It used to be that only celebrities had to worry about the paparazzi. Now, with a camera available on just about every mobile device that you own, your friends, family and even strangers may capture images of you and share them with the world through social media. It is like we are walking an endless red carpet every day. I am not going to pretend that it is realistic to look camera ready 100% of the time. However, if you know there will be a camera on you, these are some tips to looking your best when the shutter clicks.
If you are heading to City Hall tonight for the last night of Denver Fashion Weekend 2012, our red carpet is waiting for you! You’ve probably spent extensive time choosing an outfit that makes you feel amazing and a hairstyle that perfectly suits you, but what about your face? After all, it is what everyone will see first in the photo.
Remember that makeup is meant to conceal imperfections and highlight your best features. You don’t want to fade into the background, but you don’t want to look overdone either.
Start with eyes that draw the camera in. To immediately add drama and intensify the lash line, use black liner on the inner rim of the eye. Follow with a soft, smoky eye shadow around the top and bottom lashes. Use an eyelash curler that has been warmed up for a couple of seconds with your hair dryer and then coat lashes with mascara. Experiment with wearing more than one type and color of mascara- try a “lengthening” under a “volumizing”, brown under black, etc. The layers will create depth and draw the attention to your eyes. Retro tip- “A great way to open the eyes is to take a bright, sparkling eyeliner pencil and draw a soft dot right on the inside corner of your eyes. This is an old Hollywood secret for making the eyes appear not only bigger, but also more alert.” says Hollywood Makeup Artist , Damone Roberts.
The camera loves dramatic lips. Make yours stand out by choosing a darker lip color than your everyday wear. They don’t have to be fire engine red to make a statement. Choose a color that compliments your skin tone. Start by gently exfoliating the lips with a washcloth and then apply the first coat. Dust with translucent powder and apply a second coat for lasting color.
Highlight the shape of your face. If done correctly, countouring with a powder bronzer and a dusting of blush will create a perfectly sculpted, fresh look. Find your natural cheek hallows by making a “fish face”- use a tapered blush brush to add some bronzer to the sunken area. Dust a natural looking blush across the cheek bones. Avoid too much color. Only go a couple of shades darker than your natural color. The subtleness of this will enhance the shape of your face and add depth for the camera.
Add a little sparkle to your moisturizer. This will add a natural glow where the light from the camera falls. Add a touch of liquid bronzer that complements your skin tone to your moisturizer.
Position your face so it looks its best. Experiment by posing in the mirror or have a friend take test photos. It will quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you. Once you are aware of your best angle, you can make sure you always put your best face forward.
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See you tonight on the DFW Red Carpet!
Melissa is the founder and author of beauty around town and has been writing professionally for 5 years. Originally from Ohio, Melissa has lived in Denver since 1997. With a deep understanding of the aesthetic industry and a strong belief that when you look your best, you feel your best- Melissa is happy to be able to share her experience with you and write genuine product reviews, beauty advice and tips.