Fresh Face Makeup Perfect for Headshots!

By Jadée Nikita

You ever get a casting notice where the director asks you to come with a “fresh, natural look?”  As a model, dancer or actor, you will go on a lot of auditions where this is the case.  So do you show up bare-faced, with no makeup at all?  Or does it mean to wear the makeup you use on a daily basis?  The answer is it’s somewhere in between.  You don’t want to go to the audition like you just woke up, and you don’t want to wear caked-on, heavy makeup.  Instead, only apply beauty products that brighten your face and accentuate you assets.  For example, if you have high cheek bones, wear bronzer and a touch of rosy blush to play them up.  Or if you have beautiful, full lips wear a neutral lip gloss to pucker up that kisser.  You want to stay away from glitter and dark eyeshadows, though.

When I go to auditions that require minimal makeup and a fresh face, I like to stick to the basics:


Primer.  To achieve a more natural look for the camera, I recommend prepping your face with primer specifically for photo finishing.  My favorites are from MAKEUP FOREVER and SMASHBOX.

Highlighter.  Highlighting is great for adding dimension and brightening up those areas where the light shines on your face.  I recommend applying under the eyes, along the nose bone, on the t-zone, and on the chin.  When I shop for a highlighter, I usually pick a color that is 2-3 shades lighter than my skin tone, and I like to have one that works well as a concealer.  My favorite is from L’OREAL.  I never leave home without it!

L'OREAL Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter $13

L’OREAL Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter $13

Foundation.  When I use the word “foundation” in this article, I use the term lightly.  In all honesty, you don’t want to look like you are wearing foundation at all.  To get a natural look you want to stay away from liquid or pressed compact foundations.  Instead, shop for a BB cream with photo finishing properties.  BB creams, or Beauty Balms, are the perfect way to get glowing skin because they are multi-taskers.  They moisturize, prime, perfect, control oil, and protect for flawless skin on set and beyond.  My favorites are from SMASHBOX, REVLON, and STILA


Cheeks.  To get what I like to call, “the J Lo glow,” contour the cheek bones and hairline with a wee bit of bronzer.  This will really add dimension and brighten your face.  Dab a bit of your favorite blush on the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go.

Eyes.  When it comes to getting a natural look for the eyes, less and lighter is more.  Using the same bronzer, sweep a small amount across your lids.  To really make ’em pop, apply a brow highlighter on your brow bone and on the inner corners of your eyes.  My favorite is by BENEFIT.

Stroke on a brown eyeliner just along the upper lash line.  Try to make it look as natural as possible, remember the point is to look like you don’t have any make up on at all.  If you want to further accentuate your eyes (which I recommend), lightly brush mascara on the tips of your upper and lower lashes.


High Brow $20


To finish off the look, apply a natural, semi-translucent lip balm that moisturizes the lips.  If you have thinner lips, shop for a product that plumpens the pout.  My favorite is by BUXOM in Bunny.

Buxom Full-on Lip Polish in Bunny $19

Buxom Full-on Lip Polish in Bunny $19

For more help achieving the perfect natural look for your next dance, acting or modeling audition, check out these videos from the pros below:

Cover photo via Keep Your Health
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