How to do your make up for photos

When preparing to have your photo taken wear your makeup heavier than if you were going out on a date. Camera’s don’t pick up details the way the naked eye does. For instance have you ever been to a wedding and the brides dress was so gorgeous with a ton of intricate detail, but when you see photo’s later the dress looks fairly plain? Same concept to really get the detail from your makeup you may need to apply it thicker than normal or darker than usual. Now don’t mistake this for meaning clown makeup instead think Kim Kardashian. She always has liner, mascara, blush, bronzer and lipstick. If you don’t usually wear makeup or a lot of makeup make sure not to forget the blush; this is so important to help bring out your features. Check out this blog about blush and contouring. Also if you usually wear a brown liner go for black.  Get a photo friendly foundation like Revlon PhotoReady line. If you have fine lines stay away from powders, they can accentuate these imperfections. For more great tips Visit for more great tips and read my favorite tips from this site below:


How to look good in pictures is a question many girls ask. We want to know how to look good in pictures so we won’t be embarrassed by the pictures we are tagged in on Facebook and other social networking sites. We also want to have cute pictures of ourselves looking, well, cute! Here are 10 tips on how to look good in pictures using make up!  These are tips that can be for a professional photographer’s shot or even just for your camera phone!


1. Use Mattes


Mattes are flat colors. They don’t have any sparkle or shimmer. When you’re going to be photographed you want to avoid anything that is going to reflect light on your face. The camera flash and the added shimmer will leave you looking like an oil spill and not your beautiful self.  This is one tip on how to look good in pictures that I use all of the time!


2. Apply makeup in Natural light


For best results apply your make up in natural light. Indoor lighting can alter the appearance of your make up. Some lights may wash you, out causing you to apply make up too heavily. We’ve all seen pictures of ourselves where we thought our make up was good before we left the house, but in pictures we are left to wonder what went wrong and how to look better in future pictures.


3. use yellow tinted powder


Yellow tinted powder is better than shimmery or translucent powders for pictures. The other powders will reflect the light, leaving you with a shine. They may also leave you looking washed out in pictures. I’m sure neither of these looks are what you have in mind when trying to figure out how to look good in photos


4. Blend in under eye concealer

Under Eye

Most of us try to cover up dark circles under our eyes with a little concealer. For everyday use this is fine, but occasionally in pictures under eye concealer comes off a little harsh. Blend out the concealer extremely well. If your concealer isn’t well blended it may reveal fine lines and awkward coloring around the eye


5. Black liner and black mascara


Many experts that give advice on how you can look beautiful and fantastic in pictures suggest using black liner and black mascara. If you normally use browns, opt for black. The darker hue will give you better contrast. The contrast will make your eyes pop more.  We all want that, right?


6. Blush


Skipping blush will wash your face out, especially under a heavy flash. Blush adds definition to your face. Without the blush, you won’t have nearly the amount of definition that you would have if you add a bit of blush.  Remember though, don’t over apply blush either. Start light and add more if needed.


7. Don’t skip lipstick


Another tip that we have on looking good in pictures is not forgetting your lipstick. Skipping lipstick will cause your mouth to blend in with the rest of your face. You need to contrast your features for best results.  Put on a bold lip or even something nude — it all depends on what look you are going for!


8. Avoid shadows

Try not to create any shadows on your face with make up. Don’t apply dark shadows below the eyes. Also learn how to position your face towards the camera to avoid creating shadows across your face or under your chin.  Remember, find your light and go with it — the makeup will shine on its own once you find your light.


9. Contour with Highlight


You can use bronzer a shade or two darker than your natural color to brush on under your cheekbones, under your chin, along either side of your nose, and the outer corners of your forehead. Apply a lighter color on the areas that light hits. Apply it to the tops of your checks, the center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose


10. whiten eyes



Don’t forget to use eye drops to get rid of any red lines in your eyes. Those pesky bloodshot eyes can really mess up a good picture. You can also help your eyes look bigger and clearer by using a little white shadow on the inside corners of both eyes.  This will make you look bright, awake, and alert in your picture!

