How We Shot It | Glow: Makeup & Lighting

 In Lighting, Makeup, Photography

It’s not a secret that the makeup application as well as the cosmetics products used for live events, video and beauty photography are very different. While it is important for the makeup artist to cover up all visible blemishes and contour their client’s face for events, the same approach in makeup for beauty photography will end up in a disaster.

One of the most common questions I hear from beginner photographers and retouchers is: “How can I create a beautiful skin texture in my images in post-production?” and this question is so backwards that the answer may seem unrelated.

The truth is that a beautiful skin texture is CAPTURED in camera, so it is “created” through your smart model choice, your makeup artist’s strong skills, and your relevant lighting. You can then retain the captured skin texture while removing the blemishes in post-production.

Model Laura Gude of Osbrink Models, makeup & hair Vlada Haggerty, photography & post-production Julia Kuzmenko

GLOW: MAKEUP 

My colleague and dear friend Vlada Haggerty and I decided to share what we do in pre-production and our first little video is from our recent shoot where we wanted to create a super dewy look with our gorgeous muse Laura Gude of Osbrink Models.

If you are a beauty photographer, feel free to share this post with your makeup artist, as Vlada kindly shared her product list below as well.

GLOW: LIGHTING

As for the lighting, I used a slightly tweaked Clean Beauty lighting setup from our Go Pro: Studio Beauty video course, only instead of a beauty dish, I shot with the amazing light modifier for beauty photography –  Para 88 by Broncolor.

 

A screenshot from the Clean Beauty Setup video from the Go Pro: Studio Beauty video course. In this photoshoot I replaced a beauty dish with a Para 88 by Broncolor.

And while shooting against the black background, we moved away from the backdrop leaving more space behind the model, turned the two strobes around and pointed them at the model’s head from behind, so that they created rim lights on both cheeks. But I personally liked this look against the white background more.

MAKEUP PRODUCT LIST

Model Laura Gude of Osbrink Models, makeup & hair Vlada Haggerty, photography & post-production Julia Kuzmenko

 

Model Laura Gude of Osbrink Models, makeup & hair Vlada Haggerty, photography & post-production Julia Kuzmenko

 

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