So ladies. Let’s take a moment and create a hypothetical situation. Now pay attention, because this is something you will want to store in your memory bank for the morning you have to wake up to ready yourself for that important photo shoot. There’s no doubt in my mind that you, like every other woman in the world, wants to look her best, and by that, I mean that you want to look flawless. Sure, there’s retouching and Photoshop, but it’s always more impressive when you can say, ‘Yup! That’s really me!’
One thing to remember is that the makeup style and ‘perfect’ look that you have created in your head may not be the appearance that will create a great portrait. A flawless model doesn’t come from layers of smoothing makeup, brilliant nail polish hues, and an even tan. In fact, I would venture to say that it is the complete opposite. Ladies, here is what it really takes to be a flawless model in a photo studio.
First order of importance is the base of everything: your skin. Obviously it helps to think ahead. Knowing full well that your photo shoot is in a week, eating loads of greasy, blemish erupting foods will not get you the resulting flawless skin in your portraits. Wrinkles, freckles, and scars are natural blemishes that make up who you are, but if you are not comfortable with them in your portrait, let your photographer know. Do not smear thick layers of makeups and creams into every crease and chasm of your face. Trust me; it will look better digitally corrected rather than discolored and cakey. Make-up shows. Last but not least, and probably the most important tip I can give you, is NOT to go tanning. Evening out that tan line is not as ‘life or death’ as it may seem. Tanned skin can come across as unhealthy and even leathery in a photograph. Instead, skip the UV rays and show off your natural skin tones. Porcelain is a gorgeous, glowing look that will make you look divine.
Along those lines, pun intended, everyone has wrinkles. And like I said before, caking makeup across your skin to cover it up is not the way to go. In fact, applying too much makeup to any part of your face can be disastrous in a photo. Sometimes, too much eye liner hides the connection with your eyes to the camera lens. Too much red lipstick, along with the shine that comes with it, can come across as messy, not dramatic. Also, the wrong application of eye shadow can make or break a portrait for you. Don’t get me wrong, dramatic eyes and red lipstick is a look that CAN be done, and it is quite popular, but if you do not usually apply makeup, I would suggest a makeup artist, or at least a very savvy friend who can. Also, a little tip is to go to the shoot with a nice foundation set with neutral colors, and add makeup as you go along to get different, desired looks. You can always add makeup throughout the shoot.
Good photographers do not just take photographs, they capture a mood, and one of the easiest ways to ensnare a certain feeling in an image is to play with the subject’s hands. The way a woman places her hands in an image can change the atmosphere completely, and that is why having well groomed nails can be such an important note to jot down on your checklist. I suggest a manicure, but if you don’t have the money to drop a couple tens whenever you have a shoot, then take an hour at home and groom them yourself. Soak your fingers in hot water and take care of those overgrown cuticles, trim and file your nails, and apply a neatly painted base coat. When in doubt, pick a neutral color, and you won’t be afraid to play with your hands in a shoot. It could make all the difference.
So get ready, get set, and put your best skin, face, and nails forward!
(and feel free to speak your mind below!)