Modeling Headshot Hair and Makeup Tips

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I’ve been taking full advantage of the beautiful weather here in Tampa and had another modeling headshot photo session on Friday.  Check out these photos of Darya who (like me) traveled from New York City to Tampa for vacation.  These photos were taken at Plant Park across from University of Tampa.  The rain was about to fall, but we used the breeze to our full advantage.  Enjoy the photos and modeling headshot hair and makeup tips!

Modeling Headshot Hair and Makeup Tips

Blond model with hair blowing for an article on modeling headshot hair and makeup tipsYour headshot should be an actual photo of you, not someone you have always fantasized to look like. This means that you should look as natural in the photo as you will when you walk through the door of the casting agent’s office.

As an actor or model, your hair is an investment and worth the time and money it takes for a great cut and color. If you’re going to make an appointment with a hair stylist, make the appointment three or more days before your shoot, so that if the haircut is a disaster, you can adjust as needed (or reschedule). Also, it takes a few days for any new cut to ‘grow into’ your face.

For your total look, keep in mind also that it’s the little things that matter in a headshot. The most minute of details will show up in your close up photo, starting with skin issues. You will do your career a world of good by implementing a good skin care regimen before you ever step in front of the camera. The better your skin looks naturally, the better your headshots will look overall.

A few tips:

  • Makeup should be clean and natural, and again, should reflect how you will look when walking in the door for an audition
  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder to have your face appear flawless in photos – shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
  • Men may need base, concealer, and powder for the shoot; bring your own to ensure that it matches your skin tone
  • Avoid glitter, shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Avoid frosts, garish colors, or anything that will cause your make up to appear ‘costumey’ or dated
  • Do not try or use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or a few days before your shoot to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction
  • Avoid over-styling (soap opera hair looks too staged) or the latest fad such as pinning tresses with lots of tiny barrettes.
  • For best results, get lots of sleep and drink lots of water before your shoot

Do you need new modeling headshots?  Drop me a line and let’s talk about your photography needs.

If you would like to see more images from my portfolio then please visit my website — KellyWilliamsCorporate.com.

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