Good make-up can transform a portrait.
A good make up artist for a photo-shoot will know what to emphasise, how to use colour and how to give a flawless finish. I gave a talk to the South West College students recently who were preparing make-up for a photo-shoot for their final exam.They all had created mood boards and developed some very creative ideas.
Here are just a few tips that I gave them on what I think makes for a perfect portrait, from a photographers view-
1.It’s all about the eyes! I almost always put the focus of my camera on the eyes, in a portrait the eyes are my subject. The eyes are where I find the catchlight which brings a portrait to life. The eyes are best when they are well defined by eye liner.I also am a big fan of eyelashes and catching the delicacy of them, which is best when not overloaded with mascara.
2.Tidy Lines. In a close up portrait there is nowhere to hide uneven or untidy hipline or eyeliner lines. Take care to have all lines perfect and smooth to give a more glamourous look.
3.Go easy on the tan. One of the biggest mistakes I see when doing portraits is overloaded tan. Your tan will look darker in photographs than it does to the eye. It does help to give a nice glow but only when done in moderation. Most photographers will use editing software to tweak and correct colours but dark fake tan is one thing that is impossible to work with, especially when placed beside a groom at a wedding shoot.
4. Have a good strong theme. Make-up has now become an art, people are becoming more creative with make up. Always start with a good strong theme for your photo-shoot and create your make up in response to that. Keep a scrap book or Pinterest with themes and ideas that you like, keep mood boards and colour boards.
5.Find the right model. It’s important that you find a model that you are able to work with and who has the look that suits your photo-shoot. A good model is patient and relaxed, they make have to wait around for a long time so please make sure this is something that we will enjoy! It makes such a difference when the model is as excited as you about you work.
I wish all the girls who took part in SWC make-up course all the best in their future projects!