How much makeup is right for you?

A visual, progressive guide to determining the perfect amount of makeup for you!

One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients is not knowing how to do their makeup in a way that doesn't feel like too much on, but still translates well on camera AND doesn't take a whole lot of time.


I worked with Heike of Heike Martin Photography to create a visual progression of how varying levels of makeup show up on camera.


I will break down what was done and how long each application took, so that you can get an idea of which look is a realistic approach for you to incorporate into your routine. I took the same steps for each model, but used products that suited their skin needs best.


If you find that you are inspired to try a look out, but need a bit of guidance in creating the look on your own, I would love to discuss creating a Makeup Class just for you and your needs. Classes start at just $25 and you will ABSOLUTELY feel confident in your ability to do your makeup more effectively after completing your class!




Sabah Jabri Head Shot

Picture 1:

  • No makeup, skin care only

  • Get ready time: 2 minutes


Picture 2:

  • Minimal makeup

  • Get ready time: Less than 10 minutes

  • Steps taken:

  1. Skincare

  2. Foundation

  3. Second layer of foundation under the eyes as concealer

  4. Set entire face with loose powder

  5. Lightly applied a matte bronzer around the perimeter of the face

  6. Applied light layer of tinted brow gel

  7. Applied a lip balm.

  8. Applied 1 coat of mascara.


Anita Garber Head Shot


Picture 3:

  • Intermediate makeup. (I added on from Picture 2, then kicked it up a notch)

  • Get ready time: 15 minutes

  • Steps taken:

  1. Skincare

  2. Foundation

  3. Second layer of foundation under eyes as concealer

  4. Set entire face with loose powder

  5. Lightly applied a matte bronzer around the perimeter of the face.

  6. Applied light layer of tinted brow gel

  7. * Applied a lipstick instead of a lip balm

  8. Applied 1 coat of mascara

Kick it Up a Notch:

9. Added light shadow to the lids and darkened the roots of the lashes with a khol liner

10. Added a bit more bronzer to the perimeter of the face, as well as in the crease of the eye

11. Added a soft blush to the cheeks and into the crease of the eye

12. Added a second layer of mascara to the top lashes and 1 layer to the bottom lashes

13. Added brow power to fill in any sparse brow hairs


Picture 4:

  • Full glam makeup

  • Get ready time: 25-35 minutes

  • Steps taken:

  1. Skincare

  2. Foundation

  3. Filled in the brow completely and carved out the shape with foundation.

  4. Added concealer under the eyes and at all high points of the face to create a highlighted effect

  5. Set concealed areas with a brightening loose powder

  6. Set the remainder of the face with a powder foundation

  7. Sculpted the perimeter of the face, and any areas I wanted to appear more defined with a contour powder. (including the crease of the eye to begin to build the dimension of the eye up.

  8. Wiped off any remaining loose powder that was used to set the concealer

  9. Applied a highlight powder just under the cheek contour and under the eyes for more dimension

  10. Added blush to the cheeks and into the crease of the eye to further sculpt those areas

  11. Added a highlight powder to the high points of the cheeks

  12. Used 2-3 additional shadow shades on the top and bottom of the eyes to create a custom glam eye look

  13. Curled lashes, and applied 1 coat of mascara to the bottom and top lashes.

  14. Applied a false strip lash (With the exception of Anita, as her eyes kept watering!)

  15. Applied a lipstick that complimented the eyes and cheek color scheme.


Were these tips helpful? Which look is your favorite? Head over to our IG or FB to comment on the post titled 'How Much Makeup Is Right For You", and comment which look you like most, and why!





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