Makeup Musts for Perfect Portraits

1. Lighten Up. Avoid going too dark in your foundation shade.  Have your shade professionally matched to your skin tone as close to the day as possible.

2. Matte is a Must.  For cheeks, stay away from shimmery powder, no exceptions.  For Eyelids, keep shimmer strictly on lids.

3. Primary Focus.  Primer is essential for keeping makeup intact.  It’s like the base coat on a manicure.  Oil-free versions are best and also sensitive skin-friendly.

4. Just Say No... to SPF.  Primer and foundation should be SPF-free.  Formulas containing sunscreen cast ghostlike glow with a camera flash.

5. Line Up. When Lining eyelids, start in the center and work your way to the outer edge.  Lining the entire lid will cause the eyes to appear smaller.  Use a slanted brush with a dark (but not black) shadow to line lower lids.

6. More is More.  A camera flash will wash out colors, no matter what.  Don’t be scared off by a dramatic finished look.  It won’t photograph that way.

7. Blend, Blend, Blend.  When it comes to concealer, cheek contouring and eye shadow, a quality set of brushes is key.  The camera flash will highlight unblended edges, creating a clown-like look, and unblended concealer will highlight fine lines.

8. Mellow Yellow.  To set makeup, choose a yellow powder rather than translucent. Translucent powders cast a white glow when photographed.

9. Au Naturale.  Always have makeup applied in Natural light This will be the best indicator of how it will look when photographed.

10. Practice Run. Don’t let the day of the occasion be the first to try your products. Trial runs are essential to creating the perfect final look without surprises.