OK, so todays post is about DIY hair and make up. I urge all my clients to invest in a professional hair and make up person, but if money is an obstacle than here are a few tips to help you do it yourself.

  1. Keep it Natural – Start with clean and moisturised skin.
  2. Foundation – Match the colour of your foundation to the colour of your skin on your face and neck. Liquid foundation is the best. Avoid ‘sheer look’ foundations as they have too much oil and give excessive shine. Powder or compact foundation doesn’t quite give the right level of coverage for photoshoots.
  3. Lips – If you want to wear lipstick choose a shade that is a notch darker than your actual lip colour. Lip gloss is also effective in making the lips fuller.
  4. Eyes – Stick to a black or dark brown mascara and lightly fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil that matches your colour. For natural look headshots there is no need to use heavy eye makeup at all. If you want to try a look that is more stylised and dramatic don’t over do it – just a touch of eyeshadow and eye liner will do the trick!
  5. Blush -Select soft colour that won’t stand out too much. Apply with a large blush brush and in small amounts at a time.
  6. Powder – Setting or finishing powder is routinely used in fashion and beauty photography to reduce shimmer and make the skin look matte. You will realise that a professional makeup artist will keep applying powder every 10–20 minutes of the shoot to prevent shiny skin.
  7. Hair – Your hair should be freshly washed. Don’t use too much product as this makes your hair look stiff and lifeless. Keep hair simple and natural

29 January 2017
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My cat Sonny likes to follow me down to the park during photo shoots. Not sure if he is assisting or getting in the way. He really knows how to pull focus!
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10 January 2017