Model lessons: How to do easy "photo ready" makeup
Updated: Mar 20
One of the things I struggled with when I started out in modeling, was how to do my makeup to an acceptable standard for photography. I was pretty lucky that my first few shoots always had a makeup artist on set, but there were a few instances where I would do a quick test shoot and the photographer required me to do my own makeup. Cue me looking terrified at my mum's makeup kit, and the one mascara I owned.
After a reallllly long time in the industry I think I've whittled my makeup routine down to a fine science that works for me. Now I'm not saying go out and buy every single item I list here, definitely not. Find what works for you and your skin texture and tone. But you can get a pretty good idea of how much or how little work you can put into doing a makeup look for camera. I think it's also important to note that I don't wear this kind of makeup out and about, but I'll save my every day makeup look for another post! A very quick note before we get started, I have purchased all of these beauty products myself. None of them are sponsored or gifted, and I completely stand by all of them (you'll see below my true thoughts on all of them!)
Step 1: Get your favourite daily moisturiser (I like Rocky Mountain Soap's Pomegranate Natural Face Cream, it's pretty rich so I find it's better in dryer climates) Mix with foundation that's your shade or one shade darker (I used Lancome Teint Idole Ultrawear Foundation) And add 1-2 Drops of Nyx Away We Glow Liquid Booster. Apply evenly to face. I prefer using my fingers for better coverage, but you can use a brush or sponge if you're more used to that!
Step 2: Eyes time! I'm loving the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colors, range right now. I used "Burnish", applying on my lid and below my waterline on the lower part of my eye. Again I love using my fingers to get an even look, since these pencils come out with a bit of a "gel" consistency. I then add the highlight around the inner corners of the eyes using a lighter shade than my eye shadow. (Here I used Burberry's Eye palette in Smokey Brown, but you can use pretty much any lighter coloured shadow that compliments your skintone) I also used the darker shade on the palette to build on the eyeshadow underneath my eye. Step 3: Coat your lashes with L'Oreal Paris' Voluminous Primer. This is completely skippable if you have luscious lashes, but if you're like me, and blessed with small, thin and dead straight lashes, then I highly recommend this step! Wait for it to dry a little, then add your black or brown mascara. (Here I'm using Nars Climax Mascara. *Note* I personally find this mascara tends to leave fall out under my eyes after a few hours of wear, especially if it's humid.) Step 4: For under dark area's under the eyes, as well as any small spots that need to be concealed, I really like using YSL's Touch Eclat pens. It's one product that's been a staple in my makeup bag since I started modeling. It's so easy to use and is long lasting. Hot tip, I buy mine duty free in a pack of 2 whenever I go to the airport, to save some $$$'s! Step 5: For highlights around the eyes I'm using Nyx's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt. (this pencil is super cheap at $6). Althouguh any highlighter with a bit of shimmer to it will do the job! I also use it over the cupids bow of my lip, to add a bit of highlight and definition (Don't forget to do this step at the end too, once you've applied your lip colour) Step 6: Time to blush baby! Using Charlotte Tilbury's Cheek to Chic blush, I add a pop on the apples of my cheeks as well as a small bit on my forehead where I would naturally have tan (if I ever let my skin see sunlight without sunscreen that is.. which would be never!) Any blush with a pinkish undertone works! If you want to add definition then this next step is pretty important, however I'm warning you it took me a few tries to get it right. So practice, practice, practice! I used Nudestix Tinted Blur Stix in 06 Medium on the natural contour line on my cheeks. I blend with my fingers both upwards and downwards to create as natural a shadow as possible. I definitely recommend using a matte bronzed colour for this. Step 7: Sparkle and Shine, I LOVEEEEE Nars The Multiple in Orgasm. It's so easy to use and really hard to get wrong. You can add it liberally anywhere you want on your face to add a glow, however I like using it on the tops of my cheekbones and a little over my forehead. The Nyx Born To Glow Illuminating Powder is such a versatile one to keep in your makeup arsenal. Using a fan brush I use a small amount over my cheekbones and anywhere the light would naturally fall.
Step 8: Lush Lips. I'm sure you all know what "natural" colour suits your lips and skintone. Here I'm using Nudestix Gel Color Lip in Tay Tay. It's a really natural yet bold colour that suits my skin tone. To make the lips look fuller, I like to add a slightly lighter colour on the inner parts. (Here I'm using Nyx Lip Lingerie in Lacedetail) Step 9: Whew we're almost there I promise! Fill in those brows. I keep it simple (since my eyebrows have been filled in with subtle microblading). I like using a pencil because it's easier to control, here I have L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist in Dark Brunette. This last step might seem weird, but I like to keep my brows hydrated and looking natural, by rubbing the brush of my brow pencil over Lush's Naked Oil Bar and then applying it to the brows until it melts in completely. I just feel it has a more natural and healthy look than a gel. Ta Da! Only 9 steps (haha only!) and you've got yourself a photo ready "natural makeup look". Now ready for your closeup! Did you find this useful? What other tutorials should I do next, my cleansing routine? a models diary? how to survive fashion week? a quick winged eyeliner look?
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