What beauty routines do you need to consider when having professional photography done? This could be for a portrait photoshoot or your wedding photography. A little advanced preparation can make a huge difference. Here are a few tips:
HAIR & MAKEUP
Get your makeup and hair professionally done. They will make sure you are looking your best and are pampered so you can really enjoy the experience. To ensure all goes smoothly on the day, you should have:
- Clean bare face (wash and apply your usual moisturiser)
- Clean, dry hair (very short hair should leave it wet)
- Comfy outfit (to sit in while you’re being styled)
If you get your hair coloured or need to get the roots touched up, this should be booked about a week before. If you’re getting a haircut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong.
Pluck and clean up those eyebrows. If you decide to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded, be sure to schedule the appointment for at least a few days before your photoshoot.
Ensure leg or underarm waxing is done a few days before to give you a few days to heal or shaving can be done the night before. If you’ll be wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, go for the bikini area as well.
Don’t pick at your skin. A pimple is very easy to cover with makeup, but scabs, wounds and flaky patches are more tricky.
Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your lippage look it’s best.
Start moisturising nightly a week in advance of your shoot. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt.
Facials should be done at least a week before your shoot as they tend to cause redness, a week usually allows enough time to heal.
Try to avoid any chipped polish or crazy patterns. French manicures, light/natural colors and even nails with no color at all photograph best.
Tan at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, etc. If you accidentally burn before your shoot, regularly apply aloe vera, it will help prevent peeling in a few days.
If you regularly get spray tanning done, do this a couple of days to a week before. It is better to go lighter rather than darker.
Avoid smoking and drinking a few days before your session as it will help you look your best. Sleep is always helpful too. Avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Staying well hydrated helps thin out your face.
If you are interested in having your portrait taken or need a photographer for your wedding day, contact me for a consultation and I can give you more tips on how to prepare for your photoshoot including more beauty tips and styling tips.