Say cheese! Knowing how to apply makeup for photos is a game changer. Love it or hate it, there is no avoiding the camera’s gaze. Ever noticed how even a casual catch up now results in multitudes of happy snaps? And a Facebook posting (or seven). Don’t get me wrong. I love a party picture as much as the next poser. But only when I’m ready. Which means I must love my outfit and I’ve made a reasonable attempt at my hair and makeup first. Not much to ask, huh?
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That’s why I’m as excited as I am nervous about a professional photo shoot on Thursday. Beauty writing brings many fabulous opportunities but this one is in a category all of its own.
Thanks to Clearasil StayClear who are inviting beauty editors to a personal photo shoot, I’ll be having hair done by celebrity hairdresser Anthony Nader and makeup by Andrea Black who has worked for top magazines all over the world. And that’s when I’ll meet Richard Freeman for a photo session. Cue sweaty palms. He’s only one of the top editorial photographers in Australia and has shot for the Vogue Australia beauty pages not to mention his portraits of Kristy Hinze, Jennifer Hawkins and Giorgio Armani among many, many others.
It’s nothing short of a dream team and I’m a very lucky girl. But I’m still leaving nothing to chance. That’s why I’ve asked bh’s very own superstar photographer, Kate Moffat to share her insights on what makes for fab photos.
1. Naturally it starts with makeup by avoiding a heavy base or sunscreen. Your trusty SPF15 can actually look white in photos and that’s not a good look. Kate also advocates bronzer rather than blush for a natural look. Speaking of which, she says it pays to accentuate eyes or lips rather than both. So far so good.
2. Then there’s what to do when it’s time for your close up. If you’re frightened to crack a smile, this tip is for you. “Try to think of something funny before you smile, otherwise it can look fake,” Kate says.
3. As for angles, she says posing like a pro is a matter of standing “slightly side on with your face tilted fully toward the camera”.
How do you feel about being photographed?