Mastering the art of photos is helpful for all of us equestrian girls who not only want their horses to look picture perfect, but want to also look good themselves.
Although many of us have a tried and true make-up routine for everyday – one that is generally a simpler look – putting on make-up for the show arena is often a little different. “Everyday make-up” wont always photograph well, might not even show up at all, and can often make faces look plain and pale.
As such, Show Season and I are here with a crash course in photo flattery. You will be picture-perfect in no time.
Apply In Natural Light
We have all looked at pictures of ourselves where we thought our make-up looked good prior to heading up to the warm up arena, and yet, we are left questioning what went wrong and how we can look better. The reason is because a lot of indoor lighting can change the look of your make-up. As such, you should always apply your make up in natural light.
Blend in eye concealer
Women often work to hide under-eye dark circles with concealer. This typically is ok for everyday wear, but in photos under-eye concealer can appear a little severe. This is because, although your concealer may seem all right under normal light, it looks lighter under the bright light of a camera flash. To avoid this be sure to blend your concealer thoroughly. If it is not well blended it will have the opposite of its desired effect, and cause the appearance of reverse raccoon eyes, as well as expose fine wrinkles.
Brighten your Eyes
Make your eyes look bigger and clearer by applying a shadow/highlighter (such as white, silver or peach) on the inner corners of your eyes. This will instantly make you look more wakeful and give you the appearance of bigger eyes. You can also put in eye drops to give your eyes a whiter look (obvious, but we forget).
Use Black Mascara & Liner
If you usually apply brown mascara or eyeliner, go for black. The darker shade will add more definition, making your eyes stand out, and your lighter features pop when the flash does. Tip: try a set of false lashes. They look breathtaking on camera!
Without blush your face can look washed-out and plain in a photo. To avoid this, lightly apply a warm rose, pink, peach or coral shade to the apples of your cheeks, starting from the point below your irises and working out to your temples. (Don’t go any closer to your nose, as this can make your eyes look close-set.)
By wearing the blush high on the apples of your cheeks, your face will appear more striking and youthful – the higher the blush, the younger you look – as well as add definition to your face. Try using a cream bush (it looks more natural than powder), blending it with your fingertips.
Sculpt your features
Create further contouring effects by using a bronzer that has zero shimmer, fewer orange tones, and is one or two shades darker than your natural color. Then hit the hollows of your face by starting at a point parallel to the center of your ear and stroking the color downward with a face brush (I like MAC’s 188 Small Duo Fibre face brush) toward the outer corner of your mouth. Next,blend upward to soften the line. You can also add some of this countering powder under your chin, along the sides of your nose, and on the outer parts of your forehead.
Further emphasize your bone structure by applying a highlighter on the parts of your face that the light hits. But you MUST highlight strategically. The camera’s flash can make objects visually recede, and this will leave your features looking flat. So only highlight with a touch of shimmer, as this will make the light to bounce off in a way that creates depth. If you don’t keep it light you will also risk an oily or washed out look. I suggest using a cream or a fine, shimmery powder and blend well.
The places to target: below your brows, along your cheekbones, right above your Cupid’s bow, and on the bridge of your nose – starting between the eyes and brushing color about halfway down your nose.
Other than that you want to use mattes (flat colors with no added glitter or shimmer) on your face, which do not have any glitter or shimmer. Opt for powders with a yellow hue, which will work to make skin appear soft and silky.
Always wear lipstick in photos. Not wearing it will make your mouth blend in with the rest of your face because there isn’t enough contrast, so you need to make your smile stand out! (Bottom line – always contrast your features for best results.)
Matte or slightly shimmery lips are best. A super-glossy finish can make your lips look drippy or waxy. And avoid taupe and brown lipsticks. I really like a bold pink lip.
Foundation + lip liner + lipstick + powder = perfect matte lips
First blot lips with foundation, then define them by outlining the outermost part with a lip pencil to emphasize the shape of your mouth (this will make your lips look larger and fuller), add a layer of your lipstick, and finally pat a translucent powder for a cool matte finish.
Strong brows that are full and dark were once again seen all over the fashion runways this season. This fuller shape is great because it draws attention to your eyes.
If you’ve been a little tweezers-happy or have naturally lighter brows fill them in by (1) combing your brow hairs down to find your natural shape, (2) making short feathery strokes with a pencil that is one shade darker than your natural color, and (3) brushing a brown or taupe shadow over them for a smooth, shadowy finish. Then set them with a brow gel. Or, another good grooming device is hairspray misted onto a toothbrush. It’s not sticky, it gives pretty shine, and its east to comb through.
Finally, natural light or a camera flash picks up flyways. They are distracting in a photo. Use your hairspray!