As a makeup artist, your job entails so much more than ensuring presenters or models have suitable makeup and hair before they appear in front of cameras. Your clients look up to you to help them get ready for the camera. Depending on your position and the industry in which you work in, your role as a makeup artist could entail different activities.
Your role is to interpret the makeup requirement of your clients to create an accurate visual statement. If you are an aspiring makeup artist, you can use the following tips to polish up your skills.
Make sure you start with a clean and well-moisturized face. Use a primer to even out the skin tone; it helps to reflect light thus creating the illusion of invisible pores and airbrushed makeup. It also prevents foundation from sinking into your skin.
Bright camera lights accentuate blemishes, wrinkles, under eye-bags and oil skin. Dabbing on a light diffusing concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone will go a long way to conceal these flaws. Remember to apply foundations to all exposed skin such as ears, necks, hands and receding hairlines.
Tame the T-zone
The T-zone includes the forehead and nose, which is more prone to breakouts and black heads. This area looks extra shiny in photographs so you can consider using mattes, powder or oil blotting sheets to get rid of excess shine.
Use Shimmer Sparingly
Applying a little shimmery eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes helps to widen and brighten the eyes. Shimmer could be used to highlight some of these areas:
- On the bow of the lips
- On top of the cheekbones
- Bridge of the nose
Shape the Cheekbones
Use a matte bronzer to shade the cheekbones and jawlines to create the look of sculpted features. This helps to add dimension to the face, finish off by adding blush on the apples of the cheek.
Natural lighting is essential to an even make-up application. In most cases, indoor lighting alters the appearance of makeup. Some lights could create a washed out appearance whereby your makeup looks a shade lighter than your natural color. Instead, use yellow tinted powder, which is better than shimmery powder.
Flatter the Eyes
Use satin neutral shades to make eyes pop, darker colors could make the pictures look dated. Golden brown colors works well with almost every shade of skin. When applying mascara, less is more; lining the inner rim heavily will make the eyes look smaller.
Play Up the Lips
A naturally colored lip is flattering; always choose a lipstick color that enhances the tone of the lips. Once you are through with make-up application, dust some translucent powder over the entire face.
When it comes to makeup for the camera, small flaws are visible on camera. Always ensure that you apply makeup with an even skin tone in mind.