Myth: If I wax or shave, my hair will grow back thicker and/or coarser.
Fact: Hair will actually start growing in thinner and sparser. Plus if you stay groomed, it won’t be there at all.
Facial grooming should be done at least 48 hours before your photo shoot to make sure all redness is gone from your skin. You should arrive with a Clean Face.
- Eyebrows: Eyebrows should be shaped, waxed or plucked. Stray hairs should be removed.
- Lips: Hair around the mouth should be removed. Make sure you get under the bottom lip. Exfoliate lips with a wash cloth or tooth brush to get rid of dry skin.
- Jaw line/Hairline/Edge of Cheekbone: Remove hair from this area. Certain lighting will enhance this area and cause it to be more prominent.
- Exfoliate & Moisturize: Exfoliate your face to get rid of dry skin and then moisturize your face and neck. Don’t forget your ears.
Every female thinks they don’t have facial hair and hair around their mouth and every female does. It can take away from the makeup artist’s work and be very difficult to remove in Photoshop.
- Hair: Have your roots done if you color your hair. Hair should be trimmed and in good repair.
- Nails: (Unless it’s for a specific look) French tipped or natural is preferred so it matches everything, nails should never be longer then short/active length, and should be in good repair. Toe nails and fingernails should match.
- Body: Arms, Legs and Bikini line hair should be removed. Body hair, anywhere and everywhere, should be kept to a minimum. Choose your own method, but barer is always better in photographs. Exfoliate and use lotion on your body to get rid of dry skin. Moisturize your entire body with a light lotion before your shoot. (No body oils, powders, or bronzers, though!)
- Tan Lines: Tan Lines are the most difficult thing to airbrush out, and they don’t photograph well. Avoid tanning altogether or tan in the nude. Don’t get a spray tan. A spray tan can end up being disastrous for your photos.
- Clothing: Clothing, costumes, and lingerie should not be wrinkled, have stains, or holes. Shoes should be in good repair. Please make sure all clothing fits prior to arriving.
The models in the above images always come prepared and are always extremely well groomed. They are a true pleasure to work with and I can personally recommend them.