How To: Take Good Close-Up Makeup Pictures

October 27, 2009

A lot of you have asked me how I can get my FOTDs to show up so clear so here are some tips I picked up from years of being a camera whore.

What I Use: Sony Cybershot DSC-T70. I have been using this for the past 2 years.

Blinged up Sony Cybershot DSC-T70

* Get the right lighting. Daylight is definitely the best for taking pictures. However, if you can only take pictures at night just like me, make sure the background is well-lit with a halogen lamp. Not only will this help bring out more details, I swear it brightens up the face and makes those nasty shadows and bags under your eyes appear lighter too!

* Use the flash. I know a lot of people worry about the flash washing them out, but I personally love it and use it in pretty much all my pictures. The key is to make sure you are using the right kind of flash. Most cameras have a setting for flash intensity and remember to set the ISO levels to low. I also find the flash to reduce blurriness.

* Always shoot in Macro mode. This is the one with the flower icon and is practically made for closeup shooting. Having said that, if you are shooting at a distance under Macro mode, the pictures will come out blurry.

* Use the red-eye reduction feature. This works by having a flash go off right before the main flash to make your pupils contract, thus reducing “red eye”.

* Find your best angle. Mariah Carey’s known for her right side whereas I prefer my left. Practice with your camera and a mirror and trust me, your hard work will pay off!

* Experiment. There is a reason why cameras come with so many different modes and features. Play around with yours to figure out what works best on you.

* Steady, steady. While it’s impossible to grow a steady hand, you can always get a tripod to prevent shakiness.

Check out Camera Ready Makeup Tips by Celebrity Makeup Artist Kathy Aragon and my makeup tips For taking passport/yearbook pictures! Got more photography tips? Share!


  • Reply AtelierGal October 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Looks like I need to get one of that… relying on my mobile phone gives me a headache most of the time!! Does the camera have a video function?

  • Reply teeyah October 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Wee! We’re using the same camera, Phyllis 🙂 Thanks for these helpful tips!

  • Reply kristie October 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    thanks for the tips~ i guess i’ll try the flash next time 🙂

  • Reply kristie October 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    thanks for the tips~ i guess i’ll try the flash next time 🙂
    BTW I love your blog!

  • Reply Yvette October 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for the tips!
    and btw, that is such a cute camera!

  • Reply Phyllis October 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm


    Yes it does have a video function.

  • Reply sunmom October 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    my jaws really dropped when i read this post because i kept thinking u were using an slr to take your gorgeous pictures and i my pictures wouldn’t appear as beautiful because i’m only using sony cybershot dscw120! we have a good .8 mp difference which shouldn’t be that big…now, i’m inspired to take close ups! thanks for the tip phyllis!

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