Makeup Tips For Your Senior Portraits

Doing your makeup for a photograph is nothing like doing your makeup for the everyday. Girls who realize that are a step ahead of the game when it comes to their senior pictures. Surely you have seen the tragic senior portraits of girls who never had a makeup lesson, right? Too much black eyeliner, big glossy lips, and a trendy razored ‘do that does nothing for their features?

Here are the tips and tricks that you simply must know when doing your makeup and hair for your senior pictures:

  • Foundation – Much as foundation is the key to building a house, it is also the key for building a great face. A lot of clear skinned girls may use a foundation with a shiny or translucent finish; however, in photos, this will definitely give the appearance of an oily face. Instead, use a matte finish liquid foundation and seal it with a loose powder. Avoid mineral makeup – while these powdered gems are great for the everyday, they just don’t work in photos.
  • Eyes – This is the one secret you need to maximize your makeup in your senior pics: Ready? Do not put anything below your eyes besides a slight touch of mascara! Even if you look great with a little lower eyeliner in real life, this will make you totally goth in your senior portraits. Instead, focus on your top lid. Use a neutral color on your lids, and just a whisper of darker powder along your eyelashes. Consider a little shimmer on your brow bone to create contrast.
  • Lips – Lip liner is totally Pam Anderson, and so totally nineties. However, a neutral lip liner that matches the natural color of your kisser is awesome for senior photos. If gives great definition, and gives a base for your lipstick. Avoid lip-gloss – it looks a little too shiny in photos, and can draw focus away from your eyes.
  • Hair – A sleek up-do is usually the best bet. After all, your grandma totally wants to see your pretty face, right? However, if you just plain aren’t an up-do girl, consider a simple blowout the day before you take your senior portraits. Your hair should look simple and sleek, not greasy or overdone. Short haired girls will do well to avoid the mousse or gel they use in the everyday – A lot of product tends to catch the light, and give a “dirty” look in the finished products.

Remember the old adage of “keep it simple, silly!” or “KISS.” A nice subdued look is sure to make you look awesome, and give you senior portraits that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

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