In life, we can be painted absolutely in any way or not at all, but the camera requires brighter colors, so you can't do without makeup at a photo shoot, especially if it is black and white. We decided to find out what are the basic rules of makeup for monochrome shots, the observance of which will help avoid annoying errors and inappropriate gray spots on the face.
Wet, shiny skin, radiance, highlighters, shimmers, a combination of matte and shining textures look great in everyday life and in color photos, but in order to get beautiful black and white pictures, you need to forget about all the makeup rules that you knew before and follow the advice of our expert.
Rule 1. Give preference to monochrome makeup
In general, it is better to build make-up in a natural monochrome gamut, so you will definitely see when performing how one shade is lighter or darker than another and whether the make-up as a whole looks sufficiently contrast.
Rule 2. Sculpting is a must!
Black and white photography usually requires a more “hard” light: the photographer is likely to enhance the contrast of light and dark in order to show more volume in the photo, so in makeup it is not superfluous to pay attention to the “geography” of the face and work out the sculpture well: choose cream products (for example, tones in sticks), they are easier to shade and do not emphasize pores and “fluff” in the photo.
Rule 3. Make makeup a little more contrast than usual
Do not be afraid of brightness - artificial light "eat" more than half of the shadows. However, remember that red and purple shades look dark gray, this effect may look good on the lips and cheekbones, but not on the apples of the cheeks, so give up the rouge or replace them with bronzers.
Rule 4. Add shadows and graphics
Work on a darker sculpturing shade: the sub-temporal space, the lateral surfaces of the nose, the crease of the upper and lower eyelids. Focus on the individual features of the structure of your face and remember that all the light in the photo will increase, and the dark will decrease or "fail." Therefore, if you want to add volume, highlight the objects you want to enlarge in the center and darken them at the edges. The main thing - do not forget about feathering, since any borders on black and white photos are always much more noticeable.
For shading, choose products with a matte texture, because the reflective particles in the composition will give an unnecessary glare. Do not use sparkles - they look better on the video than on the photo, especially on black and white. It is also better to refuse highlighters in order not to get an unnecessary fat effect in photos instead of perfectly smooth, velvety skin.
Rule 5. Pay attention to details
In the eye make-up, be sure to work through the space between the pages and the mucous, paint the eyelashes well. Lipstick, you can choose a little darker than the natural shade of your lips, but not too dark, in order to preserve their volume. You can use two shades of lipstick at once: light - in the center, gently feather in darker - at the edges.
Rule 6. Brilliant and matte textures in lipstick - no
It is better not to use glitter and matte lipstick, choose cream and satin textures with good moisture. If there are areas with excessive gloss on the face - blot them gently with a special cosmetic napkin or powder through a thin paper napkin - so powder in the frame will not be visible.