Tips for Hairstyle and Makeup for Your Portrait Session

Hair Style and Makeup

Everyone wants to look their best when having a portrait done but sometimes we are just not sure how to make that happen. In my previous blog I talked about dress but hair and make up are just as important as clothing. Above all you want to look like you but with today’s hairstyles it is not always that easy.  Try to wear your hair as simple as possible and as  off the face as possible. I know when someone has their hair covering one eye I am in there trying to move the hair away so we can see the persons eyes which are the window to the sp. The same goes for long hair worn close to the face.   Hair falling down onto the sides of the face (currently very much in style) create distracting shadows. Bangs that come down too low onto the soul and a very most important part of the face.

Make up is equally important. What you think is great for every day might not work in photography. Eye makeup should be blended no sharp demarcation lines between colors. AVOID WHITE above or below the eyes. It does not photograph well at all. Too much color above and below the eyes attracts attention to itself. It actually takes attention AWAY from the eyes, rather than attracting the viewer to the eyes. Foundation makeup should be blended at the jawline, so that there is no demarcation between the face and the neck.

I run into a lot of women who do not wear make up which really doesn’t work for photographs If you are one of those people who thinks to wear make up makes you feel like a clown I am here to tell you in your photographs you will just look natural. I suggest at the very least you wear some foundation and blush, then take the shine down with some finishing powder. Wear some mascara and a soft color lip gloss and your features will look great in your photograph. If you literally have never worked with make up before be sure to practice days ahead and don’t wait till the day of the shoot to figure it out, you will just end up frustrated. I actually had to put a gals make up on for her once and due to light issues I really don’t have time to be a make up artist as we need to get busy taking those amazing photos of you.        

Of course if you have questions I am always happy to help just give me a call and I will help you as much as possible. Another option, if you are so inclined, is to have a professional do your makeup the day of the shoot. Just let her know whether you are a glamour girl or someone who prefers a more natural look. 

If this is a family session and you are a glamour girl you might want to tone it down a bit so  you fit in with the rest of the family, I’ m just sayin!  

Follow these tips and you will be thrilled with the way you look in your photos! Oh, and don’t worry if you have fine lines, blemishes or  wrinkles I have my trusty photo shop as I do standard touchups with my compliments!   See you at your photo shoot! 




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