You see, learning how to look good in pictures is easy with a couple of helpful make up tips. I also suggest taking a few practice shots before heading out. That’s the best way to learn how to look good in pictures on your own; you can also figure out your best angles. Make sure your make up looks as good in picture as it does in person. Do you have any other suggestions about how to look good in pictures?



10 Things You Need To Do In The Final Month Of Pregnancy


~In the last month prior to baby’s arrival there is so much to think about and with pregnancy brain in full effect it’s easy to forget what you have and have not done! Here are the important things to have ready for baby’s homecoming:

  1. If you haven’t already get the crib set up and wash the baby bedding in a baby friendly detergent like Draft. Wash all the newborn- 3month clothing items you have purchased   (also in a baby friendly detergent). The Doctor can usually give you an idea about babies size but to save yourself some money if you think your baby will be on the bigger side instead of buying a lot of newborn outfits stick to layette gowns and bunt sacks. They are super comfortable for baby and easy enough for even daddy to dress baby in 🙂
  2. Schedule your newborn pictures and your hospital photo-shoot if you chose to do one. I advise picking a photographer that is willing to be flexible as baby does not always come on the day they are due and you hate to have a shoot scheduled you are obligated to pay for when you don’t have a baby yet! *If you are having a birth photographer check out our list of hospital photos to take the first day and what to wear/pack for photos.
  3.  Discuss your birth plan with your partner. If you need help getting started check out Earth Mama’s free form found at If you are having a boy decide now if you are going to get him circumcised.  -*Also check with your insurance to make sure aspects of your birth plan, babies hospital stay and circumcision are covered. I had a friend who need a C-section and the extended recovery day was covered for her but the extra day in the nursery was not covered for the baby. This could lead to thousands of dollars so be sure to know your insurance policy and what will be covered and what to expect to pay.
  4. Take your classes. Many hospitals offer free classes to moms to be. Lamaze, Labor Basics, Hypnobirthing, New Baby & Me, Breastfeeding Begins, Birthing with Confidence and Caring for Your Newborn are a few of the classes my clinic offered.
  5. Purchase and install the car seat (rear facing). Sometimes your clinic or place in your community will do free car seat checks. My clinic offered a few programs Baby’s First Ride and Kohl’s Kids Ride Safe.
  6. Pick a doctor (pediatrician) for your baby.
  7. Buy A nursing bra and nursing pads. You will need one to get started but your boobs will change sizes after birth so don’t spend a ton of money right away because you will probably need a new size once you get home.
  8. Pack your bag and don’t forget the batteries and keep the car gassed up! *Check out our blog about what you need (and what you don’t for your hospital stay).
  9. If you haven’t already you need to talk to your boss about the your maternity leave and the amount of time you expect to be gone and figure out what you will do with baby once you return to work if you choose to go back after the birth.
  10. Buy Diapers and wipes whether you are cloth diapering or using disposables you will need to have a stock pile for when baby comes home. Also check with your hospital most will supply diapers but there is always the off chance you will need to bring your own.

~Now here are the things you SHOULD do before baby comes home:

  1. Go on a date! You might not have the opportunity for a while once baby is home.
  2. If you have other kids take a day with each doing something special just the two of you (include daddy if you wish).
  3. Make some goodies, freezer meals and get some takeout menus. You will be tired when baby comes home and may have a lot of company so get prepared now. Also make sure you have some good nutritious food stockpiled in the fridge. You won’t want to go shopping the first few days home.
  4. Take some you time. Get your nails done, hair done or a massage. This might be the last time you can focus on yourself for a while. If you don’t do the girly thing just make some time to be alone. Once baby is here you will always have someone in your space and it can be overwhelming.
  5. Go to a movie. A lot of people recommend this because it is impossible to take an infant to the movies but I personally would avoid it. I did this with my first pregnancy and was so uncomfortable I had to get up and walk around the hallways about 15 times so really wasn’t worth the money!
  6. Go on a babymoon. Here are some of the top destinations:
  7. Make a labor playlist.
  8. Double check that all your important contacts are in your phone and let friends and family know if you prefer they visit in the hospital or after you come home.
  9. Pre-address envelopes for birth announcements. I love the metallic pinks and blues on this site:
  10. Have a girls night. It may be a while before you get girl time once your little one makes their appearance so have a spa day, slumber party, night on the town or whatever you and your ladies are into to celebrate your last few mommy free days.

