Tips for Doing Your Own Makeup for Your Professional Headshot Photo Shoot

When you’re getting a professional headshot taken, you want to ensure you look your best. For some of us, that means wearing makeup.

If you choose to do your own makeup for your headshot in Columbus, there are some guidelines you should follow to ensure it performs well on camera.

Don’t go too dramatic.

When preparing for your headshot, remember it’s just that – a professional image. Try to keep your makeup light and natural. Dark eyeshadow or heavy eyeliner can bleed and cause your eyes to look dark and tired or enhance dark circles, as well as close off your eye shape resulting in smaller looking eyes.

Neutral browns are a good starting place, simply sweep a light shade over the lids, add in a slightly deeper shade in the crease and outer third of the eye, and blend together to avoid harsh lines.

When it comes to lip color, the more natural the better. A flush of nude, pink, or a berry shade complements most skin tones and doesn’t come off as harsh or unflattering as some reds or browns do.

Avoid shimmer or glitter.

No matter how fantastic shimmery or glittery eyeshadow makes you feel, it does not look fantastic on camera. Shimmer will grab reflected light and cause strange blotches across your eyes, cheeks, or anywhere else you’ve applied the shimmery product. Shimmer and glitter will also enhance fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, which most of us would certainly like to avoid.

If you absolutely want to highlight certain features (the inner corners of your eyes, the high points of your cheekbones, etc.) you can do so by using a light matte color, such as a cream or lightly flesh toned product. Those areas will still stand out in your photo but will do so seamlessly with the rest of your features.

Avoid SPF.

SPF is incredibly important when it comes to caring for your skin, however it should be avoided when getting your headshot taken. This is because SPF reflects light, and when you’re getting a headshot taken there will most likely be flash involved. The SPF will reflect the light from the flash of the camera and cause your face to look much paler than it is in real life – this is called ‘flashback’.

So long as you’re diligent about using sunscreen daily, skipping it the morning of your headshot won’t cause any harm. Just take care to apply it after your session is complete if you’ll be out in the sun.

If you have any questions about your makeup for your upcoming headshot photography session in Columbus, Ohio, feel free to contact us. We have plenty of experience taking headshots, and we know what makes or breaks headshot photos.

If you’d prefer to leave your makeup to a professional and avoid any mishaps, Lucidaré Studio has a makeup artist on staff who can do your makeup right before your session. This way you can rest easy your makeup will look great on camera.


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