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How to: Wear the Right Hair and Makeup for Photos
Thu, 6 December 2012 9:15AM
It’s inevitable that during the upcoming Christmas celebrations and party season you’re going to be in a fair few photos. They could be after a champers or five at your work Christmas party, but they also could be during the big day, when your great aunt begs for yet another family snapshot.
A little while back I had the pleasure of meeting former model, makeup artist and photographer Simona Janek, from one of Sydney’s leading portrait and wedding photography studios, GM Photographics. Along with working on advertising campaigns, commercials and magazines, Simona offers Portrait Couture sessions, which you can attend alone or in a group, have your hair and makeup done and then have some beautiful photos of yourself to take home.
To give you a bit of an idea, here is one of the snaps from my Portrait Couture session …
Since Simona has experience both in front of and behind the lens, along with being a professional makeup artist, I talked to her about the products we should use when we’re going to be in photos, the best angles, as well as any specific makeup application techniques.
PRIMPED: When applying makeup for photographs during the day or night, what products should we avoid?
Simona Janek: Be sure to avoid shimmery eye shadows and blushes because they emphasise fine lines and wrinkles. Always make sure you match your foundation to your décolletage and choose a lip colour that isn’t too dark; it can tend to age you in photos and also make your lips look thinner. During the day I’d recommend not wearing or using any products containing SPF for your photos, because when the flash goes off, it makes your face look white. In saying that, make sure you apply it immediately after your photos, especially if you plan on being outside for an extended period.
PRIMPED: What kind of styles are best for your hair in photographs?
SJ: Make sure you put as much effort into your hair as you do your make up – people often forget this vital step! Clean hair that is nicely blow-dried to suit your cut and face shape is the best, and the most easy-to-achieve look. Remember that in photos you can always carry off a little extra height in your hair, so don’t be afraid to pump up the volume!
PRIMPED: Photographers always talk about getting a good ‘angle’. What are the best angles we should use when posing for photos?
SJ: When you are having your picture taken, make sure you push your chin forward and down to avoid a ‘double chin’. This also emphasises your eyes as it actually brings them closer to the lens. If you are seated for your photo, keep your body on a 45-degree angle to the camera and lean in rather than away, as leaning back will make you look wider.
PRIMPED: What kind of makeup (and your favourite products) should be in our kit for when we are going to be in photos?
- Foundation and concealer suitable for any dark circles or imperfections you may need to cover
- Blush, as it is a quick and easy way to add life and colour to your face. I like peaches and pinks because they are both fresh and youthful
- Mascara is a must!
- A brow pencil to fill in any gaps. Brows frame the eyes and when they are well-shaped, they give a pretty and polished look
- A lipstick or gloss, whichever you prefer
- Dry shampoo – it always comes in handy!
PRIMPED: Are there any special techniques we should use for creating a flawless makeup finish with our foundation?
SJ: Use a foundation brush to really buff the product into your skin and make sure you blend it down your neck, as we tend to be lighter there as our chin shades it from the sun. For a long-lasting finish, set it with a super-fine translucent powder, especially if your skin tends to be oily.
PRIMPED: What kind of eyeshadow appears the best in photos, and are there any particular colours or formulas to avoid?
SJ: I like to use matte or semi-matte finishes when I’m shooting. Anything with too much sheen will reflect and you won’t be able to create any depth or contouring, so you need to shape your eyes. Make sure you also avoid any light or frosty colours on the brow bone. However if you like a bit of light, apply a small amount on your lid just above your pupil and in the inner corners.
PRIMPED: How do we achieve that wide-eyed, just-woken-up look in photos?
SJ: Curling your lashes and applying white or cream eyeliner along the waterline will make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Also dabbing a little extra highlighter on the inner corners makes your eyes sparkle!
PRIMPED: When we’re at an event where we are guaranteed to be photographed, what are the beauty essentials that should go in our clutch bag for touch-ups during the evening?
SJ: Concealer, cotton tips, eye liner, a lip colour or tint that can also double as a blush, eye drops, mints, and a pressed powder to minimise shine. I love M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $49, M.A.C Cosmetics, which will also give you great coverage.
A Portrait Couture session with GM Photographics is $150, with $50 donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please call 02 9960 4600 or visit GM Photographics.
Tell me, Primpers, do you do anything different with your makeup when you know you are going to be photographed?
Have you ever had a portrait session?
Do you have a favourite lip colour that you use in photos?