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David Creel: Are you ready for your close-up?


David Creel



Say "Cheese!" When it comes to being camera-ready, there are a few surefire ways to guarantee a picture-perfect result every time. I have worked alongside some of the best photographers, makeup artists and stylists in the business of "making pretty," so I have picked up a few tips along the way. Whether it''s a senior portrait, a fairy-tale wedding or a new profile "pic" for Facebook, it requires more than just a smile. 


First, remember to wear photo-friendly makeup that minimizes fine lines, uneven skin tones and shadows. Most cosmetics companies have a version all their own, and they are clearly labeled "photo friendly." You can also look for a small camera icon on the packaging. Also, remember to use more natural hues when it comes to makeup colors, because no one wants to look back on their old photos in 10 to 20 years and think, "What was I thinking with the purple shimmer eye shadow and winged eye liner?"  


Say "No" to trends and anything that will date your photos. Next, edit everything, beginning with your jewelry. Think simple, timeless and classic. Unless you are going to be on the cover of Vogue or Elle, it''s not the time to make a statement. Let Lady Gaga do that. Simple pearl earrings with an equally simple strand of pearls are elegant; diamonds never disappoint. I believe it was Coco Chanel herself who said, "Never leave home without removing at least one accessory." Edit, please. 


Keep in mind that those of us with a few more birthdays need soft lighting. Ask the photographer to shoot from eye level or from above for the most flattering angles. When smiling, think of something truly funny for a much more natural you.  


Finally, a hairstylist knows you should always mess your hair up a bit, pulling out a few strands around the face or running the hands throughout to give it a much more "lived in" vibe that will be more familiar and convincing through the lens. Highlights of different hues, dark and light melded, will be radiant and add much more texture, especially to black and white photos. Never cut your bangs or get adventurous with hairstyles just before a photo session. Trust me!  


Keep these things in mind while smiling for the camera, and forget about saying "Cheese." Instead, why not scream, "I''m beautiful!" 


Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful with David Salon in Jackson and is a national makeup artist for Estee Lauder. E-mail him at [email protected]


Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]


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