A photo is worth 1,000 words but with this easy makeup for photos tutorial, you’ll look like a million bucks. This tutorial by professional makeup artist Shannon Knox focuses on the eyes and brows to really define, highlight and make this feature pop on camera. The final result is a natural and casual but very pretty look. It is versatile enough to be used for any camera-ready instance from a professional headshot to your dating profile to your next Facebook profile picture!
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To look your best on camera, make sure to apply primer and a natural foundation to your face. If you need tips for how to best apply foundation check out our video tutorial for foundation. Once you have your face covered you’ll want to add an eye primer. This will make sure the eyeshadow you apply has a clean surface to adhere to, resulting in brighter, cleaner colors. For a great eye primer, Shannon recommends Nyx Proof It Eyeshadow Primer. If you don’t have primer a neutral, matte eyeshadow that matches your skin will do in a pinch.
When doing your makeup for photos you’ll want to use eyeliner to define your eyes. But, you don’t want to be too heavy-handed however, or the final look may be much more dramatic than you would like. Apply a dark eyeliner, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil Shannon recommends, just at the upper lashes. don’t worry about it being perfect because you will smudge it out. Eyeliner right at the lashes will make them look fuller.
A lot of people will say older women can’t use shimmer but they are wrong! When done correctly shimmer can really add depth to your eyes. However, when you’re doing your makeup for photos do be aware that flash will pick up shimmer. So use sparingly or you may risk flashback and other unflattering effects. For this tutorial, we used just a touch of shimmer in the middle of the lids.
The second color comes from the same palette as the shimmer, the Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette from Tarte. For the second color, Shannon uses a deep plum that compliments the model’s skin tone. Then blend the two colors well, using a windshield wiper motion. There really is no such thing as too much blending when it comes to makeup!
Next you’ll curl your eyelashes. This gives them a little lift and often means you have to use less mascara. Before applying the mascara however you’ll want to add a little bit of eyeliner right at the lower lash line for more definition. When doing this if you make a mistake a q-tip will clean it right up. But remember it’s better to start slow, it’s always easier to add more than take away later. Then add your mascara to upper and lower lashes. If you want, you can skip to brows and do your mascara as the final step.
As we age we may begin to lose color in our brows so giving them a little attention is key! Start by adding a little bit of color using a brow pencil. Shannon recommends the L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil. It comes in several colors so you can choose the one that best compliments you. Then you will want to use a spoolie to comb your brows and blend the color you just added. The brow pencil Shannon recommends comes with a spoolie on it!
Add a little lip color if you want and your look is complete! Your eyes will pop and you are guaranteed to look stunning in all of your photos!
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