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11 Makeup Tips for Your Family Pictures

It’s time to do your makeup for pictures!  If you are like most people, you probably apply the same makeup you wear everyday.  That’s fine, but there are a few things you could do to enhance how you look on camera.  I spent an extra 30 minutes perfecting my hair and makeup for our family pictures.  It was worth it to me to look good on camera.  And, I really loved how they turned out!!!

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My stuff to get ready!!

These 11 tips can help you do your makeup for your family pictures…

1 – Prep Your Skin Properly

I want everyone to know that my skin was TERRIBLE on the day of our family photos.  Talk about bad luck.  My husband even suggested we cancel.  I had so much anxiety about it, I couldn’t stop touching my face.  WORST IDEA EVER!!!!  Instead, leave your skin alone and try this miracle mask the night before your pictures.  It helps clean out your pores, is extremely gentle, and will make your skin feel really fresh.

2 – Use a Lightweight Foundation

lightweight foundation looks best in pictures.  Anything too thick shows up on camera.  All you need is something to correct discoloration and make your skin look smoother.

3 – Conceal the Imperfections

Use concealer where you need extra coverage.  This was my go-to for hiding my breakout areas and correcting the darkness under my eyes!

4 – Powder to Remove Shine

Powder should be used to remove shine.  But, be careful to use so much that your skin looks dull or lacking dimension.

5 – Avoid Too High of SPF

Some people will tell you to avoid SPF for pictures.  I think that advice is best for film not photography.  However, if normally use something with an SPF above 30, I would try something else for pictures.  A heavy sunscreen can make your face look white in pictures.

6 – Don’t Forget Blush

It is important to add color into your cheeks for pictures.  Blush adds dimension into your face, and it helps you look younger, alive, and happy.  Make sure you choose a matte finish so you look natural.

7 – Dust Shimmer On the Center of Your Eyelid

To make your eyes pop in the picture, dust some shimmer on the center of your eyelids.  I did this with my Stila’s Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow, and it made a huge difference.

8 – Keep the Focus on You

Make sure the focus is on you, so that your makeup isn’t overpowering.  In a picture, soft lines usually look better. Blend, blend, blend!!!   If you are drawing a cat eye, the focus should still be on your eye not the line.

9 – Set Your Brows in Place

Eyebrows have a tendency to move.  This is why a brow gel works wonders on a photoshoot or for everyday.  I also like Stila’s stay all day brow pen because it’s waterproof and natural.

10 – Highlight Your Cheekbones

Add shimmer to your cheekbones so your face looks slimmer in the pictures!

11 – Add a Little More Makeup Than Normal

It’s always a good idea to add a little more makeup to your features than you usually do.  Go a shade darker with your liner or shadow.  Deepen your lip color.  This will help you look better on camera.




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40 thoughts on “11 Makeup Tips for Your Family Pictures”

  1. Thank you for the tips to avoid high SPF so your face doesn’t look too white and to add a little pop of shine to your eyes! Yesterday, I was talking to my sister who is about 7.5 months pregnant. She is thinking of doing a maternity photoshoot so she can remember this part of her life. I know she wants to look great but we are both terrible at makeup; I wonder if we should look for professionals to assist us.

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