How I Take + Edit My Photos Part 3 | Makeup Looks

For the past week or so I’ve been writing posts on how I take and edit my blog photos, and today’s post is the final part! 

I would say the question I get asked the most is how I take my makeup photos. Trying to get eyeshadow to look just as good on camera as it does in real life is a very difficult thing; a lot of the time the shades and shimmers just won’t translate as well to photos.

Luckily I have a few tips to help out, so if you’re struggling to nail those makeup shots then just keep reading.

I almost never take makeup photos on my phone purely because I can never get the angle right (I usually end up with about 12 chins and the top of my head cut off). However, sometimes my phone camera picks up elements of the eyeshadow better than my actual camera does (see above), so every so often I’ll make an exception.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference in my makeup photos is lighting – I only ever take makeup photos in front of a soft box light. This helps to make all of the shades stand out and magically make your skin and makeup appear pretty much flawless.

Lighting is one of the most important parts of taking makeup shots, so I think having a soft box is pretty essential. Of course, as an alternative you could always grab yourself a ring light (which I plan on doing in the future) but they’re a lot pricier than soft boxes. I got my pair of soft boxes for about £40 on Amazon, which I thought was an amazing deal!

Before editing

For a background I simply use a white wall – I don’t want anything too busy that’ll distract from the makeup look. A white wall is also super easy to edit, and I always make it whiter and brighter through Snapseed just to fit my aesthetic.

When shooting my makeup looks I use my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350. It’s great for close-ups and it produces a really crisp, clear image. I especially love that it can be phone operated through an app – I just set a timer, press a button and pose away! I’m actually in desperate need of a tripod though because I currently just place my camera on a stack of books!

One thing that I’ve realised is that it’s so important to be as close to your face as possible when shooting makeup looks – what’s the point of putting so much detail into your eyeshadow if no one can see it? I typically like to keep just about the top of my shoulders in the photo – this way I’m close enough so that you can see every detail without being scarily zoomed in on my face.

After editing

During editing I simply like to make everything a little brighter and more vibrant, and make sure that the colours are a true representative of how they look in real life. Soft boxes can sometimes dull down certain aspects of makeup too, so you always want to edit the vibrancy back up. For this I use – you guessed it – Snapseed. It’s just the easiest way to brighten and add warmth to photos.

Before editing

If I feel like the shade of something is super off then I’ll use FaceTune to make it look more like the actual colour. For example, the lipstick in the photo above is a deeper, more blue-toned red but it came across on camera as quite bright and pink-toned, so using FaceTune just allows me to show the lipstick in its true-light.

After editing

And those are all the tips I have! It’s actually a lot more simple than it seems to take good makeup shots, in the end it really just comes down to good lighting.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments if you have any more questions about editing photos and maybe I’ll expand the series! See you next time,

-A x

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