kat eyes: tips on how to do your makeup for pictures

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I remember picture day at school.
So much anxiety and anticipation.
Hoping your picture would look good,
and praying that the entire year
wouldn't be tainted by a bad hair day
or a goofy smile.

I still get the jitters
when it's time to take the annual family picture.
A whole year can be ruined by one bad shot.
Don't you hate passing by that family portrait every day saying,
"Why did I wear that?"
What the HELL is going on with my hair?"
or "It looks like a 6 year old did my makeup!"

My friend Lori asked me to share some
of my tips on "picture day" makeup.
Hopefully these helpful hints can keep you
from inadvertently looking like Lady Gaga.

Mama Kat says DON'T:

- don't wear too much eyeliner. 
Too much eyeliner can make your eyes look closed or small.
Especially don't line the inside membrane of your eye,
well, unless you want to look like Madonna circa 1985.

- don't apply shimmer or sparkly makeup. 
The camera loves matte finishes. 
Use a very light hand with anything with shale, glimmer, or glitter. 
Leave the shiny stuff to the professionals.

- don't forget to blend your face makeup
over the jaw line and down your neck. 
Avoid looking like your face isn't connected to your neck.

- don't apply your makeup in POOR lighting.
This can be your worst night mare!
Sit next to a window or other source of natural light
while you apply your makeup.

- don't forget a practice run!
Take a picture and evaluate how it looks.
Thanks to digital photography this is easy.

- don't have any facial treatments 7 days prior to your pictures.
This includes waxing your eyebrow or upper lip.
Nobody wants a funky break out appearing the day of pictures.

Kat's list of DO'S:

- do apply foundation!  You want to have a flawless
face for your big day. 
Even if you don't wear it every day,
picture day is one day you should.
Powder over your foundation for a matte finish.

- do apply primer before your makeup.
The beautiful thing about primer is that is controls
the oil on your face and keeps you from looking shiny.
Nobody wants to look GREEZY!

- do use a powder with an ivory or yellow tint
in it instead of a translucent powder.
Translucent powder tends to make you look pale
or ghostly under a flash.
We've all seen that picture of ourselves up in the club
with "white makeup face".
Not pretty.

- do pencil in those eyebrows.
Nothing sculpts and frames a face like well defined eyebrows.

- do apply some "falsies".
I love a big lash in a picture.  The bigger the better.
Big lashes look FANTASTIC through the lens.

And whenever possible,
trust your hair and makeup needs to a professional.
A professional will be practiced in knowing
just the right amount of makeup to apply
and how to make your face look flawless on that special day.

Thanks to the fabulous Lori!
Check out her awesomeness here:


Michelle said...

Great tips!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was funny that you said "- don't wear too much eyeliner. "

My first thought when I looked at the picture on the right was "holy cow she has a ton of eye liner on!"

Do you feel like you put too much on in that picture or in your eyes does it look like the right amount?

Kat said...

Thank you "Anonymous"....my point exactly. A little eyeliner translates as a lot on camera. Notice I am also wearing a gel/liquid liner, if you want a less dramatically lined eye, I suggest using a pencil liner for a more natural look. Also, consider the feel of the photograph. For a casual feel keep it natural, for high fashion feel you can play it up!!!

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Anonymous said...

Great post! These are such good tips. I've definitely had the problem of looking too pale under a flash when using translucent powder. I'll try your tip next time.

Lindsay said...


Loved reading through your blog. I've been reading up on your "mom stink" tips and have hereby devoted myself to looking less run over and a bit more with it. You do GREAT work! I'm not surprised a bit. Loved your Christmas card! I'm working on getting a stylist to accompany my photography work here locally but I was curious if you wouldn't mind me referencing your blog to those who would love some tips? I'd just like to put a piece on it with your button on a page of the website I'm developing. Is that okay with you?

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Glowing Doll said...

These are good tips. It's so true about applying makeup(especially foundation) in natural light.

AP23 said...

ah, some good tips :-)
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Ellie said...

Thanks for the tips!!


BABI said...

great post! thanks for the tips! :-)