After years in the beauty and fashion industry, I decided to finally get a site with my own name as well as professional head shots. Of course, I had to shoot with Rachel Hanel, one of the many photographers I have shot with over the years and one who’s work I greatly admire. She shot the Old Navy campaign I worked on as a spokesperson and that photo ended up on a billboard. Using her was an obvious choice. Hair, makeup and styling, of course, was done by me. Read below on how you can achieve this looks with my tips for photo ready makeup and hair. Anyone can be their own artist after all.
First lets discuss the hair in 4 easy steps.
1. Hair always looks better the day after so wash the night before.
2. While I love my crazy curls, I did my own blow out with a new brush from brushlab.com. Drying is smaller sections and wrapping hair in the brush mimics a curling iron but with less time and less heat. Use a heat protect spray prior to.
3. Pin the “new” curls you created with bobbi pin and set with a light hold setting spray. If you use a silk scarf, you can sleep on this but I did set 2 on down the day of.
4. When you are ready to shoot (after doing your makeup), take out the pins and finger comb with a bit of serum from mid to ends.
These steps are a bit longer but worth it.
2. Do your eye make up first. If this is worry some for you that simple may be best. Use a creme liner and draw a thicker than usual line on your lids. Use a brown (or grey if you are a blue eyed beauty) shadow just on the outer corners of your lids and a soft sweep onto the crease. Coat lashes with a primer and a volumizing mascara, the more drama here the better. The camera softens a too natural look. Walk away. Even on camera, less maybe more.
3. Mix a brightening eye serum with your under eye concealer and pat onto your under eye area with your ring finger. Then, apply foundation stick in your correct shade. I say stick because it wears beautifully on camera and covers all imperfections.
6. Line lips with a liner one shade pinker than your natural lip color. Apply a lip balm and then with a lip brush (not the tube) apply a brighter shade of pink. It may look bright to you but on camera, it always washes out.
7. Never forget your brows. Fill them in with a powder, not a pencil for a finished and flawless look.
Links highlighted in pink are the main products I used to create this look. Any questions, feel free to reach out.