One of the excitements of a marathon race is photo shooting on the day. One naturally wants to brag a marathon on SNS, don’t you? There will be the portraits with friends before the start and after the finish, and professional cameramen commemorating the event, to say nothing of the shots taken by excited supporters… Who doesn’t want to look smart and cute on all of them! Learn the tricks of photogenic makeup for running from Miki Ishida of Shiseido Beauty Creation Department.
Miki Ishida: Joined Shiseido in 2001. Active in a variety of occasions including collections in New York, Paris and Tokyo with a focus on hairdressing and makeup in photo sessions for Shiseido’s advertisements and PR activities. Also, a lecturer at the hairdressing and makeup school, SABFA.
Make up to look your best, both on close-ups and official wide shots
Model Mami Mochinaga is always up to challenges, including marathon and triathlon competitions. What kinds of photos does she usually get taken at the events? “We always take selfies or pictures of each other before the start and after the finish. Also, when I participate in a race as my job assignment as a model, I check where on the route the official cameramen are stationed in advance and run that part with a smile!” Ms. Ishida reveals her tips. “If you plan to have most of your pictures taken in sunglasses or a cap, makeup needs to be adjusted accordingly. As the cap visor shades the eyes, you’ll need to emphasize the eyes and eyelashes with mascara and eyeliner. With sunglasses on, accentuate the lips,” advises Ms. Ishida.
Key points: radiant eyes, healthy-looking blush, and prominent lips
According to Ms. Ishida, makeup for running centers on three areas: the eyes, the cheeks, and the lips. Check out her advice on how to make the most of them!
THE EYES: Add expression with curled eyelashes and eyeliner in the corners
The eyelashes: use an eyelash curler and lift your eyelashes from the roots to open your eyes up and let more light in for a radiant look. Next, apply waterproof no-fiber mascara to emphasize the eyes and prevent any unpleasant surprises sweat may cause.
The eyebrows: use liquid eyebrow filler to trim your eyebrows and finish with eyebrow coat for a longer fix.
The eyes: help your eyeliner stay in place by applying it just in the corners of the lids. Go for light eye shadow colors, like beige or pink, for a fresher and brighter look.
THE CHEEKS: Just a bit of natural color
After applying liquid foundation that matches your skin color for base makeup, proceed to the cheeks to give them a natural-like blush. It may be cold before the race, so use cheek makeup to add brightness and color to the face. Go for a cream or liquid blush as it is easier to apply, looks natural, and lasts longer.
THE LIPS: Add prominence with vivid colors. Opt for moisturizing and long-lasting products
During a marathon, your lips tend to get dry and damaged by the sun. Tinted lip balm with moisturizing and UV-protection effect (and preferably long-lasting) is the ideal pick.
“By focusing on these three areas in your makeup you’ll get glowing skin and radiant eyes for superb close-ups, and lips that stand out and give you a healthy look in photos taken from far away. Imagine various possible scenes for photo shooting and aim for a well-balanced makeup to fit,” adds Ms. Ishida.
That’s it for today! Try out these tips to impress everyone as a healthy beauty, from before the start till after the finish. Don’t let sweat, dryness or smudged makeup ruin your photos: by mastering appropriate makeup techniques you are ready to be photographed at any time and any angle. Go for it, beauty runner girls!
Fashion model. Born in Saitama on September 12, 1988. Started working as a salon model at the age of 17 and fully engaged in modeling after winning the Grand Prix at ZOZOTOWN Model Audition. Besides modeling, actively practices various sports including full marathon, kick boxing, and triathlon, etc. 18 months of running experience.