The Secret To Photo Ready Makeup

In an age where we use pictures to document every moment, needing to be “photo-ready” is no longer an isolated occasion. In fact, it’s almost necessary to be photo-ready whenever you leave your house. But that doesn’t have to be as big of a task as it sounds. In fact, photo-ready makeup doesn’t have to mean applying a lot of it. Below you’ll find a few of my tips for achieving a face ready to photograph…even on a “light makeup day”.

Always use a primer
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not applying primer (or applying an inadequate product) before their foundation. Primer is essential for creating the appearance of smooth, airbrushed skin. It acts as a base that evens out skin, allowing the foundation to go on smoothly and last longer. I prefer primers that aren’t sticky or thick, and sort of dry as I apply it. I really like Stila’s Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer and The Perfect Face’s Face Canvas Primer.

Matte your face after you apply foundation
For that true airbrush look, apply a matte foundation to prevent the glares from oil and shine. One of my absolute favorite beauty products and something I can’t go a day without using is Stila’s Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector. This revolutionary compact creates a smooth-looking skin with its putty texture and ability to blend so naturally with the skin. But what I love most about it is that its “buildable”, meaning I can layer it with other products without it becoming cakey. When I’m doing my normal makeup routine, I apply this putty after foundation and before powder. Although, on those days where I’m not in the mood for a lot of makeup, I skip the foundation all together and just use this putty. I keep it in my purse and use it for touch-ups throughout the day.

Highlight, don’t contour.
In my opinion, contouring tends to look really, really harsh. Sure there are situations that require more make up, and in that case, contouring is necessary, however, on an average day the contouring routine you learned on YouTube can be skipped. Instead of applying liquids that will ultimately look cakey or dull, opt for powders that will give you the same illusion. My go-to’s are both by NARS: Jubilation and Seduction. Jubilation is golden-silky blushes that create a bright sun-kissed glow. I apply it at the top of my cheekbones, in the corners of my eyelids, on my brow bone, and down the center on my nose bridge.

Seduction is a warm, pink blush that helps create sculpted shadows. I apply a well-blended line under my cheekbones, a little on my temples, and a little on my jaw line (directly under my temples). When the flash of a camera phone goes off, or when you’re just standing in really good lighting, these powders we create natural looking lines that accentuate your beauty.

Make sure your eyebrows are even.
If you really want your makeup to look good in a photo you have to make sure your face looks as symmetrical as possible. No one’s perfect, so that probability of one side of your face being completely symmetrical to the other is slim, but there are ways to fake it. One of the easiest ways is to use your eyebrows. Chances are they aren’t 100% identical either, but if you ensure that both of your brows begin where the corner of each of your eyes begin and end at the outside corner (use a straight edge to check), you will frame your face and create the illusion of symmetry. I use a small angled brush and dark brown eye shadow to fill in my brows.


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