Do you have family portraits coming up and finding it difficult to reserve a makeup artist? Well then, I hope this blog post finds you well. As a Jacksonville, FL Family photographer, I have compiled the top 5 tips for a DIY Makeup for your family portraits!

Tip #1

Natural light

First and foremost, find an area with beautiful natural light to do your makeup. Natural light will show you how the colors look on your skin. There is nothing worse than thinking your foundation color matches but then you walk outside and notice that it is two shades too dark or vice versa. If you are in a room that is filled with natural light just turn off all artificial lights. Do your makeup by the window or from any source of natural light that you find.

Mother and two daughters playing in a creek.

Tip #2

Primer/finishing spray

Prep your eyes and face. Using a quality face and eye primer is key to applying makeup on a smooth canvas. Primers allow your makeup to perform to its top quality. It also helps to preserve it over time, depending on when you apply it. Once you are done with applying your makeup, use a setting or finishing spray to preserve it. This can be crucial especially for those summer sessions where the sun is brutal!

Tip #3

Matte colors

When it comes to eyeshadows, I know we all love those sparkly eye-catching colors but it’s important to stick with matte colors when doing professional photos. All the shimmer/glitter can catch light and reflect it back in some scenarios. Stick to matte colors that complement your skin. You don’t want bold colors to takeaway from the main subject of the photographs.

Mother holding back hair while staring down at pregnant belly.

Tip #4


I get it, we are doing our best at preventing aging and we love things that contain SPF. As a sunscreen wearer, before I head out the door, type of gal- I get it. But when it comes to photos especially if your photographer is using flash- it can create a huge white cast on your face. It is something I highly recommend to NOT use when doing your own makeup. SPF can be found in foundation and setting powders, so it’s best to check all the products you’ll be using.

Tip #5

Fake Eyelashes

Fake eyelashes have a way of opening your eyes and it helps bring attention. Use some fake eyelashes to make the whole look pop. Sometimes using mascara and curling your eyelash is not enough when it comes to photographs. If you have never used fake eyelashes then practice, practice, practice! They can be a very tedious task and a frustrating step in doing your own makeup.

I certainly do hope that you found this article helpful! Doing your own makeup can be scary especially if it’s something you don’t do often.

Family looking down at baby.

Go to a local store

When in doubt you can always request an appointment with your local Ulta or Sephora store especially if you have a sunset session reserved.

Top 5 Tips | DIY Makeup for your family portraits

I do hope these tips for a DIY Makeup application for your portrait session found you well!

As a client of mine, I do provide you with local makeup-artist recommendations that can help you. I do recommend that you reserve your artist as soon as you can, so you are not scrambling last minute for an appointment.

Looking for a Jacksonville Family Photographer?

If you are reading this and looking for a Jacksonville family photographer for your maternity, newborn, or family pictures. I would love to talk to you on how I can provide you with a stress-free experience. From styling you and your family, to helping you choose the best artwork for your home. I’d love to help you cherish this season of your life for years to come. My website!



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