The Importance Of Taking Great Photos As A Makeup Artist

One thing to always remember as a makeup artist: take a photo of your masterpiece or it never happened. In the beauty industry, it is all about being able to showcase what are you are able to create with your mastery in makeup. As you are paving way for your career advancement, employers will constantly ask for your portfolio and sometimes, this alone can make or break your career.

You can take thousands of photos but at the end of the day, you will only have to select a few – the cream of the crop. You will want your portfolio to contain only the finest photographs and it does not even have to be taken by a professional photographer if you do not have the resources as of the moment. It is all about finding the right lighting, focus, and angle, among many others.

Here are some reasons why it is essential to take amazing photos as a makeup artist:

  1. Your photos represent you as a makeup artist
  2. Your photos display your capabilities
  3. The quality of your photo impacts the makeup look
  4. It makes your clients feel like a million bucks
  5. It scores you more job opportunities


Your portfolio is how you sell yourself in the beauty industry. It is like your golden ticket as a makeup artist so you always have to make sure that it only consists of outstanding photos. Take note that your portfolio is a reflection of who you are and what you can do as a makeup artist so if you display photos that do not exhibit your work well enough, clients and employers will not appreciate it as much; whereas if you carefully set an array of exceptional photos, you will definitely be able to wow the crowd.

In return, people will remember your name more in the industry. You will be famed as that makeup artist whose portfolio is compromised of nothing but the best – and that’s what everyone is looking for! Because truth be told, when people do not know you, they judge you according to your makeup portfolio. So go tease them with your skills and capture those moments to show the world that you are a makeup artist who prioritizes beauty and quality over anything else.


Being able to exhibit what you can elaborately fashion out of a blank canvas is essential to potential clients and employers. This allows them to get a glimpse of your capabilities and your effectiveness as a makeup artist. If you provide them with remarkable photos, it will also parade your creativity that not everyone may have. It is highly significant that you are able to include a variety of the looks that you can do so you can establish your flexibility as a makeup artist.

With strong photos, you are also able to visually explain that you are adept in terms of intricate details. People love everything complicated when it comes to bringing beauty into a heightened level of artistry. It astonishes them to see that someone has the capacity to create a look out of their own hands with the help of a few tools and palettes. You see, makeup is art and art is talent.


Taking the right photo is quite hard to decipher if you do not have the eye for it. You have to be someone, or at least have someone with you, who is keen enough when it comes to lighting, angle, and focus. You will not be able to capture the perfect photo for your hard work if you are not observant enough. You always have to remember that there is no one in this world who can exactly see what your own eyes can – much more that photographed moments usually turn out differently as opposed to seeing it in person.

Give your work more credit by being careful at how you photograph it. You may have done a makeup look that is absolutely stunning but with low light, it may decrease your chances of getting hired for a project. You should also consider various angles when snapping a photo as some angles may work, and some may not. Avoid angles that do not fully show the beauty of your work and focus more on what can proclaim how much of a marvelous makeup artist you are. Knowing your focus is also one thing to consider as this draws attention towards the subject of your interest. Overall, high-quality photos have the most say in presenting your makeup looks since makeup artist portfolios are purely visual.


At the end of the day, you are servicing people who wish to enhance their look through your artistry. And there is nothing comforting in this world as a makeup artist to know that you have successfully made your clients feel confident about themselves. After all, it is your job to help enhance looks to the best of your ability.

It is rewarding for makeup artists to know that they are skilled enough to make their clients feel comfortable in their own skin. As always, we all like to take photos of how beautiful we all look that one time we had our face made. So being able to provide a terrific photo for your clients will let them know how great of a makeup artist you are. This will also encourage other clients that you can also make them as beautiful when they see a portfolio of your high-quality photos.


An excellent set of photos means you have a great portfolio, which means that an amazing portfolio gives you more value as a makeup artist. This then grants you better chances of making it in the beauty industry. This is why you always have to be wary of the photos you take to put your makeup looks in print. Employers and clients will be looking for great quality only and that alone. Keep in mind that once they see you have poorly taken photos, they start to lose interest. You don’t want to drive your potential clients away!


We have put a little list for you to take note of when taking a photo of your masterpiece:

  • Lighting is key. Shy away from poorly-lit rooms and stick to natural lightning. If not accessible, consider purchasing a ring light.
  • Know the right angle for the right makeup look. This may not be the most important of all, but it is still crucial. Appealing poses matter as it gives personality to the photo.
  • Be aware of your focus. Though you may have a lovely wardrobe or an exquisite background you want others to notice, your focus should still lean towards the makeup look you want to exhibit.
  • Stick to plain backgrounds. You do not want anything distracting.
  • Retouch your photos to enhance it but don’t overdo it. You don’t want your photos to look unnatural.
  • Get familiar with your camera. The camera only takes the photo for you but it is still you who controls everything so the end product will still depend on your ability; unless, of course, you hire a photographer to help you out.

If you are enrolled at any of our programs in Nina Mua, you will have the chance to experience a photo shoot with a professional photographer. You do not even have to worry about anything at all so you can focus on perfecting your makeup artistry. We take the worry out of looking for the right photographer, and providing you with a professional model! It will allow you to focus on perfecting your makeup artistry skills. Besides it being a one-of-a-kind experience, it is an unforgettably fun one as well!


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Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).

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As part of our student’s curriculum, they participate in portfolio photoshoots working with professional models to showcase their makeup! If you are selected to join us, you will get 2-3 looks and 4-6 retouched photos and lunch is provided! These opportunities are unpaid, however, you will network with photographers, artist and other models and have a great experience on campus with us! Looks are at the discretion of our artists based on what they are looking to add to their portfolios. You will be on campus from 8:30 – 3 for a typical shoot and we have both weekday and weekend shoot dates.

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