May 14, 2014

How To Look Gorgeous In Black and White Photography

It's celebration season! Photos are most likely flooding your Facebook feed from weddings, engagements, baby showers and graduations. If you're like me, you love a good black and white photo. By no means am I a photographer, they just happen to be some of my favorite shots whenever I'm browsing photos on Facebook or Instagram. I like the simple contrast. Something about it just makes anything look classic and elegant. I thought it might be fun to do a little photo shoot to pass the time one rainy weekend at home, so I broke out the red lipstick and got to it.  If you want some great photography makeup tips, I can help you out. there are 3 things you need to know:

1.  Avoid using foundation with SPF in it. SPF in your foundation reflects light and creates flashback.  The best photography makeup foundation-wise will have very little to no SPF in it. The only foundation I had at the time was my L'Oreal True March, which has SPF 17 in it. I powdered the crap out of it trying to help a little, and it seemed to come out okay. The matte (no shine) finish of the foundation also looks better so  I'd definitely recommend getting something with a matte finish instead of something dewy. Dewy finishes tend to make you look sweaty. I've heard great things about Revlon ColorStay Liquid. It's on my list of things to pick up during sale time at Ulta. Apply your foundation with a damp sponge, like a beauty blender or duo fiber brush to make sure it's even and smooth.

2.  Keep it simple. With black and white photos, it's really all about creating shadows and light. All dark eye shadow will accentuate the shape of your eyes while light colors will reflect the light in b + w shots. For this reason, you only need  to concentrate on having a few neutral colors for the eyes and face. I used a shimmery beige, a dark chocolate brown and black on my eyes. Bronzer was used to sculpt my face and I wore a bold red lip.  Make sure that you highlight under the eyes, tops of the cheekbones, down the nose, and center of your forehead and chin, using a concealer that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin. Be sure that you are blending very well. Go a little heavier than usual to really make the look pop in the pictures. You might look crazy in real life, but it's going to come out amazing in your photos.

3. Colors like red, blue and purple show up really dark (even black) in these photos. If you want something more natural looking, go with a lighter color.  Again, don't use anything with sparkles in it, unless you want to look like you've been rolling in glitter or sweating.

Bonus Tip: Contrast matters in clothing choices as well. Ladies with lighter skin will stand out more in darker clothing, while darker skin tones can wear lighter colored clothing to balance the photos. Same goes for background choices. I was standing against a white wall in my photos.

Well lovelies, that's all I have for you today. Do you have some tips that I may have missed? I'd love some input from my photography friends.   As always, make sure you're following me to keep the conversation going. I'm now active on Twitter so we can chat in real time!

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