IRL makeup rarely, if ever, translates to pictures.
It's because the flash and lens you're using totally change how your face is seen.
BuzzFeed Life asked Regan Rabanal, senior artist at MAC Cosmetics, to show us his best ~secrets~ for making makeup look amazing in photos. Because hey, we take a lot of them.
First up: foundation, concealer, and translucent powder.
"The flash of a camera will bounce off of makeup, so it's important that your blending of concealer is harmonious with your foundation," Rabanal says.
Use an eyebrow pencil to create hair-like strokes within the brow as you fill.
Choose an eyeshadow color that's close to your skin tone and apply it to your lid.
Use a color that's a little deeper than your skin tone and blend it through your crease for definition.
Let's dance, eyeliner.
Want to get ~fancy~? Get false eyelashes.
Apply a thin coat of tacky adhesive to the lash band and apply to the outer corner of the eye first, working your way inward to the tear duct. Gently pinch the false lashes into your natural lashes with your fingers.
Now it's time for some contouring magic, y'all.
"I love using a fan brush to apply bronzer and blush because it's a gradual application," Rabanal says.
Last but not least, lipstick!
Now go enjoy a photo sesh, will you?
Here are all of the MAC Cosmetics products we used: