I do! I wear makeup most days anyway, but I do enjoy adding a little extra pizzaz for blog photos.
1. It’s fun! (If you don’t find wearing make-up fun, then just ignore everything I’m about to say.) I really enjoy buying and wearing make-up though, and blog pics are an excuse to be a little more playful than I would day to day. Mo’ glitter, mo’ shadow, mo’ shine, mo’ fun!
Blue eyeshadow – not my every day look.
2. It photographs well. Now, this might vary a lot person to person, but I’ve got a very low-contrast colouring: blonde hair, invisible brows and lashes, and pale lips. For me, makeup helps define my face in photographs even when I go for bright, slightly over-exposed lighting.
3. It helps set the mood. A summer top might call for lots of bronzer, or maybe a sassy dress needs red lipstick. Just like choosing the right pair of shoes, the right necklace, the right lighting or the right location.
Channeling my inner flamenco dancer.
4. It makes me more confident. Not that it changes my confidence in my looks (ok, maybe it does a bit) but it’s like putting on a costume and becoming someone else – the Gillian who goes to take pictures in front of strangers! I’m one of those shy people who is confident on stage as long as I have a role – likewise, when I dress up as a version of myself, I’m ready to go take pictures like a boss.
Believe it or not, this is me with a lot of bronzer on my face, neck and shoulders!
Now, you are probably saying, “But Gillian, you look basically the same in every photo!” Well, yes… but the differences that are subtle on camera are noticeable to me as I get ready. I rather like that I can cake it on to get in the mood but the camera makes it all seem understated!
The glory of makeup is that it’s a choice… and it’s just as valid to say “No thanks!” as “Yes please!” Makeup would be no fun if I HAD to wear it, and I’m definitely not saying that good pics require makeup. We’re all feminists here, right?
Frank’s cat-eye-liner is always on point!
In my interview with this month’s Better Pictures Project muse Erin, she talked about her pre-photo routine to get in mood. The more I think about it, the more I realise that my warm-up routine is putting on make-up (usually on a weekend day where I’ve been in pyjamas til mid-afternoon), and trying out necklaces, shoes, and other accessories. I’m usually thinking through the blog post I’ll write, and deciding where to take photos. It’s quality thinking time, AND a chance to smear colour all over my face. It’s a win-win!
What’s your personal relationship to makeup? Love it, hate it, or bored by it? Do you change up your routine for blog photos?