Wardrobe and Makeup Guide


Engagement Session Makeup & Wardrobe Guide

Makeup Guide

Looking good on camera doesn't require a lot of makeup. Professional Makeup Artist can enhance and bring out your best features with a soft application.  Even if you prefer a natural look, the camera tends to exaggerate flaws and create artificial ones.

Consult with your Makeup Artist which applications will be best for your Engagement Shoot.  Let the Artist know your photo shoot destinations and your attire styles and colors.

Most Engagement shoot consist of casual attires, which your makeup and hair should coordinate with the style.

If you prefer to style your own makeup, below are some camera friendly makeup tips for the Engagement Session.  Focus on makeup application that enhances naturally your looks.

Makeup tips for camera include an array of corrective and dramatic effects as well as simply enhancing one’s natural appearance.  The key is to consider that images are two dimensional, so shadows and highlighted area may need to be emphasized, de-emphasized or even simulated, for the best overall effect.

Skin: If possible, begin with a facial scrub treatment, than follow with a good facial moisturizer.  This will promotes a natural healthy glowy skin which will have a much better effect with the makeup applications.

Shadows: As photos are two-dimensional, the camera ages subjects by enhancing dark, fine lines and wrinkles. To compensate (if need), apply a gentle lighter shade of concealer to darker areas: under eyes, crevices and expression lines.  Follow by a light foundation application, which matches your natural skin color.

Bronze or Blush:  Various makeup effects can be achieved with blush. Bronzer makeup powder is widely successful and produces a natural or lightly sculpted look, depending on its application.

Powder Blush:  Apply lightly to cheekbones.  Pull color slightly to the back for a more dramatic effect.

Eyes:  Avoid solid heavier lines, unless if you like the focus on the lines.  Smudge effects of liners are great for a more natural look. 

Lips: Moisturize you lips.  Fill lips with a nude lip pencil. Then use a more natural lip color, nude or light hint of pinky.  Lightly dap center with a shimmer gloss for a more lush effect.

Powder:  Apply a clear translucent powder to set in the makeup and avoid shine.  Especially at the T-Zone. 

Eyebrows:  Make sure to have your eyebrows properly shaped, as they effect facial expression. Avoid tweezing just prior to the makeup application and/or photo session, which may cause redness or puffiness.

Red Eyes: To brighten the whites of the eyes and minimize redness.  Line the inner lower eyelid with a nude eye pencil, or white eye pencil for a more dramatic effect. 


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Wardrobe Guide

We will have specific recommendations depending on the location you choose.  Best clothing are the ones that showcases your personality.  It’s all about styling and planning.  You want to invest the time on selecting your wardrobe for the photo session,  which will make you much happier with the results. Last minute preparation will create stress and take the fun out of the day.  We would be glad to provide our options for styles and colors.

Dress: As a general rule, solid colors are best.  Stripes and patterns draw attentions away from you face.   Turtleneck and loose clothing often makes the neck nonexistent and the body wider.  Shorts and capris have a tendency to make legs appear shorter.     

Colors: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph.  Darker colors will cause the subject(s) to appear thinner while lighter colors will cause the subject(s) to appear larger.  Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait.  When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best in wall portraits and complement your home’s décor.

Accessories:  Keep it to a minimum.  Avoid hats, hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewelry unless it does not distract from the main subject, you.

Footwear:  Avoid running shoes, white socks and heavy footwear.  Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.

Props: Props help showcase your personality.  Some examples of props could be musical instruments and sports equipment, picnic basket with champagne.

In general, you should bring at least two to three different outfits to the shoot and we can help you decide what would be most appropriate.


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