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Let me introduce you to Amber. She's a beautiful friend of mine and a wife and mother of 2 kids. I was so happy to be able to do this for her. As a mom myself, its nice to be pampered once in a while. As you can see in the image above, This is quite a transformation. I asked Amber to do her makeup how she would normally to it for pictures, (left image) Then after we snapped a quick photo, she took it all off and we started from scratch. Amber had really great skin
Products: I said this in my previous post but I have to mention it again. When you're being photographed, I always recommend that you wear makeup that gives you a matte finish. There's nothing worse than having that horrible shine across your face in pictures because you used the wrong foundation. You might be asking, "can't you Photoshop that out?" Its a good question but the answer is no. You want to GLOW in pictures, not sparkle or have that greasy shine. The best product for you really depends on your skin tone and sensitivity. If you have clear, normal skin, you can wear basically anything. If you're like me, where I have the occasional blemish and a couple acne scars from my teenage years I want to hide, than you'll want something with a bit more coverage like cream products.
TIP: When you apply cream products to your face, make sure you use a sponge and don't slide it on your face. Make sure you always stipple it into your face. Stipple: To apply with many light dabs in to your face. Below is a gallery of the products I used in the finished image. Hover or click on the images for more on each one.
Now lets get to the breakdown of what mistakes Amber was making....
FOUNDATION: I used the Fit Me stick from Maybelline. I used the lightest shade in the image because it matched her skin tone and I used the darkest shade in the image for her contouring. When using this product, you'll glide it onto your face and neck then using a stippling brush, (I use the Elf brand stipple brush) I gently blended it into her skin. It gives the perfect matte finish and it feels very light.
CONTOUR: As you can see in the breakdown image above, I used the darker shade in specific places. Under her cheekbones to give them definition, under the jaw to help her Jawline from disappearing, around her nose to thin it out to show how long and thin it really is and around her hair line to give her face dimension.
TIP: For OVAL, DIAMOND and HEART faces, you never want to bring the contour down too far on your cheeks because then you will lose your jawline. Only SQUARE and PEAR shapes can use that technique.
HIGHLIGHTING: I used the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighter and Concealer by Maybelline. You'd think they could have picked a shorter name. ;) I used the lightest shade because she is already has fair skin. When picking a highlighter, always get one that is only within 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation.
Again, in the image above, you can see where I placed the concealer. After you've applied both Contour and highlighter, its time to BLEND!!!
Make sure that you use 2 separate brushes to blend your contour and highlight. You can also use sponges to blend. After that's done you get to apply your blush.
BLUSH: This should be applied with a blush brush and starting on the apples of your cheeks, brush it up towards your temples and if needed, slightly blend in with the contour as well but don't overdo it. Then apply a SHEER powder to the whole face.
EYES: After you've curled your eye lashes with an eyelash curler, apply your eye shadow. I love this line from REVLON. you can see where you'll apply each color. Its so helpful to have that guide. If you don't have this as a guide, here's some things to keep in mind....
Stop using super light pastel's and glittery eye shadow. If worn, pastel colors should never be alone. Pair them with coordinating colors to give dimension.
Start using colors that are more neutral and if you do use colors, I like to keep to jewel tones. Especially for pictures. They are richer in color and are much more flattering. I used the METROPOLITAN on Amber. Then you'll want to apply your eye liner followed by Mascara.
FALSE LASHES: These can really enhance your eyes. I always try and have my clients wear these for their photo session. Unless you are one of the few with perfectly thick, long, dark and curled eyelashes, then you wont have to do this step. :) I'll be making a video for this soon.
EYEBROWS: This step is ALWAYS ignored and one of the most important. That's why I'm giving it its own little section. Your eyebrows frame your eyes and help to frame your face. PLEASE don't forget to do this. You can do it a couple of ways. I like how its shown in this image. First, brush them out, apply a pencil where you want the line to be, or just follow your natural eyebrow. Then using an angled brush, apply eye shadow or a cream that matches your hair color to your whole eyebrow. If your hair is platinum blonde than you'll need to make sure that your eyebrow color is no more than 2-3 shades darker than your hair.
MAKE YOUR LIPS DRAMATIC: Create a plump dramatic lip to draw attention to your lips with dramatic lip color and a plump pout. When being photographed, Its always best to go darker than you normally would. Using a lip liner will dramatically help to create that full look. After I apply my lip color I add just a hint of clear lip gloss for a bit more shine. Below is a helpful lip color guide for each skin tone.
Thank you all again for reading! I hope you'll come back again. If any of you have requests or questions, let me know in the comments or contact me. My next post will be on RECTANGLE face shapes. To end this post, I thought I'd give you a little bit of the session I did with Amber. If you're wondering if these images have been Photoshoped, they have. However I have NOT Photoshoped her face at all! Of course I sharpened them, added some shadows, warmth, etc. Enjoy!