I’ve recently fallen in love with beauty photography, especially with the close-up shots. So, I prepared some photo sessions on the subject. The first of the series is “High key beauty portrait”, in which I’ve emphasized the expressiveness and natural beauty of the model.
For portrait and beauty photography, the lenses that are recommended are those with a longer focal length, a suitable choice being between 85-100mm. The motivation for this, is that a wide camera lens or one that it’s under 70mm, will distort the characteristic features and facial features even more, as you approach the subject.
And if you’re going to shoot a close up (just face), you’ll need a Macro lens.
And because I wanted closer frames, I decided to change my Canon 85mm f1.8 lens, which I’ve used regularly in all my photos until now, with a macro.
I had the opportunity to test for the first time the Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro L lens, which according to Canon: “… enables photographers to capture stunning close-up shots without the need for a tripod.”
Being a girl and considering myself an artist, I generally stay away from the technical details of the photo equipment I use (… I must admit I didn’t yet read the technical manual of the camera I own :), I preferred to discover it on my own), so I was eager to see how this camera lens behaves during a beauty shoot and what images I can get.
Below you can find a few crop frames.
I have to confess that I am fascinated by the clarity, details and vibrant colors that this camera lens is offering!
To highlight the bone structure, the harmonious proportions of the face and the impeccable complexion of the model, I thought of a light in the high key area that envelops the subject.
The light setting was a simple one, composed of two light sources, one facing the subject and the other coming from the opposite direction.
1) 100in Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE Studio Flash with Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa Light Modifier (100cm)
2) Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 400W Elinchrom Studio Light Flashlight with Elinchrom Portalite 66x66cm
The Makeup is a minimalist one, that highlights the features of the face and emphasizes the natural beauty of the model.
I’ve evened out the skin using Ultra HD foundation and, in order to not flatten the features, I have redefined the volume of the face according to its shape, by contouring it with shades and lighting.
The skin gained a healthy and bright appearance with the help of some peach blush that I’ve applied on the cheekbones. I have preserved the natural shape of the eyebrows, drawing the hair where there were voids. For the makeup of the eyes I’ve lighted up the upper eyelid using a pearly blush, while for the eye fold and the lower eyelids I used darker shades with earthy tones. In order to intensify the look I used black mascara.
I leveled the color of the lips using a lip pencil in a nude shade, and the full lip effect was achieved with the help of transparent gloss.
Tonic lotion – Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Cream – Bioderma Atoderm Nutritive
Primer – Makeup for ever – High definition Primer
Foundation – Makeup for ever ultra HD – Y245 + Mayam Jojoba Gold Oil
Concealer – NYX – Conceal, Correct, Contour – 3CP01 Light/Clair
Powder – ParisBerlin Translucent Loose Powder exM.
Contouring – NYX highlight & Countour Pro Palette
Blush – NYX professional makeup – Sweet cheeks Blush Palette
Boys’n Berries – instabrows waterproof in shades: Honey/chestnut/walnut
3. Eye makeup
Lip pencil Essence -11 in the nude
Kiko Milano Unlimited double touch – top coat Brilliant leves transparent
Alina opted for a simple hairstyle that highlights the model’s physiognomy.
I photographed by hand, without a tripod, with Canon 5d mark iii, ISO 100, f/10, 1/160 sec
Model | Carmen Abrudean
Agency | MRA Models Agency
Hair | Alina Niculescu
Makeup | Cristina Smeu