31 Makeup Tutorials for Picture Perfect Selfies
Have you ever gone out and had an amazing night and then you pull up Facebook and Instagram the next day and see some not-so-amazing selfies that you and your friends have posted. It seems that it is a right of passage for every woman to take a horrible school photo laden with breakouts and oily shine. Then you take a horrible photo for your driver’s license, and finally, you get pictures from homecoming and prom, and again, a disaster. I am sick of doing a makeup routine that doesn’t lead to amazing pictures the next day. So I decided to find out what all the pro’s are doing to help people pull off beautiful portraits, great senior pics, and how these Insta models put their make up on in a way that makes them look better on camera, instead of worse.
I took my sweet time going through a ton of photography blogs, a bunch of makeup tutorial sites, and anything else I could find on Pinterest, Insta, and Google and put together a list of articles that I think you’re going to love. They cover everything from how to do perfect makeup step by step for selfies, to photoshoot makeup tips and secrets that professionals use. Did you know that there are people that specialize in just foundation makeup for photography? Did you know that there are colors and blends that are made just for outdoor photos? Well, you’re about to. Hopefully you can get through these and create your own DIY makeup routine to create flawless selfies this weekend!
1. Selfie Makeup Secret: Selfie Filter Powder
Let’s start with a little information about selfie makeup that is going to blow your mind: there is such a thing as selfie powder. This stuff is amazing, and it’s made specifically for up-close photography and all the problems that entails (read: oily skin, blemishes, large pores and whiskers). One the tricks to this powder is that it has different colors (shades) for different parts of your face and depending on your complexion. In the tutorial, she suggests using the yellow under the eyes and the purple on the chin.
2. Photo Makeup – Ultimate Step-By-Step Tutorial for Perfect Makeup Application
Today we turn to our friends at Makeup.com to give is an exhaustive tutorial on how to apply make that is flawless. The reason I think this is so important to add to this article is that you have to go back to the basics sometimes because we develop shortcuts and bad habits in our makeup routine. Let’s be coachable and try cleaning the slate before we try to get the perfect selfie. A lot of times, it’s our bad habits that create imperfections that are made extremely apparent in close up photos.
3. How to Nail the Perfect Selfie Makeup
For the Cosmo selfie makeup tutorial you are going to need a contouring stick, bronzer brush, brow and eyebrow stencil, some mascara, pink lip color, and black eyeliner and some bronze cream eye shadow. One of the tips in here that I love for photography is using pomade to make your grows stay in place because sometimes you get an arm to the face when circling up with the girls and all of a sudden your eyebrow looks like a mole. She also uses bronze cream to create a smokey eye that will show up in photo’s taken during the day.
4. How to Achieve the Perfect Look for a ‘Flawless Selfie’
In this selfie makeup tutorial, she brings up a good point on technique. She says that its best to start with priming and then to adjust your color to make sure that you have covered all the blemishes and finally, use the proper setting powder in specific area like underage circles where there can be bags or normal darkness from extra skin. Her theory is that it has almost nothing to do with ‘perfect’ light and everything to do with your makeup routine. I tend to agree with her.
5. Perfect Selfie Makeup: Steps for Looking Flawless
Glamour gives us a really awesome selfie secret for makeup: put your moisturizer on first (with SPF) and this will help the concealer blend smoothly and easily. They also are like me in that I use as little concealer as possible and focus it mainly on my eyes and where I have a few acne scars or blemishes. You can follow this tutorial very easily (I did) and at the end finish it off with some mascara and possibly a curler to really make your eyes pop.
6. How To Do Your Makeup So It Looks Incredible In Pictures
Let’s start with some harsh truth that buzzed shares with us from the beginning. No matter how good you look in the mirror, it doesn’t matter, because how you look in a mirror and in real life is not how a camera sees you, especially when flash and weird lighting is involved. Even if you are the type who goes with a more natural look and doesn’t use matte foundation often, if you know that you will be taking a lot of photo’s, it’s worth putting some on, especially in your oily spots or where you have blemishes or large pores. The other big secret is that your concealer and foundation have to play nice, otherwise the light from the camera will bounce off and make you look like a french fry.
