Pretty soon after I started shooting boudoir, I realized how makeup played an important part of the shoot. Every time one of my gals had her makeup done, it gave her an instant boost of confidence. It also makes a HUGE difference in your photos!  When I focus my camera during a boudoir shoot, I center focus on your eyes 90% of the time (except for booty shots of course 😉 ). Most of us think that we know how to apply makeup correctly. It wasn’t until I took my first few makeup lessons that I realized we have it all wrong!

You don’t have to wear a dramatic look if you don’t really like wearing makeup. Your makeup should definitely match your taste and personality. However, proper application it’s important.  You can contour your eyes and make them stand out even with natural shades of eyeshadow.  When applying makeup for your session, I strongly suggest you follow the following steps:

  • Avoid foundation with SPF, which may reflect light (I fill in with artificial light during your shoot
  • Your foundation should be slightly darker than your face if you have light skin. Your face will be the closest body part to the light during the shoot, therefore, a darker foundation avoids having your face looking washed out or overexposed.
  • The focus should be on your eyes OR lips. NOT both. For boudoir I prefer a dramatic eye and a nude lip. However, if you are a red lipstick kind of gal, then go nude with your eyeshadow.