Come Camera Ready: Part 1
Makeup well done can make a huge difference to your confidence!
Professional Makeup artist working backstage at Jason Wu © A. De Vos Photo, Inc.
Growing up a tomboy, I didn’t have much use for makeup, but now that I’m a cosmopolitan New Yorker, it’s become a necessity. So, in my “Camera Ready” blog series, I’m going to share some of my favorite tips and YouTube tutorials on how to always look lovely and feel confident. Men too!
While I highly recommend working with a professional hair and makeup artist (HMUA) on set during your portrait session to ensure you put your best face forward, it’s not a bad thing to know other ways on how to “come camera ready.”
Camera Ready Tip #1: The next best thing from working with an HMUA on set is to visit your favorite cosmetics counter for a makeup tutorial and makeover prior to coming in for your session (for a photo shoot, drugstore stuff just won’t cut it).
When working with a cosmetics counter makeup artist (MUA), be sure to make an appointment beforehand to ensure that they will be available to help you. Also, it’s important you’re clear with them about your vision, rather than letting them decide for you. For a traditional portrait “natural/fresh faced/ready for a job interview” is the best look to go for. Anything else will look like you’re ready for a cocktail party or the club (pretty, but unprofessional). Bring in your inspiration photographs to help guide them!
Usually the makeover itself is complimentary, but be aware that there is an expectation that you will walk away with a few new products, so choose a brand that you know you like!
Though this may be an additional expense, it is a great excuse to update your makeup bag, you can use the products to touch up while you’re on set and you will be able to use them again and again after your session! Brands like Clinique, Laura Mercier and Bobby Brown are great choices for “natural beauty look.”
Camera Ready Tip #2: The next next best thing is doing your makeup yourself. I still recommend investing in quality products from a trusted premium brand, but if you’re not able to book an appointment with an MUA prior to coming in, knowing how to properly do your own makeup will make a huge difference in the results of your photographs!
To help you out, here are four YouTube videos from the talented ladies at Pixiwoo explaining how to do your own beautiful, natural camera ready looks. There’s even one for the fellas - grooming matters!
And for those of you who have not yet booked a session, these tutorials are still great to watch, as all these looks are perfect for everyday as well as on-set. They recommend a lot of good brands, tools and tricks to use.
Video 1: “10 steps to Flawless Looking Skin” This is a wonderful tutorial on how to lay the base of all good makeup - Foundation!
Video 2: “Easy Job Interview Makeup” A perfect, light, professional, easy to apply look that makes any woman look great and ready to impress.
Video 3: “Easy Daily Makeup” Another take on light, lovely easy to apply makeup for an everyday wow.
Video 4: “Male Grooming and Makeup” For the fellas - now, this isn’t necessarily for everyday use, but a little makeup and grooming will help you look great in your photographs!
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