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Guide on looking photo shopped in pictures – without Photoshop!

Guide on looking photo shopped in pictures – without Photoshop!


When it comes to taking pictures there are many ways to make yourself look great and ways that make you look terrible, I’m going to share with you some trick tactics that will make you look the best in every shot, first there are some products you will need;

· Gradual tan/self-tan if you’re quite pale or want some colour, (optional)

· A moisturiser/illuminator with the ingredient MICA in

· Translucent powder

· Small pointed tip brush

· Lip balm

Ok if you’re choosing to tan – we all know, no matter how you apply or which product you use you will at some point in some light look orangey, brassy, and coppery! To tackle this we are going to use a moisturiser/illuminator (preferably with golden or bluish toned MICA) what this will do is reflect the light and add a more natural colour to your tan, both in person and on film. The light reflection of mica will bend the light away from any flaws, redness, and fine lines and most importantly it will make your tan appear much more flawless (concealing any streakiness and bad colour tones). If you’re not using self or gradual tan then this step is still for you to follow as the MICA will deflect attention from any flaws and redness, especially when that camera light flashes on it.

Next step is using a powder; this is to tone down the moist, damp, moisturised shine that will come from using a moisturiser and when combined with MICA, can appear too much, so we just want the MICA dew effect not the moisture, so grab a brush and apply the powder in areas that have most shine, avoid powdering the cheekbones and brow bones this will add more definition to these areas than the rest of the face when the camera flash hits and is easier than applying the illuminator just to these areas as doing so can make the face appear unsymmetrical unless very careful and precise application is made.

Great places to get extra illuminator applied (using a precision tipped brush) is to the cupid bow of the lip and right under the brow arch and this should be done with a very small, pointed tip brush as this will be the areas that catch the most light and will appear stronger – just like in Photoshop where dodging and burning is used to create shape and definition. Remember apply small amounts as you will not be using powder here!

Last tip apply lip balm, your lips will not look their best, nor photograph good if they are dry or cracked, lips are the most acceptable place to have high shine in photo’s

Ok so skin should appear moist and dewy in the mirror and shouldn’t look damp from moisturiser, redness, large pores, fine lines and any imperfections should appear concealed almost from the effect of the MICA, so now it’s time to take your photo and try this out, if your skin is glowing too much on film in an area you don’t like then apply more powder in this area and you will be good to go.


Great products for this are; St Tropez Skin Illuminator, Olay Nature Fusion Day Fluid and the Xen-Tan Range of Tans. (Reviews available on these products already)

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