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LOTD: How to Look Like a Supermodel in a Black and White Photo

LOTD: How to Look Like a Supermodel in a Black and White Photo
IMAGE Kenji Onglao
Quick tips to slay that monochrome selfie.

You don't need high-level photoshop skills to look like a supermodel in a black and white portrait. In fact, shooting in monochrome gives you leeway to do less than what you're used to—especially when it comes to makeup!

Don't believe us? Check out this portrait of Ford model Danica Magpantay. Even without winged liner, glitter, or a dark lip, she looks absolutely stunning.


Here are a few tips from her makeup artist Anthea Bueno to achieve the same effect!

1. Go simple

For black and white photos, the simpler the better. "There are different intensities of light when it comes to photos in general so it's best to keep an eye on areas that easily get washed out," she notes.

Skip the heavy eyeshadow and focus on defining your brows and lashes. These two will give more definition to your eyes than eyeshadow. If your brows are quite sparse, take time to fill them in. For your lashes, choose a black volumizing mascara that holds a tight curl.

2. Highlight

"With this look, I just did my usual steps in doing makeup, but I intensified the highlighter," Anthea shares. "Playing with the light allows the features to pop even in black and white."

Achieve Danica's glow by applying highlighter to the high points of your face (cheeks, nose bridge, cupid's bow) along with certain exposed parts of your body (décolletage, shoulders). Speaking of shine, using lip gloss or lip balm over matte lipstick will make your pout pop better.

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3. Sculpt

Blush hardly shows up in black and white photos. Thankfully, you can still contour to define those cheekbones. But build the product on slowly, because any harsh lines will look stark in monochrome photos—"Always check the test shot first just so you'd know if you have to add anything."

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