Beauty and Fashion Tips and Tricks for Your Senior Portrait | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Fashion, Hair and Makeup Tips and Advice

Obviously, you want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and peers for many years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned. 

  1. Keep crazy accessories to a minimum. For example, if you want to wear those funky cat eye sunglasses, go for it, but plan on how to use them. Don’t let them compete with a super splashy print, giant earrings and a headscarf. A wise person once said: always take off the last thing you put on. 
  2. Makeup reads differently on camera than it does in real life, due to light being bounced off your face and washing out your features. In addition, the human eye sees things differently than the lens of a camera. TIPS: Foundation – the blending of your concealer should be in harmony with your foundation. Eyebrows – to create hair-like strokes within the brow, make sure to use an eyebrow pencil. Eyeshadow – Choose a colour that is similar to your skin tone and apply it across the entire lid. Then pick a colour that is slightly darker than your skin tone and blend it through the crease for added definition. Eyeliner – apply a thin liner very close to the lashes, using a small brush. Try to apply it closer to the lash and as a tighter line. Contour – use a bronzer, highlighter or blush to give your cheeks dimension. Lips – if appropriate, choose a colour that is more subtle and compliments your overall look.
  3. Think about all the details: nails, hair, teeth, skin. Use a whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to your session, really look after your skin and get a manicure the day before. If you’re wearing open toes, spring for the pedi, too (you deserve it!).
  4. Practice your hairstyle in advance and take a few selfies to see how it photographs. Try to keep your true essence and don’t wear a hairstyle that’s “not you.” For example, if you regularly wear bangs, don’t pin them up for your photo shoot. If you always wear your hair down, keep it down on your session day. 
  5. Don’t make any major changes in the weeks leading up to your session. No faux tans that have the potential to convert you to oompa loompa status, don’t go from black to bleach blonde, no major haircuts that could incite tears, etc. 

Want to learn more about what accessories to wear during your Grad Session? Check out the blog post HERE.


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

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