Getting ready for a photo shoot? Checkout this checklist!

I have been a make up artist on a number of photo shoots and runway hair shows. Here are a few suggestions I have to make sure your shoot or show goes well and your photos turn out better:

Do not get your hair colored the day before the shoot. Dye showing on the hair-line or on the ears that is difficult to camouflage with make up. Retouching flaws like this cause more work for the photographer.

Do not get your brows waxed or go tanning the day of, the skin will be too red for the shoot.

Polishing up your skin with a facial is a great idea, but because most people breakout after a deep cleansing, be sure to book your facial weeks before your shoot. Stick to a treatment your skin is use to, that way you will avoid any unexpected skin peeling or irritation.

If there is a make up artist scheduled for your shoot, come with a clean, polished face. Take a steamy shower and use a scrub, you can make your own using your cleanser and adding a little brown or white sugar to it. If your skin is really dry, use jojoba oil and sugar. If plan to do full body photos, scrub your whole body! You can also use a buffing pad or Clarisonic to polish your skin. Don’t be too rough though! The steam will soften the dead skin cells so they will bump off with gentle exfoliation.
Finish your face with a hydrating serum and a light weight moisturizer. Make sure mascara and eye goobers are completely cleaned up. To make your eyes look more awake, use some eye drops & curl your lashes. Do not pick at your face, blemishes are more easy to camouflage then scabs! Your body might need a light bronzing lotion but make sure that it is even in color and there are no streaks.

If your hair is also going to be styled at the shoot, do not wash it day of. Hair styles more easily if it’s a little dirty but we don’t want super greasy roots or too much product build up. Wash hair day before shoot with little or no styling product.

Always bring your own mascara and foundation just in case the make up artist does not have your color or doesn’t provide these items. If you like false lashes, bring a pair and ask the artist to apply them for you. Keep some safety pins and bobby pins in your make up bag for hair and wardrobe alteration or malfunction.

For your wardrobe, solids are preferred over prints and bring layers. Don’t forget to include any fun scarves, belts, jackets & funky jewelry you might have as well as a few different pair of shoes. Bringing more options for wardrobe change is better than not bringing enough.

Drink plenty of water the day before your shoot and get eight hours of sleep. If it’s in the morning, wake up early to do some light stretching or exercise so you look & feel awake when you arrive. Eat a small healthy breakfast and drink green tea if you need an energy boost.

Practice modeling the outfits you have chosen for the photo shoot in the mirror. Make sure the clothing lays right and you feel comfortable in it.

Be confident and have fun!