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Sweet Surrender
Posts: 576
Nashville, Tennessee, US

So I'm supposed to be shooting in a few weeks with a fabulous photographer and we're doing a high key shoot.  I have a white latex outfit, complete with a high quality long white wig.  I also have a MUA who is equally as fabulous but she's never shot high key and neither have I so we are needing some advice when it comes to the make up. 

Basically, for the eyes, we're doing a dark, smokey look to be a contrast to the white and brightness. But after looking at many high key images, I am curious as to what sort of foundation I should use?  So my question is this...the look (as far as make up goes) in the pic below is what we're going for....so should we use my normal foundation to achieve that look, or would we need to use more of a white?  I don't want to look like a clown, but want it to look very pale---but not so pale that all you see is my eyes! .  I was told that in high key shots, the washed out/pale look is a result of lighting and editing.  So with that being said, should we just use the normal makeup, or is there a special type of foundation or powder we should use (I also have a white powder that gives a corpse pale look when applied without foundation first, but I don't know if that would be ok to use because I don't want to look white like a clown face, or so pale that you won't be able to make out ANY of my features)

Mar 27 13 02:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
MakeUp By CC
Posts: 302
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

For the high key shots I've done I used normal color of foundation...lighting and editing did the rest. It was combined with "normal" shots in the same session..
hope that helps smile
Mar 28 13 10:19 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup Hair by Dani B
Posts: 659
Seattle, Washington, US

You don't need to do anything special when shooting in high key; lighter makeup, for example, isn't required. High key doesn't play with shimmer the same way, be sure to ask the photographer about what lighting is being used.
Mar 28 13 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Sweet Surrender
Posts: 576
Nashville, Tennessee, US

Thanks so much for the help!  smile
Mar 29 13 03:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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