Shiny compacts, fluffy brushes, bright colors…we gaze at them with wide eyes before diving in! We’ve all done it. Trying on our mother’s or older sister’s makeup. When I did it, I shared the likeness of Bozo the Clown and for some reason I did not receive the reaction of awe and wonder that I anticipated from my mom…go figure! As you get older, your relationship with makeup changes.
Makeup is a topic that has a mixed reaction among women (and men too!). Let me start by stating that I am a full supporter of people embracing their natural beauty. Alicia Keys is a wonderful example of someone choosing to go without makeup. I love how she is able to use her platform to support a movement of self acceptance!
Makeup is a wonderful tool. It can be used to create beautiful artwork or simply protect your face from UV rays.
With headshots, makeup is an important tool. A full “beat” is not required. A natural look is generally all you ever want for professional headshots. As mentioned in previous posts, the purpose of a headshot is to show people who you are. Wearing makeup that makes you unrecognizable kind of defeats that purpose. People should be able to recognize you from your LinkedIn profile photo or comp card. Now, there are exceptions of course. For instance, if you are a makeup artist that specializes in full makeup for editorials or stage, it would be suitable for you. Remember, the purpose is to represent who you are and what you do.
Makeup assists photographers by placing highlights and shadows in places that flatter our clients. Without it, there is a lot of light needed on set and possibly a lot of post work (editing) in order for you to look like what you see in the mirror (with slight enhancements).
A great makeup artist brings out your best features. For those who don’t wear makeup at all, you’d be surprised to know that a professional can apply your makeup so well that you don’t even feel like you have any on!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with multiple makeup artists, but one in particular stands out to me because she works with all sorts of clients. She works with everyone from models and actors, to brides and everyday clients. Her expertise is incomparable and her personality is infectious! Here is a chat with Latia Curtis about hiring a pro to do your makeup for your photo session:
You can contact Latia for a consultation by clicking here to visit her site.
Makeup isn’t as complicated as the YouTube tutorials make it seem. You can have a great everyday look with minimal application or go all out for special occasions, it is all up to you. The key for headshots is making sure that it is applied to enhance, not recreate. So ladies, don’t overlook one of the most important factors of your headshot outside of wardrobe (last week’s post) and hair (coming up next week!). Makeup can truly be a girl’s best friend!
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