7. Photo Makeup Tips – A Great Tip for Lasting Lip Color
Your lips are going to fade. It’s one of the sad facts of life that with every drink, every kiss, every hug, and every time you lick your lips, your lipstick looses a little bit of it’s color; also, an angel gets it’s wings. There is a way to prevent this so that when you take photos later in the evening, your lips still pop and give you that sultry look. The trick is explained in this tutorial but you basically put on your lipstick, apply some powder and then put on another layer of lipstick. Think of it like wearing a cotton shirt underneath your blouse to hide moisture.
8. My New Everyday Makeup Look For Great Photos
This is a makeup geek tutorial from 2015 that I still refer to because it is so cute. It’s also extremely thorough in explaining how to do each part of your face. You can easily follow along. She is the one who introduced me to Marsala, which was a color that got really popular in 2015 as a shade but I still use it today. It also gives a great flow when photographed which is why I use it so often for going out.
9. Best Makeup Practices For Pictures – The Contouring Cheat Sheet
If you haven’t picked up on the trend yet, your approach to contouring can make or break how your photos turn out. As such, I decided to stick with the theme of being humble, and going back to the basics of makeup routines. This is an incredible and very clear tutorial on how to map out your face, then blend foundation and light powder to get a perfect contour for your skin tone. Once you have your concealer game on point, your ability to take great selfies is going to go a lot smoother..get it?
10. How To Master the All-Natural Look For Selfies and Beyond
I love the dose of reality that she starts with in this article: “celebrities touting their ‘no makeup’ selfies, they’re often wearing makeup”. She goes through six steps from skin prep and complexion treatment to brows and lashes and finally, cheeks and lips. It is quick and easy to follow and will get you 95% of the way to a flawless selfie while having a natural look that is really popular right now.
11. Orange Makeup For Flash Photography
It’s time for you to try orange on your face. Not the fruit, the color. It works really well with flash photography and is extremely flattering. It does a great job of hiding acne breakouts and scars as well as dark blemishes without giving off that fake nude look of other matte foundations and concealers. Please give it a shot ASAP and see how it goes.
12. A Powdering Trick – Set Your Makeup Before The Picture
13. Velvet Skin Foundation Routine That Looks Great In Selfies
14. How to Highlight and Contour for Selfie Shots
15. The Secret To Selfies – Contouring in a Few Easy Steps
16. Golden Goddess Makeup Tutorial
This golden makeup coloring works great with photos and selfies and does a great job of hiding imperfections in your skin. It works really well during daytime photography as well for looking like a golden Goddess. Everything The Beauty Dept. does is great and this tutorial is worth giving a try.
17. Glamorous Makeup for Brown Eyes – Great For Photos
18. Easy Everyday Eye Makeup
19. Surf Goddess Makeup Tutorial: A Day to Night Look
20. Monochromatic Makeup In Photography
21. Easy Black Smokey Eye Tutorial
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the smoky eye works great in photos. The dark color does a few different things. First, it absorbs light from a flash which helps you look less shiny (read:oily). Second, it brings out your eyes in the flash giving you a special kind of glow in pictures that you will come to rely on. You’re welcome.
22. Contour Plus – The Trick To A Great Photo
23. “No Makeup” Makeup Tutorial
24. Make Up Tutorial: Two-Tone Lips
25. Beauty Basic – How To Contour
26. 5 Minutes to a Natural, Flawless Face
This is a great article for really rocking that natural makeup look. She walks you through step by step how to use concealer and creams that match your skin tone to look like you have flawless skin, a big win when it comes to selfies.
27. Make Up Tutorial – Natural No Makeup Look
28. Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup Tutorial
29. The Cat Eye Stylized For Great Photos
30. Cat Eye Tutorial: How to Apply the Look for Your Eye Shape
31. Chloe Morello Creates the Perfect Instagram Selfie Makeup Tutorial
Thanks for taking a look at these awesome makeup tutorials for selfies. As I mentioned above, give the smokey eye a shot, then try orange in your skin tones, and be sure to really nail down your concealer game to cover up blemishes and acne. If you find any more great ideas on Pinterest or Instagram, please let me know. Thanks!