How I Photograph My Makeup Looks

I often get asked how I take my makeup photos, how do I do my selfies, which camera do I use etc. Well, today I decided to share with you few tips and tricks I learned since I started posting makeup looks on my blog. I just want to make clear that I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t know that much about photography. What I’m going to tell you today are things that I learned in last few years and that work for me.

Which camera do I use?
The camera I use is Nikon Coolpix S3300. I received it few years ago as a gift for Christmas and it serves me well since then. It makes good photos, and because it’s small it’s easy to hold in hand. Two years ago I also purchased a tripod, which I use very rarely, because I take most of my photos outside on my balcony, where it’s impossible to use it.


When and where I take my photos?
Whomever you’re going to ask how and when to take photos of your makeup they are going to tell you in the morning or afternoon, but never in direct sun light. I always photograph my makeup in the forenoon, because my room is on west and in the morning the sun is never shining in my room and on my balcony. In the past I took few makeup photos in my room, but photos were always so blue and I never liked them, so later I discovered that if I take them on my balcony in the forenoon they look the best. My background looks grey, but that’s because we don’t have a facade, only an insulating layer. I was thinking to put a white paper on a wall, but people are already looking me strange when I take my photos outside, what even if I’d have a special background, haha. :D But that’s one of the things that comes with blogging and I got use to it. Sometimes when I see a bigger group of people or acquaintances I get in my room and when they pass our house I go back again. I do that because I really don’t want to get asked what am I doing and then explaining everything. The most annoying thing that can happen by taking photos outside is the wind. And that happens often. If the wind isn’t strong it’s okay, but when it’s very strong I can’t take a proper photo, because my hair is all around me, in my mouth, in front of my face, and then I usually take a lot of bad photos. I personally don’t like taking photos in the evening under artificial light or with flash, because the light is too yellow and colours are often washed out.
To show you the difference between photos taken outside and in my room in front of a window I photographed the same look on both locations. As you can see photos taken inside look too blue.  I think it has something to do with my green walls. But telling the truth, I don’t want white walls, I like green ones, because green makes me happy.

Left: in front of the window inside. Right: outside in the shadow. 

How I take my photos?
My camera is small and light, so I always hold it in my hand. If I photograph my whole face I hold in so far away that my hand is almost straight, but when I photograph my eye makeup I hold it closer. With time I learned how I have to hold my camera to get my whole face on photo, but if you’re just starting help yourself with a mirror. Try different angles to discover which photos of your makeup are the best. If you’re having a small camera like I hold it in one hand and a mirror in other. If you’re having DSLR camera you’ll probably need a tripod. A tripod is also a good solution if your hands are very shaky. That way you’ll get clear photos.
When I photograph my full face I never use a macro mode, because it makes my photos blurry (remember, I take photos from far away). But when I photograph my eyes I always turn on the macro mode so my photos end up clear. I always take a lot of photos, definitely something between 100 and 200. I take as much photos as possible, just in case, because it often happens that photos are out of focus or I have hair on my face and similar. 
During the photo shoot process I always check on photos I already took. That way I see if any of photos end up blurry, how I look on them, if my posses are okay, what I have to fix (I often hold chin up while taking photos and then I try to hold my head straight).
Other question I often get asked is how I take such good photos of my eye. Always when I photograph my eye or myself looking straight I lift my eyebrows up. That way colours on my lids are better seen. Also, when you focus on eye look taking a photo of an eye while looking down is always a good idea, because that way you can show your readers the party that’s going on on lids. I often take photos of my eye makeup when I’m looking down, although not always.


How I edit my photos?
For editing I use GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is a free program for editing and it’s very easy to use. It’s true I don’t master it completely, but functions I need for editing are simple to learn.
Usually I don’t do anything special while editing my makeup photos. I check every photo I took and choose the ones I like the best. I open them in GIMP, crop them, sometimes I fix the light if photo seems too dark and then I save them. That’s it. I crop photos because I usually don’t get on a photo only that what I want to show you, but more. I never photograph just my eye for a close-up eye photo, but always a half on my face as well, and that needs to be cut out. First I use a tool “Rectange select tool” and I mark the surface I want to keep. Then I click on “Image” and “Crop to selection” and my photo is ready. In the end I always export photo (“File” and “Export as”) to save it as .jpg or .png, because if I click “Save as” it saves it in .xcf form.


