Today I had a photoshoot with my agency where I had to do my own hair, makeup and style my own outfits. I thought I’d do a blog post to let you know what I used to create a flawless base and neutral (yet with a bit of flair) eyes so that all the right features stood out on camera. Hope you enjoy!
Pre – Makeup
I started out by using my moisturiser, which is The Body Shop shea beautifying oil which always makes my makeup last longer, look smoother and glow – I love it! Don’t ever forget to moisturise, even if you have oily skin. It really helps your foundation look way more natural and last longer.
After letting that sink in for a good minute or so, I went on to use my primer. For special occasions I use the Stila One Step Correct primer. Although it is ridiculously expensive, it is super moisturising and really helps tone the redness down in my cheeks. My ultimate tip for a flawless base is to take your time. Honestly, let the primer sink right into your skin for about 3 minutes before continuing wit foundation – it will make your make up look beautiful.
I used Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi, and concealed my under eyes, centre of my nose and chin with the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Ivory. I blended all this in with a blending sponge, then set it all down with the NYX Radiant Finishing Powder in Brighten and a large kabuki brush. I like using glowy products because I think a dewy finish looks great in photos. Be careful not to go too over the top though, as the flash can make you look like a disco ball. I applied all the above products sparingly, only to the places I needed them.
To contour and also bronze up my skin, I used Laguna by Nars and the middle contour shade from the Australis AC On Tour contour kit. For blush, I opted for Orgasm by Nars, and finished off with highlighting the high points of my face with an Essence cream to powder highlighter. I set all this powder down with the NYX Dewy Finishing Spray. Contouring and blusher are essential for photos – you need to make sure you don’t look like a 2D face and have some structure and life in your complexion.
Eyes and Eyebrows
I filled in my eyebrows quite naturally using a very light hand with my NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso, and set them with a tiny bit of the Natio tinted brow set – this has a purple colour to it that helps make the brows look less ‘done’.
I then used the shade ‘Foxy’ from the second Naked palette all over my lid, and then ‘Get Lucky’ my ColourPop extremely lightly all over the lid. I added a bit of NYX white eyeliner into my inner corner to pop out in the photos, and smudged some L’Oreal brown liner into my tightline. I finished off by curling my eyelashes and adding a tonne of Covergirl LashBlast mascara.
I used my Chanel lipliner in Rouge very lightly around my lips and buffed it in with my finger, then topped off with Gerard Cosmetics lip gloss in Shimmer of Hope. I felt nude lips with a hint of a rosey definition from the lipliner was the perfect neutral lip for all my outfits. Generally, glossy lips aren’t always the way to go when it comes to flash photography, but for some reason I decided to be a rebel and it turned out fine.
I hope someone found this useful! Here are some pictures of the finished look – they are raw (unprocessed) photos so you can see exactly how the makeup looks.