Gifts That Keep On Giving

It is getting to be that time of year where I am looking for creative and fun ideas for gifts for the kiddies in my family. Here are some great subscriptions that will keep them busy all year long.

$19.95/Month Kiwi Crate delivers a new fun hands on project for your child to your door.

$39.99/Month Babba Co. sends a monthly subscription box of crafts, books, fun, and learning to you great for ages 3-7.


$29.95/Month you will receive a package containing an eco-friendly and non-toxic toy, fun accessories, sponges, and washcloths as well as all-natural and organic soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, lotions and creams.




$25.00/Month you will receive the best in sustainably made, ecologically friendly, organic, and naturally made toys from birth -5 years old.

$19.95/Month gets you hands on art, craft and science activities for kids either 3-7 or 7-11.

$39.99/Month gets you 6 New Brand-Name styles delivered to your door.


And if you are looking for something geared for the tiny tots check out these great boxes!

$25.00/Month get a box full of the best baby gear reviewed by moms like you.

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$24.95/Month Try it before you buy it. Bluum offers age appropriate boxes full of goodies for your little one as well as a couple new products for mom.

$79.00/Purchase IncrediBundles offers cool bundles for new little ones like a year worth of books, a year of toys or sleep bundles.

Sleep Bundle - Premium - Baby Gift

$17.00/Month Looking for a unique handmade something for a newbie try Binkabox.


$79.95/Month You will get Eco friendly diapers and wipes sent right to your door. Check out their other eco friendly bundles as well.


Of course I can’t forget about my prego bestie this Christmas. She will be getting on of the subscriptions below but I won’t give away the surprise. 🙂 We will make sure to do a review of the product after Christmas!

$39.00/Box Get a special box geared toward your month of pregnancy or a due date box.

the due date! box of bliss

$40.00/Month Receive a special box for each month of pregnancy. Complete all 9 and get a free baby box!

10 Storks Box

$55.00/Month Keep that soon to be mama stylish with maternity apparel, accessories and beauty products sent right to her door.

$39.99/Month Hand picked, natural safe products for your specific stage of pregnancy or your babies stage of development sent to your door.

$39.99/Box Give moms to be a box with special goodies for the mind and body.



If you are looking for other options for subscriptions check out my subscription addiction at for other great subscriptions and reviews.



Picking Godparents

Ryder's Christening

Ryder’s Christening

Me, Brit (godmom) and baby Ryder on his Christening September 2013. I’m Lutheran Nate is Catholic our kids were both Christened Catholic but if we are out of the picture I don’t mind if they are raised Lutheran, Catholic, or Jewish just so long as they are in the care of loving people that introduce them to the world in the way I would. When picking Godparents for our children it was less about religion and more about who we want them with if we cannot be there for them? I want my kiddos to be raised the way I would raise them and by someone who is familiar with me and their daddy so that they will at least hear stories of us from their godparents if we were, god forbid, taken away prematurely from an accident or health issue. Who better than the person that was right there along with me in all my immature childhood (and sometimes as an adult) escapades (some.. well most which involved the my baby’s daddy as well)? Of course my bestie would raise my little man right if it came down to it! And uncle Mikey will make a great substitute daddy if need be…I hope:-)  Teach them about God? Sure that is your job as a godparent but it doesn’t have to be the God I know because if you raise my child the way I would my child will be able to choose their own path and decide for themselves what to believe and this is why our babies have the godparents they have. You will in our absence introduce them into your religion but more than that you will introduce them to a culture and I want that culture to be the same as the one they would know if they were still with me and their dad. Picking our kids godparents was like picking substitute parents and the best sub for me is my sister from another mother (and of course my actual sis but Trin already has her… and one of my kids is more than enough for anyone:-)).