Professional Makeup for Photo Shoots

A course by Natalia Belda de lama
Makeup Artist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2020
, Makeup Artist

Learn to complement a person’s unique features and create makeup looks for shoots, working with context and lighting

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1144 students

Learn to complement a person’s unique features and create makeup looks for shoots, working with context and lighting

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1144 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 lessons (2h 26m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The purpose of makeup is not to create something entirely new, but to highlight our natural beauty and help us feel good according to our tastes and needs. This is the philosophy of professional makeup artist Natalia Belda, who's worked with leading fashion magazines and stars like Blanca Suárez. Discover how to use the face as a blank canvas with infinite possibilities.

In this course, learn to do makeup for a photo shoot, taking into account all the different elements such as style and lighting. Get to know the foundations of professional makeup and see how to adapt your personal style to the needs of each project, helping the model feel confident and at ease.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to makeup
  • U3
    U3. The importance of light and makeup
  • U4
    U4. Last details and session
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To kick off the course, Natalia Belda tells you about herself, how she ended up in the makeup business, and her career so far. She also shares the influences that can been seen throughout her work.

Get stuck in by reflecting on makeup and current cosmetic trends. Then take a look at the material you need before delving into facial morphology and makeup as the art of emphasizing the natural beauty of each face. Next, Natalia guides you through the first steps for preparing a shoot.

Study how different lighting affects makeup, either accentuating or de-emphasizing certain features, colors, and shine. Now it's time to prime the skin and apply foundation playing with different shades. Continue with the eyes, blusher, and highlighter, and finish up with the lips and brows.

Once you've achieved your look, Natalia shows you how to make the skin more matte depending on the desired effect, how long you want the look to last, and the setting, as well as how to do touch-ups throughout the shoot. Wrap it up with some final tips on correctly removing makeup.

What is this course's project?

Carry out a photo shoot in which you are the makeup artist. Take into account facial features, context, and lighting.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with basic notions of makeup who might be looking to pursue it as a career, or professional makeup artists starting to work on photo shoots.

Requirements and materials

Some makeup knowledge is necessary, as Natalia doesn't teach basic makeup techniques from scratch. This course is aimed at makeup for fashion shoots.

For this course you need a makeup brush roll and standard makeup material.


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Natalia Belda de lama

A course by Natalia Belda de lama

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Natalia Belda is a professional makeup artist who, despite being based in Madrid, travels the world for work. She kicked off her career as an assistant to top agency professionals carrying out tests on models and doing makeup for the odd magazine until she made her way into editorial shoots for names like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, and more.

She has also been on the makeup team for runway shows and worked with both national and international singers across Spain. She has also worked on red carpet makeup looks for actors including Blanca Suárez. Her proudest professional moment was the publication of her book MaquillaT.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • influences
  • U2

    Introduction to makeup

    • Makeup and cosmetics today
    • Our makeup bag
    • Morphology, visagism and contouring
    • mood board
    • Before starting
  • U3

    The importance of light and makeup

    • types of light
    • Skin preparation, foundation and concealers
    • eye makeup 1
    • eye makeup 2
    • Blush and highlighter
    • mouth and eyebrows
  • U4

    Last details and session

    • Mattify the skin according to duration and conditions
    • Retouches in photo session
    • Make-up removal and final tips
  • FP

    Final project

    • Professional makeup for photography and video

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Professional Makeup for Photo Shoots. Photography, Video, and Fashion course by Natalia Belda de lama

Professional Makeup for Photo Shoots

A course by Natalia Belda de lama
Makeup Artist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1144 students