My Favorite Camera Ready Makeup Tips

I could write a whole book on this topic, but I’m going to narrow it down and highlight my favorite tips. Grab a pen and paper and let’s dive in!

I know I sound like a broken record here, but skin prep is SO important. Proper skin prep is the foundation for your makeup, especially when talking about photography. The camera will pick up on every little detail!

My next tip would be to avoid liquid eyeliner. Most liquid eyeliners dry down to a shiny finish that can be reflective in photography, especially flash photography. Instead I would opt for a gel (my personal favorite) or kohl liner.

As far as your foundation goes, I would go a half a shade to a shade darker. The reason being is the camera can wash people out very easily, so to counteract this we go a shade darker. It won’t look “off” to the naked eye and it will look perfect in photos!

If you do not take any other advice from this blog, please take this bit of advice! NO. TRANSLUCENT. POWDER. We’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the dreaded, “white cast” it can cause in pictures. When too much translucent powder is applied it can cause the “white cast”, but what’s tricky is the naked eye cannot see it, it only appears in photos. The best way to avoid this is to avoid translucent all together! Instead, opt for a mineral powder and dust it on the skin to set your makeup. My favorite mineral powder is MAC’s Mineralize Powder.

When applying blush and bronzer for photography, you want to add more than what you would typically wear everyday. Remember when I said the camera can wash you out? That goes for blush and bronzer, too! What I like to do is stand an arms-length distance away from a mirror and apply my blush and bronzer until It is noticeable from where I am standing. If you feel like you’ve applied too much, dust a little of your mineral powder over the blush and/ or bronzer and it will mute it down some.

Keep the brows soft and fluffy. Brows should be the most natural feature on your face, so only fill in where absolutely necessary and try to avoid any harsh lines. The best way to achieve this is to use a brow powder or eyeshadow to fill in the brows.

If you’re a highlight lover like I am, this next tip is for you! I could bathe myself in a good highlight but please believe me when I say less is more in photography. I would also opt for a cream highlight instead of a powder, as it looks more like a glow from within. My favorite is the Face Glow Cream Shimmer highlight stick by Natasha Denona. You will love it!

When doing lips for photography, precision is key. No matter what shade of lipstick you end up going with I would ALWAYS go in with a lip liner after to give a more polished finish. Gloss is great to add too, but keep in mind less is more. Be sure to check the weather if you want to add some shine to your lips, I know that wind, lip gloss, and hair are a terrible combination!

I hope this guide helps 🙂 



Meira Beauty

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