How to Take Better Makeup Photos
Author: Michelle Teeken Date Posted:21 July 2021
When I started taking makeup photos, all I had was my iPhone 7 Plus and I relied on my fluorescent light or natural light. I was using only these tools to create makeup content for Instagram. You do not need to buy fancy lighting and a camera to get started. But if you are growing and want to step up the quality on your content, you may consider upgrading.
I will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to take quality photos without the need for fancy equipment or an expensive camera.
IT'S ALL IN THE LIGHTING:
This is the most important factor when taking photos! Lighting plays a huge part and can take your photos from dull and desaturated, to bright and colourful.
Natural lighting is my favourite kind and I try using it as much as I can; but sometimes this is not always there. Unfortunately, if you are making content on a drab and gloomy day you may need to invest in some sort of light source. I recommend looking at purchasing a ring light or soft boxes. Personally, I have both and use them in conjunction with each other to create a stronger light source. If you want an even stronger light source, you can pick up a reflector online for cheap to bounce your light source around.
USE THE BACK CAMERA ON YOUR PHONE:
The back camera of your phone creates higher quality photos. I find the back camera not only looks better in quality; but it captures the colours of your shot better. To ensure you are in shot, take a mirror and set it up in front of you. That way, you can see what you are taking a photo of and get the angle you want. You can also hold a handheld mirror or makeup palette with a mirror in it. This method works best for eye close ups.
Do you have an Apple Watch & iPhone? You can open the camera app on it and use it as a view finder. Before I purchased my camera, I would set up my iPhone on my ring light with the back camera facing me, then use my watch to take the photos.