The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy – YvesSaint Laurent.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into a great photoshoot. As a photographer I think about the lighting, the set, backdrops and how I will eventually pose my subject(s). A large part of the preparation is scoping out the scene and scouring the web for ideas. There are specific preparation steps that I am writing a separate post for, but now I am paying homage to importance of makeup.
I do my own retouching and I look forward to doing it and to getting better every time. So, as a result of doing painstaking dodging and burning, color matching, Frequency separation I understand the importance of great makeup.
Here are links to some great makeup artists and articles.
I’ve seen the work of Elizabeth Ulloa (http://elizabethulloa.com/) on several images by Julia Kuzmenko, a photographer/retoucher that I admire. I’ve often wondered how Julia gets that radiant and vibrant look, and after reading a few posts by Elizabeth I can see where it starts. Julia is of course an amazing photographer and retoucher, but she has a great foundation to build on. Check out the stories on her site.
This link from improvephotography.com ( http://improvephotography.com/29671/makeup-photoshoots-definitive-guide/) covers some of the prep work when doing makeup for a photoshoot. I encourage anyone to read it if you are interested in preparing for a shoot.
A lot of the makeup sites cater to caucasian skin, I shoot a lot of African American portraits and I dont know how much the approach changes when dealing with darker complexions. I’m looking for some good sites that answer this specifically and when I find a couple I will place them here. I have a shoot lined up in a couple weeks, so I will also ask the MUA about this at that time.