Session tips | Makeup and your Session | Guest Post from Alicia Purdy | Photography by Meg Miller

You are the star!

Whether you are the star of the show or capturing treasured moments with your family, you want to make sure that radiant glow of yours shines through the cameral lens. I'll share my top tips for your photoshoot, whatever that may be.


Great skin is the foundation of any look. The night before your photoshoot, exfoliate with either a gently abrasive scrub and apply your favorite moisturizer generously. This will leave your skin looking plump and refreshed. On the day of your event, only apply moisturizer if your skin is dry to very dry. If your skin is a bit more oily, skip to the next step. 


Be sure to begin with a primer to create a smooth starting point for the rest of your look. Primer fills in lines, wrinkles, and pores. It's one of the products most overlooked in a beauty routine. I always say, "Would you paint a red room white without priming?" Would you?

All about the Base

Choose a foundation that’s right for your skin type and made to be photographed. It’s best to avoid any varieties with built-in sunscreen, as they don’t play nice with flash photography.

Set Your Foundation by setting with a light powder. Choose one with a translucent finish.  


Some lighting can wash away a lot of the structural definition from your face, so a little bit of shading with bronzer or contouring powder will help keep you looking well-defined and less like a moon in the night sky. It’s really important that you use something with a matte finish, since matte recedes and will add depth. Using a medium-sized brush (such as an Angled Contour Brush) dust under your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose, along your along your temples, and under the jawline. 


Once you’ve finished contouring, add some lightness by applying a highlighting cream on the top of your cheekbones, tip of your nose, under the arch of your brow,  and onto your cupid’s bow.

Irridescent Shade for fair

Golden shade for light to medium

Rose Gold for medium to dark

Blushing Beauty

The final touch for your skin is a flush of color on the cheeks. Apply it just on the apples of your cheeks so that it looks like a healthy glow and not like, well, blush on camera. For the most natural look, try to find the color that you would flush naturally. 

The Eyes Have It

Create Soft, Smoky Eyes Instead of defaulting to the ubiquitous black smoky eye, opt for softer tones like brown, grey, or eggplant, which are less harsh.


Open up those eyes with a voluminizing and lengthening mascara. It will add the perfect WOW factor! 

Play Up That Pout

Choose a matching lipstick shade and Lip liner. Line outline of lips for precise definition. Apply lipstick. Add a touch of gloss for a hint of shine. Avoid frosted lip colors. They tend to not photograph as well. 

I hope you have found these tips helpful in preparing for your big photoshoot. 

XO Alicia Purdy