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.
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!