4.10.2014

How To: Look Better in Pictures (Video)

Now, this beauty blogger actually has pores, wrinkles, discoloration, and freckles from head to toe. Shocking, right? ;) And sometimes I want to hide all of that mess in pictures/video--ain't a thing wrong with that! Ya feel me? And I don't have Photoshop or a fancy camera, so I wanted to create a tutorial that could help people like me, even if you're taking selfies with your phone. So on those days, I rely on these makeup tricks that allow me to look flawless...without magic Photoshop. Enjoy.

Note: This makeup is not for every day wear--just for pics/video. 

  1. Lighting & Camera--Not a makeup tip, but so important! Thankfully, I have a huge window in my room that helps with lighting, and my camera shoots HD.
  2. Heavier Foundation Application--For videos and non-closeups, I'll apply my foundation a little thicker. Lighting can wash you out, and a heavier application can help--the same holds for some of your regular makeup routine. You'll see this a lot on the red carpet--stars wear SO much makeup in person, but it looks great on camera. It helps to hide a lot of what I want to hide. *Avoid foundation with SPF for flash photography as it causes flashback.
  3. Highlight--This is how I get my dewy skin that so many of you ask about. Shimmer+me don't mix, but on camera it looks great. I like a concentrated powder highlighter. *Avoid if using flash. Possibly avoid if using a shimmer blush. Avoid if you don't like dewy skin.
  4. Primer On Top--So heavy foundation might not look great up close, but I've got a trick up my sleeve to help with that. To blur those imperfections, like pores, I'll dab primer on top of my foundation. Yes, on top! It really does work! I take it off immediately after filming so it won't break down my foundation or irritate it since there is so much product.
  5. Pink Blush--Again, the camera washes me out, and I've found a hot pink blush, which is a little much in person (on me) is so youthful.
  6. Lipstick Isn't Same Color as Natural Lip Color--If I wear a lipstick/gloss similar (a little lighter or darker) to my natural lip color, it won't show up. It will look like I have on none. I like a pink or coral, or darker in colder months.
  7. Skin-Enhancing Lotion--If a lot of skin is going to be showing (I use these on my arms and legs) something to give a slight glow to the skin can look great on camera. Jergens BB Body is very subtle. For a bronzing lotion, I like Kismet. And for an organic (it's pricey) option, I like Prtty Peaushun. *Avoid if using flash.
Reminders:
  • This makeup will look different in person than on camera, and I recommend these tips only for pics/video.
  • Some products mentioned have shimmer/satin or SPF in them. Please avoid or do test photos if using flash photography.
  • You don't have to do all or any of these tips, this is just what I do! :)

More tips, tricks, and product suggestions in the video below. Check it out!


Watch it here.




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46 comments:

  1. My quick-trick when I'm going to get pictures taken is to wear some eyeliner--otherwise I've noticed my eyes "disappear" in photos!

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  2. Great ideas, Elle! I see your selfies on Instagram and you always look so pretty and radiant!

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  3. Thank you for the tips! I always looks so different in photos (all my flaws come out). But you're definitely right that heavy foundation and make up can alter how you look in person...definitely a balance!

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  4. Awesome tips.

    My question is what got you in to blogging.

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  5. Super helpful tips. I totally agree with you about the lighting.
    Beautetude

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  6. Great tips, Elle:) Am really lemming for that NARS palette now!

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  7. Great tips!! I did noticed last time I tried to film a video I looked super washed out and you couldn't see my blush/bronzer and whatnot!

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  8. These are great tips!! Love your necklace in the video!! I saw a Watch What Happens Live with Naomi Campbell and she literally took the best selfie - I swear it was flawless!! the lipstick trick is great!

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  9. THIS IS AMAZZZIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!!

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  10. I know so true! I like natural looking makeup. But feel I put on a fair amount but when I see myself in pictures it literally looks like I am wearing NONE. When it comes to pictures more is more.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  11. Great post! I love the dewy look but like you I'm not a fan of it in person. I always feel like my cheeks look washed out, maybe I'll look for a brighter blush to see if that helps!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  12. Great tips! Sometimes I feel like no matter what I do, I look awful in photos!

