8 beauty essentials that’ll make you look amazing in professional pictures

From harsh flashes to long lenses, putting on make-up for photographs is a totally different arena to your everyday slick of mascara and gloss. 

With wedding season fast approaching, we asked professional make-up artist Jose Bass for the go-to products he uses on his models, so that you can look and feel as fabulous as they do during a day on set.

The prep


Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £24, Clinique

First thing’s first: you need to properly remove all traces of old make-up before you move on to applying more.

‘To begin, remove any makeup by massaging Take The Day Off cleaning balm into your face,’ says Jose. Its a great calming product to help remove any debris – plus, giving your face a massage by applying pressure under the cheekbones and pressing outwards along the eyebrows will wake up the face.’

The base


Natural Radiant Longer Foundation, £35, Nars 

‘Once you have cleansed and prepped, use Nars Natural Radiant Longer Foundation,’ Jose advises. ‘Long wear and light weight, this foundation is high coverage but managed to look super natural – plus, the fade resistant formula instantly smooths and improves the look of your skin.’

According to Jose, this foundation actually looks better as the hours go by – so your skin will be just as glowy in the dancefloor shots as it did in the moments from the morning.

The concealer


Stretch concealer, £15, Glossier

Even if there are areas you’re particularly conscious of, there’s need to cake on the concealer. ‘I love Glossier stretch concealer, which is made up of elastic micro-waxes and nourishing oils that move with skin, rather than sitting on top of it,’ says Jose. ‘It’s buildable, which makes it especially good for red spots and blemishes. It’s not often you find a sheer, lightweight concealer that hides dark under-eye circles and covers spots, but still has the requisite staying power.’

‘Just apply the concealer under the eyes and around the nose and chin. I always apply concealer after foundation as it gives a less heavy result – you end up using it only where you need to.’

The eyeshadow


Ombre Premiere cream eyeshadow, £26, Chanel

‘Chanel is my to go to for long wear cream eyeshadow,’ says Jose. ‘It’s super easy to blend – for a subtle result, use Ombre Premiere cream eyeshadow on the entire eyelid to dress it up and even it out.’

Want more intensity? ‘Try applying a powder eyeshadow on top of the long wearing cream eyeshadow – this will deepen the outer corners stretching the eye outwards for a little more more drama.’

The mascara


Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant waterproof mascara, £20, Debenhams

‘Smudge-free, cry-proof mascara is a must for a wedding and this formula is so waterproof, “you can even swim with it on!”’ exclaims Jose.

‘For best results, apply Makeup Forever Aqua Smokey Extravagant waterproof mascara in black as close to the lash line as you can. This will give you a flirty, voluminous set that stays on all night long.’

The blush


Blush in Orgasm, £24, Nars

Photographs can often leave even the most lively of faces looking washed out, so a good blush is a must – and Jose knows just the thing.

‘Nars has the ultimate collection in both cream sticks and powder formulations to achieve that healthy looking colour,’ he says. ‘Try the cult classic Orgasm or Oasis to immediately enliven your complexion.’

The lip


Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, £18, Mac

For those who prefer going for bold colour or wish to have a subtle tint on the lips M∙A∙C have a wide range of formulations that will suit every type. The classic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour with saturated molten shades all promise one thing: a jolt of pure matte metallic colour in a liquid-suede finish that lasts and lasts.

The powder


Suqqu Face Up Powder, £29, Selfridges

And lastly a finishing powder by Suqqu called Face Up Powder is a pale pink and fine white shimmer pressed powder Infused with light-reflecting micro powder to bring out asmooth bright and supple complexion.

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