Makeup Tips For Looking Your Best In Family Photos

For this blog post, I wanted to invite a professional to talk best about makeup. So here is Jessica Rose, an award-winning make-up artist and educator, kindly offering her professional makeup tips for looking your best in Family Photos, male or female!

1. Makeup tips and Skincare Essentials

Family photos aren’t just snapshots; they’re windows into our lives, capturing moments you’ll treasure for years to come. Investing in your hair and makeup for your images isn’t just about looking good; it’s about telling your story in the most beautiful way possible.

A. Behind the Scenes Insights

As someone who’s spent countless hours behind the scenes beautifying faces, including some rather unexpected ones (like the time I groomed ex-Prime Minister David Cameron), I’ve learned a thing or two about making people look and feel their best in front of the lens.

B. Makeup for Everyone

First things first, let’s talk makeup. Now, makeup isn’t just for the ladies – gentlemen, take note! Even the most distinguished faces, like Mr Cameron’s, can benefit from a little touch-up – pressed powder in the t-zone and a subtle brush of eyebrows can work wonders. And for lips? There’s nothing like The Body Shop’s Hemp lip balm to save the day. I really like the Bulldog Range for men’s skincare, which caters to sensitive skin.

C. Preparing Your Skin

Ahead of your shoot, you want to implement a simple but consistent skincare routine. Two words to remember are – exfoliate and hydrate, this will literally polish your skin and do wonders for your complexion, providing the perfect canvas for your makeup.

2. Makeup tips; Application

Natural Makeup on a blonde female wearing her hair up by award winning makeup artist Jessica Rose.

When it comes to the shoot day, it’s about enhancing your natural beauty. Opt for products that even out your complexion and give you photogenic skin – Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow is a great tinted moisturiser that provides gentle coverage but adds warmth to the face and Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation is renowned for that flawless finish – for the latter, apply with a damp beauty blender for a diffused beautiful look.

Great skin really is key to looking radiant in images and pressed powder through the t-zone is a must to ensure you don’t look shiny in the wrong places in your photos.

A. Enhancing Features

Blush is the secret weapon for adding life and dimension to your face. Don’t be afraid to go a little heavier than usual – you’ll thank me when you see the photos! My favourite blush is by NUDESTIX (available on Look Fantastic) they are creamy, glide-on blush sticks that add sheer colour that helps enhance and lift the complexion.

Brows make all the difference ensure yours are groomed and defined I love Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze to tame brows into place and NYX Lift and Snatch Brow Pens for precise but subtle definition.

Add a touch of eyeliner to define your eyes (it doesn’t need to be winged unless you usually would and it can be black or brown but definition close to the lash line helps to define your eyes ensuring they stand out in photos) curl your lashes, coat with lashings of mascara, and voila – you’re picture-perfect.

B. Hair Tips

When it comes to hair, this is not the time to reinvent the wheel. You want to keep your hair looking natural and healthy; think loose waves, a soft bouncy blow dry, or embrace your natural curls.

3. Investing in Confidence

If you’re serious about loving your photos – consider investing in a makeup lesson. Not only will it prep you for the photoshoot, but it’ll also boost your confidence in your everyday life. Knowing how to enhance your unique features is a skill you’ll never regret mastering.

4. Conclusion

So there you have it – my hair and makeup tips for looking and feeling your best in family photos because, at the end of the day, it’s not just about looking good but capturing the moments that matter most, in all their beauty and authenticity.

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Jessica Rose is an award-winning makeup artist and beauty educator. She transforms confidence through her one-to-one makeup lessons and sold-out masterclasses. She is dedicated to cruelty-free beauty. Her work has been featured in BRIDES, HELLO!, Sunday Times, Love My Dress, Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride, and more.


Best Wedding Makeup Artist in the Cotswolds – Winner 2023 – The Cotswolds Awards

Featured in HELLO!, BRIDES, Love My Dress, Rock My Wedding, The Sunday Times and more


If you’re after a candid, relaxed and intimate photography experience, you’ve come to the right place. 
My work focus on emotions, no stiff poses and forced smile; only gentle love and embraces. I offer a very hands-on experience, connecting over a video consultation with each family beforehand ; we explore their stories of love, loss and wins and turn it into a beautiful, meaningful session. Each family and session are unique and crafted with patience, love and understanding. 

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