Can’t you fix it in photoshop?
Before we begin, I want to highlight that my professional headshot packages all include edited photos. If there are any minor issues such as the odd spot, these can easily be touched up.
I like to keep my retouching natural – it will look like you, at your best. My rule of thumb is “if it’s temporary, we will retouch it out”.
If you have any specific requests such as removing scars, just let me know.
You don’t need to wear loads of makeup to try hide a spot or blemish – it’s easier to remove a blemish in photoshop than it is for me to correct overdone makeup.
Prepare like a champion
Follow your usual skin and hair care routines in the days prior to the shoot, including any supplements that you might take.
However I would recommend to not have a facial or wax the night before the shoot. They can be more taxing on the skin, and we want you to look at your best. If you want to exfoliate the night before, try to keep it light.
I’m sure you’ve heard it plenty of times before, but do try to make sure you get enough sleep in the week prior. (I know I can be a grumpy sod if I don’t get my 8 hours). Not only will you look fresher, but you’ll feel better too.
Trends – Potentially your worst enemy
If you’re doing any sort of makeup or hair ideas that are currently trending , remember that your photos might not age well. Fashions change, as does your own tastes. What might look cool today, might not look cool in 12 months time.
Depending on how you plan to use the photos, that might not be much of a concern. Planning to update your headshot every year as your image evolves? Then trends shouldn’t be much of a concern.
If you’re planning on using your images for a longer period of time, then try to go for a more timeless look. Simple often wins.
Makeup for Headshots:
Keep it natural
Ever heard that old phrase “KISS” – keep it simple, stupid? That rule applies to makeup for headshot photography.
I want you to remember that the lighting is setup to showcase you at your best. Lights are carefully placed to sculpt the face, making your eyes pop and enhancing your features.
Keeping the makeup simple will help for the lights to do their job.
The most important piece of advice I can offer for makeup, is to keep it looking natural.
The makeup should be there to enhance your beauty, but the photo should be about YOU, not your makeup.
Here’s a few quick and dirty guidelines:
- Avoid any makeup that creates a shine on your skin (suncream is a common culprit).
- Don’t use dark eye makeup, or use bold patterns and shapes (such as wings on eyeliner).
- When adding shape to the face, keep it natural and avoid and harsh or sharp lines.
- Choose tones that match your natural skin colour
- Avoid fake tan, it can often leave lines between tanned and untanned areas
- Avoid fake lashes
- Mascara in small amounts can work, but keep it to a minimum
- When using foundation, oil free products generally work best