32 Makeup Tips For Looking Your Best In Photos
Ever since my first Facebook account in college, pictures and selfies have become a lot more prevalent; as have makeup tips specifically for photos. I remember that the only time I’d see any photo’s was when my parents would pull out their Polaroid or their their memory books of me as a baby. Now that everyone has a camera in their pocket, and everyone is dying to post to Instagram and Facebook immediately, I don’t think I go a single day without a photo being taken where I am in it. As a result, I have had to start seeing what I actually look like in photos. This made me a lot more conscious of how my makeup looks in photos. I felt like I had it mastered until I started looking up makeup tips for photos. Turns out there is an entire world of content from Pinterest, Instagram, and bloggers that have a ton of ideas for how to look good in photos and selfies. Now, selfies are different world than just formal photo shoots and are definitely more prevalent. But the good news is that we can steal some of the more professional photo shoot tips and apply them to selfies as well.
From my research I have learned that there is definitely a science, a bunch of technique, and even products made specifically for making you look good in photos. Not only can you optimize your makeup for them, but you can also rock the side arm to look slimmer, and you can adjust the way your body is angled towards the camera as well. For now, let’s focus on the selfie makeup tips and tricks that I’ve found that I think are the most worth sharing.
1. Perfect Makeup Look For Photo’s – Classic Glam Makeup
For this makeup tutorial, you need foundation that is oil-proof, some matte powder, and some concealer for your skin. For your eyes, you will need an eye and eyebrow pencil, some eyeshadow, gel liner, and rim brightener. Add some mascara, some blush, lip liner and lipstick and you have yourself the ingredients for looking your best in every photo. Makeup Geek does great stuff and this how-to is step by step and very easy to follow. A strong start to our list!
2. Makeup For Photos Tutorial – On Camera Makeup
Sheridan does not get enough love on the youtube. She has this incredible step by step tutorial for how she goes about putting on makeup for video’s. She calls it a “Get Ready With Me” video and I love the concept. I am going to have to try this. She also brings up a great point which is that she learned how to do photo make up by trying a bunch of other people’s tutorials and ideas and seeing what worked for her!
3. Here’s How To Do Your Makeup So It Looks Incredible In Pictures
I love this Buzzfeed makeup photography tutorial because they dive really deep into my favorite part of my selfies: my eyes! This article does a great job of explaining my eye makeup technique of using a dark shadow, a neutral shadow, and highlighter to make my eyes really pop on camera.
4. Makeup For Photoshoots – The Definitive Guide
If you really want to get down the mechanics and the theory behind how to make your photo’s truly flawless, you are going to need to find a great definitive guide that will cover this stuff in depth. Luckily, I have already found it for you. This tutorial not only covers the theory behind photography makeup but also provides some actionable steps that will have you on your way to better selfies this weekend.
5. Beauty Tricks and Makeup Tutorial For HD Photography
I had to introduce Jordan Liberty to this list because he does an incredible tutorial that breaks down his strategy for preparing models for high definition photography. This means that he has to be twice as exact and perfect with his contouring, his shadowing, his blending as we do. So if we follow along with him, we are more likely to nail our look on an iPhone 7 lens.
6. The Key To Great Photo’s – Know Your Skin Type
Before we go any further with tips and tricks for photo makeup, let’s take a second to make sure that you know what your skin type is? Do you have ‘normal’ skin? Do you know what normal skin means to makeup companies? Perhaps you have oily skin or dry skin, or combination where there is more oil in your T zone that gets cakey with foundation but doesn’t on your cheeks and chin. The reason I put this in here is that I had a breakthrough in my ability to have my selfies come out how I wanted and my photo’s to come out how I wanted once I understood my skin type and what I need (I have combination skin where my T zone gets oily but the rest of my face is dry as a bone, like to the point where I need moisturizer). Kind of annoying but it’s okay.
