Dilemma: You want to take “mom & baby” photos a day or two after the birth, but you still look 3 months pregnant and your face shows that you just went through the marathon of birth (the tired eyes, the washed-out skin, etc.).
What’s a girl to do?
Here are a few tips:
- Wear solid colors. Dark colors are preferable. Try wine or plum or forest green. Or you can always stick with the tried-and-true appeal of black.
- Get up-close-and-personal. But I don’t have to tell you that. Most brand new moms aren’t fans of full-length photos for a little while.
- Invoke the classic appeal of the 1950’s. Try converting your photos to black-and-white or to a vintage hue in PhotoShop or your favorite photo editing software program.
- Do something interesting. Lay on the grass. Put the baby over your shoulder. Stand in front of a mural. Hold an umbrella.
- Utilize natural lighting. Flash is not very forgiving so go outside for the photo shoot, preferably either in the early morning or an hour before sunset. At the very least, open the windows and let the light shine in.
- Wear make-up. Even if you’re not the make-up wearing type. A little bit of blush/bronzer, concealer, and lipstick will do wonders. Need recommendations? Try…
Make Up Forever Lift Concealer ($22) – Brighten up tired eyes and eliminate under-eye circles in seconds with this little power product. It’s been a part of my beauty routine ever since it arrived in the mail. The price tag seems a bit steep at $22…until you realize that you only need the tiniest drop each time you apply it. This tube is going to last me forever!
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($7-8) – I’m a huge fan of long-lasting lipsticks because I can wear them all day without getting smudges on cups and toddler cheeks and my husband’s lips. In fact, I never wear “regular” lipstick anymore. CoverGirl’s newest product paints on like a crayon and smells berry delicious. I personally think CoverGirl’s Outlast Lipsticks “stay put” longer and are better at keeping my lips moist, but the new lipstain is only 1 step (there’s no top coat) so that’s an advantage for a busy mom with only one free hand available.
Arbonne No Sun Intended Bronzing Powder ($28) – I reviewed this bronzer almost a year ago and it’s still just as good as ever (Now that I said that, I can’t help but wonder: Do bronzers have an expiration date?…). The warm, glow-y color is perfect for summer.
YOUR TURN: What are your best tips for getting good photos…of yourself? (It sounds weird, I know…)
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*UPDATE* The winner is #161 Auriette. Congratulations!