Makeup Essentials for Photographers
One upside to working for yourself is you don’t have to look good for anyone. When I started working as a full-time photographer, four times out of five you won’t catch me wearing makeup. But when I do, these are the makeup essentials I always bring with me.
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5 Makeup Essentials for Photographers
1. First things first: EYEBROWS.
It’s true when they say that eyebrows shape the face, so it’s incredibly important for me that my eyebrows are always neat and well-kept. And for that, I’ve been using Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo for years. I have really darks brows so I prefer the color that’s closest to mine, that way it still looks natural.
I use the pencil to fill in some gaps and finish with the gel that’s on the other side of the stick.
2. Matte lipstick for a fresh look.
Bless the beauty gods for creating matte lipsticks! Honestly, I don’t know how I lived without them. Back in school I hated wearing glossy lipstick, even though I had no choice, they just made my big lips even bigger and I abhorred it.
I’m not partial to any lipstick brand, but I’m currently obsessed with Sunnies Face, a Filipino beauty brand that’s making waves in Asia right now. This Ilia Color Block High Impact lipstick though looks close enough.
3. Pink cheek tint for a rosy blush.
For that on-the-go blush, I switch between Sunnies Face Doll Airblush and Pixi On-the-Glow Blush in Fleur. These two provide enough color on the cheeks that’s subtle and natural, like you’re born with it (*wink*).
4. Contour and highlight, but keep it natural.
I didn’t fully embrace contouring and highlighting when it became a trend because I never felt I needed it. But when I got older, boy oh boy, I understood what the craze was about. I’m still not good at it, but when I do feel like adding some contours and highlights on my face, I use a combination of Tarteist Pro Glow To Go and Glossier’s Haloscope.
When contouring I like doing a subtle 3 shape on each side of my face, something I learned from a blogger a long time ago, and a little swipe on my jaw to shape my face a little bit. Then, I would finish by dabbing the Haloscope stick at the tip of my nose and cheekbones.
Every makeup needs a good base. I’m sure you have your own face prep routine but in my case I always put Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen (never forget your sunscreen!) followed by Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with a built-in SPF for extra sun protection.
How about you? What are your on-the-go makeup essentials?