Summary:
  • Natural light is amazing for taking photos. I usually do it early in the forenoon, because then photos look the best. I don’t use a flash and I don’t like taking photos under artificial light, because it makes photos too yellow and colours are often washed out.
  • Avoid the direct sunlight, because it will make you look yellow. If you’re taking photos outside, make sure you take them in a shadow and inside take them in front of the window in indirect sunlight. The better daylight you have in your room the better photos will look. Mine personally look too blue, but some other bloggers do perfect photos of their makeup inside.
  • The background should be as simple as possible, because you want all the focus on makeup, not on what’s in the background. Mine looks grey, but it’s simple and it doesn’t bother me.
  • If your hand is too shaky use a tripod. That way your photos won’t end up too blurry.
  • If you want to know what you’re photographing use a mirror. If you can’t hold a camera and a mirror in hands at the same time, use a tripod for a camera. Or if you’re taking photos inside, place a mirror on a table or a chair in front of you (you’ll probably have to sit on the floor to take photos).
  • If you want to show your entire makeup photograph your whole face and if you want to show your eye makeup hold a camera as close as possible and focus on eye. When photographing your eye makeup turn the macro mode option on, otherwise the camera won’t focus on eye and your photos will end up blurry.
  • For editing photos use any photo editor you like. I personally use GIMP, which is a free photo editor and it’s simple to use. Select the photo you want to publish and crop out the contest you want to show to your followers.
  • Practise makes perfect. Practise and try different angles and poses to figure out which one works best for you. You can practise in front of a mirror before taking photos. After some time when you’re going to learn what works the best for you, taking photos of your makeup will become a piece of cake for you.

I hope this post was helpful. If I forgot to mention something and you have something to add, just tell me and my readers in the comments bellow.


How do you photograph your makeup? Thank you for reading!

37 komentarjev

  1. Carska objava.

    Sem se ravno danes z Matejo (me je obiskala v Yves Rocherju) pogovarji o tem. Meni nikakor ne ratajo lepe slike ustnic, moram temu malo več časa posvetiti v prihodnje.

    Super objava res - delo za računalnik je veliko večje kot si ljudje mislijo ko vidijo končni izdelek.

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    1. Hvala. <3
      Jaz imam isto foro kot z očesnim makeupom. Slikam od blizu z vklopljeno makro nastavitvijo, potem pa ustnice izrežem. :)
      Ja, bloganje res vzamne dosti časa, tako priprava, fotkanje, kot tudi urejanje in še največ pisanje. Kdor ne bloga, ne ve!

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  2. Jaz pa sem vedno mislila da imaš naravno tako lepo ''privzdignjene'' oči in da dvigam obrvi samo jaz xD
    In ja, res je vse kar si napisala :)

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    1. Ne ne, vedno dvigam obrvi, drugače bi moje fotke izgledale kot vidiš zgoraj. :)

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  3. Uuu, super objava! :)

    Mi bo prišla prav, ker meni nikakor ne uspe lepo poslikati mojega makeupa - oči, ustnic, celotnega obraza. :( Upam, da se kmalu naučim, da bom tudi jaz lahko pokazala kakšen look na svojem blogu. :))

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    1. Hvala. :)

      Poskušaj slikati pred oknom z dovolj svetlobe ali zunaj v senci, različne kote (od naprej, od strani), pa boš sčasoma ugotovila, kako pofotkati, da boš najbolj zadovoljna. :D

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  4. Definitivno bom izkoristila vse tvoje nasvete, tako da super objava :) Meni čisto nikoli ne uspejo fotke make upa, vse barve zgledajo čisto sprane in tudi pravo pozo za oči še nisem odkrila :D Ampak se res vidi razlika med slikanjem zunaj in v prostoru :O

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    1. Me veseli, da objava pride prav. :)
      Če boš npr. pogledala pri Mateji ali Petri, boš videla, da njima uspevajo krasne fotke znotraj pred oknom, meni pa kljub temu, da imam v sobi dovolj svetlobe, ne. Še dobro, da imam balkon. :))

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  5. Super objava!
    Vedno občudujem tvoje fotke, meni pa nikoli ne uspe nič spodobnega.
    Hvala za vse nasvete:)

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    1. Hvala. :)
      Treba je preizkušati, pa bo ratalo. :)

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  6. Super objava! So res uporabni nasveti. Meni je največji problem slikat oči, ker imam tako žnj obliko oči, da če se še ne vem kako namažem, se normalno vidi samo črno okoli oči in maskara. Pol pa se morem res trudit, da se vidi še kaj več =P
    Tako da hvala za nasvete, jih bom definitivno uporabila =)
    xoxo, Nyx

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    1. Hvala. :) Upam, da ti bodo res pomagali. Drugače pa je fotkanje zaprtega očesa oz. očesa, ko gledaš dol, fajn, ker se boljše vidi makeup. :)

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  7. Odlična objava Tatjana! In izgled bloga mi je zeeelo všeč! <3

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  8. Zelo uporabno! :) Sama imam tudi podoben nacin, res odvisno od dela dneva in vremena...in ponavadi nardim min. 100 slik, in pridejo v postev nekje 3 :D Tudi pri tebi mogoce tako? Da nisem edina, haha! :P

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    1. Ko je slabo vreme, sploh ne fotkam, ker so itak grozne fotke. Drugače pa včasih naredim tudi do 200 fotk in na koncu rata samo ena lepa. :D

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  9. this is an excellent post. when i first started taking photos, i would try different places and times. so i would take a picture first of what time of the day it was, then a photo of the place in the house i took the photos, then i'd take the photos. so when i'd go to my computer and saw which ones turned out the best, i'd know at what time and where i took them. i still dont always get it right, especially during cloudy winter, but this helped me ;)

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    1. Thank you. :) I did the same, and then I discovered my balcony is the best for taking photos of makeup and swatches. I don't even imagine what I'll do if I'm going to move out. And yes, during the winter is the worse, it's almost impossible to take good photos.

