Thanks to Kim Rozell of Kim Rozell Makeup Design for answering this week’s reader question:
My fiancé and I want to have our engagement pictures done in black and white but I’m afraid of looking washed out. What makeup colors should I use and how much should I put on?
I love the look of timeless black and white photography, especially when it comes to engagement photos. Your make-up should be done properly with lots of contrast, but natural. You should look like you, but better—an enhanced version of you!
Here are some points to consider:
- Use light around eyes and on cheek bones to enhance or highlight without too much frost or shine.
- Use darker flat tones to contour under cheek bones, and under jawline for more definition and contrast. Cut shine in pictures. Make sure to use plenty of powder. Use a colorless powder to reduce shine.
- Wear make-up as you would normally, but enhanced. It should look fresh and well blended, but not overdone, even in black and white.
- Avoid dark red lipstick in black and white photos. It can read black if there is too much shade. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Avoid anything that would date the photo. Keep it simple.
- Dark minimizes things—you want a little more contrast than you normally would.
- As a general rule, always line your eyes heavier on top than on bottom.
- Darken eyebrows so they don’t fade away in the photo. More contrast on eyebrows than normal, especially on arch and tail of brow to exaggerate a little bit. You want more contrast and definition on eyebrows so they don’t disappear.
- Blending is key. Less is always more, even in black and white photography.