Monday, December 10, 2012

Makeup Tips for Photos

Hi, I’m Shelley Goodstein, author and Ford model.  Today I’m going to share a few makeup tips to get you camera ready for your next profile photo.

The eyes are the first thing people notice. Never underestimate the impact your eyebrows can make--especially in a photo. A thicker eyebrow is the easiest and cheapest way to look more youthful. The natural look is in, so don’t over pluck and be sure to fill in any bare spots with a pencil or powder in the same color as your hair. Never go darker on your brows—it’s aging AND scary!

For eye shadow, stick to neutral shades and use color sparingly. The goal is to keep a softer focus around the eyes, where aging shows first. Stay away from anything too glittery because it will reflect in your photos, especially with a flash. Adding a gold shimmer or white highlighter in the corner of your eyes will catch the light and give you a brighter, bigger looking eye.

Say goodbye to black liquid liner and hello to soft eye pencils in a charcoal or dark brown color. Nothing accentuates the lines around your eyes like a harsh black line.

That said, ALWAYS wear BLACK mascara to create an eye that can be seen in your photo.  If you want to elongate your eye, concentrate the mascara on the outer corners. If you like the wide-eyed doll look, focus on the center lashes. Another trick is to apply one coat of lengthening mascara followed by one coat of thickening mascara.

A common mistake is to wear a nude lipstick. It makes it look like you have no lips at all. Dark lipstick will make you look older. Wearing lighter and brighter colors will make lips look bigger by creating a pronounced effect. A universally flattering shade is a sheer satin--not frost--rosy pink color. Adding a dab of lip gloss to the center of the lower lip and a white or champagne colored powder directly above the upper lip on the cupid’s bow helps grab the light and makes lips appear fuller.

Blush can help create that “youthful glow”.  Apply it to the highest points of your cheekbones to make your bone structure stand out.

Be sure to use a powder to set your makeup, absorb oil and give you that flawless finish. The right product can instantly help brighten skin tone and soften the look of imperfections without feeling heavy or cakey. Be sure to use a powder that matches your foundation. Don’t forget to brush a little on your chest because the flash will reflect there, and you don’t want your head and body different colors.

And those are just a few finishing tips to help you get ready for your photo! If you'd like to learn more you can purchase my book on Amazon or download it on your computer for Kindle, Nook or iTunes for only $7.99 {HERE}!

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