How to Properly Apply Makeup for Your School Picture, According to Pros

My fourth grade yearbook picture consisted of a velvet navy dress, crimped hair and way too much blush. I always prided myself on my sense of "fashion," and even showed up to school one time in a feather boa.

15 years later I look at that photo and laugh hysterically. What was I thinking? I suppose I was trying to channel my inner Britney Spears, but I was way off the line. I wish I would have rocked a more natural look—I didn't even need makeup back then!

I'm here to help you avoid making my same mistake. A handful of pros in the beauty industry spoke to Sweety High this week, and provided insiders' tips on how to properly apply makeup for your school picture. Keep reading for what they had to say!


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The 411 on highlighter:

"Your yearbook picture is something you'll have and remember forever, which is why it's so important to sport a minimal, clean makeup look! Avoid going overboard with highlighter, as you're looking for a subtle shine."

– Taylor Frankel of Nudestix

Nudestix – Magnetic Nude Glimmers: $28


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The 411 on foundation:

"It's very important to make sure your foundation is not too dark or too light. Foundation should blend into your skin tone, not be darker or lighter."

– Christina Flach of Pretty Girl Makeup

C'est Moi – Brilliant Pressed Powder Foundation: $15


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The 411 on blush:

"For light skin tones, use a soft pink, medium skin tones use peach and darker skin tones use plum."

– Sue Perez of Beautyphonics 

Nudestix – Nudies Matte Blush: $32


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The 411 on lips:

"I would use more neutral tones, so that your color cosmetics don't stand out more than you do, unless you have a signature look like a red lip you wear daily!"

– Mandie Brice, Pro MUA

C'est Moi – Luminary Lip Crayon in Nude: $10


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The 411 on contouring:

"You want these pictures in 10 years to look timeless, and not, 'Oh my gosh, that contouring was so 2019.' "

– Christina Flach of Pretty Girl Makeup

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The 411 on all things eyes:

"Use eyeliner above the lash line and use a softer eyeshadow below the lower lashes. Too much dark eyeliner can make the eye appear smaller."

– Sue Perez of Beautyphonics

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The 411 on choosing colors for your skin:

"Golden undertones? Opt for rich bronze, golds, purples. Pink undertones? Choose taupes, soft greens, blues. Olive undertones? Try a red lip!"

– Krystal B. Armstrong, Pro MUA

"When choosing colors, take a moment to determine whether you are cool, neutral, or warm-toned. What color do your veins appear? If they're green, you likely have cool-toned skin. If they're blue, you could just be warm-toned. With this information in hand, it'll be easier to select shades and products that complement your skin tone and really bring out your features."

– Natalie Plain of Billion Dollar Brows

 

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