Before you start: Skin prep
It’s a good idea to make a habit out of skin care. A simple daily routine of cleaning and moisturizing will do the trick and make all the difference in the final result.
Step 1: Foundation
When deciding the color of the foundation, try and match it with your neck rather than your face as the look that you want in your photos is one of a flawless and radiant color blending seamlessly between the two.
With foundation, a little goes a long way. Dab little dots all over your face, and then work it onto the skin. for any part of the face or neck, the general rule is start from the center and work outwards.
Step 2: Concealer
Concealer is a good idea as the camera and studio lights can catch a lot of skin tone variations that the naked eye cannot. Use a little concealer under the eyes, on the chin, in the t-zone, and around the nose, if required.
Step 3: Eyeshadow
For a day shoot, you want a radiant natural look, so its best to use nude/natural shades of eye shadow. Use creamy shades at the center and darker shades like bronze or browns at the outer sides of the eyes. Slowly apply the eye shadow blending it into the socket line (but not all the way up to the eyebrows!). Its best not to dab a lot at once. Build up the color slowly and in layers. For added dramatic effect during the shoot, add a tiny line of shadow under the eye with a small brush.
Step 4: Mascara
Mascara is very important for creating that intense, mysterious look in your photos. Always remove the excess mascara from the brush by dabbing it on a tissue. Start at the root and move to the tip of each eyelash, making sure you define every single lash.
Step 5: Eyebrows
It is one of the most neglected features of the human face. Filling the eyebrows is the best way to frame the face. Its best to choose a color that is slightly paler than your natural eyebrow color. Fill in your eyebrows in light feathery strokes, making sure you accentuate and elongate your features as much as possible. Now, using a clean mascara wand (could be from an old makeup set that you’re not using anymore), brush out the hairs.This may take some time in the beginning but it pays great dividends in front of the camera.
Step 6: Cheeks
Cream or pale pink blush is best for a day time fresh look. Dab it on the apple of your cheeks and then blends up and out.
Step 7: Lips
This is where you can let your creativity loose. Even though its a day shoot, you can use any color you want. The only thing you have to make sure is that you define your lip line well and the paint the lips inwards.
Step 8: Final Touches
Now that you are almost ready for that gorgeous and model like shoot, the only thing left is to make sure your make up is set and does not have an artificial shine in front of the bright studio lights. Using a thick brush, dust the T-Zone with a loose setting powder. Call the photographers and paparazzi and get ready for your shoot!