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How to: Wear the Right Hair and Makeup for Photos

Thu, 6 December 2012 9:15AM

It’s inevitable that during the upcoming Christmas celebrations and party season you’re going to be in a fair few photos. They could be after a champers or five at your work Christmas party, but they also could be during the big day, when your great aunt begs for yet another family snapshot.

A little while back I had the pleasure of meeting former model, makeup artist and photographer Simona Janek, from one of Sydney’s leading portrait and wedding photography studios, GM Photographics. Along with working on advertising campaigns, commercials and magazines, Simona offers Portrait Couture sessions, which you can attend alone or in a group, have your hair and makeup done and then have some beautiful photos of yourself to take home.

To give you a bit of an idea, here is one of the snaps from my Portrait Couture session …

Since Simona has experience both in front of and behind the lens, along with being a professional makeup artist, I talked to her about the products we should use when we’re going to be in photos, the best angles, as well as any specific makeup application techniques.

PRIMPED: When applying makeup for photographs during the day or night, what products should we avoid?
Simona Janek: Be sure to avoid shimmery eye shadows and blushes because they emphasise fine lines and wrinkles. Always make sure you match your foundation to your décolletage and choose a lip colour that isn’t too dark; it can tend to age you in photos and also make your lips look thinner. During the day I’d recommend not wearing or using any products containing SPF for your photos, because when the flash goes off, it makes your face look white. In saying that, make sure you apply it immediately after your photos, especially if you plan on being outside for an extended period.

PRIMPED: What kind of styles are best for your hair in photographs?
SJ: Make sure you put as much effort into your hair as you do your make up – people often forget this vital step! Clean hair that is nicely blow-dried to suit your cut and face shape is the best, and the most easy-to-achieve look. Remember that in photos you can always carry off a little extra height in your hair, so don’t be afraid to pump up the volume!

PRIMPED: Photographers always talk about getting a good ‘angle’. What are the best angles we should use when posing for photos?
SJ: When you are having your picture taken, make sure you push your chin forward and down to avoid a ‘double chin’. This also emphasises your eyes as it actually brings them closer to the lens. If you are seated for your photo, keep your body on a 45-degree angle to the camera and lean in rather than away, as leaning back will make you look wider.

PRIMPED: What kind of makeup (and your favourite products) should be in our kit for when we are going to be in photos?

  • Foundation and concealer suitable for any dark circles or imperfections you may need to cover
  • Blush, as it is a quick and easy way to add life and colour to your face. I like peaches and pinks because they are both fresh and youthful
  • Mascara is a must!
  • A brow pencil to fill in any gaps. Brows frame the eyes and when they are well-shaped, they give a pretty and polished look
  • A lipstick or gloss, whichever you prefer
  • Dry shampoo – it always comes in handy!

PRIMPED: Are there any special techniques we should use for creating a flawless makeup finish with our foundation? 
SJ: Use a foundation brush to really buff the product into your skin and make sure you blend it down your neck, as we tend to be lighter there as our chin shades it from the sun. For a long-lasting finish, set it with a super-fine translucent powder, especially if your skin tends to be oily.

PRIMPED: What kind of eyeshadow appears the best in photos, and are there any particular colours or formulas to avoid?
SJ: I like to use matte or semi-matte finishes when I’m shooting. Anything with too much sheen will reflect and you won’t be able to create any depth or contouring, so you need to shape your eyes. Make sure you also avoid any light or frosty colours on the brow bone. However if you like a bit of light, apply a small amount on your lid just above your pupil and in the inner corners.

PRIMPED: How do we achieve that wide-eyed, just-woken-up look in photos?
SJ: Curling your lashes and applying white or cream eyeliner along the waterline will make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Also dabbing a little extra highlighter on the inner corners makes your eyes sparkle!

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

PRIMPED: When we’re at an event where we are guaranteed to be photographed, what are the beauty essentials that should go in our clutch bag for touch-ups during the evening?
SJ: Concealer, cotton tips, eye liner, a lip colour or tint that can also double as a blush, eye drops, mints, and a pressed powder to minimise shine. I love M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $49, M.A.C Cosmetics, which will also give you great coverage.

 A Portrait Couture session with GM Photographics is $150, with $50 donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please call 02 9960 4600 or visit GM Photographics.

Tell me, Primpers, do you do anything different with your makeup when you know you are going to be photographed?

Have you ever had a portrait session?

Do you have a favourite lip colour that you use in photos?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 09:59am

    OMG hayley. You look absolutely stunning!
    I love the advice on what make up you should wear. This is perfect for every event.
    And again great advice on how to stand facing for a photo. I dont like to face straight on and i prefer to stand on an angle.
    Its wonderful that GM Photographics make a donation to breast cancer.

