I hadn't been in a photo shoot in forever, so when my friend Lawrence called me to model for him, I was pretty excited.
Lawrence is a well known hairstylist here in Atlanta, best known for his work with the ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I even got to do his makeup for one of the episodes last season, where he debuted his upcoming music.
For this shoot, I decided to do my own makeup again.
There's a lot I'd like to talk about as far as doing makeup for shoots, but I'll keep it to just the basics:
- Heavier than normal coverage, but avoid going cakey. Cream foundations work best for getting this effect.
- Avoid anything with SPF - moisturizers, foundations, and especially concealer. SPF protects your skin by reflecting light, and will react with the camera's flash. With anything that you use on your face, keep in mind the way it will react with the lighting.
- Avoid excessive shimmer - too much can make your skin look sweaty, on film.
- I would say anything goes as far as eye makeup. I also recommend lashes, no matter how long your natural one's are. They make a huge difference and just looks better in photos.
Lawrence gave me a cute up-do for the shoot. I kept my makeup neutral, to showcase the hair.
Check out the video to see my step-by-step application.
I used some Ben Nye cream foundations, which are made especially for stage productions. You can purchase their products here or at camerareadycosmetics.com, where you can find a ton of other professional grade products, as well.