photos. Also opt for matte finish foundations over a dewy look, as it may photo oily. You want to look like you, so I wouldn’t deviate from your normal looks eg. crazy colours that you wouldn’t normally wear. I am sure you will look fabulous! Good luck. Upload some photos when you get them back 🙂
Post # 4
I did my makeup for my engagement portraits and wedding day! My sister is a hair/makeup artist so she did my hair and glued on my lashes 🙂
A few things you definitely want to keep in mind…
Make sure you have the perfect shade of foundation. Not too light or too dark.
use concealer but again make sure it’s the right shade!
PRACTICE PRACTICE! I wear makeup every day, so when I had a few extra minutes I would practice my photo look. Before the wedding I would practice my eyes and experiment with different eyeliner shapes almost every day after work before washing my makeup off. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t need to start over on your whole face… Focus on the things that are most difficult for you.
Invest in a decent lighted mirror with a magnified side. This is a huge deal for me because I have less than perfect vision. Yes, it makes a HUGE difference, especially since your photos will be high res and you will likely have lots of close up shots taken. I only use the magnified side for plucking my eyebrows and occasionally getting a perfect lip line or eyeliner, other than that you’ll want to use the normal side. The light is very important as well because we oftentimes don’t realize that our room is not as well lit as we think until we step outside and realize we missed a spot or left something unblended.
a good eyeshadow primer is very helpful in making the most of your eye shadows. They make cheap and expensive eye shadows look better and can greatly reduce creasing or fallout. I use urban decay’s primer potion.
you can watch all the YouTube videos in the world but DO NOT try to watch videos and skip practicing!
Typically in photos you go for slightly heavier coverage to reduce any unevenness, dark circles, blemishes, etc… It helps to use a high quality foundation so that your face still looks like skin, and maybe a natural blush to add some color back to your face
Definitely take a close look at your eyebrows, upper lip, chin, cheeks, and area above brows and remove unwanted hair because the usually show more in photos!
Post # 5
Hop on youtube and watch some videos. I also recommend wearing false lashes. Give yourself some time to proctice.
Post # 6
Blend blend blend! You dont want any harsh lines from blush, contour or highlight (if you are adding any of these). Bring your foundation down onto your neck so that you are all one color.