If you're preparing for headshots and you plan to do your makeup on your own, make sure you go about the process the right way. Whether you realize it or not, how you prepare your face in photography isn't exactly the same as you would prepare your face for an everyday outing. Here are some helpful tips you can use to make your headshot stunning and professional.
1. No New Makeup
The day of your headshot photo session is not the time to try out makeup for the first time. Makeup is very much a trial and error because what works flawlessly on another person may be a disaster for the other.
Factors like the environment where you're at and the texture of your skin are just some of the influencing factors. If there is a new makeup you want to use for your session, buy it early so that you can test it out for a few days before the shoot. Wear the makeup in different environments and during different parts of the day to get an accurate idea of how well it works for you.
Priming is essential whenever you wear makeup, but it's especially important when it comes to photography. Priming preps your skin for makeup. When you prime, not only does your application look more flawless, but priming will also help your makeup last longer.
Even if you only plan to capture three or four headshot images during your session, it's not to say that you will only be in the studio for a few moments. Photography sessions can sometimes take a while in order to get the right shot. If you don't prime, your makeup might not make it through the entire session. Prime your face for long-lasting wear.
3. Contour Naturally
Contouring is a very old makeup application concept, but in recent years, it has become more popular. If you want to contour, go for it. However, just make sure that your contour is natural to the actual bone structure of your face. You don't want to create shadows that are not there.
If you do, when you show up for a callback, the agents will likely be upset because the image that they see on the photo is not who they see in person. Use contouring as a way to accentuate, not to recreate.
Follow these tips for professional and attractive headshots. However, even more important, pair with a professional photographer that can bring out the best in your photos.