If you remember high school, then you’ll understand why we’d describe our relationship with the camera as “frenemies.” When you’re looking and feeling good, it’s right there to capture your best moments and your hottest poses, and you just can’t wait to stand in front of it and show off. But when you’re feeling bad? Boy, the camera does not forgive. That little blemish on your nose that you barely noticed? Congratulations, it’s making you look like a rhinoceros on the picture!
All the extra pounds that you’ve been convincing yourself were just water weight, the smudged eyeliner that you thought you could pass off as a smokey eye, every bump, blemish, and flaw are right there on display. It’s all tough love, all cruel flashlight that not only shows a flaw, but gives it an honorary spot, magnifies it, makes sure all eyes turn towards that first. Yep, your camera is kind of a jerk at times. So, what’s a gal to do when she just wants to take a cute pic? Follow some of our tips, of course!
Get your beauty sleep
While zombie glam can definitely be a thing if you’re doing a Halloween costume, it’s perhaps best you leave that for October and get some rest instead. Don’t go to bed late if you’re planning to get photographed the next day, and use some chilled cucumber slices to reduce the swelling if you wake up with puffy eyes.
Skincare comes first
Makeup can cover a flaw or two, but if your complexion is generally bad then there’s a good chance it’s actually going to end up emphasizing everything you were trying to hide in the first place. You’ve got to take care of your skin very regularly. Don’t go to bed with makeup on, cleanse and moisturize consistently, and use a good vitamin C serum to brighten your skin. The night before your big event it would be a good idea to do a thorough facial and body scrub and to relax with a sheet mask that will nourish your skin and give it back some radiance.
Get a beauty treatment
What better way to feel extra special and beautiful than by visiting a nice salon or a skin clinic? You schedule an appointment, you go there and relax, and then a professional pampers you for a bit and makes you feel pretty and glowy. It’s generally recommended that you do this every few months, and if you’ve got trouble scheduling appointments then you can use apps like Mind Beauty to make it easier. Why not be like a Hollywood star and book yourself a good facial and maybe visit a hair stylist while you’re at it? It’s a good way to not only look gorgeous, but to really feel like you’ve done something nice for yourself.
Don’t try too many new things
Don’t introduce any new products into your routine before your photo shoot. You don’t know how your skin will react, and the last thing you want is to wake up with an inflamed breakout covering your face because your skin couldn’t handle an ingredient in your new lotion.
Color-correcting, concealing, and finding the right foundation
Color-correcting is generally unnecessary for your everyday looks, but on camera, it can really help. A lavender or peach-colored corrector can hide darkness under the eyes, and green can reduce redness around your nose and your pimples. The key is to use a very tiny amount of before your foundation and to blend it all out. So, prime your face with a pore-minimizing primer, color-correct, and then move onto foundation.
The most important thing here is to choose a foundation that does not contain SPF. Use sunscreen in your skincare, but don’t pick foundations that have even minimal SPF because that’s one of the things that will give your face that ghostly white cast. And believe us, if you’ve been getting a tan for the summer and use a foundation with sun protection, you’re going to end up like a strange mix of an Oompa Loompa and Casper. Orange body and white face aren’t all that appealing. After you’re done with foundation, use a concealer and blend it all into the skin with a damp beauty blender.
A note on contouring
Keep it minimal. Heavy contour can look, well, really heavy on photographs, so use bronzer to give your face some warmth and make it look a little more chiseled. A dab of blush and a subtle highlight are also encouraged.
And now comes the time to set your foundation and conceal in place, and we again have to be mindful of how we do this if we want to avoid flashback. You have to find a powder that isn’t white and won’t make your makeup crease, so pick something like Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Use a big fluffy brush to set your makeup in place, and then spray everything with a setting spray to further avoid that powdery look and give it a seamless finish.
And finally, get back to showing off in front of the camera! Always take a test selfie before leaving the house (with the flashlight on to make sure). Strike a pose, smile, and go slay!
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Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie blogger in love with fashion, beauty, and style. Her mission is to inform the world of all the things she loves and enjoys. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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