Here at MRP, our clients call in with inquiries on a daily basis. Wether they’re a model or an actor, they all tend to ask the same questions right before their session with the most common question always being “ Do you recommend using a makeup artist? ” .
Sure, you might be the most beautiful person in the world or you may have even watched a million Jeffery Star makeup tutorials with your cat, but on-camera makeup is more of a science than most people realize. Between changes in lighting, the calibration of the camera, and the amount of fine detailing a camera can pick up on, using a professionally trained makeup artist is a key component in getting shots that you love. To break this science down for you further, here are our top 3 reasons behind having a professional makeup artist at all of your photoshoots.
1. Even Out Skin Tone
While, to the naked eye, your skin might be absolutely flawless, a professional camera will pick up on even the tiniest of blemishes and bits of skin discoloration. Additionally, studio lighting may change the color of your foundation making it appear to be the wrong color for your skin tone. For this very reason, it is crucial to not only wear foundation, but to work with someone who understands how to apply makeup that will read well on camera and work with the lighting being used. Professional make-up artists are trained to understand the science behind using makeup to color correct for the camera and thus they will ensure that your final photos look like the best version of you and not some, orange, splotchy creature from Stranger Things.
2. Put Emphasis on Your Eyes
As I’m sure you’ve heard before, your eyes are the direct window to your soul. When a film actor has been known to “read well” on camera, typically it relates back to their eyes telling stories that spread a powerful message beyond any words. Achieving a headshot that stands out from the rest means achieving this same goal with your eyes in your photo. However, lighting and other conditions can wash you out on camera, making your eyes look dull and lifeless. Wether you’re male or female, a makeup artist will understand how to apply eye makeup that will allow your eyes to pop without looking over done.
3. Adding Dimension
When casting directors see your headshot, not only do they want to see the best version of you, but the best example of what you’ll look like on screen. With a photo only being two dimensional and the chance that lighting could wash out your most distinguishable features, it is important to have a makeup artist to contour your face. Now, when I say contour I don’t mean an extreme Kardashian-like version of yourself. A professional make-up artist will give you the best, three dimensional, cinematic version of you and allow your photos to stand out from the crowd.