Being a male, I don’t wear make-up very often (though, I’m also a performer and it does happen), so I won’t pretend to be an expert on this subject. What I do know from my experience is that it’s a lot easier for me to apply retouching methods to your real skin than correcting the odd texture of caked foundation! If you’re having one of those spotty days, that’s no problem. Just stay calm, have a cup of tea, and don’t nuke your face with product. I’ll handle it all in post-production. Anything you think your make-up can cover up or fix, Photoshop can do it better.
The natural look or minimal make-up can look great for portraits, so just make sure that whatever it is you’re wearing makes you feel comfortable, and that you look like yourself in the mirror. Try to avoid overly bright lipstick and overuse of blusher where possible, as what we really want to focus on is your eyes.
Bring Out Your Eyes – Thicken and elongate your lashes with a bit of mascara to emphasize your eyes. A good, smooth mascara gives your eyes great definition. For eye shadows, wear complementary or neutral tones, but make sure to leave the shimmery eye shadows back in your makeup box; though they may look nice in person, they can be distracting and unflattering in professional portraits.
Lips – Natural colours that enhance the tone of your lips tend to look best. Try to avoid shiny glosses and stick with your favourite natural-toned matte lipsticks. You could always use a lip balm or chapstick to keep your lips looking soft.