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Makeup for Photographs
To look your best in photographs, relax, smile and follow some simple makeup tips.
- Make sure your foundation is yellow-toned (this applies for all ethnic backgrounds).
If you are African-American, it's a good idea to have light, medium and dark shades of foundation to allow for different gradations of color on different parts of your face.
- Use the right color blush so as not to look washed out. Layer natural color first, and make it "pop" with a brighter color on top.
- Define your eyes with shadow, but avoid dark colors on the lid - they make the eyes recede. Add mascara, but don't overdo it.
- Choose deeper or brighter colors for strong lighting. Soft lighting, or daylight, requires less intense colors.
- Apply makeup that works with your style. Don't put on a lot of it for more effect, but instead use more color and a bit more definition.
- Avoid dark liner, extremely glossy lips, shimmery or bright shadows, and foundation and powder that's too pale.
- Use good definition - e.g., careful lining of the lips and eyes - for black-and-white photographs.
- Snap away in summer. This is a great time to be photographed for holiday cards, since people usually look healthy and rested.
- Choose a photo that looks like yourself.
Try to relax when being photographed. Tilt your head and move your face for a variety of shots.
- Lift your chin when being photographed to lessen dark circles and keep the nose from looking big.
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