How to survive a professional photo shoot when YOU are the model? It seems scary but you can do it! Check out these hacks for an easy photo session:
Since photography lighting will wash out your skin tone, be sure to up the vibrancy of your makeup by 25%. If you never wear makeup (men included), add some pigment to your cheeks and lips going one shade brighter than your natural coloring. A non-shimmery, colored lip balm will work for this. For masculine looks, focus on a tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone, and a tinted lip balm. Remember to brush flat your eyebrows and add hair wax to smooth.
Practice your model face. Take a few minutes to learn how to pose and how to do appealing facial gestures. You can do quick research online for this. It’ll make all the difference!
And finally, get plenty of rest the night before and be sure to plan your meals and snacks so that you don’t get hungry while getting your pictures taken. Hangry models make everything more difficult.
As long as you are relaxed and prepared for your photo shoot, you should get the results you want. Remember to thank your photographer for a job well done.
~Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist
Photography Credits: Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno. Jeramie Lu Photography, Mark Defabry Photography, McAuliffe Photography.
How to choose the right wedding hair for your big day? Here are some hacks that, as a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist, I specialize in:
Bridal hair mostly depends on the type of dress you will wear. If your dress is low cut or strapless, hair can be swept up to reveal the neckline or left down to be showcased.
A dress that is high on the neck or shoulders takes up more visual space and may look better with an updo. Backless dresses look beautiful with hair completely pinned or off to one side, giving the wedding audience a chance to admire the your beautiful skin from behind.
The idea is to keep proportion between your hair and dress so that they compliment each other.
For bridesmaids, hair can be similar to yours but should never upstage the bridal look, since you have center stage on this day.
Many hairstylists offer a free wedding consultation and have recommendations for other wedding needs, such as makeup and photography. Getting professional advice can make planning your wedding a little easier.
Rebecca Schembri, Published Hair and Makeup Artist
Are you getting married soon and would like a free wedding consultation? Please call (775) 338-9241 or email BreezeSalonReno@gmail.com.
Although most of our men these days leave makeup to the girls, there are times when it is helpful to even out that manly glow. As a professional makeup artist, I get to freshen up male models before they get their pictures taken!
On photo shoots for men, I like to insist that I am not dolling the men up, I am toning them down. This means a bit of bronzer on the bones and a touch of color to the cheeks and lips so everything looks moisturized and HEALTHY! I am giving them an even glow so their audience sees the model, not the blemishes or a pale I-work-indoors skin tone.
Makeup for men takes ten minutes or less, depending on skin discolorations and photo shoot conditions such as sun and heat. Check out the results!
Artificial eyelashes are a great option for enhancing your look and making your eyes look bigger. Especially fun for photo shoots, weddings and holiday parties, putting lashes on can be easy, if you know how.
First, get lashes that are soft and have a thin band. This makes them easier to bend to your eye shape.
Next, measure the lashes by comparing them to yours. They should not be longer than your natural lash line. If they are longer, cut them on the outside end to fit.
Apply mascara to your eyelashes. Let it dry.
Add clear or black eyelash glue, depending on your preference, to the artificial lashes. Let the glue get tacky before you adhere the band to your natural lashes.
Stick the lashes to your lashes, not to your eyelid. Press with your fingertips and let dry.
Temporary Lashes are Glamorous. Haircolor, Cut, Style and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri
Done. Now you can go party. Your lashes should stay until the morning when you gently peel them off.
For both women and men, having a full head of hair can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, regularly.
Healthy, happy and well-nourished bodies contribute to functioning hair follicles. This means that if you exercise, get good nutrition and keep the stress in your life to a positive, your hair will not only grow, it will also hold on.
Shedding or loss of hair is often due to severe demands on the body and mind. The body thinks it is in a state of emergency and will shed or stop producing the things it doesn’t need such as hair, scalp sebum and body weight.
Making it a habit to get a good night’s rest and to exercise and eat healthy can calm your organism and encourage it to show signs of vitality. That means you get flowy, shiny hair and healthy, glowing skin…coveted gems in the beauty world!
If you spend time being healthy you will spend time looking healthy. The old refrains ring true: you really ARE what you eat and princesses really DO need their beauty rest.
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Note: Hair loss is one of the first signs of stress or disease in humans. If you are losing hair, please consult your physician and evaluate your lifestyle patterns.
Have you ever seen a beautiful makeup job on lips? Most of us use a simple gloss or crème for our day look, but on occasion we need to rock the house with our sexiness. Using these tips, you can do your lips like a makeup artist would!
1. Start with a small brushing of foundation or concealer at the lip line inwards.
2. Dry with a light dusting of translucent powder.
3. Using a lip liner pencil, line your lips with short, feathery strokes at the lip line or just outside the lip line (to create fuller lips).
4. Blend slightly with your finger or lip brush to blur the line (just a LITTLE).
5. Next apply your lipstick SPARINGLY with a lip brush at the insides of your lips up to the lip liner line. Blot, if necessary.
6. Dust slightly again with translucent powder.
7. Add a small amount of shimmery color that is lighter than your lipstick. Apply in a racing stripe straight down from under the V at the top of your lips to the pout area on the bottom.
8. Soften slightly with your finger to blend.
9. Lightly dust again.
10. Add clear lip gloss SPARINGLY to the whole look. Tada!
The key to this look is precision and remember that all of these steps, while important, should not be overdone. Practice makes perfect!
Remember, in the movie Titanic, when Rose posed sexily for Jack while he drew her in a picture? Remember how when she saw it again 60 years later she chuckled at how hot she was back then? I think of boudoir pictures as a great way for us to remember just how very special we are…even without all of our fancy clothes!
What should you wear? Things that make you feel good!
As for hair and makeup, most of my clients prefer ‘Victoria’s Secret’ sexy hair for their shoots. It’s tousled waves with little sign of styling…just gorgeous! This touchable hair (no hairspray) lets you roll around all you want to get that perfect pose. I create open-ended curls in alternating one-inch sections. If you have fine hair that struggles to hold a curl, you can pin each curl until it cools. Remember to smile with your eyes and wear extra makeup since camera lighting will soften your colors!