Monique Abel

Flash the foun­da­tion The cam­era doesn’t lie, and make- up artist of­fers some tips on how to make your fea­tures pho­to­graph flaw­lessly

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

CHANCES are we have all ex­pe­ri­enced the white face flash­back when check­ing out pic­tures from the night be­fore and thought to our­selves – did we re­ally go out look­ing like that?

Although your make- up may look flaw­less in per­son, there is an art to mas­ter­ing make- up to make your­self cam­era ready!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind next time you have a spe­cial event com­ing up and know you’re go­ing to be pho­tographed.

The car­di­nal rule be­fore ap­ply­ing ANY make- up is to make sure you have prop­erly cleansed and mois­turised your skin.

To en­sure your foun­da­tion lasts as long as pos­si­ble, ap­ply your favourite primer all over and al­low it to ab­sorb.

When se­lect­ing a foun­da­tion for pho­tog­ra­phy, it is es­sen­tial to look for one that does not con­tain any SPF as it will re­flect a white cast on your face caus­ing the un­even skin tone ( white face, darker body … cringe!)

As we all know, the cam­era does not lie so be sure to start off with a small amount of prod­uct and slowly build your way up – re­mem­ber to blend around ar­eas such as the hair­line, jaw­line and down to the decol­letage.

Move on and elim­i­nate any un­nec­es­sary shine in ar­eas such as your T- zone with a loose or pressed pow­der. To give more depth and di­men­sion to the face, con­tour and high­light ar­eas such as cheek­bones, brow bones, cupids bow and col­lar bones.

Don’t for­get to add colour back into your face to give you some life.

Pick a blush that is most com­ple­men­tary to your make- up and skin tone as cam­eras have a ten­dency to make you look a lit­tle washed out.

Don’t be afraid to be a lit­tle heavy handed with eye­shad­ows as the colour pay- off can­not al­ways be true to colour.

To add ex­tra glam and in­ten­sity to your look, a great pair of Ardell or Liv­ing Doll eye­lashes will draw at­ten­tion to the eyes and will pho­tog­ra­phy beau­ti­fully.

A bold lip is also a great ad­di­tion for a truly eye- catch­ing pic­ture as well as giv­ing the ap­pear­ance of a brighter and whiter smile.

To learn more make- up tips and tricks, visit www. youtube. com/ mla1x or Face­book – Monique Abel – Pro­fes­sional Make Up Artist. Play­suit: Tiger Mist $ 50 Shoes: Fa­mous Footwear $ 70 Bag: Equip $ 20 Ear­rings: Equip $ 10

Brianna Dela­cour, 20, Kir­wan Dress: Harper $ 160 Shoes: Betts $ 80 Bag: Co­lette $ 50

PER­FEC­TION: Start with a small amount of prod­uct and build your way up.

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