Modeling and Your Make-Up
Make-up is an art. If a shoot has a budget for a make-up artist and a good one is available then just sit back and let them do their magic. On a shoot without a budget for a make-up artist or in smaller markets where one is not available, it may well fall upon the model to do their own make-up.
Even when you have a make-up artist it is necessary that you know of any corrective make-up you may need.
There are some great books available for learning make-up. You may also find theatrical make-up classes taught at some community colleges. Don’t go to the cosmetologist at the local department store as they may be fine giving some pointers for street make-up, but make-up for photography can and is quite different. This is especially true for black and white photos.
Make-up for black and white photography can get strange as color no longer matters. It is only the lightness and darkness that matters.
A big part of learning make-up is just trying it in front of a mirror. Study a book or magazine then try it in front of a mirror. Eventually, you have to get in front of the camera with your make up on and see how it looks.
Practice Your Smile:
Use the mirror to practice your smile too.
There are many different types of smiles include:
- The coy smile
- The broad happy smile
- The snidely smile
- And many more!
Practice going from a straight face to a smile because when and if you do get in front of the camera while.