Now that selfies and contouring have taken over the universe, there are a few tips that you need to know about how to do your makeup for photos.

  1. To avoid looking zombie-ish, steer clear of powder or foundations that are too pale. Flash photography will wash you out, so adding too much highlight or too light of a foundation can merely enhance the paleness. Warm up your skin tone with an exact shade or sometimes even one shade darker. Only take my advice about the shade darker if you are in a photoshoot and it’s all for the camera. If you try walking out in public with darker makeup, it’s incredibly obvious. Also, do not forget to add bronzer and/or blush.
  2. Do not wear anything on your lips that is too glossy; it will reflect too much light from the camera.
  3. Skip the translucent powder. The flash will pick it up and create an illusion that you are wearing a veil. Try choosing a yellow-based powder instead. My favorite is the yellow tinted matte powder from the Lorac contour palette.
  4. This sounds dramatic, but it’s key: before you walk out the door, take a few quick photos of your face from a few different angles. This is the best way to double check that your foundation matches your face and neck and also check for any unblended makeup lines. Also, check your contour blending. There have been a few times I have been guilty of leaving the house and my contour was way too dark and harsh. So take my advice and snap a few selfies to double check your application, you won’t regret it.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll never have to get rid of a bad photo of yourself again.