Camera Ready Cosmetics | Photographer Tips

When I talk to a high school senior or headshot client about their camera ready cosmetics it’s not a one shade of lipstick for all.

I preach it all the time…everyone has their own story!

And makeup applies to the same…everyone wears makeup {or doesn’t wear makeup} differently.

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I’ve met quite a few clients in my years of doing photography, and there has been a wide range of makeup tastes. Many girls are unsure about their makeup, or how to prepare their makeup routine for their senior and even headshot photos.

Some girls are eager for a classic, minimal, + simple look, and others want a more model-like feel.

You can still have fresh, simple + pretty makeup, no matter where you fall on the spectrum, and even if you’re not a huge fan of getting dolled up. There is a huge difference between everyday makeup and camera-ready makeup. Even for the girls who don’t love makeup, just a small amount of products can make the biggest difference in your final photographs!

There is a huge value to considering how to best enhance your natural beauty, even if you don’t wear makeup every day.

For those who opt not to include a makeup artist in their collection (find my collection options here), I’m sharing tips and options here today!

1/ Amp up your lashes, and add eye shadow::

  • Lashes are a great + easy way to make your eyes pop, so put on mascara (being sure to avoid clumps or large pieces of dried mascara. Using a spooly brush is the best way to comb through them after application).
  • Use a contrasting color of eyeshadow to make your natural color pop, such as brown or copper for blue eyes, or purple for green or hazel eyes.
  • Makeup is washed out easily on camera, so put on just a touch more than you’d wear for everyday. Even if it looks dramatic, it will even out in your photos.
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2/ Stick to matte, SPF-free makeup::

  • Hit up your nearby makeup counter to be professionally matched to the right color of matte, SPF free foundation.
  • No one wants streaky lines or obvious makeup lines around the chin or neckline.
  • SPF can cause an unnatural glow when used with a camera flash. Ask your makeup counter for a small sample size or trial size makeup for your session, so you don’t have to purchase a whole new bottle if you normally use sunscreen {which is a must for everyday}.
  • Blend everything well so there are no visible lines.
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Camera Ready Cosmetics can be soft + delicate
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3/ Never neglect the lips, even if it’s clear gloss or chapstick::

  • A slightly shimmery lip adds depth + color to your photos and prevents your lips from looking ultra-light or washed out.
  • Even a simple nude gloss is very flattering and pulls your whole look together.
  • Lastly, don’t let the day of telling your senior story be the first time you’re trying out your makeup look. Enlist a friend or parent who is a makeup pro to help you do a trial run. You want to feel relaxed + comfortable before your day arrives!

Cheers & Sparkles

đŸ’–Andrea |

P.S. Don’t miss out! Email below and grab my “FREE guide to get ready for your close-up”. It has more tips for prepping for senior + headshot session. It’s designed to help make your day FUN & RELAXING!

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