Make up and hair tips for shooting beauty

Hello! Welcome to my second blog post.

In this one, I’d like to offer a few tips for all the amazing makeup artists and hairstylists. Without you, beauty photography wouldn’t exist. So here we go:

  1. The first tip would be for makeup artists who are new to beauty photography or just want to try a different approach. Beauty photography is not just about makeup but also beautiful skin. I don’t use foundation. Foundation (especially on dry skin) reduces the texture of the skin and enhances its dryness and flakiness. Even if there are a few blemishes on a model’s face it’s always better to leave it untouched. Moreover, I have noticed if you try to get rid of a scar or a pimple covering it with a foundation it ruins all the texture on the surrounding areas, which makes it more difficult to improve it in post-production. 
  2. Make sure that your makeup looks clean as well as the rest of the face.  Being both photographer and retoucher I find it very important to make everything look good before taking that shot. Sometimes when using powdered eye shadows or glittery substances you can find lots of tiny particles under the model’s eyes and cheeks. It might be very difficult to notice them in a real-life situation, but not in a beauty shot. Also removing them in post is a very time-consuming process, so you might wanna fix it beforehand. 
  3. Another similar tip is regarding hair. There is nothing more difficult in the world of retouching than fixing untidy hair. It’s completely normal to have a few flyaways but make sure that bigger strands of hair look clean (unless this is what you are going for). Don’t forget about areas next to the model’s cheeks, neck, and shoulders – your photographer will only thank you for it!
  4. Eyebrows. Flat, round, curved, angled… There are so many different and beautiful shapes. But the most important part is to keep them NATURAL. In my experience using powder products for eyebrows is not the best choice. Instead, I prefer using a soap-based filler or just a simple gel to get that beautiful texture without filling it with heavy products. However, most of the time I ask my make up artist to leave eyebrows as they are, maybe just tidying them up with a clean brush. 
  5. Start simple. The last tip on my list is to gradually build up your make up and hair. It is not the best idea to shoot a crazy glittery or painterly look with a sleek hairstyle and then switching into a more natural one. Of course, there will be a theme that requires a few different complex looks, and you won’t necessarily have a chance to start with something simple, but it is a different story.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read through my post. I hope you found something that can be helpful to you. Please let me know what you think and if you’d like me to elaborate more on a specific point. Take care!

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