Quick Beauty Tips | Makeup For Black & White Photos

by Holly Swasko in


Black and white fliters are always a quick, no-fuss way to get that classic look when editing a photo. However, when it comes to makeup, it can be tricky to master a look that stands out under the filter. Appearing washed out or lacking dimension are common problems that are encountered when shooting in black & white. But, the trick is to highlight your features a bit more, creating more contrast, to make them pop even when color is absent! Read on to learn my top 4 tips!

1. Don't skimp on the contour!

One of the easiest ways to create more dimension and contrast with the greys in the photo is to contour a bit more than you normally would. This creates darker shadows. Focus on places such as the hollows of your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, and temples! My pick? Try Benefit's Hoola Bronzer!

2. Turn up the highlight!

Highlighting the high points of your face, again, a bit more than you normally would will help contrast against the shadows you created and add more light tones to your complexion. Focus on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and your cupid's bow! My pick? Try one of DLS Cosmetics Baked Highlighters for a quick glow!

3. Draw attention to your lips!

Try adding a darker lip color to make your smile stand out! This will add depth and dark tones to the photo. Not feeling bold? Then try adding a little gloss! This will build dimension and add texture among the blacks & whites making your lips shine!  

4. Define your lashes and brows!

To add even more dark tones and depth, try adding a pair of falsies (I love the ones from J.cat Beauty!) Or if brows are your thing, fill them in and make them a bit darker to really define their shape! (I've been loving the Smashbox BrowTech Shaping Powder!)

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