Makeup for Your Senior Pictures

There are a few pictures in life that are immortalized, like candid shots in newspaper clippings, ID photos and school photos in the yearbook. When it comes to senior portraits, it’s important to carefully create a look that reflects personality and style. Below are a few tips and tricks on what products to choose and how to apply makeup for a senior portrait.


SPF-Free Foundation: The ingredients in products with SPF may reflect light, making skin look shiny. Opt for a SPF-free foundation that is closely matched to your natural skin tone. If your favorite foundation does have SPF in it be sure to apply powder on top using the next technique (see below).
Try: Sally Hansen’s Natural Beauty - Your Skin Makeup ($7)

Setting Powder: Translucent powders work best for photo shoots, but pigmented powders can work well too. Apply a thin layer of powder to set the foundation so your skin appears flawless instead of oily. Be sure that the powder matches your skintone and sweep it across the T-zone including the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks.
Try: e.l.f.’s Studio High Definition Powder ($6)

Blush: All that’s left to complete the face is a rosy pop of color on the cheeks. Pink or peach colors work best on every skin tone to give a natural flush.


Matte or Satin Eyeshadow: When choosing shadow color, be sure to stay away from anything that has any sparkle or shimmer in it. Matte or satin eyeshadow in neutral colors like taupe, nude and slate can help accentuate the eyes without making them look overdone.
Try: NYX’s Single Eye Shadows ($5)

Black or Brown Eyeliner: A black pencil liner swept across the upper lashline can give just enough definition to the eye. If black is too harsh, opt for a brown pencil which creates a more natural yet defined look. Don’t run eyeliner on the bottom lash line because smudges or runs are more prominent in photographs than in real life. If you usually fully line the eyes then only sweep a little bit of mascara on the bottom lashes.
Try: Sephora’s Kohl Pencil ($8)

Black Waterproof Mascara: Whether you’re in a studio or shooting outside, there may be harsh light that can cause watery eyes. Waterproof mascara will help prevent mascara from running.
Try: CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara ($8)


Lip Gloss: The lips are the one place that a shiny product may be used. Choose a neutral gloss color in either nude or pink. This will make the lips appear full and luscious.
Try: Revlon’s Color Burst Lipgloss ($8)

For the rest of the look, be sure to choose an outfit and hairstyle that reflects your own personality. If you’re camera shy, ask the photographer if you can bring some music along to help you relax. Shooting to a favorite song can really loosen you up and calm the nerves. And don’t forget to bring an extra powder compact and lip gloss to touch up throughout the shoot so you’ll look your best in every shot!

By: Flannery Underwood | Image: Source

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