Hair and Makeup Tips

Hair and Makeup tips

Here is a quick FAQ for great hair and makeup.

What are some makeup basics that people can keep in mind prior to having their portrait taken?

Concealer is major. Be sure to have a concealer that is the correct tone of your skin. Use it to cover up any discoloration on the skin such as blemishes, dark circles around the eyes, redness around the nose and cheeks, sun damage brown spots, etc. A concealer that does a really good job of mimicking skin is MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer. When applying your concealer use a tapping or patting motion, so that you don’t irritate the skin. In other words, try to avoid rubbing the concealer into the skin; this will only create more redness. An even skin tone will make any photo more flattering! For women, be sure to accentuate your features so that they won’t get lost in the photo. Use mascara on your lashes, a bit of eyeliner on the upper eyelid, bronzer or blush, and lipstick! Even if you are not used to wearing any makeup, do it for the photos! The goal is to look like a polished version of yourself, so that you will photograph flawlessly. When in doubt, use a professional makeup artist.

What are some things to keep in mind for hair in a photo?

The most important thing to worry about for hair is frizz and fly-aways. This goes for both men and women. Fly-aways are the hairs that seem to have a mind of their own, that don’t lay down with the rest of the hair. They can be tamed with the right product such as TIGI Bed Head’s Hair Stick. Lightly rub the stick across your palm and use your palm to smooth the loose hairs into the rest of your tresses. For women, applying a little heat to your hair, such as blow drying, curling, or flat ironing will give your hair a smooth and polished finish.

Reducing the skin shine we get in flash photos.

A good blotting powder should be dusted onto the face, focusing on the forehead and nose, which reflect the most shine in photos. Use a brush to pick up the powder and apply it to the skin. MAC’s Blot Powder in your appropriate tone will do an excellent job of absorbing shine.

What kind of lipstick should I wear?

Find a tone that enhances your natural lip color, I generally like a glossy lip so try to find a complementary shade with a hint of gloss.


Try to find a mascara that won’t clump or smudge. Mascara will make your eyes pop. Start light, we can always go darker during the session.

What about the guys?

Tips for Men: Skin is what you have to work with, so make the most of it. Men should be using a daily moisturizer to keep the skin healthy and prevent signs of aging. Kiehl’s has a great line of men’s facial products that won’t have all of those femme scents attached.

For photos, be sure to have an anti-shine gel on hand. If you don’t have hair on your head, look out for the forehead on up. This area will pick up the most shine, and can be quite distracting in photos. A fabulous product from Peter Thomas Roth is their Max anti-shine gel, which is a lightweight clear cream that will really minimize shine. Gently rub it into the nose, forehead, and head. Other things to look out for: eyebrows – comb them into shape, nose hairs – trim them, lips – apply lip balm to relieve dryness, inner eye gunk- clean it out, and get a haircut a few days before your photo shoot!

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