9 Style Bloggers’ Best Beauty Tips For Outfit Photos

Sharing photos of yourself on the Internet day after day can be a daunting project. Styling up tons of outfits that are worthy of posting is challenge enough – but what about when you're just not feeling your best? Lack of sleep, a break-out, illness, stress… All these things can lead to a puffy face here, a zit there – things no one wants to share with the digital world.

Because we've all been there, and looking great for real is better than Photoshopping yourself to death – we asked some of our favorite personal style bloggers to share their best quick beauty tips for looking great in outfit photos!


beauty inspiration

Jinna Yang, Grease & Glamour

“I'd say – concealer and lipstick. Always makes you look awake, refreshed, chic – but it's very little effort on your part. Sometimes I'll just leave the house in concealer (well blended, of course), some lipstick and some bronzer. Out the door!”

Christine White, Court & Hudson

“The powers of a bright lip are endless. Hot pink, orange, the perfect red – smearing on a pretty pout amp even the simplest of outfits up a notch, or five. My secret weapon is Sephora's Love Test lipstick – a bright pink fuchsia that has helped me through plenty an outfit shoot!”

Ann Colville Somma, Cult of Pretty and Holier Than Now

“If you’re blonde and fair skinned (like me) and tend to fade away in photos, fill in your brows with powder on a dense brush – it makes a huge difference to frame your face – wear lipstick (if you’re really not a lipstick person, wear lip stain) and do as the pro makeup artists do … blush, blush, and more blush.”

Tanesha Awashi, Girl With Curves

“On days when I'm super tired, but have to take outfit pictures, white eyeliner on the waterline does wonders for looking wide awake!”

Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper

“I've always been a sucker for a bold swipe of blush (thank goodness we're seeing it as a major beauty trend this season!), and I find that it really seems to brighten up my face and, dare I say, expresses my quirky personality at the same time.”

Wendy Nguyen, Wendy's LookBook

“I think a lot about how my readers are feeling, and what kind of emotions I could have the privilege to add to their day.  With ongoing demands and stress, I hope to bring a little bit of serenity, cheer, and happiness to their busy day. I usually close my blog posts with a tight shot of me smiling looking down to show my appreciation of their time.  A smile is the best accessory to any outfit.”

Laura Ellner, On The Racks

“I almost always wear a giant pair of sunglasses. They have become my go-to accessory! Also bright lips — my favorite colors lately are bright red, pink, and coral.”


“Keep it real. If your life doesn't involve glamorous speakeasies and five-inch stillettos, there's no point in in pretending. What'll be most interesting to your readers is seeing what your life – and your clothing – is really like.”


Christine Bibbo Herr, NYC Pretty
“I like to do only minimal photoshop because I want my readers to see me for who I am including whatever flaws that might show up in my pictures. However, if its not looking like a mascara -wearin' kinda day, I usually throw on my sunnies! its grown to be a signature look for Nycpretty. If they aren't on my eyes they are always tucked in my hair on the top of my head!”
[image credit: Jordan Byers from Once Wed]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

18 Responses

  1. Sharon Write

    I think that the lips are a very important part of the overall look and should always be done in the perfect neutral color for the outfit you are wearing.

  2. Queen Shmink

    A beauty tip that bloggers need to do more is pay attention to their nails!! So often I see chipped nails or cuticles that are dry/ripped…it’s such a vital part of an outfit post!

  3. Jaspe

    I like to use music when I do my outfitposts ! Nothing better than a quirky tune to put a smile on your face !

  4. Aves Gry

    I really love what Wendy says. The best thing to put on is a smile because even on the worse days, a smile will shine through. No reader wants to see their favorite bloggers down in the dumps.

  5. Audrey

    Great tips. My everyday go to make-up is eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss. As Wendy says, I noticed by adding a smile, my photos looked better.

  6. Danielle

    First of all, for me, a clean face. I can’t put anything on my face without washing it first. I have discovered tinted moisturizers, it great for a little color, not like foundation. And a pink lipstick or lip moisturizer. Then I’m ready to go. 🙂 Great tips, thanks!!

  7. Lauren

    I’ve gotta try the sunglass look! Everyone always has them and it looks so chic and high glam. I’ve gotta try it. Now, to find a pair that I think doesn’t look silly! 🙂

  8. Sarah Beth

    I love these tips!! I don’t post outfit posts very often, but I do do some make-up posts and some of these tips will definitely come in handy! 🙂