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Makeup Tips for Photo Shoots

Learn how to do your makeup for a photo shoot from model scout Trudi Tapscott in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Trudi Tapscott. Sometimes you're doing tests for something a photographer needs. They might have some crazy, wild idea about something they want to do that involves a lot of makeup. But, what you need for your book, as a model, is something that shows you.

It's really minimal makeup. Models in New York City wear almost no makeup every day unless they're working. You don't want anything to distract from your face. You really want it to be simple. Simple, clean, pretty, that's kind of what, in pictures, you want.

When you see clients, it's usually almost no makeup. In small markets, you sometimes do your own makeup for lots of things. Even for jobs sometimes, you do your own makeup in small markets.

But, in markets like New York, Milan, and Paris, if someone wants makeup they hire someone to do the makeup. You don't have to do it yourself. It's almost never really a question, even for test shoots. If it's a test shoot that they really want to have a lot of fashion, they'll have a makeup artist there to do it.

The skills of doing your own makeup for a model are sometimes limited. I've known models that I've represented that never really learned how to do makeup because they never had to do it for themselves. It's really minimal and if you're doing pictures to get an agent, you want it to be very minimal makeup, if any.

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