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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How-To: Take Better Makeup Pictures

In order to show off my makeup clearly, I have pictures of myself plastered all over this blog. And that's also an excuse for me to camwhore. I've had a hard time trying to work my camera but I finally figured out a way to get makeup to look its best and not washed out in pictures. I'll also be suggesting some tips on how to "model" your makeup to get a good shot of it. Unfortunately, the camera setting tips that I'll be sharing are mainly for flash photography as I am yet to find the best settings for pictures without flash.

Hope you'll find this useful!

Read on for the mini guide on how to take better makeup pictures.

Meet My Camera -- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS80 (8.1 Megapixels)

[Photo credit:,]

I would not actually recommend this camera for taking makeup pictures though. This is a pretty decent camera for its price (Got mine for RM550 including 2GB SD card) but I personally feel that Canon Powershot cameras take much better makeup pictures. They're settings are more flexible as well. But since I already have this, I'll have to live with it.

Setting Your Camera -- Daylight Flash Photography

  1. Your camera should be in Normal mode or Manual mode
  2. In daylight, adjust your Exposure to the lowest possible. Increase Exposure as you go into a dimmer light. Over-exposure will make your makeup look washed-out
  3. More light will be absorbed from the camera to your image if the ISO is too high, also causing washed-out pictures. The flash will provide you with more than enough light. Therefore, the ISO should be set to the lowest possible
  4. Auto White Balance is the most practical to have it adapt to the type of lighting you're in. However, you may play around with it to see what works best for you
  5. Select Forced Flash preferably with Red Eye Reduction
  6. Since makeup pictures are usually close-up, select Macro mode for clearer pictures
  7. I usually use 3MP or 5MP. You don't need to use 8 or 10 Megapixels unless you wanna make a bunting of yourself
Setting Your Camera -- Dim Light Flash Photography

Quite similar to daylight flash photography but...
  1. Increase the exposure by one or two points
  2. Yep, that's all
Setting Your Camera -- Daylight Non-Flash Photography

I have no clue. The best setting seems to be the Food settings in the Scene mode. But do play around with the exposure depending on how bright of a light you're in.

"Modelling" Tips

  1. LOOK DOWN as opposed to squeezing your eye shut when you're trying to show your eye make-up. This prevent those forced wrinkles on the inner corner of the eye that looks ugly.
  2. When taking open-eyed close-ups, try lifting you eyebrows so that you can get a better view of the colors on your lid
  3. Taking a full-face shot at an angle instead of a passport-photo-front-pose will bring emphasis to the cheek color, eyes and also lips. Plus my face looks slimmer :D
  4. Try not to purse your lips in pictures unless you don't intend on showing your lippy color
  5. Have a mirror in front of you when you take pictures to see which angle or pose looks best
  6. And practice! Loads!
Sometime soon I'll show you how I edit my photos
For a more comprehensive guide by a true makeup photography expert click [here]

Happy Taking Pretty Pictures!


心。葵 @ plue said...

yee! why you make it look so easy! so effortless?

i go home try~

WV: condi~ sounds so like your name?

Kimberly Tia said...

This is the "HOLY GRAIL" tutorial for the makeup blogging world... YOU effing ROCK. thanks for sharing this!!

time to camwhore...ahahah

KayKamaL said...

i love u!!! (but im too lazy n bz 2 start a blog)

pinkyping said...

thanks for the tips! I always wonder how you can took those pictures without the eyeshadows seems wash out, now i know :)

Connie said...

Plue: Have to practice lor..

Kimberly: You're welcome :) Your photos are amazing! I hail you Queen of Camwhores!

Kaykamal: You can just take pictures for personal reference ;)

pinky: You're welcome! It took some experimenting to get the settings right

gio said...

Thanks for the tips! I've been trying to take some good makeup pictures for ages without any look. I'll definitly go and try now.

J said...

Thanks for the really helpful tips!! I'll definitely try it out!! Somehow i look very weird in pictures taken with flash... especially cloze ups! :S

Connie said...

Gio: You're welcome! I hope those tips work out well for you

J: Welcome! I used to avoid taking flash pictures cuz they make me look ghostly. But now i prefer flash because it doesn't emphasize my flaws so much and the colors show up better.

myystiqueen said...

oh me godd connie... i had been looking for this kinda tut everywhere but i couldn't find it... you're myy saviour!!!!!!

oh uhm.... how bout if i wanna take myy pictures at night (dimly lit room)?? any tips??

thanks again :L:

Connie said...

Myystiqueen: You're welcome!

It's just the matter of adjusting the exposure. You can apply the settings for dim lighting in general.

myystiqueen said...

ohh thanks... ^^

i'll play around with it...

yummy411 said...

great tips thanks!!!now putting that into practice??? oh boy!

Connie said...

Adelia: Good luck! :D

Kia: Thanks!! I must thank Julia (Misschevious on Spektra for her guidance)

Chian Li said...

thanks for the helpful tips!!!

*disappear to camwhore*

word verification: sessio (instead of session -_-)

Tine said...

Okay a question. How do you take those close up shots of your eyes with flash without blinding yourself?! Teach! 'Cos I need to learn it :P

PS: Oooh are we still doing the word verification thingy? Mine's FAHUNLI this time :p

Fabuless Beauty said...

Thanks for this! I'm not tech savy at all and this helps!

Connie said...

Chian Li: You're welcome! Go go practice

Tine: Immunity :p I'd look at the lens blankly as if I'm looking at something else in my head. And then I got used to it. I don't recommend it though! I'm sure it's gonna damage the eyes.
Nope, we're not doing the word verification thingy anymore but it sure is entertaining, isn't it? The little things in life that amuses us.

Fab: Welcome! I'm very tech-illiterate myself so this shouldn't be hard to pick up!

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