Using Makeup in Black and White Photography

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<ul><li> 1. As a photographer, you probably already know that when taking black and white photographs it is important to adjust the lightning and employ different lighting techniques than when taking full color photos. What you might not have discovered yet, is that when taking photographs of people in black and white, the naturalshadows created by the contours of the face also react differently to lighting. This is why it is important to applythe correct makeup techniques. Using makeup in any typeof portrait photography is used to enhance the natural features of the face or create an artistic statement ordramatic element. When the portrait is done in black andwhite, those same makeup techniques usually donttranslate as well and can make the portrait look muddy or harsh.</li></ul> <p> 2. Many photographers prefer their models to wear little to no make up when doing black and white portraits, while others like to play with the contours a little. If yourewanting the subject of your photograph or portraits to look subtle, the key is in evening out the skin tone asmuch as possible. Any dark areas or recessions in the skin will automatically appear darker when photographed inblack and white. For an even look, you or the makeup artist will need to add highlighter to areas that are inshadow when light hits the face, such as undercheekbones or around the nose and under the bottom lip.Dont be afraid to "overhighlight," what might lookridiculous in person, might translate beautifully in thephoto. 3. While looking at your model, he or she may not appear to have dark circles or bags under their eyes but when allyour lighting is set up and the shot is taken in black andwhite, this will more than likely change. Instead of editingthe photo later, you can avoid the darkness under the eyes by adding a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than their normal skin tone. It might not look normal, butit will photograph normal and make the subject appearmore youthful and thoughtful. Also, unless youre trying tomake a dramatic effect on purpose, do not apply anyeyeliner around the eyes as it will be extra dramatic and create an overall darkness to the subject. 4. It is also a good idea to avoid any makeup products thatcontain large amounts of glitter or are extra shiny. This includes lip products, which often produce a shiny orglossy look. Often times when a subject is wearing a lipgloss or shiny, metallic lipstick it ends up looking wet inthe photo, which some might misconstrue as saliva. Not agood look. You will want to use a mild color for the lips,nude or very light pinks will cause the lips to almostdisappear in black and white photographs. You can stilluse light colors but you will need to be sure to use a lipliner to ensure the lips still show up in the photo. Reds or any other darker shade might make the lips look black in the photo, so keep that in mind when choosing a shade. 5. Eye shadow application can be tricky because the eyelidproduces a shadow of its own in the crease of the eyelid. Your best bet is to contour the color going from lighter colors to darker colors. It is also best to use matte eyeshadows because any shimmer can cause unwantedhighlighting or catch the light in the wrong way. 6. If youre taking portrait shots, it can also help to be sure you use a solid background that contrasts with your subject. For instance if your subject has a dark skin toneyoull want to use a white or light colored background and if they have a light skin tone you will want to use a black or very dark colored background to really make the portrait pop. 7.</p>