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Lights, Camera…How to Look Your Best in Every Photo
Weddings, graduations, family reunions, class reunions…love is in the air, or is that BBQ?? Either way, family and friends have come out of hibernation and your calendar is probably full of spring and summer events and photo opportunities. If you know the camera will likely have you in its crosshairs (whether by choice or not), here are some photo tips to look your best at every angle.
1. Always start with a Mineral Makeup Primer. It will fill in a multitude of fine lines and allow your makeup to glide smoothly over any imperfections.
2. Concealer is your friend. Use Pink Lighten-up Concealing Stick to cover any dark circles. Use neutral concealer for any blemishes and green concealer for any redness.
3. Mix your BB Crème with Sheer Minerals foundation for an airbrushed finish foundation. Remember to blend from your jawline into your neck for even color.
4. The camera loves highlight and contour. Shadow and light are what the camera is seeking. Contour Powder adds shadow, and add highlight with the Strobe Stick or a pearlescent eye shadow like White Diamond or Ballerina Pink.
5. Matte is the way to go. Flashes and sunlight can sometimes reflect off of makeup that has sparkle or sheen to it.
6. Go a bit more dramatic than you normally go with your makeup colors. The camera can sometimes wash you out, especially important for nighttime or indoor photos.
1. If you know for certain you will be photographed (i.e. family reunion) try to choose solid colors for your clothing. Coordinating (not necessarily matchy matchy) clothing will bring continuity to the photo and allow faces to take the stage rather than clothing.
2. Darker clothing is slimming. Choose jewel tones, black, dark blue, dark green or brown
3. Scoops or v-neck shirts and blouses flatter shorter necks and full faces. Turtlenecks or high-necked garments flatter longer necks and slender faces.
4. Save your personal flair for pattern to a scarf or jewelry. Loud patterned and colorful clothing will overwhelm the photo and draw the eye to what you’re wearing rather than your beautiful face!
1. If you are being photographed from the front, whether sitting or standing, cross your calves and stand or sit up straight. It appears more natural and as a bonus makes your legs look longer and your hips more narrow.
2. If you are being photographed from the side, twist your upper body towards the cameral slightly, put one foot in front of the other, shifting your weight to your back leg and put your hand on your hip.
3. A picture is a 2d representation of a 3d scene. Keep perspective in mind when posing. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear largest.
4. Reeeeelax! Stiff poses with over the top grins will look contrived. Remind yourself before the shot to loosen up, drop your shoulders a little and enjoy the moment.
Now you’re ready for your close up!