So many women who look gorgeous in person can’t take a good photo to save their lives. Heck – I’m one of them by nature. Not photogenic? Don’t fret – just learn to use makeup, body positioning, and flattering clothing to make the most of the light and the camera’s effects. Here’s a step by step guide to combating the camera’s cruelty:
1. Define your eyebrows.
99% of girls I meet who’ve just had their makeup done by a makeup artist say, “He made my brows way too thick/dark!” Makeup artists know that brows always look wimpier in pictures than they do in real life. Don’t be afraid to fill yours in with some eyebrow powder and make them a little darker than their natural color. Use my guide on creating perfect brows for help.
I’m all about getting creative with your beauty routine, and on those days when you’ve forgotten to slip the one cosmetics product you must have right now in your makeup bag, knowing what to use as the perfect pinch hitter counts.
Check out my list of sixteen beauty product substitutes for those MacGyver moments:
I have known of Lianne Farbes for years, since my first beauty blog. We attended the same events a few times and even casually met once or twice. But like most people, much of my acquaintance with her came from my contact with her blog The Makeup Girl, where I enjoyed her conversational and relatable writing style. So when I saw that Lianne had written a book like I had, I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed!
True to her humorous, straightforward form, the book is entitled You Don’t Need All That Makeup!!! In it, Lianne delves into all the basics of her beauty routine, including skincare and more. I really connected with her mentioning the beautiful, minimalistic look of the women in Paris – I noted the same thing when I was there (along with many womens’ bathrooms that are simply closets with holes in the ground, but that’s another story). Her advice must work – in the book, Lianne reveals her true age, and I was stunned that her skin still looks so flawless!
A bright, vibrant lip color is definitely a fashion “Do” – but unfortunately, they can be tough to pull off. Here are a couple of tidbits on how to master those brilliant pinks, reds and corals reminiscent of a Venice vacay:
Ditch flakiness: Bold lip color highlights flaws, including lip crud (ew). The solution? Buff your lips with a warm, damp washcloth…or just brush them.
Keep lip liner subtle: Unless you’re going for the “I just ate a chocolate ice cream cone” look, obvious lip liner is a mistake. Pick a color that matches your lipstick closely, and heat the pencil lightly with your hairdryer for about 15 seconds before applying to keep the look soft.
Go monochrome: Opt for neutral makeup colors elsewhere to avoid a clownish effect; these lips look great simply paired with glowing skin and black mascara.
Our guide on how to highlight and contour is one of our most popular articles, so I thought I’d focus on an area a lot of ladies are self-conscious about: hiding your wide nose. I know it’s a sore area for me personally: I think that from the front my nose looks like a flattened mushroom. Not okay.
Follow these simple steps to slim down your wide nose, and thank me later.