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The best makeup to wear to your headshot session?
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What Kind of Makeup Should I Wear to My Headshot Session?

Getting ready for a headshot session can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, these photos will be the face of your professional brand. Whether you’re updating your LinkedIn profile, building a personal website, or applying for jobs, you want to put your best face forward. One key element to achieving that perfect headshot? Your makeup.

In this blog post, we’ll help you figure out what kind of makeup to wear for your headshot session. Here’s a breakdown of tips and tricks to ensure you look polished and professional on camera.

Why Make-up Matters for Headshots

Makeup isn’t just about looking good—it’s about enhancing your natural features and ensuring your face is camera-ready. The right makeup can:

  • Even Out Skin Tone: Cameras can pick up even the slightest imperfections. A good foundation will smooth out your complexion.
  • Enhance Features: Properly applied makeup can highlight your best features, making your eyes pop or your smile more vibrant.
  • Reduce Shine: Natural oils on your face can reflect camera flashes. Makeup can help to mattify and reduce unwanted shine.
  • Boost Confidence: When you look good, you feel good. Confidence shines through in your photos.

Step-by-Step Make-up Guide for Headshots

Prep Your Skin

  1. Cleanse and Moisturize:

Begin with a clean canvas. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Hydrated skin creates a better base for makeup.

  1. Primer:

Use a primer to help your makeup last longer. It will also smooth out your skin’s texture, minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Perfect Your Base

  1. Foundation:

Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Apply it evenly using a brush, sponge, or your fingers. Make sure to blend well into your neck to avoid any harsh lines.

  1. Concealer:

Use concealer to cover dark circles, blemishes, or any other areas that need extra coverage. Opt for a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation for a brightening effect.

  1. Setting Powder:

Apply a setting powder to lock your foundation and concealer in place. This will help control shine, especially in your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

Highlight and Contour

  1. Contour:

Lightly contour your face to add dimension. Apply a matte bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline, and at the sides of your forehead. Blend well to avoid harsh lines.

  1. Highlight:

Use a highlighter on the high points of your face—cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of your nose, and the cupid’s bow. This will add a natural glow and bring light to your face.

Eyes and Brows

  1. Eyeshadow:

Stick to neutral shades like browns, taupes, and creams. These colors are universally flattering and won’t distract from your face. Apply a slightly darker shade in the crease for subtle depth.

  1. Eyeliner:

Use brown or black eyeliner to define your eyes. Apply it close to your lash line and, if desired, gently smudge it for a softer look.

  1. Mascara:

A few coats of mascara will open up your eyes. Opt for a waterproof formula to avoid smudging.

  1. Brows:

Well-groomed brows frame your face. Fill them in with a brow pencil or powder that matches your brow color. Use a spoolie brush to blend for a natural look.

Lips and Cheeks

  1. Blush:

Apply a natural-looking blush to the apples of your cheeks. This will add a healthy flush to your face.

  1. Lip Color:

Choose a lip color that complements your skin tone. Nude, pink, and berry shades are safe bets. Avoid overly glossy or matte finishes—aim for a satin or cream finish for a balanced look.

Final Touches

  1. Setting Spray:

A setting spray will help keep your makeup in place throughout your session. It also helps to meld all the layers of makeup together for a seamless finish.

  1. Touch-Up Kit:

Bring a small touch-up kit to your session, including powder, lipstick, and blotting papers, to refresh your makeup as needed.


Choosing the right makeup for your headshot session is crucial in making a lasting impression. Remember, the goal is to enhance your natural beauty, not mask it. By following these tips, you’ll be ready to step in front of the camera with confidence and capture the perfect headshot.

Need more personalized advice?  Just send me an email with your questions. 

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