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When to add a makeup artist to your session

April 3, 2017 Published by . 1 Comment

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“I see that I can add a hair and makeup artist to my session… I’m not sure.  Should I?”  This is a question we hear all the time.  And our answer is always, “it’s up to you.”  Everyone is different, so it’s up to you to decide what would help you look your most photogenic.  For some of us that means a makeup artist, for others, retouching, for others none of those, and for still others (or most of us, really), both a makeup artist and retouching.

But since deciding whether or not to add a hair and makeup artist to your session can be tough, here’s a list of situations where someone can benefit from having a hair and makeup artist at their session:

You’re a woman who barely wears makeup or doesn’t wear any makeup at all.
This one might sound counter-intuitve at first, but you read it right.  The reason we recommend a makeup artist for women who don’t wear makeup is because our makeup artists specialize in natural-looking makeup for headshots.  They listen to how you normally apply your makeup (or how you don’t apply any at all) and create a look that naturally enhances your features without making the makeup itself noticeable.  For example, someone looking at your headshot should find themselves thinking, “her eyes look nice,” not, “that’s some great mascara.”

You’re a man or woman who can never get his or her hair to sit the way you want it to for photos.
Having a hair and makeup artist present at your photo session means having a professional to get your hair in exactly the place it should be, and to make sure it stays where it’s intended for each pose.

You tend to have red, blotchy, uneven skin, or rosacea.
A professional makeup artist will be able to use color correcting and matching techniques to apply concealors, correctors, and foundation for a more even-looking skin tone.  It’s the most natural way to get your best skin possible for the photos.

You’ve never liked the way your makeup has looked in past photos.
Sometimes the makeup we wear on a regular, daily basis isn’t best formulated for photography.  Makeup artists use brands that photograph best under both flash and continuous lighting, and know how to apply it in ways that make sure it shows exactly as they intend.

You would like the extra insurance for a great photo.
We’ve all been tramatized by photos in the past where we looked… well, not our best.  Having a professional stylist at your photo session ensures the best possible chances of a great photo.  They will use makeup to make sure your skin looks as smooth and even as possible and your best features at the center of attention.  Hot tools and styling products will also be on hand to re-curl any fallen curls, smooth frizz from humidity or add volume in dry weather.

If you have any questions about whether or not adding a makeup artist to your headshot session is right for you, feel free to contact us.

You can also book your session online, and add a hair and makeup artist using the online scheduler!