¬† ¬† ¬†Headshot Make-up, what is it? By definition, it’s a clean and natural approach giving the most true to life results. Just as I take the time to educate on the fundamentals of headshots or tailor the lighting to each of my clients, an experienced make-up artist will understand this and work to simply bring out the best of your natural features. Now within this approach, there are 3 key points in which we take attention to, your eyes, your cheek bones and your mouth or lips. Two of these three are the key elements to nailing a solid headshot, the eyes and lips. First, your eyes, because this is the window to who you are, a window to your soul. Within that window, we build emotions, the single most important one is confidence, yet we can also emote innocence for example if you’re an actor and going for a character shot. Then we have your mouth which is where we build the approachability factor, nothing makes a person more inviting than a warm smile! This is also where we can build more character, like with the hint of a mischievousness smirk or zero in another level of intensity if you’re an actress. Whether your headshots will be used for business, acting, modeling or personal branding, it all comes down to these few factors. By understanding this, one will see the value of having a professional make-up artist on set during your session. AND as a bonus, my team will style your hair as well as remaining on set for session so they can tend to the small details and make adjustments as needed, you could even think of it as on set pampering! ūüôā¬†
     
¬†¬† ¬†¬†Below are examples of make-up, the left column is the recommended clean and natural and what I suggest going for should you choose to do your own make up. The right side are examples of bold make-up, which I do not recommend for your session, starting out at least. If we were going for editorial looks or beauty even, this would be the territory we’d venture into. Now I will say, if there is an eyeshadow or lipstick that you know just looks absolutely stunning on you, by all means, bring it and we can work it in for the later looks. Just remember there will always be the right tools for the right job and¬†following these guidelines will help achieve a session that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression, which is what we both want to see!

¬† ¬† ¬† A couple points to remember as well is to take it easy on the highlighting. We all love it and of course it’s trending, but it’s the number one application to over do but it’s just not ideal for headshots. Should you do decide to use subtle highlighting, avoid metallic or prismatic highlighters. Ideally you want to use a lighter shade in a natural or matte finish. And remember, my team The Beauty Patrol is here to assist if you have any questions on what to use!¬†

Eyes

Clean and Natural

  • Light eyeshadow.
  • Soft natural colors.
  • No hard edges or lines.¬†

Bold – Not Recommended

  • Smokey eyes.
  • Winged mascara.
  • Hard edges or lines.

Cheek Bones / Contouring

Clean and Natural

  • Slight¬†contouring, soft¬†definition of¬†cheek bones.¬†
  • Should give your face subtle depth.

Bold – Not Recommended

  • Heavy contouring, pronounced cheek bones.¬†
  • Too much and we can tread¬†into high fashion.

Lips

Clean and Natural

  • Soft and natural colors with a fresh appearance.
  • Nude and matte tones are best for your lips.

Bold – Not Recommended

  • Dark and rich colors can be distracting.
  • Glossy textures will create glares.

Natural vs Enhanced

Clean and Natural

  • Soft and natural captures you as a person.

Bold – Not Recommended

  • Bold can take away from your natural beauty.¬†

     To see more examples of how all these techniques come together then you can visit either my Headshots home page or either of my Acting Headshots or Business Headshots portfolios.

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