Lipgloss & Lace

                         by Mandie Mutchie
The last article of Lipgloss & Lace was about how much to rely on photoshop for getting the look you want for your catalogue images… And since its publication, I’ve heard that the state of Arizona may be passing a law forbidding photoshop to be used to alter a product in advertising – what timing! This article is about how to get as much perfection as you can BEFORE the photographer clicks the shutter!

Obviously, the more perfect an image is before the photographer takes the picture, the better… This can avoid having to rely on using photoshop at all, and hopefully makes the photoshop snafus that websites love to mock a lesser risk (if you want to see more, by the way, check these out! –

Of course, the old standby to make wardrobe perfect for a photoshoot are all of the sneaky behind-the-scenes tools like fashion tape, clamps, clips, pins, cupcakes, etc. Hair stylists can work wonders with a model’s natural hair, and wigs now can be so high quality and well-made that they can take hair to new heights – literally as well as figuratively!

However, for facial blemishes and general facial improvements, I have found that nothing mimics photoshop in real life so much as air brushed makeup. In fact, often times people call photoshop work done to a model “air brushing” because that used to be what was done to a photo – actual air brushing. Now that it is digitally done, the name still sticks, just like “rolling down” the window to a car! Now, instead of drawing on a photo with an air brush machine, we can cut out the middle man and paint directly on the model!

When airbrush makeup first became popular, I was skeptical. I toyed around with buying the equipment, but ultimately decided not to get it because most of the people I saw doing the airbrushed makeup were overdoing it, and models were looking plastic and fake to me. However, recently, I worked with a couple different makeup artists that used airbrush (once as a background actress on Hulu’s new series, Battleground, and the other time as a makeup artist for a reality show pilot) and used it very well, so that it looked very natural. I don’t know if it was the product, or the skill of the artist, but I was very impressed! So, I enrolled in Neda Stevic’s Airbrush Academy, and will be purchasing my kit very soon! When you’re looking to hire your makeup artist for your next photoshoot, make sure to find an artist that uses airbrush. Not only does this leave a perfect, flawless face, but it can be used to touch up hair roots, and countless other things. The best part is that it doesn’t transfer onto clothes, and lasts much longer under hot lights and in humid conditions.

This being said, another use for photoshop is to correct lighting, so make sure you’re hiring a talented photographer who lights it right the first time!

Even if you do end up photoshopping your images at the end, it is a great idea to have as much perfect as possible before the picture is taken, to save time and money on retouching. Hopefully these tips help!

Amanda Mutchie began her professional modeling career nearly ten years ago, and has appeared in many national and international publications, and commercials. Over the course of her modeling career, she worked with many acclaimed makeup artists, learning from them along the way. She eventually became a makeup artist herself and started FaceScape Artistry. Now she works with incredible photographers, models, brides, and other clients to create glamorous as well as natural makeup looks. She also channels her passion for fitness and nutrition and desire to help others into her work as a beachbody coach, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
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*Photo by Rafal Krolik of Seville Media

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