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  13. These are really great tips! You always look gorgeous in your photos/video!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  14. Great tips. Any ps I love that coral necklace.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  15. These are killer tips- I've never heard about primer over foundation before. Now I wanna try it out and see! :)

    Happy Thursday, babe!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  16. I love these tips! They are so useful! That's a great idea about the primer on top, too!

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  17. great tips! you always look beautiful in your videos! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  18. Oh my gosh I would've never thought of putting primer on TOP! I'm SO trying that next time I get ready!

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  19. Great tips! Your skin always looks amazing.

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  20. agree. i always use a heavier foundation and lighting is key for me. sometimes i look lighter or darker depending on the time of day, if it's sunny or cloudy.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  21. Nice post ;)

    http://closertotheedgeblog.blogspot.com/

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  22. I always use more blush and eyeshadow when taking pictures indeed (: But I don't like it to wear too much foundation, also not when taking pictures. You face becomes so flat and boring. The natural differences in skin color are much more beautiful on camera and you can so easily use photoshop to erase some imperfections, and still not look like you're pancaked. I also like to maintain my freckles hihi

    xx Anna
    A Tale of Two Shoes

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  23. Great tips! I never would have thought to use primer OVER foundation. Thanks!

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  24. Those are truly fantastic tips and who does not want great photos! And may I add one: a great camera does help too! :-) Hugs, Sissi

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  25. Great tips! I learned all about heavy-makeup-or-you-will-be-washed-out when I was in theater as a kid and then again in college. There's a picture of my husband and I (from when we were dating in college) from the night we had our final performance on stage and it's hilarious. You can definitely see the TONS of blush on his face (we were under REALLY bright stage lights so it required tons of makeup so we wouldn't look washed out). I love that shot. Still makes me laugh. :)

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  26. yah i need these tips. sometimes im too embarrassed to post photos because of how i look

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  27. I find these tips really awesome! Amazing video and post! =)

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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  28. Love these tips. My entire family is coming together soon to do some family pictures. I will definitely be putting some of these tips to good use.

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  29. Wow, it never would have occurred to me that you would need different makeup for videos and photos than in real life, but it totally makes sense! Thanks for all the tips!

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  30. Great tips! I thinking lighting is so important. Love the finishing powder and the tips on blush and lip colors being bolder than normal. Hope you feel better soon!

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  31. These are such great tips for any occasion!

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  32. These tips remind me of what we used to do in theatre so our facial features would show up on-stage. The make up looks wild up close, but from the audience's view point, it looks very natural when you're on-stage.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Great tips! I'm always so happy when people reiterate that you should NOT have SPF on if you are going to be photographed! One of the biggest problems I run into when I'm doing a photoshoot. It's also part of the reason why I like to do the makeup on my clients. (Especially the teens). I know how certain products will come off in photos so I do their makeup based on "who, what, where & when". My last shoot was a 13 year old girl at sunset on the beach. (For portraits & headshots) No foundation because she has great skin to begin with, a SUPER glowy cheek & neutral pink lips. For the eyes I did minimal eyeshadow, lots of mascara (her eyelashes are to die for) & NO eyeliner. This all kept her eyes looking nice & big! As for me, I want to try out that primer tip because I have problematic pores. Great post!

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  34. These are such great tips! I always "over-apply" makeup if I'm doing blog photos or know that I'll be taking a lot of photos with friends, etc. -- because makeup does not show up more often than not!
    xo

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  35. Such amazing tips. Primer on top? No spf in your foundation? I never would have thought about that stuff.

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  36. This is so great!! I will definitely try these!

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  37. Great tips! Seriously, could you remind me (daily) to pick up the Jergens BB body lotion?

    http://www.somethingmonumental.com/

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  38. Seriously, you have the best skin!

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  39. These are awesome tips! I rarely use a flash because it makes me look so washed out, but I could definitely use some highlighting on my face. And ditto to what the commenter said above. I really need to get some of the Jergens BB body lotion!

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