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 12:20pm

    Um, how gorgous are you? Lol

  • Posted by: karleymichelle Enthusiast // Thu, 6 December 2012 01:22pm


    I do change my makeup for a big occasion but i never really think about what it will look like when photographed.
    The sunscreen tip was interesting!
    Love defined brows!! They’re a must – help complete the look!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 01:28pm

    Wow you look so gorgeous in the pics! Just stunning! Great tips having photos taken in Jan professionally so very helpful tips to keep in mind. Both for makeup and hair to how to pose right. Great tip about the SPF!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 02:22pm

    Great pics Hayley.
    Some good tips.
    I have heard about avoiding SPF before.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 02:48pm

    I wear alot more foundation than my everyday routine because it tends to never look cakey on camera and also a bit more blush.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 04:21pm

    Take into consideration what colours you’ll be wearing.
    For exampe, white can be a very draining colour, meaning you can afford to go a bit more dramatic with your makeup look, without looking like a clown. Where as if you wore the same makeup with a dark colour dress, it would look over the top.

  • Posted by: MissJo Devotee // Thu, 6 December 2012 04:39pm

    Wow, great info, and those pics are lovely Hayles!
    I’m going to find my self a brow kit or pencil as the ends of my brow tend to disappear in pics, so thanks for that tip.
    A tip I have for taking “selfies” with my phone is to lift it above my head on an angle – no double chins and we all look better for some reason.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 04:40pm

    OH MY GOSH Hayley you look soooo beautiful!!!! wow!

    and fantastic tips! :)

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Thu, 6 December 2012 08:33pm

    Those are great tips. How annoying about the SPF if you are wanting to look good in photos during a daytime event such as a wedding without compromising your skincare.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 09:37pm

    Hayley you look absoltely fabulous here! Your eyebrows are amazing and your hair is perfect.
    I’ve never had a portrait session aso these tips are great. Personally I think I look better with a paler glossier lip to make my lips appear fuller so tend to use this all the time, not just for photos.

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 11:08pm

    Such gorgeous photos Hayley!
    I’m rarely in photos so am quite lucky there, but I definately steer clear of products with added SPF.

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Fri, 7 December 2012 05:53pm

    Hayley you look absolutely breathtaking! Amazing! I always avoid foundations with SPF and make sure to powder everything down so I’m not shiny! False lashes are also good to add some oomph.

  • Posted by: MAC1 // Fri, 7 December 2012 08:08pm

    Love the photos and great tips, especially on posing for photos!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Fri, 7 December 2012 10:53pm

    you look AMAZING hayley! truly gorgeous!
    love this article, some awesome and very important tips to keep in mind!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Sat, 8 December 2012 04:51pm

    What beautiful photos! I really enjoyed this article, I always feel conflicted abou the SPF thing, I know photographers say it makes you white, but if you’re going to be outside how can you avoid wearing it??

  • Posted by: Kimmi // Sat, 8 December 2012 05:56pm

    HAYLEY! Look at you, you little mind. Fabulous photos! X

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 8 December 2012 09:39pm

    This article could not come at a better time, I have so many functions coming up, including my 40th birthday! I’ll avoid photos at all the others but I’ll have to get my photo taken then :( At least now I’ll be making the most of what I have, lol

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Sun, 9 December 2012 06:24pm

    Hayley you look stunning- am so erratic in photos, havent quite cracked how to pull of consistent good shots, I get a bit awk!

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Sun, 9 December 2012 10:37pm

    You look stunning, Hayley, the first shot is like something out of a promo shot for a movie, you look like an actress!

    Great tips here, and it’s always nice to learn to work with what we have. :)

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Mon, 10 December 2012 03:49pm

    Great pics! and thanks for the advice on how to stand/sit in photos!
    When I know I’m going to be photographed I pay a tad more attention to my eyebrows when applying my makeup.

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:25pm

    You look beautiful in these Hayls xx

  • Posted by: Hayley Bennett Enthusiast // Mon, 17 December 2012 08:26pm

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments xH

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Tue, 22 January 2013 09:20pm

    Gorgeous photos! And some great tips about products to use/avoid in photos!

  • Posted by: katie buchhorn // Tue, 26 February 2013 10:52pm

    thanks so much for the article, school photo day is coming up and i need to look natural but also neat and polished for the camera.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 19 May 2013 08:05pm

    Hayley you looks amazing.
    Great tips also :)

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Mon, 3 June 2013 08:58am

    Yes definitely eye brow pencils! And volumised hair is a must.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 30 June 2013 05:18pm

    You are really cute Hayley

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 14 July 2013 04:56pm

    You are absolutely gorgeous.
    I have never had a portrait sitting before, something I am keen to do.

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Thu, 8 August 2013 01:20pm

    Wow Hayley, you are beautiful!!! Great tips, thanks

  • Posted by: brookieliz Master Fan // Mon, 23 December 2013 01:15pm

    So pretty!
    Especially like the SPF, posing and ‘wide-eye advice’. I always look terrible in photos so will be putting this info to the test this festive season.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 11 June 2014 01:20pm

    Hayley what gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing some tips.

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