BEAUTY | Make-up

Kiss Photoshop goodbye with this beauty expert’s tips and techniques

By Julia Avellaneda – Madame Figaro
23 Dec,2020

Goodbye filters! Thanks to the tips and tricks of Rea Ann Silva, who has long worked on TV sets as a makeup artist and is also the creator of the Beauty Blender, our complexion will be photogenic in all circumstances.

For a perfect face without a single click on Adobe Photoshop®, let's follow the advice of Rea Ann Silva. She worked for a long time as a TV makeup artist and created the famous Beauty Blender, the egg-shaped makeup sponge. Her aim? Have a natural finish on the screen, a goal that makes us want to follow her recommendations to have that most natural complexion.


The blurring

“My first tip for photogenic makeup? Create a sophisticated look, but with a natural feel. The goal is for people to say 'you are beautiful' without even noticing the foundation” says Rea Ann Silva. For this, the American artist recommends blurring the foundation as much as possible. And if the blush or contouring is not melted enough, you keep on melting until your wrist becomes painful. Better too much than not enough.


The right gestures

Even when the complexion is even and bright, a blemish can still ruin the look. In this case, the corrector will do magic. The makeup artist warns: “Above all, you must not rub the material since it will go to another part of the face. You just tap with your sponge or brush on the desired area. "And if you use a Beauty Blender, be careful to always keep it moistened, and to always tap to distribute the product evenly”.


Avoid the excess of powder

Powder is the next step in the complexion makeup, and it can quickly turn into your worst enemy. Indeed, with your camera’s flash on, it can spoil all the work done. Evidenced in the photos of Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman or Eva Longoria.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, Rea Ann Silva advises to adopt a powder "without reflections" and to avoid a makeup technique: baking. The principle? Apply a thick layer of mattifying powder that is left on for a few minutes, before removing the excess with brush strokes. “It's a technique created by drag queens for their shows, but it's not suitable for taking photos. I will make enemies because it is very popular, but it is better to avoid it” she says.





Listen to your skin

Finally, she is willing to compromise when it comes to makeup. She does not recommend any particular texture and even allows us to add a layer: "It all depends on what suits your skin". Be careful not to end up with a plaster of foundation on your face. As in everything, it's all about the dosage. “The idea remains to do as little as possible.”Make-up wears off in the evening, but photos last a lifetime. You might as well take it slow, to avoid regrets.