Some people call it a natural glow–you call it greasiness! If you have a tendency to sweat, even a carefully powdered face can end up looking shiny in a photo shoot. Many times, unwanted facial sweat is triggered by exposure to warm temperatures or even feelings of nervousness. Before you step in front of a camera, prep your face. You can achieve a pretty, matte look that focuses on your smile, not your moist skin.
Planning Your Photo Session
The truth is you might want a beach side photo shoot but is this hot location the best place for your session? Consider getting your picture taken in a cooler locale, not in an area with no shade or sun protection. Also, don’t schedule your session after a morning walk or an afternoon workout. You’ll probably appear sweaty after these activities. If you have a sweaty condition bordering on problematic, talk to your physician. Some cosmetic procedures like Botox injections will counteract oiliness. (However, this should only be considered in extreme cases.)
Prepping for Your Photo
If you don’t wear makeup, prep by wiping your face with a facial cleansing cloth right before the photo shoot. These disposable wipes make face care a cinch! All you do is wipe your face and toss it. Keep a spray bottle of purified water handy too. A quick blast of water, followed by a pat with a soft towel will keep your skin cool.
Tap cooling eye gel under your eyes to lower your body temperature. When you stay cool, you sweat less. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water the day before and the day of your photo shoot.
Select clothing that won’t make you sweat. Think about wearing breathable clothing that wicks away moisture. Watch your footwear too! Wearing heavy socks can make you sweat. (Opt for an open toe shoe or sandal, when possible.)
Now, for makeup wearers! Start you makeup application with an oil mattifier. Apply this before you swipe on the first bit of makeup. For better oil control and less shine, opt for mineral powder foundation, blush and eyeshadow. Mineral makeup is finely milled and won’t cling to wrinkles, even if they get a little sweaty. Trade in your normal mascara, at least for the day. You should wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara.
With a little care, you can get beautiful photographs without embarrassing shine.
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