Even everyday makeup can be a hassle, so when it comes to figuring out what makeup you should wear for your portraits it can leave you completely stumped. If you are someone who is totally uncomfortable with make-up the truth of the matter is, I would probably refer you to a professional make-up artist to help you on the day of your session. I do have referrals at the ready, so just let me know when we are planning out the session if you would like someone else to help you to prepare your make-up for the day.
If you are feeling brave enough to take on the make-up task at hand, I've laid out some simple tips to help you prepare. I'm by no means a make-up expert, but I've certainly learned what does and does not look great in photos.
Everyone who has worked with me knows I'm not a huge photo-shop photographer and I would prefer to help you look your best naturally. That being said, I am always happy to remove blemishes or minor undesired age lines with my magical photo editing wand.
Like the other planning that goes into your portraits, take the time to prepare your skin in advance.
To avoid make-up overload or odd coloring it's best to apply your makeup in natural light. Select MATTE everything when deciding on your makeup for portraits. Yellow tinted is better than shimmery or translucent.
Emphasizing the eyes is important, but like everything else not too overdone is best. Again matte everything is key.
Lips, like the overall thoughts for photo makeup is best to not be too bold or overdone, but noticeable.
Even with all that, the best thing you can do to look beautiful in your portraits is to relax and be you! Confidence and a genuine smile are really the best thing a person can wear. Also know, I have your back on this one and will be first to let you know if I see your makeup has gone wayward on picture day.