Makeup Essentials for Photographers

May 1, 2021 | beauty

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.


DISCLOSURE: This blog post contains affiliate links that allows me to earn a small commission without cost to you.

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.


5. Eyes on the prize.

Lastly, do not forget the eyes! I normally start applying some terracotta eyeshadow from the Ilia Warm Nude Palette, and finishing with Glossier Lash Slick and NYX Epic Wear Eyeliner in Brown.


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?

Missed my previous post? Check it out here.