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Make Up Tips for Photography

By Noelle Wong

Photography make up is slightly different from daily make up applications. Here are some pointers -


  • Use natural lighting - for example, near a big window with lights coming in
  • If photography is taking place outdoors, do so around 4pm to 5pm, when the sun is about to set. Soft lighting makes a person better

Preparing the face:

  • Wash, exfoliate, tone and moisturize your face before applying make up
  • Oil control is very important. If you can, use oil free formulated products
  • Keep hair away from the face
  • To reduce puffy eyes, use Preparation H


  • Choose a thicker formulated foundation rather than the sheers ones that are used in daily applications so that all blemishes are covered easily
  • Blend foundation from chin to neck so that they are of the same colour


  • Use lots of it, and reapply between shots, to create a mat finish look


  • 2 shades lighter than skin to cover blemishes and dark spots; apply before foundation application


  • Contour cheeks and eyes to create a sculpted look
  • Use foundation in a shade that is 2 to 3 shades darker than normal skin tone


  • Highlight eyebrow bones using light shadow to create lively eyes
  • Avoid eyeshadow that is too frosty or shimmery - it'll appear shiny
  • Apply eyeliner with precision
  • Use waterproof mascara
  • Overall application needs to be than normal make up


  • Use lipstick and liner of same colour, in a shade darker than natural lip colour

Noelle Wong sees and unveils beauty in people. She is the owner of iN-IMAGE! Inc., a personal image consulting company in Toronto that offers one-on-one consultations and workshops to help people increase their personal presence. For inquiries please contact her at Visit her website at

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