Tips for Makeup Application for Professional Photo Sessions

In life, we go through many beautiful milestones that are definitely worth documenting. Having professional portraits taken is a great way to hold on to those sweet moments that you and your family share. We often forget about the planning and prep that goes into these sessions. The location, the time of year, getting the kid outfits organized, coordinating naps and food and so on... are just a few of the things we have to think about when planning a session. But one of the overlooked factors is always makeup! Makeup is important whether you are already a busy mom or expecting a baby on the way. Making a little time to prepare makeup application for a professional photography session, so it’s not an afterthought that you are rushing to do while running out the door, is so worth it!

The Difference of a Professional Experience

We want you to have a great experience, feel terrific and look fantastic. It is so helpful to have professional makeup done. Not only does it make your beautful features stand out, but it boosts your confidence. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your images!!   However, if you aren't able to get your makeup done professionally, here are some tips from Liliana Luna, a professional makeup artist whom we have worked with for clients, so you can create a camera ready look all on your own.

1. Apply your makeup in natural window light if at all possible. Good lighting is essential to a good, even application of makeup.
2. Start with a clean face. Don’t forget to use moisturizer lotion and eye cream
3. Foundation should exactly match your skin tone and bring it down to the neck to match face and body. Use a brush for even application – not your hands.
4. Use a skin tone shade of powder, not translucent powder or mineral makeup. But don’t over do it, as you want to look naturally beautiful.
5.      Play up your eyes! Avoid black eyeliner instead use brown to get a more natural look. And don’t go too heavy on the eyes it will make eyes look smaller.  
6.      Don’t forget mascara! I suggest waterproof (aka sweatproof) black mascara. Two coats. 
7.      Remember your eye brows. Use a light brown gel to keep eyebrows in place. It’s a small detail that makes a huge difference. 
8.      Match lipliner with lipstick and choose a color that enhances your existing lip tone. Lip gloss is great to bring with you for touch ups. 
9.       When selecting a blush color, choose a shade that resembles the flush you have after exercise or laughter.  When applied correctly it enhances your look. Blush needs to be applied a bit heavier than normal for portraits because the camera has a tendency to wash out the color.  

Liliana is a professional makeup artist we work with for our family and maternity sessions. Makeup can always be arranged by Danielle Sara Photography for your session. She works on-site and can come to your house to prep you for your session! 

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But above all, the most important thing is to be IN the photos to create memorable keepsakes for your family!!