How do I Apply Makeup for Photography to Increase Muscle Tone?

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How do I Apply Makeup for Photography to Increase Muscle Tone?
Highlighting the keypoints of the body where muscles appear when you flex can create the illusion of enhanced muscle tone. (muscle fitness image by Leticia Wilson from

Commonly known as a facial cosmetic, make-up can also be applied to the body. With the proper application, you can create lifelike wounds, cover flaws and even enhance body features. For example, make-up can enhance muscle tone to make them appear larger and more defined. Special lighting and shadowing techniques create the illusion of enhanced muscles without so much as lifting a dumbbell. In photography, some simple changes such as minimal lighting may add depth to the muscles in the shot.

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Things you need

  • Powder brush
  • Foundation brush
  • Creme concealer
  • Matt Translucent powder

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  1. 1

    Make sure that the model's skin is clean and has no other cosmetics or products.

  2. 2

    Locate an area or limb on the body, where the muscle appears naturally. Apply a light coloured concealer to the highest point of the muscle. Blend the concealer around the skin so that no streaks or lines appear.

  3. 3

    Apply a darker coloured concealer to the skin that surround the muscle. Use a colour that is a shade darker than the skin. Any shade deeper may make the look appear unnatural. Blend the concealer around the surrounding areas where muscle tone does not appear.

  4. 4

    Use a powder brush to sweep matt translucent powder over the concealer. This will set the make-up in place and prevent it from running. Do not use powder with any shimmer or reflective ingredients. Reflective ingredients in cosmetics may reflect back in flash photography shots.

  5. 5

    Apply the light concealer directly onto the muscles of the abs. Blend the concealer. Apply the darker coloured concealer with a foundation brush in between the ab muscles. Blend in the make-up. Try to not blend the two colours together.

  6. 6

    Apply the make-up to the rest of the body where you wish to define muscles.

  7. 7

    Use caution with flash photography. The flash may take away from the makeup's natural appearance in the picture. Use a flash under lighting to brighten the scene without reflecting off of the make-up.

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