Great skin is one of the most important parts of a photo shoot. I tend to think more in texture when looking at a models skin, how do I want the skin to look.Speaking with the photographer before I start working is very important. I need to know how they are thinking in terms of lighting and finished result.

I have been asked on our Facebook page if I could give a few tips for creating a light shine to the skin when on a photo shoot.

I love using different techniques for different effects. Because I work in so many areas of the makeup business I have to be open to all ideas of creating the perfect skin. I use airbrush for TV and video but never for photo shoots. Cream and liquid foundations are mixed with oils and serums to achieve a moveable base for photo. Moisturizers that I customize are also part of my kit for an
almost nothing look for fashion shoots. Full coverage foundation, bronzers, mineral powders and more are set up when I am back stage at a fashion show. There is no set rule for me when it comes to skin texture.

But you will be happy to know there are some great tips we share with my students at the academy to get that glow on a photo shoot and here they are:
Prep the skin: This has to be done really well to get as much moisture into the skin as possible. Some of my favorite primers.

MAC brightening Serum, MAC mineralize charged water, Embryolisse moisturizer, MAC care blend oil, Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream, Bobbi Brown extra moisturizing balm.

Once the skin is ready I start applying the type of foundation I think will work best for the job I am doing. Sometimes I will customize these with oils or highlighters. To create that extra shine to the skin I work with different high lighters. Here are some of my favorites:
MAC cream color base in Hush, Pearl, Improper Copper. MAC Iridescent Powder in Silver Dust, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, Lucas Pawpaw ointment both from myroots.dk Benefit High Beam, Nars Copacabana.

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