Portrait & Glamour Makeup Tips

I asked make-up artist extraordinaire Diana Lareé for some make-up tips and here’s a set of Do’s and Don’ts that she’s kindly provided. Please print this and give it to your subjects before your session or even better e-mail it to them.

  • Do use more and darker makeup than you would normally. In the mirror you may feel you are wearing too much makeup on but it will be the proper amount for photographs.
  • Do not forget to blend your makeup. Even with dramatic looks, blending everything well is the number one thing you can do to make your makeup look clean and professional.
  • Do use moisturizer and lip treatment before applying makeup! Everything will look smoother and flawless after using moisturizer and lip treatment. Without it your skin will appear dry and dull and your lips will show every crack and dry spot.
  • Do shape your eyebrows. They frame your face and this is the number one place where Diana sees models making mistakes. If you don’t know how to shape eyebrows, have them professionally waxed. Fill in any blank spots with either pencil or dry packed eye shadow. The key is to find a color that’s close to your hair color. Use short strokes going in the same direction as your hair grows. Tip: Remember to comb them out when you are finished!


  • Don’t skimp on mascara. If lashes become clumpy or stuck together, use a dry mascara wand to comb through them. You can do this when the lashes are wet or after they have dried and/or between coats of mascara.
  • Don’t over pluck eyebrows! No matter what you might prefer in your private life, thin line eyebrows or no eyebrows at all are not good for photography. Your eyebrows should start right about the same place as the inside corner of your eye. The arch should be in the middle, right above your pupil.
  • Don’t skip foundation and powder. Even if you don’t use them in your day-to-day life, it’s important for a photo shoot.
  • Don’t use products with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) as they have a high titanium dioxide content and it reflects during photography appearing lighter than the rest of your skins even if it appears to be the same color when looking at it a mirror.

Author: Joe Farace

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