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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.


Looks magnificent in photos....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).

What it is: A must-have, iconic palette for pro artists and enthusiasts with 12 boldly-pigmented cream shades create endless looks for eyes, lips, face, and more.

What Else You Need to Know: Each shade of this thick, highly-blendable formula seamlessly covers skin with dynamic color. This multiuse palette is ideal for any level of artistry—from artistic and special effects to contouring and foundation mixing. Achieving next-level results is simple with this versatile pro-essential.

Anastasia Beverly HillsDIPBROW® Gel

ITEM: 2182053

Color: Dark Brown - for dark brown hair with a warm undertone

1.1K Reviews


It puts more emphasis on my brows without looking too crazy and I think this would be great for occasions with flash photography where the light makes my brows like more sparse than they are. ...Plus, the tone is perfect--not too warm, like so many other brow products tend to be. The photos below show what my brows look like without any product and with just the ABH Dip Brow Gel.

What it is: A highly-pigmented brow gel with a long-lasting, waterproof formula for creating fuller-looking, defined brows—like DIPBROW® Pomade in a gel form.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. This product is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This waterproof formula lasts up to 12 hours. The unique applicator allows color to be applied directly onto the brow hairs, as well as the skin, for a natural-looking finish. It’s available in 11 shades that match Anastasia Beverly Hills’ DIPBROW® Pomade assortment.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder Foundation

Size: 0.192 oz/ 5.44 g·ITEM: 2227601

Color: Light - (W) (Taupe)

316 Reviews


However, offers horrible flashback when taking any flash photography and need to use lightly for pictures. It was a decent powder and got the job done but did not amaze me enough to repurchase....I use it over my tinted BB cream to touch up my Tzone and any blemishes and it works wonders. Giving me a photo finish Matt look! Absolutely recommend this product & think i just forever replaced my foundation!

What it is: A talc-free, lightweight, color-correcting pressed powder with buildable, sheer-to-full coverage.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Pressed Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Collagen: Enhances visible elasticity for a youthful, smooth appearance.
- Peptides: Help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support natural collagen for smoother, firmer-looking skin.
- Niacin (B Vitamin): Supports skin barrier function and visible elasticity, promotes a more even-looking tone, and combats the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates.

Laura MercierTranslucent Loose Setting Powder

Size: 1 oz/ 29 g·ITEM: 2391464

Color: Honey - medium skin tones with olive, warm and golden undertones

9.3K Reviews


Amazing for photos...Disposer was recommended for me by a member so if were a staff. I had an upcoming photo shoot that I was going to be in, and needed a good setting powder that would look good on film. ...I love this setting powder- before this, I had one from another brand and it reflected flash photography and I looked terrible in photos. This sets my makeup so well- I use it mostly under my eyes- and it helps my makeup stay in place all day.

What it is: A lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 16 hours of wear.

What Else You Need to Know: This award-winning powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear without adding weight or texture. It absorbs oil and reduces shine all day, creating a flawless, matte finish with no flashback in photos. These truly-translucent shades work on all skin tones, and create a soft-focus effect to subtly blur fine lines and imperfections.

HUDA BEAUTY#FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick

Size: 0.44 oz/ 12.5g·ITEM: 2395689

Color: 120B Vanilla - fair with beigey-pink undertone

1.1K Reviews


I actually prefer this one than the liquid foundation! I added a photo of what it REALLY looks like. I have oily skin, so my nose stays shiny but I don't really care. ...It blends very pretty and looks fantastic in photos as well.

What it is: A lightweight foundation that glides on easily, providing customizable coverage with a natural-looking, skin-like finish.

Coverage: Full to Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: This product is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This fragrance-free, transfer-proof, waterproof, humidity- and sweat-resistant formula melts into the skin for a natural, filtered finish. Whether you prefer full or light coverage, this versatile formula will let you be the master of your complexion. Swipe it on, set it, and forget it for the rest of the day.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMini Step 1 Primer Pore Minimizer

Size: 0.5 oz / 15 ml·ITEM: 2424778

Color: Pore Minimizer

257 Reviews


Follow me on @frankamakeup_ for more photos using this primer....Easily my new favorite primer! My photo is before (left) and after (right).

What it is: A mini-size smoothing makeup primer that visibly reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines for a smooth texture and blurred finish.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know: Reduce the appearance of pores for up to 24 hours and instantly smooth skin's appearance with the Mini Step 1 Primer Pore Minimizer. Innovative polymers and silica visibly blur and smooth fine lines and skin’s texture, while ginseng maintains balance. The translucent formula works on all skin tones.

