How to Do Your Makeup for Outdoor Photography
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How to Do Your Makeup for Outdoor Photography

Photographs are lasting mementos of your life and as such it is nice to look good in them. If you know you are going to be photographed outside, there are several things you should be mindful of when applying your makeup. This article looks at several tips and tricks that can help you look your best in outdoor photographs.

Three outdoor photography makeup tips and tricks:

1. Control shine

One of the most important considerations is shine control. Have your ever looked at a photograph of yourself and noticed that your skin looks greasy? Any tiny amount of oil on the skin is magnified when you are photographed outside. It is therefore important to create a matt base on your skin. Ideally start by using a primer that can neutralize excess oil.

Look for foundation that says it is a matt formulation, rather than a dewy style. After you have applied foundation, always follow up with a little powder, at least on the forehead, nose and chin, which are typically oilier areas. If your skin is oily, you will probably need a decent application, in this instance, try applying the powder with a puff, and pressing it into the skin. If your skin is more mature, you may be best off with a light dusting in the t zone only, as powder can settle into lines.  

If you will be outside for quite some time it is also a good idea to carry some oil blotting papers around with you. These have a light dusting of powder on them and can correct any shine that breaks through during the day.

2. Apply enough color

If you are going to be photographed somewhere bright and sunny, the light can end up making your face look drained of color. In this instance it is wise to choose a lip color that is brighter than usual, or apply more than you usually would. Also try deepening your blush a little. Even in indoor photography a lot of makeup comes up looking lighter than in reality.

It is generally best to avoid been photographed in a very bright and glary setting, because there are a few pitfalls. With one of the most common being that you are likely to struggle to keep your eyes open and therefore will squint. This can give you the appearance of bad crow’s feet. If you have any control over the location, look for well-lit locations where the sun comes from behind you rather than in front of you.

3. Use products with good staying power

The weather can be unpredictable, so if you are heading outside to be photographed it is a good idea to be prepared for all types of weather. When it comes to make up this means choosing formulations that will last under a variety of circumstances, for example, if it rains or is humid.  Look for no budge and waterproof concealer, mascara, foundation, eyeliner and any other products you want to use. Virtually every type of cosmetic now comes in a stay put formula.

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Comments (3)

Great tips, and now that it is coming up to spring its a good time to think about outdoor photography again - especially this year as it is my daughters graduation and I want to get some good pics of her.

Thanks Brenda, glad you found it useful and hope you enjoy your daughters graduation.

Your knowledge of these things are so useful to many.