Aahaa… a woman who forgot to button up her shirt? Naah, this photo is about MAKE-UP – studio make-up, actually - because in the process of putting together a photo studio and getting my head around the whole lighting thing I also learned that photography make-up has nothing to do with real life. In fact anything we might like about make-up (SPF, a bit of a sheen or shimmer to give us 'dewy skin' or 'a healthy glow') is a total no-no in studio photography. What you do need is a very fat layer of matte make-up, and then some more in different shades to contour the face. And powder, lots of powder – in a variety of shades, for contouring and to make absolutely sure that there's not a teenie-tiny sheen left. Only then can you start adding colours, and lipstick and highlighter**…For someone who never wears make-up all this felt very strange (and moving behind and in front of the camera and realising that I've smudged the eye-shadow staring through the lens was frustrating, hilarious and awkward at the same time), but in the end I think it's true: A big fat make-up layer looks quite normal in a photo (though you might totally disagree)… Also, I seem to have been quite timid with the whole procedure as my freckles are still visible. Just starting to learn here… ♥
*Something to do with releasing the self-timer, climbing onto a table, thinking "What now?!? Angles! I have to create angles, first rule of fashion photography…"
**Actually you can add the highlighter earlier, but that's just getting too complicated now.