6 May 2011

MAC's red carpet masterclass and beauty tips for photos

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a masterclass with 2 of MAC's senior make up artists, Lynsey Alexander and Neil Young, who gave us lots of make up tips and demonstrated 2 red carpet looks on the models.


Now most of us won't be walking down the red carpet anytime soon, but everyone wants to look their best in photos, so I thought I'd share some of their top tips:

Face:
When concealing, choose something that's similar in texture to your foundation, otherwise it can look patchy on camera.

For blusher application, the apples of your cheeks will give you a youthful glow, high on the cheeks a more feminine sophiscated look and near the cheek bones a more masculine stronger look.

Medium deep MSF natural is a good contour colour, but always soften the edges with something like a 188 brush.

Bronzer under the chin helps to give it more defintion and lessen the look of a double chin in photos.

Don't forget to highlight the collarbone, and the centre of the arms and legs for a slimmer look and to match the face.

If you are prone to redness, then anti-histamines can really help to keep them at bay and reduce the need for more make up.

(sultry eyes with constructivist paint pot & shy girl lipstick)

Eyes:
For blonds, omega is a good colour for the eyebrows, but whatever colour you use, always work it into the hair for a more natural look and set with a gel to keep
the hairs in place.

Avoid very dark smokey eyes, as flash photography will make it look too harsh against the skin.

With eyeshadow, the closer it is to the brows and the lower it is under the bottom lashline, the more sultry it'll look.

For a softer look, keep a concealer brush handy to blend eyeshadow into the skin.


(statement lips & eyes with show orchid lipstick & individual lashes)

Lips:
If you're applying a neutral lip colour, a sheer wash of select moisturecover concealer before lipstick helps to tone down the natural redness of the lips.

With strong colours, use a brush to really work it into the lips and to give it a cleaner finish.

Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening. I picked up lots of tips on how to contour and apply eye make up, which I shall be putting to good use, and thanks to Lynsey, I am now seriously lusting after MAC's strobe cream and shy girl lipstick!

What are you top tips for looking good in photos? Which red carpet look do you like best?

12 comments:

  1. love this post, great tips! :)I think both looks are fab but leaning more towards the first one. although I am really into lippy at the moment!

    much Love
    Em
    x

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  2. Em Wampach- Thanks, glad the tips were useful. I love the first make up look as well x

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  3. Very helpfull tips! Thanks for this Fee. x

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  4. Jo - You're welcome, glad it was helpful x

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  5. Great tips, thanks for sharing. The first make up look is gorgeous.

    xo

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  6. Jess - You're welcome, she looks lovely doesn't she, I wish Lynsey and Neil would do my make up everyday! x

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  7. Great tips, thank you for sharing! Will be remembering these when it comes to my grad ball makeup :) xx

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  8. SparklesandLipgloss- You're welcome, I'm sure you'll look lovely at the ball x

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  9. I love the first look - so natural and pretty. Great tips too, I think red lipstick always looks good in photos and lots of mascara as sometimes the flash make me look like I have no make-up on! x

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  10. LilyLipstick - I get the same problem too, the camera can wash me out and tends to not pick up eye make up very well. She looks gorgeous, you can't go wrong with a smokey eye! x

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  11. brillant post :) i know what products lindsay used for the smokey eye, but not sure where she put them! Do you remember? x

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  12. kia - Thank you. I think she used the paint pot all over the lid, then smudged a darker colour into the crease and outer corner, but I'm not 100% sure, maybe one of the other girls will know x

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