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5 Tips for Photo Makeup

The importance of professional makeup application prior to your portrait session cannot be emphasized enough. Many of our clients request makeup application from our own, Ashley Rihel, who specializes in airbrush makeup that gives the most beautiful, flawless look to their portraits! If clients opt out due to scheduling or budget constraints, they are left to do their own hair/makeup before their session. Ashley has offered a few tips to consider when going it alone!



Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you’re going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. The camera flash and the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self. This is one tip on how to look good in pictures that I use all of the time!



For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up. Some lights may wash you out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong!



Skipping blush will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face. Without the blush, you won’t have nearly the amount of definition that you would have if you add a bit of blush. Remember though, don’t over apply blush either. Start light and add more if needed.



Another tip for looking good in pictures is not forgetting your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to contrast your features for best results. Put on a bold lip or even something nude — it all depends on what look you are going for!



Skip the SPF when choosing what products to wear. SPF has a white base that reflects the UVA and UVB rays. It’s also great for flash back, which is something you DON’T want. It will cause your face to have a ghost effect and will not look the same as your neck and chest. It’s great for in the sun (SPF30 by the way) but not for in front of the camera!

Licensed hair and makeup professional Ashley Rihel is always on the cutting edge of what is fabulous in the world of hair and makeup. Beauty is her passion, and this experienced stylist acquires her joie de vivre from ensuring that each and every one of her clients leaves her chair feeling confident, radiant, modern, and ready to take on the world!

A session with Ashley is more than a haircut; it’s a transformative experience with a seasoned artist who will take the time to fully understand your needs and desires. She truly has an “eye” for beauty and can offer guidance every step of the way. Lay back and enjoy being pampered in the stress-free, professional, and fun environment that only Ashley Rihel can provided. Ashley offers her clientele a full range of services, including:Hair and makeup design for models and actors, Bridal hair and makeup (including consults & engagement photos), Air brush makeup (make your HD photos flawless!), Hair treatments and chemical services, Extensions, Waxing, In-home private consultations, and everything in between, from a fresh cut to simply looking AMAZING for a night out on the town!

Ashley Rihel is available to all Captures by Erin portrait clients for beautiful makeup application and hair styling prior to their session at the studio.

Contact her at (817) 800-4824 or
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