makeup for photos

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for makeup for photos.

The right makeup can make all the difference when it comes to taking a great-looking photo. Whether you're trying to look younger, more attractive, or more professional, there are products out there that will help you achieve your goals. Here are some of the best makeup for any occasion.

MAKEUP BY MARIOMaster Secret Glow® Highlighter

Size: 0.05 oz/ 1.5 g·ITEM: 2389708

Color: Expensive - translucent

220 Reviews


Also I tried to use it as a topper for my eye makeup. It looks interesting on photos but only photos (videos), cause it's so sticky that it's really uncomfortable to wear during the day. ...However, it gives a really natural glow - great for outside lighting and photography

What it is: A translucent balm that gives a dewy glass-like glow for the eyes and face in a nourishing, emollient formula.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: With a balmy, hydrating texture, Master Secret Glow gives eyes, cheeks, and lips an alluring, glass-like effect. Apply to bare skin or tap over makeup as the final touch to your look. The lustrous formula melts onto the skin for a stunning, super dewy look that stays in place.

Danessa Myricks BeautyDew Wet Hydrating and Highlighting Balm

Size: 0.32 oz/ 9g·ITEM: 2522878

Color: Morning Dew - champagne shimmer

139 Reviews


Perfect for photoshoots...Photo must have...This balm did not disappoint. It gave my photos the glow that day it off. Get pick up

What it is: A highlighting, hydrating face and body balm that creates a buildable wash of shimmer.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Jojoba Oil: Moisturizing antioxidant that targets sebum production.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and gluten-free.

Lilly LashesLilly Lashes Faux 3D Lashes

ITEM: 2736817

Color: Beverly Drive - flare, full volume lash

505 Reviews


Natural but give the extra pump that I need for a photoshoot. They were comfy and I have no complaints....Grad photo success!...I bought them for my Grad Photos and they look amazing! I love that they show the best option for each eye type!!

What it is: An exclusive collection of lashes that feature wispy and fluttery design along with semi-dramatic to dramatic length and volume.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: All lashes are waterproof and with proper care can be used up to 25 times.


I always used the MUFE primer, then use the pigment colors, then set with Hi-Def powder (I have 1 Kabuki brush that I ONLY use with these pigments, and another for everyday makeup), and then spray Mist & Fix. Depending on the event, I will set it again with the powder (see the Mud Run photo). ...i bought this for myself for xmas cuz ive been looking for bright colors for my next photoshoot and didnt want to buy them individually. they are soo bright and beautiful!

What it is: An iconic, must-have palette for pro artists and enthusiasts featuring 12 boldly-pigmented cream shades for the face, lips and body.

What Else You Need to Know: Unleash your creativity with this highly-blendable cream formula that effortlessly delivers showstopping color. Each shade can be used individually or mixed to create your dream shade or adjust the undertone of an existing product. This versatile palette is ideal for any level of artistry.


Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer Sample...I believe it also depends on foundation you use with it but over all would definitely use it for photoshoots and special occasions. I have tested Smashbox for free, but all opinions are my own....(see photo attached from a photoshoot using this primer)

What it is: A clear, oil-free primer gel that smooths skin and the look of pores so your makeup lasts.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores while locking in your makeup with this primer. Lightweight and oil-free, it gives you a flawless finish, while antioxidants and vitamins A and E help protect your skin from pollutants, damage, and stress.

Clinical Results: In a consumer study on 103 women, after 1 week of use:
- 93% saw blurred imperfections
- 93% saw smoother skin

Laura MercierUltra-Blur Talc-Free Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Size: .7 oz / 20 g·ITEM: 2588531

Color: Medium Deep - medium deep to the deepest skin tones

767 Reviews


The powder has become a part of my daily makeup routine....I have oily skin and used this powder to set my makeup for a recent outdoor Photoshoot and it held up beautifully throughout the 4 hours of shooting.

What it is: A talc-free loose setting powder that is infused with hyaluronic acid for comfortable, up to 16-hour wear and ultra-blurring power.

Coverage: Light


Loose Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Makes the powder comfortable for all skin types.
- Amino Acid and Silica Powders: Create a soft-focus effect on fine lines, pores, and imperfections.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

What Else You Need to Know:

Charlotte TilburyGlow Glide Face Architect Highlighter

Size: 0.24 oz / 7 g·ITEM: 2643344

Color: Gilded Glow - true gold

600 Reviews


This was the chef’s kiss to my birthday photoshoot makeup and I haven’t been able to put it down since!... my mom bought me this highlighter for prom, and I will honestly say this highlighter was such a game changer for me, it looked so beautiful on my face and looked amazing in photos 10/10 would recommend!!!

What it is: A powder highlighter that glides on like a liquid to give skin an instant, skin-perfecting filter to highlight, sculpt, and lift.

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Silky Squalane: Glides onto the skin for an even glow; never patchy, dry, or cakey.

- Smoothing Emollients: Perfect and hydrate the skin for a satin-smooth texture.


One day while working on a photoshoot doing makeup, mine fell and was ruined on the beach. ...I like to use it as the last step for face makeup & then set with setting spray. I am so happy with this product.

What it is:
A palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder that recreates the most exquisitely flattering types of light. .

What it does:
Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer and lit from within.

What else you need to know:
Hourglass products are 100 percent cruelty-free.

DiorBACKSTAGE Glow Face Palette

Size: 0.4 oz / 12 ml·ITEM: 2748093

Color: 001 Universal

1.2K Reviews


Or even for someone who carries their makeup with them everyday. The product is so creamy like butter and extremely pigmented. ...My fav thing to use this palette for is when I have an event where I know I will have flash photography at it so I get the full affect of the glow!

What it is: A face palette with four luminous shades to use as highlighters or blush for a customizable backstage glow that stretches the boundaries of radiance.

What Else You Need to Know: This palette is a collection of makeup-artist essentials, designed to suit all skin tones, used at the Dior runway shows, and inspired by the energy backstage. These ultrafine textures are concentrated with shimmery pigments and can be worn alone or blended for a customizable look—from a natural, healthy glow to intense radiance.

Each Palette Contains (Each Sold Separately):
001 Universal:
- 4 x Highlighters in White, Golden, Bronze, Rosy Blush
002 Glitz:
- 4 x Highlighters in Gold, Pearly White with Maxi Glitter, Bronze with Holographi

Too FacedBorn This Way Natural Finish Longwear Liquid Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2084689

Color: Sable - rich with rosy undertones

15K Reviews


it felt like i had nothing on. I bought it for a photo shoot. It looks great in photos....Uploading a very light makeup photo just to show the shade. I originally bought a much darker shade based on the photos in the product page, but as a fair asian, Warm Nude actually blends well with my skin tone!

What it is: An oil-free lightweight foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin for undetectable coverage.

Coverage: Medium



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Coconut Water: Aids in delicately replenishing skin’s moisture levels.
- Alpine Rose: Helps support skin’s health and resilience.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Gives a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

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“The coverage is wonderful and even stays on during outdoor sports. It reminds me of the Laura Mercier skin tint, but even more lightweight, and the packaging size is much more convenient”