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Makeup Artist Reveals Tips for Looking Gorgeous in SweetEscape Photos
18 Jul 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Aside from a flattering outfit, your makeup will ensure you look pretty in your SweetEscape photos, but how? Meet Vinna Gracia, a professional makeup artist with more than six years of experience. Vinna lives in Los Angeles but usually return to Indonesia to share her knowledge in makeup.

Having the experience in handling some of SweetEscape clients, we turned to her to share with us some of the smartest tips and tricks for looking pretty when the lens is looking at you.

Long-haul flight or having too much fun can result in tired eyes when traveling. What would you recommend to cure it?

Use eye patches to cool down the tired under-eye area. I personally use TIFF Puffy Eye Elixir. Dab the concealer under the eye with a shade lighter to look more natural without looking cakey.

How can we keep our make-up looking fresh during photo shoot?

Choose your make-up based on your skin type and the weather condition in the location you’ll be shooting at. If you have dry skin, use moisturizer and hydrating primer and setting spray, with no powder, but if you have oily skin you have to use a lot of powder. If you’ll be shooting at a location with dry weather, I’d suggest you to not use too much makeup. But if you’ll be somewhere humid, use powdered foundation.

What are the ultimate photo shoot makeup tips and tricks that guarantee great looking photos?

Don’t worry about having too much contouring because on the photos the contouring will look washed out. Instead, use more blush. A little bit extra on everything is never a bad thing for a makeup photo shoot. Foundation wise, I prefer lighter foundation because I always use bronzer to look warm. I never use foundation with SPF. I rather use moisturizer with SPF because tinted foundation is never as good as the pure one. For a finishing touch, I use two tones of powder foundation. The lighter for highlight area: under the eyes, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead, chin. The rest of the face, use the same tone as your skin tone.

If you only have 5 minutes to do makeup, what can you do to make the most difference?

Work on your eyelashes, brush on some blush and put on lip cream.

What kind of makeup look would you recommend for outdoor photo shoot?

You should always match your look with the theme or outfit. You can also ask yourself, what kind of look you want to portray yourself - is it a sexy look, or sweet look. You should also consider it with the location, whether it’s dry or humid. For a SweetEscape photo session, I would definitely recommend you to go as natural as possible; not too much eyeshadow but focus on having great lashes.

Eyes, lips, skin, or eyebrows – which one should we emphasize on?

Definitely your eyes.

Is there any special make up tips for summer and winter season photo shoot?

If the photo shoot is in the pool or beach, use waterproof. Avoid foundation, use only concealer. Bold in eyes, no contouring. Use blush to look natural, as if you’re not putting too much effort. For winter photo session, use oil based foundation to avoid cracking and makeup sets perfectly

How to choose your makeup collections so you can travel lightly and not take that much with you?

I always choose to bring travel sized makeup instead of transferring the products into smaller bottles. I can do without the hassle. I also bring only two pouches for my makeup with me. One for the products and the other for tools and brushes.

Any makeup product recommendation for travel?

I absolutely must travel with my NARS Creamy Concealer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Mac Studio Fix Powder, Tartelette in Bloom , BLP Butterfudge, Maybelline Falsies, Maybelline Hypersharp Liner, NYX Away Me Glow Liquid Highlighter.

Here are photos of her former clients so you can see how magic her hands are!

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!