7. Dragon Brows On Instagram Are A Selfie Secret
Part of taking great photo’s is being creative with your makeup and being willing to try new things. When I found out that cat eyes made my eye’s really pop in photo’s, I was hooked. However, I didn’t know that or even think of it till I saw a tutorial. I also recently learned about the power of orange blush to help hide some of my acne scars. Anyways, as I was researching some Instagram selfies that were trending, I saw Dragon Brows come up. And I decided to try them and see what they looked like in photo’s. Turns out they are like this secret weapon and because they draw attention to the eyes so well, it completely distracts from my cheeks and lips.
8. Beauty Trick For Photo’s – Strobe to Glow with Ease
Whether you use the Maybelline strobing stick which is under 14 bucks, or you go with another drugstore dupe, this tutorial from Maybelline on how to use the highlighter is valuable. As you can see from the images, she applies the stick to highpoint on the face to bring out an amazing contrast of her most prominent features. She does the T zone, the brow bones, and the corners of her eyes. Finally, she gets her chin to even out the color. The strobing stick is great for photo’s because it helps bring that ‘glow’ that every girl wants in her Instagram story.
9. Summer Nights Makeup Tutorial For A Great Picture
I love this look from ‘Advice From A Twenty Something’, and I have not only tried this tutorial, but I have used it before going out and the photos came out great. As such, I tried to figure out why and I think it’s the blending and shading she does that helps absorb instead of reflect back the flash from cameras. I am not totally sure because I’m not a scientist, but I can say that this look works when you are out and getting pictures taken either on a phone or from a legit photographer.
10. How to Apply Makeup for Photos
This tutorial from Glamour magazine is phenomenal. Look at the before and after shot! She basically was given the task of trying a bunch of different products to figure out the absolute perfect makeup tutorial for photo’s and I think she found it. This tutorial is full of selfie friendly makeup, almost all of which I have tried at some point.
11. My Go To Selfie Look – Reversed Smokey Cat Eye
As I mentioned above, the cat eye works great for selfies and smokey eyes really help with absorbing flash. This is my go to look for going out and rarely am I disappointed with my Instagram story the next day. Makeup Geek does a great job of showing you how to pull this look off perfectly.
12. Back to School Picture Day Makeup Tutorial
13. Photoshoot Ready Makeup
14. The One Makeup Item Every Girl Needs For The Camera
15. The Eyeliner Trick For Photos
16. Lulus How-To: Basic Contour Makeup Tutorial For Flash Photography
17. Taking Good Makeup Photos
18. Best Passport Photo Makeup:Get This No- Fail Flawless Look
19. Holiday Eyes: Cranberry Saucy For The Camera
20. Photo Shoot Makeup Tips & Full Tutorial
21. Lulus How-To: Gold and Blush Valentine’s Day Eye Makeup Tutorial For Selfies
Aside from the smokey cat eye, the gold and blush tutorial from Lulu’s has been absolutely transformative for my pictures and selfies. This color combo is so easy to blend and works with brown eyes really well. The trick is making sure the arch of your eyebrow is high enough to let the top eyelid to shine.
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24. How To Be Your Own Makeup Artist For Selfies
25. DIY Makeup For Headshots Tutorial
26. Powder 101: How to Apply Powder For The Screen
27. I Colored My Brows Blue for a Day—and the Camera Actually Loved It
28. How Squinching Will Make You Look Good in Photos
29. Beauty School: How to Get Picture Perfect Eyebrows
30. How to Fake Fuller Lips The Camera Will Love
31. How to Use Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel For Photos
Voluming eyebrows? Yes, that’s a thing. And if you have thin eyebrows or are going for an eye heavy look, it’s a technique you are going to want to try immediately. Just take a selfie and then tease your eyebrows and take another selfie and see how you like the difference. The trick is to make sure your brows are well groomed and well arched.
32. Best Foundation Makeup For Photos
I hope you have gotten something out of these tutorials for photography makeup. I think that as social media continues to be more and more popular, women are going to have to think more and more about how their makeup choices affect how they look in photos. From this list, I think that it’s clear that your foundation game needs to be really strong and you have to play to your skin and face type and go from there. If you see any other selfie tricks for looking your best in photo’s on Pinterest or Instagram, please let me know!