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 modeling-makeuplet 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.

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