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  10. mislim da ovo objasnjava sve :) samo sto ja ipak stojim ispred prozora i nemam neku pozadinu, al srecom soba je dovoljno duboka da bude nesto crno/sivo u pozadini na kraju

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    1. Samo, da komu pride prav. :) Saj za nekatere fotkanje pred oknom deluj, zame pa žal ne. Vsak mora sam ugotoviti, kjer njegove fotke izgledajo najboljše. :D

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  11. Res zelo uporabna objava, jaz imam vedno probleme s slikanjem očesnega makeup-a, zato se tega večinoma izogibam :D

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    1. Hvala. :) Meni pa je slikanje očesnega makeupa zakon, dokler ne fotkam maskar. Potem so moje fotke katastrofa, ker vedno stiskam oči skupaj.

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  12. Super objava, sem zvedela veliko stvari ki jih prej nisem vedela:) Poleg tega obužujem eye-makeup.
    Kaj pa meniš u Picasu?

    http://larajemec.blogspot.com/

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    1. Me veseli, da je bila objava v pomoč.
      Katerikoli urejevalnik je ok, tudi Picaso, dokler le ima tiste osnovne funkcije. :) Jaz si velikokrat pomagam tudi s PicMonkey, ki je na internetu. :)

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  13. Se strinjam s Saro, jaz moram tudi zelo dvigovat obrvi, da se vidi kaj imam na vekah:D, hehe. Očitno imamo večina probleme s tem. Tvoje slike so super osvetljene. Jaz ko se slikam zunaj v senci, me preveč sprere. Nekako se preslabo vidi makeup. Zato se raje fotografiram v sobi, za okni (še malo difuzirajo svetlobo), ampak moram seveda spet paziti ob katerem času. Ja problemi:)

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    1. Mislim, da tole res delamo vse. :D Tvoje fotke so itak super. Je pa res, da moramo biti pozorne na svetlobo. Jaz vedno fotkam dopoldne, nikoli popoldne, ker spet ne bi bila dobra svetloba. Je pa res, kot sem rekla, vsaka mora ugotoviti zase, kdaj so njene fotke najbolj ok in mislim, da smo me različne blogerke dokaz za to. :)

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  14. No kot že veš, jaz isto kot Petra slikam pred oknom :) Telefon postavljen na škatlah, pred njim ogledalo in če delam full face, zdaj po novem uporabljam slušalke kot sprožilec. Galaxy S5 itak samodejno izostri sliko, tako da z zamegljenimi slikami nimam več kaj dosti problemov. Dejansko je S5 zelo olajšal moje delo, ampak še vedno naredim tono slik :) Sobo imam pa kot ti obrnjeno proti zahodu, tako da lahko slikam trenutno nekje do 1h, ampak tudi če zamudim te ure, imam te žarnice z naravno svetlobo, ki so megakul pa rolete malo spustim, da ni te močne rumene svetlobe od sonca :)

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    1. Tvoje fotke so itak popolne. <3 Sama sem tudi poskusila z žarnicami z naravno svetlobo, but it doesn't work for me. Bodo pa tvoji nasveti zagotovo pomagali kaki bralki, hvala, da si se razpisala. :))

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  15. odličan post, super savjeti :D

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  16. Very helpful!! I tried a couple times to photograph lipstick or mascara...No way (I have to say my camera is quite heavy and I didn't try using a tripod)! It's much more simpler (for me) to photograph just my nails :D

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    1. I think nails are really the simplest to photograph, but when you learn how to photograph your face it's not that hard. :D

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  17. Very informative post that I'll need to read a few more times, I couldn't stop staring at your eye makeup, dangit. :D

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    1. I'm really proud on this one, haha. :)

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  18. Super post!! Krasne fotke delaš tako da res lepo, da si delila z nami :) Meni nikoli ne uspe tako lepih fotk narediti ampak mislim, da so vsaj boljše kot včasih, tako da tudi to je nekaj :)) xx

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    1. Hvala. :) Tvoje fotke so tudi krasne. <3 Me je pa veliko punc spraševalo, kako fotkam, tako da sem morala objaviti post, da jih potem lahko preprosto sem pošljem. :)

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  19. Tvoje fotke vedno pridejo tako dobro, nisem si nikoli prestavljala, da nastajajo na tak način :)

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