USE MATTE COLORS
Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you’re going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. The camera flash and the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self. This is one tip on how to look good in pictures that I use all of the time!
APPLY IN NATURAL LIGHT
For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up. Some lights may wash you, out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong and how to look better in future pictures.
USE YELLOW TINTED POWDERS
Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light, leaving you with a shine. They may also leave you looking washed out in pictures. I’m sure neither of these looks are what you have in mind when trying to figure out how to look good in photos.
BLEND IN UNDER EYE CONCEALER
Most of us try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward coloring around the eye.
BLACK LINER AND MASCARA
Many experts that give advice on how you can look beautiful and fantastic in pictures suggest using black liner and black mascara. If you normally use browns, opt for black. The darker hue will give you better contrast. The contrast will make your eyes pop more. We all want that, right?
Skipping blush will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face. Without the blush, you won’t have nearly the amount of definition that you would have if you add a bit of blush. Remember though, don’t over apply blush either. Start light and add more if needed.
DON’T SKIP LIPSTICK
Another tip that we have on looking good in pictures is not forgetting your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to contrast your features for best results. Put on a bold lip or even something nude — it all depends on what look you are going for!
Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes. Also learn how to position your face towards the camera to avoid creating shadows across your face or under your chin. Remember, find your light and go with it — the makeup will shine on its own once you find your light.
CONTOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS
You can use bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural color to brush on under your cheekbones, under your chin, along either side of your nose, and the outer corners of your forehead. Apply a lighter color on the areas that light hits. Apply it to the tops of your checks, the center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose.
Don’t forget to use eye drops to get rid of any red lines in your eyes. Those pesky bloodshot eyes can really mess up a good picture. You can also help your eyes look bigger and clearer by using a little white shadow on the inside corners of both eyes. This will make you look bright, awake, and alert in your picture!