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Photography Make-up


So my husband and I are approaching our one year anniversary on the 31st of this month (can't believe it's been a year already!). Because we dated/were engaged long distance and our engagement was so short, we did not get any engagement shots done. And our wedding photographer was great but he really didn't get many of just the two of us. So I've been watching for a Groupon for a photography session and I got one! We're doing this month as an anniversary gift to ourselves.

My dilemma is doing my make-up though. My sister did mine for my wedding so I have no experience in doing make-up for photography. I suspect non-shimmer, some powder, eyeliner, false eyelashes (btw, any brands to recommend?) would all be good. I didn't have false eyelashes for my wedding and I wish I did! I think it would've looked great.

Any suggestions or tips will be appreciated since I need to get practicing!
Jul 06, 2011 @ 04:17 pm

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Can I Help?

I'm not makeup expert, but I go out for parties sometimes, and photos are often taken.
I've learned from those days to:
1. never use SPF foundation b/c light will reflect off of it and make you appear greasy
2. Never use anything sparkly or with glitter, light will reflect off of it too, and you will look just...plain tired!
3. white eyeliner, unless put in the inner corners of your eyes are also a no (see #2)
4. Go as dramatic as possible! - smokey eyes are the most popular
5. Eyebrows - drawing them in will give you a super clean look in photos!
6. False lashes are a yes - they make you eyes look quite pretty and feminine!
7. Blush or Bronzer that aren't shimmery are great!
Great idea: contouring your nose will really make you look amazing
These are just some thoughts :)

Happy photo-ing!
Jul 06, 2011 @ 04:32 pm


A good tip for photography make-up (especially if you go for black & white) Is what ever you want to show up in pictures, needs to be exaggerated more. The flash of lighting and some times the atmosphere can wash out your look in photos. And yes matte products show up best. Make sure you highlight, contour your best assets and always blend. I'm sure you'll look great!
Jul 06, 2011 @ 04:40 pm
Ali de Bold

Great tips, everyone!

I completely agree with what Jenni and ladyflash said. Also, if you are feeling nervous about doing it yourself you could book an appointment at a makeup counter and probably get the makeover for free if you buy a product or two.
Jul 06, 2011 @ 04:53 pm

Another tip...

I would suggest that you take blot papers with you! Oily skin will reflect the light and is a big no-no. I recommend The Body Shop's Tea-tree blot paper. It's roughly US$10 and C$10.99 and you get 65 tissues (so it's a steal at that price!) http://bit.ly/bodyshop-blotpaper

Great idea with the lashes, they will most certainly emphasize your eyes, as will filling in your brows, and adding a touch of highlight on your brow bone (under your eyebrow). I completely agree with Ali, makeup artists are usually more than happy to help you find your perfect photoshoot look. Just remember, if you're not used to wearing much makeup, it may look a bit much in the mirror at first, but on camera, it'll be gorgeous!

PS - great idea for an anni present. Have fun with it! x
Jul 06, 2011 @ 05:43 pm


Congratulations on your 1year anni!! :)

I second and third all the advise above, especially everything Jskim07 said.
NO SPF - which means no SPF. No spf based cream, foundation, etc. SPF is never good in photos.
Over dramatize your makeup. It won't look that great in the mirror, but will look awesome in pictures. Go with a bold lip colour so your lips don't look washed out in the pics. Put more blush than you normally would so your cheeks look youthful in pics. Go with a smokey eye to bring attention to them. Even if you're a neutral girl, darken your makeup and it will come across as natural and neutral in pics.

As Ali said, if you're nervous doing your own makeup then go to a Sephora or Mac counter and I'm sure they'll do it for you. Or hop over to the Bay and go to the makeup counter of your favourite brand. Buy a product or two and I'm sure they'll do your makeup for free. Be sure to let them know you're getting professional pics taken.

I personally have never liked when Sephora / Mac / Bay counters do my makeup. They either make my face muddy chalky brown or shiny black. Bleh.... I prefer doing my own makeup and I did my own at my wedding. I'm sure however that not everyone has my experience, so perhaps some ladies here can even recommend a good makeup artist at a specific location who will do a great job?

This is really such a great anniversary idea!! I hope you guys have a lot of fun with it :-)
Jul 07, 2011 @ 09:09 am


I recently bought Makeup Forever HD Foundation, and let me tell you girlfriend, it's something ELSE!! I'm waiting to wear it a few weeks before writing a review on it so I can't link you over to my review just yet. But I can tell you that it makes your face look AHHH-MAYY-ZINGG in pics! :) I went over to a sick friends house and was wearing this foundation, first of all she was bowled over by how great my skin looked (it doesn't look cakey or makup-y, oily or dry at all), and secondly when we took some pics together (of course! she wasn't THAT sick lol) my face looked flawless in all the pics!

