This is a great example of how makeup in-person can looks dramatically heavier prior to being photographed. Even though the pic on the left is a photo, it captures what it looks like in-person for some reason. I would assume it is due to the lighting possibly without a flash and the quality of the camera (phone).
When I am working on clients strictly for photo I know I can get away with a lot more product. However more often than not, the makeup is for in-person and also for photo. This is when I have to find the right balance combining the best of both worlds, after getting an undertanding of what kind of look will help my client look and feel the way they want to look and feel. Often they don't know what exactly that is, which is when I ask questions and take into consideration who they are and what they are wearing, to make their dreams (they didn't know they had) realized.
Unfortunately, more is often less when it comes to the way makeup comes across in photographs. However some looks require very little makeup to look absolutely lovely in a photo, in that you don't have to have contouring all over the face, false lashes, and heavy shadows and powders. Although a powder finish (using a translucent) is a must for photos because of the way light reflects off powder, and translucent powders don't add cakiness.
Some clients want to feel and look they don't have much makeup on their skin, or eyes, or lips, or a combo. So it's important that whatever we really want to show up in a photo has the right depth of color/light/shadow, along with what suits the client. Some clients are quite comfortable in makeup, and so using products that are soft and blended well suits them just fine. It's about implementing all the factors together.
My point is that often makeup looks softer and less makeup-y once it is photographed, and to achieve a naturalness in person, it will often look even lighter in a photograph. The trick is finding a balance, choosing products carefully, and using a heavy/light-handedness based off the medium of observation, and what suits the client.
|Claire Danes at PGA Awards by @itsmatin and Emma Stone at the SAG Awards|
They both have little lid showing, however you can tell that Claire has a neutral flesh toned shadow and Emma has a a thicker lined eye with some darker brown shadow on top, which she can pull off since barely any lid shows. Black liner is a must with a red lip, either subtly (like on Claire), or thicker and more dramatic like on Emma. I think Emma pulls this more dramatic eye off with the edginess of her jewlery, hair color, and more filled-in starker brow. I'm not a huge fan of dramatic false lashes with a red lip or it can look like a cancan girl.
Applying a red lip is a whole other story: Concealer or a clear lip pencil around the edge. Lip liner and or lip stain. Lipstick. A little gloss, then more liner. Sometimes it's as easy as a stain, or a liner and gloss... And picking a color? Put reds on the back of your hand (the side the sun sees) and you'll see which tones warm up your skin vs. making your skin look more grey, dull, or ashy.
I like her look. However I would like to see a few tweaks, and mostly; I'm not sure if I would pair it with this dress and hair, but it is beautifully done.
The positives: This is a great example of how browns/bronzes make blue eyes really pop, and I love a bronze eye with a purple-hued lip. It's a great combo.
The negatives: I would have liked to see added just a little more bronzer throughout the face (not in the cheek contour) to blend the harsh smokeyness of the eye in contrast to the colorful lip. Obviously the dress is stark white with a lot of structure. The hair is sleek and pulled back. I think this calls for more of a polished look with structure, like an upper only lined and slightly-winged eye, instead of this more rich bohemian eye that has so much depth.
In my opinion the makeup would better suit softer hair and/or softer material for the dress, like something flowy, silky, or better yet a different color. Maybe even yellow!? Purple with yellow is really pretty. Yes something yellow with a soft ruffle on a shoulder strap or something. Hope that makes sense. Sometimes a client wants what they want, and this is very pretty, just my take if someone asked me to critique to the fullest, which they didn't. So maybe I should keep my mouth shut. Great colors and very pretty though.
|Diane Kruger, The Wall Group|
|Old Hollywood glamour on Tina for her Gatsby-themed wedding|
Photography by Amour Aeternus
|Bridal makeup featured on Style Me Pretty |
Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography
Styling: Maui's Angels