1. Curb shineNothing ruins a perfectly good photo than a bad case of shine – we’d like that word to be used to describe our hair and not our foreheads, thanks! Use a mattifying primer like The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It before applying foundation to control that telltale sheen; after foundation, finish off with a light dusting of setting powder (we’re fans of Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder). If you have advance warning, excuse yourself to the ladies room and use a blotting paper like Neutrogena Shine-Control Blotting Sheets to soak up any excess oil. Need a refresher on where and how to apply primer? Click here for the 411.
Look bright-eyed and awake in every photo by enlisting the help of an unexpected beauty tool – glitter. It is the holiday season after all, so take this opportunity to flaunt that sparkly silver liner you’ve been eyeing; not only will it help you look especially festive, but it will also make your eyes pop in every photo. If glitter eyeliner sounds a bit too dramatic for you, try a more subtle approach by dabbing a shimmery loose powder like MAC Pigment in White in the inner corners of your eyes and along your bottom waterline instead.
2. Hint of sparkle
If you’re flaunting a red lip, make sure to choose a shade with blue undertones – it will make your teeth look whiter and brighter photos. We love the creamy feel of Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge for a picture-perfect pout; if you’re more of a stain gal, try tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Stain in Fiery.
3. Choose the right red
Get glowing and highlight your best features in front of your snap-happy friends by dusting your favorite luminizer in the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and above the apples of your cheeks (instant cheekbones, check!). Use a powder version like Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Rose Douceur if you’re a beginner – it’s the easiest and quickest to apply and will give you a subtle glow instead of contribute to unwanted shine.
Flat, lifeless hair sits at the top of our list of no-no’s when it comes to looking fab in photos this holiday season. To boost shine, apply a super-moisturizing hair mask a night or two before (Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche will soften dry locks and leave you with shiny, silky strands). Avoid doing hair masks hours before your event – though moisturizing, they can weigh your hair down and make it harder to style. When choosing a picture-perfect hairstyle, repeat after us: volume, volume, volume. Avoid a bad case of hat hair by applying a volumizing spray like Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray or Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Styling Spray to damp hair before blow-drying. Tease your roots with a wide-toothed comb and finish off with a spritz of texturizing spray to keep your hair beautifully bouncy throughout the night. And don’t forget to give your hair a little fluff before the flash goes off!
5. Keep the volume
What beauty tricks do you use to look photo-ready? Tell us in the comments!