My family and I have been super busy this Memorial weekend driving down to visit my parents and letting the kids get in their grandparent time! While we were there, we decided to get a family picture made which is always a lot of preparation (makeup, hair, coordinating outfits, effort to get your kids to cooperate and smile!), for a very short amount of time to get the perfect shot!!
I took a couple quick pics with my cell phone while in the car on the way to get our photos made of my makeup and hair. Which by the way, that hour of preparation, was for a 5 minute photo shoot because we did them outdoors and it was freak monsoon-ing outside, and we had a very limited window before it started raining on us again!!
Here are a few quick tips for products I used to take a better picture:
1. It's all about accentuating your features so they show up on camera, so false lashes were a must. I used a pair of Revlon Fantasy Lashes #500 ($5) to make my eyes pop. I layered on lots of mascara after curling my own lashes and then applied these lashes last after all my other makeup was done. I believe lashes make a huge impact and are an easy way to get a glamorous look. Check out my peepers to the right!
2. Use a foundation with a low SPF so that the camera flash doesn't wash you out. The ingredient titanium dioxide found in SPF is what causes this extra whiteness when the flashbulb hits you- don't you ever wonder why we always look so pale in beach pictures if you're wearing sunscreen?? Now ya know it's the SPF causing it-but not a reason to go sans SPF by any means though! Also, I layer on a bit more bronzer than usual to also counteract paleness.
3. A lipstick or lipgloss with a hint of pink creates a mouth that shows up nicely. Browns are too dull and reds are typically too dark and age you. Pinks and peaches are a much more youthful look. I am wearing L'Oreal's Infallible lipgloss in "Fiery" ($9) which is a rosy color with a bit of gold in it.
Oh, and I got a new hair color the night before that was straight out of a box! I switched things up and tried Clairol's Nice 'n Easy hair color in "natural soft black" ($8), box above, and am pretty happy with the results. Does my hair look like the pretty girls' on the box??! This box comes with the popular NicenEasy ColorSeal weekly conditioning gloss that is even sold separately and has been around for quite awhile.
These are just a few quick, but easy tips for the perfect picture that anyone can implement!