Makeup is hard. Applying it to be photographed (or for special occasions) adds a heightened level of anxiety for even the steel nerved. I admit I never really paid much attention to makeup. Mine or my clients until I started spending hours editing out overly applied eyeliner, oily noses and face sparkles. Then I took it seriously, spent oodles of time reading and watching beauty blogs (which I'd never done before) and put together a solid list for my clients to be better prepared.
I always tell clients to choose matte foundation, eyeliner, mascara and blush when getting ready. Products with sparkle accentuate wrinkles. Go easy on your eyeliner. It's hard to edit out and almost always makes the eyes look more narrow. If you're not a makeup person, wear mascara and under eye concealer. For all clients, I recommend drinking tons of water. As for products, there are about a million but below is my tried and true list of basic products I bring to shoots.
- Chapstick. It's matte, it makes your lips supple and best part, it has no shine. Apply it before you apply your favorite lip color. Avoid glitter at all costs.
- Oribe Elastic Hair Paste. It smooths all those little flyaways down and away from the face and it smells amazing. It's a bit pricey but it'll last half a year.
- Benefit Puff Off! I was skeptical at first but this product works. It smooths and moisturizes under your eye. It will not remove 25 years worth of experience from your eye area but it goes on beautifully and ever so slightly makes those areas less noticeable.
- NYX Matte Blotting Paper. Everyone gets a bit shiny when nervous, these little papers are amazing.
As for application, there are some amazing beauty bloggers who give you the skinny on what works for different skin types. I absolutely love Carolyn Barnes Speed Beauty on YouTube. She's a professional makeup artist, talks quickly and has a British accent which I find mesmerizing. A few weeks ago, she did a basics series on how to shape eyebrows and apply concealer and blush based on your own face shape which was great. I still feel a little odd telling people I watch beauty blogs but I'm also glad to not be stuck in a makeup rut. Think heavy black liquid eyeliner. Yikes!
If the above paragraph strikes fear into your heart, you can always make an appointment at Ulta or a Sephora. Just make sure to tell them you're heading to be photographed and you need makeup that's *cough* matte. It's a minor expense but one you'll be glad you sprung for. And make sure to replace your business headshot every 3-5 years.
So what about you? Any products or bloggers you can't live without?