I read a lot of reviews before buying this foundation, and tried out testers for myself for about a week. I'm not disappointed at all, and would highly recommend this to anyone. Only thing is, this may not be ideal for you if you have overly oily skin.

In summer time, my skin is "normal to dry".

Hope that helps! :)
Jul 07, 2011 @ 09:14 am

make counter???? hmm

I don't like it when others do my makeup, because I have certain preferences that aren't usually well communicated.

False lashes wise, I think M.A.C makes some great ones, if you want a dramatic effect that is....I'm quite satisfied with Shopper's Drug Mart if I want that natural look, or Rexall has some nice cheaper lashes. Maybe use a glue that dries black, to enhance your eyeliner more? (Good ones of those can be found at Rexall!).

And congrats on your one year!!! :)

Also @Becky, No way! I've been looking for a really good foundation for my skin for years! I'm using Clarins right now, but it doesn't cover very well.
I bought their primer for yellow skin once, and wasn't very impressed, but maybe their foundations will be better?
Do you think the primers and foundations are similar?

Jul 07, 2011 @ 09:26 am

Get it professionally done for cheap!

If you're willing to buy a product, many make-up counters will put on your make-up for free, like what Ali said above. Places like shoppers, The Bay, etc usually have make-up artists on hand and they can work their magic so you don't have to worry about screwing your make-up up. I went to shoppers once a few years ago and I just had to get a eyeliner from Smashbox and I was able to get my make-up done for graduation. Just call ahead though and book an appointment and ask them about it just in case some places don't offer that deal.
Jul 07, 2011 @ 09:27 am


Thanks so much for all the advice! All our great ideas. I did contemplate going to Sephora to get my make-up done but I think I'd do a trial first before I decide. If I have to pay for a trial then make-up application the day of, I'm ok with that. I haven't had good experiences with make-up counters/stores doing my face up but I'm always willing to try again.

I bought some fake eyelashes last night (Ardell) so I can practice putting them on. Never used them! The only thing is they do need to be trimmed. I just lightly put one on my lashline last night and they're quite long. What do you use to trim them?

I think first I'll try and do my own and take some pictures in natural light to see how that works and go from there. I know what look we want anyway which is classic, almost 50s-60s type style (which means I want to find a good red lipstick!)

No SPF seems to be a recurrent piece of advice! I assume this includes tinted moisturizers? I've been using Aveeno which as SPF in it.

@Becky - I've heard great things about that foundation! It'd be a great investment for occasions where pictures will be taken. Thanks for the tip :)
Jul 07, 2011 @ 10:46 am

foundations and primers and stuff, oh my!

@jskim07: yes way! :) The foundation worked really well on me. I tried mufe primer too and I also wasn't very impressed. Smashbox primer is much better. Actually, L'Oreal has a really decent primer, I forget the name, magic something. Anyways they only have one primer and its cheaper than say Smashbox or MUFE. It does the job at a good price. I would recommend it!

You know how we all tend to think that for face you need Moisturizer, Primer, Foundation, Concealer? Well I saw a really interresting youtube video that explained a big reason why some foundations don't last is because you have too much stuff under it. E.g. if your foundation is water based, and you have an oil based primer under it, it won't last as long. Made a lot of sense to me! I also find that I don't need primer with this foundation. I put it on at 7am this morning and came to work. I just went and checked, and my face still looks as fresh as ever. I even went for an hour power walk outside during lunch (had to run/walk to keepup with my long legged coworkers! Damn boys don't know how to walk slow), and it kept. I didn't use a lot either. About half a pump for my entire face did the trick. One thing I found with this foundation was it's very buildable, so on days you need a bit more coverage, you can pack a bit more on without looking cakey. This is not so for other high end foundations. For eg. I used to a be a huge MAC fan until I compared their foundation with other companies and realized that theirs are really bad quality for a 'high quality / high price' foundation! Too thick and goes on cakey. Unless your face is perfectly exfoliated, moisturized and the moisturizer has dried, you will look cakey with a MAC foundation (at least that's the case for me). I own Mac Studio Fix fluid, Mac Studio Sculpt, Mac studio tech, Mac studio fix powder and Mac mineralized skinfinish.
Mac Studio fix fluid, Studio Sculpt and Studio tech all are exactly what I said; you need to be well exfoliated and moisturized for it to look good. Otherwise you get the pore-ish, cakey foundation look. Studio fix powder is amazing, I gotta say. Mineralized skinfinish looks like you have glitter on your face if you use too much of it. Used sparingly on the cheeks, bridge of nose, etc. gives a good highlight effect. Looks surprisingly good in pictures too.

The Mac foundations (i'm picking on mac since its so popular) and the mufe hd foundation are competitive in pricing, but I'd def' go mufe over mac.
Jul 07, 2011 @ 04:04 pm

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