Should I Wear Make-Up for My Photo Session?

The question of, “Do I really need to put on make-up?” comes up quite frequently. So let’s dig into this one.

The basic answer is this: Wearing make-up when applied correctly can really help female-identifying faces pop and be highlighted beautifully. If you are not going to wear make-up and don’t want a heavily-edited portrait, I recommend going with black-and-white photos.

Using a base layer of foundation can help with a seamless look on the skin, creating a smooth appearance.

As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of make-up ever, I can tell you that there are several levels of foundation or “coverage.” Even light coverage, which is what I use occasionally, can help with your final images.

It’s not really cheating, by the way, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s an aid in putting your best profile forward.

Let me know what you think—