Senior photography by Julieta Belmont

Senior Photos Makeup Do’s and Don’ts

What type of makeup should you wear for your senior photos?

Makeup is an essential question many seniors and their parents ask themselves when thinking about their professional senior photos.

There are a variety of styles that you can select. However, choosing the most appropriate one will depend entirely on the type of pictures, style, and overall message you want to convey.

Senior photos are more than just an excellent memory. You can also use them for college, internship, or job applications, so it is with thinking about how to look your best and which looks you will aim for during your shoot.

In this article, I will give you some hints and introduce you to some of the best hair and makeup artists in Sublette County.

Is makeup a must for senior photos?

Senior photos makeup. Copyright Mooseheart Photography by Julieta Belmont

It all depends on you.

However, wearing even a discrete makeup can bring out your best features and help the camera capture smoother surfaces on your skin for the close-up portraits.

Although the pictures are digitally retouched, a retouch does not imply adding any makeup or changing any features.

It is also important to highlight that a lot of makeup is not required because senior photos tend to be during the day and outdoors, so night makeup or ballroom makeup would not be the best approach.

As with many things in life, the key is to find a good balance.

How to achieve the perfect look for your senior photos?

The primary aspect of wearing makeup for senior photos is to achieve a natural look that enhances the features.

As we said before, we usually take your senior photos outside, so it is essential to have makeup that will not look overdone with natural light.

The same goes for the hair.

It is nice to have a hairstyle that reflects a groomed personality, but you don’t need an intricate hairdo or many accessories.

However, you should also think about your hairstyle to reflect your personality and still look styled.

senior photos makeup natural makeup with natural light. Copyright Mooseheart Photography by Julieta Belmont

Step-by-step quick guide for natural makeup

Here is a step-by-step guide for achieving natural makeup and some hairstyling ideas that are generally very functional for senior photos.

Step 1 Clean your face with a non-alcohol soft cleanser.

A clean and dry face is the first step to wearing makeup. Make sure that you use a cleanser that does not have alcohol since that can dry your skin.

Moist it with lukewarm water, apply the cleanser, and rinse thoroughly, drying it out with a soft towel and gentle pats.

Allow the water to be absorbed by the skin.

In case of acne, use the products recommended by your skin-care professional.

Step 2 Apply a natural moisturizer and solar protection.

This step is complementary to step one, never forget to moisturize your skin after cleaning.

Preferably use natural and vegan products that have not been tested on animals, so stay away from commercial brands because they have a lot of chemical components that end up drying your skin.

Use an SPF 30 base makeup or moisturizer, and again look out for alcohol being the main ingredient.

Natural cosmetics tend to be gentler on the skin.

Step 3 Apply a lightweight foundation.

The foundation is a crucial step to achieving a natural look.

Heavy foundations or TV adequate foundations are very dense and make a face look unnatural compared to the rest of the body.

It is not a recommended look for a teenager (although it might be in trend) because the young skin is already lovely and works better with natural light.

Heavy foundations are more for closed studios with big, direct lights.

Step 4 Highlight your features.

The next step is to apply a gentle blush to highlight your cheekbones and cover your eyebrows with a pencil or a brow shadow.

Curl your eyelashes and wear a light coat of mascara.

Paint your lips in a natural color and add some gloss for a final touch.

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Tips and ideas for hairstyling.

If you have dyed hair or plan to get it done, I recommend doing it around two weeks before the shoot.

This way, you will have washed your hair a couple of times and allowed the color to set in, making it look more natural.

It depends on the length of your hair and the overall look you are going for hairstyles. However, here are some valuable tips.

  1. Think about versatility. Maybe you can straighten your hair, let it down for some pictures, and then do a change of outfit with a quick updo.
  1. Avoid hair covering your face.- The critical thing with senior pictures is that we get a good look at your expressions and personality, so choose a hairstyle that shows your face
  1. You can also get your hair styled by a professional to help you achieve the exact look you are going for. Do this, especially if you want a more fashionable photoshoot.

Meet the artists that help us come up with the most impressive senior photos.

As a thank you to all our seniors, we are offering a surprise gift for Mooseheart Photography seniors.

Makeup with Cassie.

senior photos makeup artist Cassandra Wilson

Cassie Wilson is the makeup artist that helps my seniors get an amazing look for their photoshoot.

She will be delighted to give you a discount if you share this post and mention Mooseheart Photography at your appointment.

Hair with Sarah.

Senior photos makeup hairstylist Sarah Ennis

Sarah Ennis is the hairstyle expert that helps my seniors get amazing hair that completes the look and helps them make the statement they want in their pictures.

To get your special discount, you must share this post and mention Mooseheart Photography at your appointment.

I hope this article gives you more confidence in your senior pictures.

In the meantime, you can click here to book a date in the calendar.

I can’t wait to capture the magic of your personality.


Julieta Belmont