Whether you are getting a new head shot for your business portfolio, are assisting a bride-to-be prepare for her photo session, you want to look your very best. One crucial aspect that demands consideration and focus is makeup. A regular day-to-day makeup routine may not translate well in a photo; you’ll need to step it up a bit.

1. Prep Skin Well

According to Fashion Magazine, the first step to any great look is great skin. Therefore, the day before the photo session, make sure the model understands they will need to clean their skin well. Go with a gently abrasive scrub or non-abrasive liquid for cleansing. If their skin is naturally dry, apply moisturizer the day of your session before beginning makeup application. If they have naturally oily skin, you can skip the moisturizer altogether.

2. Build Foundation

Blend your foundation evenly with a brush then use concealer to hit any places you think still need work. Regan Rabanal, who is the senior artist at MAC Cosmetics, said the following about this step, “Apply foundation first and then conceal the problem areas that still stand out. Usually, the best areas to conceal are around your nostrils, the shallow area underneath your eye and into any laugh lines. Use a minimal amount of concealer and blend well.”   Finally, apply translucent powder to remove shine.

3. Move on to the Eyes

To really get those eyes to pop in photos, choose three different shadows: a neutral color close to your skin tone, and one that is darker and a highlighting color. This will make your eyes appear larger and brighter. Use the neutral color over the eye lid, the darker color in the crease and the highlighter on the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. Don’t forget to line your eyes and fill in your eyebrows as well. Try fake eyelashes to for more edge!

4. Finish it Off With Lipstick

To get the color to stay put, use a lip brush to press the color into the lips. Nude is a great option with a slight shade; nothing too dramatic– just saturated and symmetrical lips.

The main thing to remember about makeup for every photo session is to blend, blend, blend! The camera will find any clumps or smudges. If you’re interested in phenomenal makeup job for wedding or engagement photos, it’s absolutely worth the investment having a professional makeup artist do it for you. Make sure you do a practice run before the day of your photo shoot to ensure you and your makeup artist are on the same page.