For my everyday look I slap on some foundation to even out my skin tone, mascara and my favorite lip balm. But for photoshoots, I need to do a little bit more to have my skin camera ready. After some trial and error and learning how my skin photographs, I've determined that these products are part of my routine for highlighting my best features. I really prefer the natural look, so I use products that help to enhance and make my skin and makeup look as natural as possible while still pulling out features for the camera, which can often wash me out. I recently visited Sephora for a makeup lesson in how to make my skin look better on camera. Crystal at the Mall of America location did an incredible job of educating me and picking out products that will help me achieve the natural look on camera. She got me hooked on the Hourglass primer; not only is it an amazing primer that holds my oily skin at bay all day, but apparently Madonna uses it under her tour makeup. Uh, sold. I follow that with my favorite Hourglass foundation for oily skin and do some light highlighting on my forehead, bridge of my nose, under the eyes, and chin using the YSL touch éclat. I use both the Anastasia and Hourglass brow pencils to fill in my eyebrows. Using two different shades helps me to create a fuller, yet natural looking brow. I layer two mascaras, starting with the Diorshow mascara to curl my eyelashes (it actually works) and then the Benefit They're Real! mascara on top to separate and lengthen the lashes. I let those dry and clean up any smudges with a q-tip. I smudge a little bit of the Urban Decay eyeliner in Rockstar into the upper outside corners of my eyes in order to help pull up my eyes a bit. I follow that with some light brown eyeshadow in the same area from the Urban Decay naked basics palette in order to add a bit more definition to the eye. I use the Nars laguna bronzer as a quick contour and place it on the outside of my forehead near my hairline, eyelids, hollows of my cheeks and under my chin and jaw line. I do this really quick and without much intention as I don't necessarily want to contour my face, but add definition to my natural features. I use the tarte blush on the apples of my cheeks and blend upwards on the cheekbones and add highlights using the Hourglass ambiant lighting powder under my eyes, on my brow bone, middle of my forehead, down the middle of my nose, and chin. I finish the look with a light dusting of the Bobbi Brown translucent powder only on my t-zone where I get oily throughout the day and spritz my face with the Mario Badescu rose water to set the makeup.
So there you have it! I clearly don't "wake up like this" and having the skin I do in my photoshoots takes some work. I do my best to have great skin underneath, you can see my skincare post here, as that helps me to maintain the more natural makeup look I prefer. I swear by these products, I won't use something unless I love it and it absolutely works. Most of the items I've been using for years because I've done the trial and error testing and found my favorites. Let me know if you have any favorites that you use on camera!