The summer holidays are here, and with them lots of parties and events where everyone with a phone will be snapping your picture and uploading it onto social media platforms. Make sure you dazzle with our simple-yet-effective make-up tips for photo readiness:
- First things first: prepare you skin. Follow your usual cleansing and toning routine and then apply a lightweight moisturiser and let it sink into your skin for at least 10 minutes. Next, cover your entire face with a thin layer of make-up primer. Make-up primer creates the perfect base for applying make-up, and it helps to make your make-up look flawless.
- The next step is to cover up any imperfections or dark rings with a good-quality concealer. Try applying it with a make-up brush as this tends to give a more flawless finish than rubbing it in with your fingers. Next, apply a layer of compact powder in a shade that matches your face. “Compact powder is great for cutting out daytime shine in photos. For nighttime photos, try covering your face with a thin layer of bronzing powder – it works really well to cover up the kind of shine that tends to show when photos are taken at night,” says Clicks beauty consultant Wiesaal Davids.
- Eye make-up looks incredibly striking in photos, so it’s worth going to a bit of extra effort. “Choose a shade that flatters your eye colour. So, for example, if you have blue eyes, try purple or white shadow,” says Wiesaal. For a very effective look, use a brighter colour on the eyelid and blended up into the crease. Then blend in a lighter colour from the crease and onto the brow bone. Finish off with two coats of mascara.
- Keep your lips simple. Bright red lips can easily detract from everything else on a photo. Rather try light to medium shades of pink and plum lipstick or gloss. “If you have dark skin, a clever trick is to brush foundation over your lips and then cover it with a slick of clear gloss. It gives a beautiful, natural look on photos,” adds Wiesaal.
Great party make-up
A New Year’s Eve party or a year-end function is the perfect opportunity to experiment with bolder party make-up. Play up one item of your make-up, for example your eyes or nails, to ensure that you look fun and festive, rather than overdone.