Hello, wonderful people that actually made to my blog AND made it past the pictures to the actual text AND who are still following after my nearly two month (yikes!) absence from posting! I’ve been really busy and unable to shoot any new fashion looks, so today I dreamed up something a little different.
Whether you call it boho, gypsy or festival style, these are always crowd favorite looks among models, photographers and viewers. Part of the reason for this, in my opinion is you really do get to “go wild" with the styling! While this can be a lot of fun, it can sometimes be tricky to convey this concept into the makeup look—especially if you don’t have a makeup artist on hand! Below are three quick essential tips for doing your own boho-styled makeup.
More is More
The key point of nailing any on-camera makeup look is to put on more makeup than you usually would. The flash/lighting has a tendency to wash out makeup. Even with a simple portrait session, makeup should look more dramatic in real life to come out the way you want it on camera. With a boho shoot, you want your makeup to have DRAMA on the camera. This means it may look slightly scary off camera….don’t be afraid! Dip those brushes into the darkest shades of your palette, keep layering color on and exaggerate the lines. Notice how far I drug the shadow down under my eyes and then quite high up my brow bones? Yeah it looked intense in real life, but creates the perfect effect on camera.
Less is Also More
Yes, I’m purposefully being contradictory, but hear me out… Everything I said above really pertains to eye makeup. The nature of boho styling is to evoke the free spirit, so while the eyes are very obviously “done” I like to keep the rest of the face looking more or less undone to evoke that carefree essence. In makeup terms, this means doing a standard full coverage foundation (I recommend Fenty or L’Oreal), contour using my Kevyn Aucoin palette and lightly highlight. My personal tip to achieve a “natural” vibe: skip the lipstick and just use a moisturizing balm so the natural look and texture of the lips shows through!
A major part of the fun of doing boho makeup is experimenting with face paint. Tribal patterns can be unique and really add to the indigenous look of your shoot. However, be mindful not to over do it as the line from “interesting” to “trying too hard” can be easily crossed. Achieve this balance by choosing ONE area of the face to accent (above, I chose forehead). Another GREAT way to keep it subtle is to use a shade close to your skin tone in a formula that is not entirely opaque. This keeps the design subtle as it is hot harshly pigmented. Don’t stress about getting the design perfect; imperfect hand-drawn designs only add to the look! For the shoot above, I used a NYX eyeshadow stick (in color “milk”). The formula was perfect and even allowed me to change up the look when I switched outfits—I just blended the tribal design into my foundation with my fingers!
GET THE LOOK // MAKEUP USED IN PHOTOS ABOVE
NOTE: Does this makeup look familiar from other blog posts? Yes, it is the makeup I use everyday, and, yes you can create a dramatic boho look using products you probably already have!!
PHOTO SHOOT DETAILS
PHOTOGRAPHY // NIAH ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY
LOCATION // WESTON BEND STATE PARK
CHAIN HARNESS // JOSHUA CHRISTIANSON (CUSTOM)
DRESS // BANJARA (SOLD OUT)