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How To Prepare For Your Headshot



Looking To Shine In Your Headshots?

You’re in the right place! It’s important to dedicate some additional effort and time to pamper your body in the days and weeks before your photoshoot! Let’s discuss some straightforward methods to start preparing your hair, skin, and nails for your upcoming photoshoot.


As your photoshoot day draws near, try getting some extra time each day for self-care. Stay hydrated, prioritize extra sleep, and indulge in spa, salon, or beauty treatments that may not always fit into your regular schedule. Alternatively, opt for DIY versions at home!


Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide on "How To Prepare For Your Headshot" along with a bonus collection of skincare and makeup tips. These suggestions encompass best practices and beauty basics that are universally beneficial, regardless of your age, gender, or skin/hair/body type. Take a moment to go through all of these resources as the information below will will undoubtedly contribute to a smoother photoshoot experience. Our goal is for you to both feel and look your absolute best during your session!


Timeline For Headshot Preparation

First Things First


Make Appointments: Start by scheduling your salon, barber, or spa appointments well in advance. Keep in mind that certain treatments are time-sensitive. For example, appointments for botox or waxing should be spaced out from your photoshoot to prevent skin redness or bruising. Plan accordingly to ensure the best results!


Drink Plenty Of Water: While we’re well aware of the importance of water, it’s easy to forget to drink enough. Adequate hydration is crucial to achieving that fresh and flowing look for your photoshoot!


Revamp Your Skincare Routine: If you’re not already following a skincare routine, now is the perfect time to start! Research online or consult your dermatologist for product recommendations tailored to your skin type.


Keep it simple: You don’t have to invest in a ton of pricey skincare products unless you want to. For many, a mild daily cleanser and moisturizer are sufficient to keep your skin clean and fresh.




Two Weeks Before Your Photoshoot

Stay Clear of the Sun & Fake Tanning: Sunburns, tan lines, and peeling skin can be distracting in Portraits! Make sunscreen a must, and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. If you typically use spray tan or fake tanning products, take a break until after your shoot. A new tan can sometimes appear uneven or too orange on camera!


Healthy Diet: Skip the alcohol, fried foods, and heavy meals - they can make you feel and look bloated and sluggish! Opt for nutritious foods and keep up with water intake in the days leading up to your shoot. Avoid the bars, get a good night’s rest and plan a healthy dinner the evening before your shoot, along with a nutritious breakfast on the day of. Incorporate some protein to stay energized all day!


Trim and Deep Condition: Aim for healthy-looking hair! If it’s been a while since your last haircut, opt for a subtle trim. Visit your salon for a conditioning treatment, or use your facorite deep conditioner at home.




Four To Five Days Before

Wax Body Hair: If you usually wax your eyebrows, lips, legs etc now is the time to do it! Have your brows waxed or threaded by a professional, aiming to stay close to your natural shape without going too thin. Depending on your outfit choices, you might also consider waxing you bikini area.


Eyelash Fill: If you use eyelash extensions regularly, have them refreshed a few days before your headshot session. (Don’t go for lash extensions if you don’t use them usually! You can always opt for false lashes on the day of your shoot.)


Hair Color: For those who dye their hair, touching up regrowth four to five days before your photoshoot is perfect. Avoid drastic changes at this time - save experimental haircuts for later!



One Day Before:

Manicure: Get a manicure with soft, neutral shades since bright nail colors might stand out too much in photos. Even if you don’t usually paint your nails, make sure they’re neat and tidy.


Shave & Pluck: Consider shaving or tidying up body hair and your beard right before the photoshoot, although it’s optional. Also, if you pluck your eyebrows, take a moment to check for any stray hairs.


Prepare Your Hair: The night before or on the morning of your shoot, wash and dry your hair according to your hair type. Make sure it’s prepped for styling by the hairstylist. Keep product use minimal, steer clear of heated tools like curling or straightening irons, and skip hairspray for best results.



On The Day Of The Shoot:

Rest Well: Prioritize a full eight hours of sleep the night before your photoshoot to feel refreshed and energized.


Eat & Drink: Take meals rich in protein and complex carbohydrates, steering clear of overly sugary or fast foods. This choice helps maintain your energy levels and prevents discomfort or bloating during the shoot.


Preparation for Shoot: Wash your face and apply your regular moisturizer, avoiding any additional facial products. A clean, bare face serves as the perfect canvas! Also, ensure your hair is clean and dry upon arrival; you can either blow dry it or let it air dry completely before your session.



Bonus Tips For Skin, Hair & Makeup

Skincare Tips

Avoid Heavy Products: Refrain from using heavy skincare products or excessive makeup. Let your natural skin texture and tone show for a fresh, authentic look.


Sun Protection: If your shoot involves outdoor settings or natural light, apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.


Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain skin hydration. Hydrated skin appears more radiant and healthy.


Blotting Papers: Keep oil-absorbing sheets handy to manage any excess shine that may develop on your skin before the session.


Lip Care: Moisturize your lips with a lip balm to prevent dryness. Opt for a natural or clear balm rather than heavily pigmented lip products.


Tips for Hair:

Clean & Styled: Wash your hair the night before or the morning of the shoot. Ensure it’s clean and dry upon arrival at the session. You can either blow dry it or let it air dry completely.


Simple Styles: Opt for hairstyles that complement your features without overwhelming you face. Simple, classic styles often work best for headshots.


Makeup Tips

Natural Look: Air for a natural makeup look that enhances your features without appearing too heavy. Use a lightweight foundation or concealer to even out skin tone if needed.


Avoid Trends: Steer clear of trendy makeup styles or bold colors that might distract from your face. Neutral tones and classic makeup choices generally photograph well.


Highlight Eyes: Emphasize your eyes by defining the lashes with mascara and using neutral eyeshadow shades to enhance their natural beauty.


Blending is key: Ensure all makeup is well blended to avoid harsh lines or demarcations, especially around the jawline and neckline.




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