Tips & Tricks

Camera Ready Makeup Tips by Kathy Aragon

October 11, 2009

Besides meeting Liz Yu from Yaby Cosmetics at The Artist Summit, I also attended a seminar by makeup artist Kathy Aragon on how to nail that flawless camera-ready skin she is most famous for.

Moisturize. Kathy is BIG on moisturizing. She starts out by misting Evian Spray Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water before massaging my favorite Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè onto the skin. On extra dry skin (especially those nasty flakes around the nose), she likes Make Up For Ever HD Elixir. Priming is not necessary and only done when the client has oily skin.

• Kathy loves silicone-based foundation for the perfect dewy look. To get the right match, make sure you match your foundation on both your neck and chest area. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation and FACE atelier Ultra Foundation PRO are Kathy’s favorites.

Highlight. This is a must in Kathy’s routine. She loves a fine shimmer powder (Senna Cosmetics Eye & Face Highlighting Color in Lace) along the bridge of the nose, on the cupid’s bow and on top of the cheekbone blended onto the browbone. She also strongly recommends mixing a shimmery product like Benefit High Beam or NARS Copacabana into your regular concealer to diffuse the darkness under the eyes. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is her top choice for mature skin.

• Just like MAC Senior Makeup Artist Victor C, Kathy is not big on concealer. She only uses her staple, Eve Pearl Concealer Trio, sparingly under the eyes. And contrary to popular belief, she matches the concealer to the circles completely, i.e. no going a shade or two lighter. For serious circles on darker skin tones, Kathy suggests using a blush with orange undertones.

Glow with a cream blush. Kathy definitely prefers cream over powder. She applies the cream blush just on the apples, blending upwards and finishes by blending just a bit of foundation over it for the perfect inner glow. Her favorite cream blushes are Stila Convertible Color and Make Up For Ever Flash Colour.

Want more tips on photography? Check out these Makeup Tips For Passport/Yearbook Pictures and learn How To: Take Good Close-Up Makeup Pictures.

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  • Reply amy October 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I have always been a concealer girl as it completely hides my dark circles and pimples, but it is nice to learn some alternatives. I am guessing by using orange blush, it can brighten up the area?

  • Reply Anna October 12, 2009 at 2:07 am

    What do you mean by matches the concealer to the circles completely ?

    hehe sorry my english not very good.


  • Reply connie October 12, 2009 at 5:04 am

    what is the best foundation you would recommend for flash photography other than mac and mufe?

  • Reply kristie October 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

    thanks for all the tips^^

  • Reply Phyllis October 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Yes Amy, the orange is supposed to counteract the darkness/blueness. It’s the same as using a peachy concealer on lighter skintones.

  • Reply Phyllis October 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Anna, what I meant is not to go lighter on the concealer but to match it to the undertones of your circle completely. In most cases, this means using a concealer darker than your skin tone.

  • Reply Anna October 13, 2009 at 2:57 am

    owh. i shall try that one day.
    Thanks for explaining dear !

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