Artist CoutureMulti Use Beauty Setting Powder

Size: 0.24 oz/ 7g·ITEM: 2462844

Color: Crème Brûlée - light, yellow undertone

15 Reviews


As an MUA, I have all shades and this not only blurs, adds a touch of glow, but holds that makeup in place for so long! (Even dancing after the wedding) Stunning in photography; it’s beautiful on every age group! ...Hands down the best pressed powder for natural makeup. Gives me a glow yet controls my oils.

What it is: A multitasking beauty powder with light-to-medium coverage and a natural satin finish.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, oxybenzone, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Achieve the perfect, flawless finish with this multiuse beauty powder. This silky-smooth powder offers buildable coverage and prevents creasing while keeping your makeup in place.

MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Matte Setting Powder

Size: 0.4 oz/ 11.5 g·ITEM: 2475531

Color: 6.0 Deep Neutral - dark skin tones with warm undertones

555 Reviews


It was great Lasted long and super easy to use In the photo you can clearly see which side of my face has make up and which doesn’t....This product is also Photo proof and great in person.

What it is: A setting powder that extends makeup wear for up to 24 hours with a matte, shine-free finish and diminishes the appearance of pores and imperfections.



What Else You Need to Know: Available in six versatile shades, the setting powder gives you lightweight coverage without flashback. This product provides a waterproof, sweatproof, and smudgeproof barrier to keep makeup fresh all day and includes an ultra-soft pointed-tip puff for precise application.

DiorDior Forever Couture Luminizer Highlighter Powder

ITEM: 2489052

Color: 04 Golden Glow - a gleaming gold

56 Reviews


Looks beautiful in photography as well. If you’re medium-toned or darker, try golden glow, a pretty peachy gold!...It makes a big difference in my makeup look, but doesn't appear over the top. Just what I wanted.

What it is: A highlighter powder with a high-impact iridescent glow, giving skin an instant boost of radiance and comfort all day long.

Coverage: Medium


Pressed Powder

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Wild Pansy Extract: Protects skin’s natural hydration.

What Else You Need to Know: Composed of 95% natural-origin pigments, this highlighter is highly concentrated in shimmering pearlescent pigments, blending seamlessly for a radiant-looking complexion*. The formula is infused with wild pansy extract to hydrate the skin and provide lasting comfort, all housed in a Dior couture compact.

Jouer CosmeticsBloom, Bronze & Glow Bronzer & Highlighter Duo

Size: 0.29 oz/ 8.5 g·ITEM: 2502490

Color: Sunrise/ Rose Quartz - neutral tan/ shimmering champagne pink

50 Reviews


The pigment in both the bronzer and the highlighter is gorgeous and lasted me through an outdoor photoshoot. This shade shows up beautifully on my medium skin tone and blended out flawlessly. ...I swatched my arm and stepped outside in the sun for the photo to show shade and shimmer.

What it is: A multiuse creamy bronzer and highlighter duo with plant-derived squalane and rosehip oil that moisturizes and nourishes skin while providing a healthy glow.

Coverage: Light



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, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This duo stick has a radiant bronzer on one side and a shimmering highlighter on the other to give skin a warm, natural glow.

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taupe makeup
“The is the best brow product that I’ve found. It’s a staple in my makeup bag. The pen gives a microblading effect with amazing pigment”
casual makeup
“The formula is creamy and feels good on the lips. It's a really nice everyday lipstick. It's nothing fancy but it's great for any occasion especially if you're not a big makeup wearer”
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“Once it's dry this lippie does not budge...I LOVE it! I have Sienna and Mocha and just ordered more colors”
makeup for acne
“my skin is pretty durable. it can handle a lot of abuse without much reaction. this stuff makes me break out terribly!!! the pigment is good, but literally by the end of the day EVERY TIME i wear this, i will have 1-2 new zits. one just erupted on my chin, after 5 days not wearing this and having NO break outs, so it reminded me to write this review”
lip primer makeup
“Longer lasting, more pigmented and my lips stay hydrated all day. I wish lip primers were referenced more because they really are the secret to perfect matte lips”
puff makeup
“Love it easy to blend and gives you a great summer vibe for those lite makeup days with a pop of color”
noir makeup
“I love the strokes it makes, BUT it is so faint on me. This "noir" looks more like a grey after a few hours of wear”
aubergine makeup
“I'm 90% sure I was sent Aubergine or another dark brown color despite the box and lip creme both being marked Sangria”