I recently ended up in front of the camera because my friend, David (who btw is a fantastic fashion photographer),  wanted to expand his portfolio to include beauty. Since the premiere of this image, I’ve gotten a lot of Q’s about how I did my makeup. I figured it was a great opportunity for a post. Since David was shooting me on a orange-esque background, I wanted to go for a look that said: “summer radiance” – which basically was dewy skin and clean brows. Here’s everything I used:

1 - I prepped my skin with Skindinavia primer spray. It’s oil-free, it won’t clog your pores, and it’s lightweight. 

2 - I combined Clinique’s Acne Solutions BB Cream with ELF tinted moisturizer. While the former is a BB cream, it does give you more coverage than your average but still feels lighter than foundation. The latter will give you a nice, suntanned look.

3 - I lined my eyes with Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in black. I then proceeded to smudge it a bit, so it looks not quite perfect.

4 - Next I used Clinique’s Color Surge Eyeshadow Trio palette (this has been discontinued, but the quad is similar). I used the Coffee Shop color to fill in my brows. The Beach Plum color got a sweep across my eyelids.

5 - Using a concealer from ELF and a Q-tip, I refined the shape of my brows. 

6 - I curled my lashes and applied a coat of Face It’s Maxx Eye Mascara for Double Curling and layered on a second coat of Face It’s Maxx Eye Mascara for Mega Volume

7 - I applied the Bronzed color from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit to the hollows of my cheeks. 

8 - To heighten the glow, I finished with one of my favorite highlighters - the ABVH Illuminator in So Hollywood (currently sold out, but any of the other colors would work just as well!). Applied to under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and in an inverted triangle on my forehead. Naturally, you should take care to blend well.

And that’s it!


One of the most common questions I get as a photographer is, how can I be more photogenic?

While some people are naturals in front of the camera, like my friend Mercedes (pictured) – others find being photographed an intimidating situation. And rightfully so because unlike your eyes, which see in 3D, the camera only sees in 2D. This explains how even the most beautiful individuals sometimes won’t translate well in photographs. 

So to answer the question, here are a few tips I always give my clients + friends:

1 - Relax: the more nervous you are, the more it’ll show on your face. Just stay calm and ease into it.

2 - Know your angles: angles make a huge difference. They affect how light bounces off your face and back to the camera, which results in how you appear on screen. The more angles you give the camera to work with, the closer to life you will be able to represent yourself. Long story short: know your good side.

3 - Practice: it may sound narcissistic spending that much time staring at your own reflection, but the more you see your own face, the more aware you are about those angles.

4 - Lose the crazy pose: that insane leg move thing Coco Rocha did may have worked inside the glossy pages of Vogue, but probably not when framed on your mother’s mantel. 

5 - Turn your body: don’t face the camera straight on.

6 - Tilt your head: trust me.

7 - Don’t say cheese: say “money” instead. The former can feel like you’re baring your teeth. The latter will pull your mouth into an effortless smile.

8 - Smize: cue montage of Tyra Banks repeating this to Top Model contestants over and over again. But really, it’s the truth. The actual action is more like a focused half squint. 

9 - Shoot from below: if you’ve asked a friend, relative, significant other, or random stranger to snap your picture – instruct them to shoot from a lower angle. It’ll give you the illusion of appearing longer and leaner.

10 - Look above the camera: and not at it. That’s right, pick a spot that’s slightly above the camera (or beyond it) and rest your eyes there. It’ll help you keep your head up and avoid any awkward double chins.

And that’s it, folks! Now go out there and conquer that next profile picture!

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