The perfect makeup for your professional headshots should give a natural and refined look. Here are some tips from our professional headshot photographer to help your complexion look even and sun-kissed, as well as advice on how to avoid a makeup faux pas in your portrait.
1. Refresh and Regenerate
Clean and refreshed skin looks great in photos. The night before your photo shoot, use a gentle exfoliator before you apply moisturizer to prepare your face for photo finished makeup.
Primer is another great tool to help you look your best. After you have exfoliated and moisturized your face, apply an even layer of primer to smooth out fine lines, large pores, and other imperfections that may show up in your portrait. You’ll now have a great blank canvas to work from.
3. Apply your Makeup in Natural Light
Try to find a window with soft natural light when applying your makeup if possible. Good window light or well-lit mirror is a must have for allowing you to create an attractive, even look.
4. Natural Makeup
Keep your makeup looking natural. If you usually tend to wear strong makeup, consider a lighter version of your typical look. Heavy, overdone makeup can actually add imperfections to an otherwise attractive photo. All you need is a few dabs and dashes of make up that brightens and contours your face to make you look your photo best.
5. Matte Face
Choose a matte foundation with a slightly yellow tint as opposed to white. White tends to reflect the light from the flash, washing out your skin. If your skin tends to get on the oily side, consider carrying a few oil blotting sheets with you, which are great for last minute touch ups. Following this easy fix will provide your portrait with the appearance of a delicate, porcelain like complexion.
6. Bring Out Your Eyes
Thicken and elongate your lashes with a bit of mascara to emphasize your eyes. A good, smooth mascara gives your eyes great definition, and well-proportioned false lashes can also add a great kick to your look without appearing overdone. For eye shadows, wear complimentary or neutral tones. But make sure to leave the shimmery eye shadows back in your makeup box; though they may look nice in person, they can be distracting and unflattering in professional headshots.
Natural colors that enhance the tone of your lips tend to look best. Apply a bit of neutral lip liner around your lips to hold the lipstick in place. Yet again, keep away from the shiny glosses and stick with your favorite natural toned matte lipsticks. Try a tinted lip balm or chapstick to give a nice transparent color that also leaves your lips soft and moisturized.
For a last minute whitening of your teeth, try brushing with a bit of baking soda and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. This quick fix will brighten up your smile and give you a set of glowing pearly whites that are bound to boost your confidence. After all, you should not only look your best but also feel your best.
9. Blush and Bronzer
Blush and bronzer are great tools to bring out your cheekbones and give your cheeks a defined, rosy look. Swipe a little bronzer under your cheekbones and around the outside of the your face; then, dust a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks for a slightly flushed, glowing look.
10. Picture Perfect
Finish off your makeup masterpiece with a light touch of translucent powder, and you’re ready for your portrait!
–Lea of Le Studio NYC
Our professional headshot photographer offers some great makeup tips and reminders to make sure you look flawless in your headshots.
Lea is an award-winning professional headshot photographer who provides professional headshots for individuals in all areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. To see some examples of her work, visit her portfolio. We would love to connect with you through Google+ and LinkedIn.