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You’re far too cute to be camera shy, so keep that pretty face of yours close-up ready with picture-perfect makeup. Matte finishes, contoured cheeks and subtly defined lids and lips keep you looking drop-dead gorgeous at every click of the camera. If you have honey skin – a light to medium, amber-toned complexion – the perfect products let your natural warmth shine through while putting the kibosh to any sallowness or shine. Once you’ve got the right makeup, you’ll be rocking every photo op.
Pick the perfect foundation for your skin type. A lightweight liquid base provides moderate coverage and works well with normal to combination skin, while heavier cream bases will even out any dry or blemished complexions. Opt for a mattifying formula if your face is on the oily side. If your skin is already flawless, a sheer tinted moisturizer enhances your natural radiance. Tawny beige shades with warm golden tones match honey-toned skin perfectly.
Select a light-reflecting cream concealer to camouflage under-eye circles. Photos tend to exaggerate any shadows beneath the eyes, so use a dab of concealer even if you don’t usually notice any darkness. A yellow-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin brightens your face and perks up your peepers. To cover zits or scars, choose a denser stick concealer that matches your foundation.
Choose a loose powder that matches your foundation. Flash photography picks up every drop of oil on your skin, making your face look much shinier than it actually is – but a sweep of powder over the T-zone stops sheen in its tracks. Whatever you do, don’t use translucent powder. It looks gray and ashy in photos.
Give your cheeks a healthy hit of color with a peachy pink, tawny rose or warm mauve powder blush. Flash photography can bleach the color right out of your face, so go ahead and apply a little extra blush if you feel a photo op coming on.
Give your bone structure a boost with an artful application of bronzer. Your average digital camera doesn’t do any favors for your features, and can leave your face looking flat in pictures – not cool. Luckily, a sweep of bronzer along your cheekbones, under your jawline and along the sides of your nose visually chisels your features. A powder bronzer with golden-pink undertones makes the most of your honey-hued skin’s natural glow.
Get yourself a shimmery pale pink eyeliner pencil for lining the inner rims of your lids – a pro secret for creating the illusion of larger eyes. A pencil that says “waterproof” on the label holds up better on the waterlines of the eyes.
Choose a felt-tipped liquid eyeliner for lining your upper lids. A dash of glossy black liner opens up your eyes and looks polished on camera. Look for a liner with a ballpoint pen shape and a soft, flexible tip.
Opt for pearly eye shadow in taupe, vanilla or beige shades to keep your eyes looking wide-awake in photos.
Finish your photo-ready look with sheer lip gloss. A light-colored, high-shine lip product reflects lots of light, making your pout look plumper in pictures. Shades of dusty rose, tawny pink and sheer raspberry flatter honey skin beautifully.
If you have a major event coming up on your calendar, try on your picture-perfect makeup a few days before. Snap several pictures of yourself in various lights, with both a cellphone camera and a regular camera if possible. That’s the best way to make sure your makeup is truly picture-perfect. Tweak the look as necessary after you’ve seen the shots.