After almost 3 years of working together, Christie of Christie Conyer Photography and I have come up with a very successful formula in preparing our clients for their boudoir or beauty session. My part is to ensure the hair and makeup is on point, so here are tips to ensure you get the most out of your experience sitting in my chair.
1. Arrive with a freshly cleanse face, with no trace of makeup from the day/night before, especially eye makeup. Most mascara and eyeliners are waterproof, or are super pigmented. It will take extra time to completely remove and sometimes, that can get messy. If you must have “something on” I suggest a tinted moisturizer, that’s it.
2. Moisturize. Always, always moisturize. Whether you are getting your make up done or just cleansing at the end of your day, always moisturize. Moisturizing prepares your skin for all the makeup that will be placed on your skin ensuring your skin does not become dehydrated.
3. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips. This important tip seems to be the most forgotten! Along with the rest of your face, yours lips need to be moisturized. How do you moisturize your lips? First, exfoliate them with a gentle lip scrub or simply take a warm towel and gently exfoliate using the warm towel on your lips after you’ve showered. This will help in removing any dry skin. Follow up immediately with a great lip balm or lip moisturizer. Now they’re ready for a great red lip or a pretty pink pout for your photo shoot.
4. Facial grooming. Whether you wax your lip, chin, eyebrows or sideburns, always get any facial hair grooming done at least 3-5 days (or better yet a week) prior to having your makeup done professionally. Freshly groomed facial hair will prevent makeup from adhering to the skin incorrectly, because the texture of the skin’s surface will be different than the skin around it. On a side note: If you’ve never had any waxing done, I would at the minimum, have your brows professionally shaped by waxing or threading. You will be amazed at what a difference well groomed and shaped brows can do to your face. I recommend having it done at least 2 weeks prior to your photo shoot. This will give your skin time to heal if any adverse reaction occurs. Schedule a touch up at least 3-5 days before your session, if necessary.
5. Lastly, arrive with an open mind! You will likely have makeup techniques and makeup applications done in a way that you have never ever done to yourself or even thought of to try. But trust me, everything will be done with your unique facial features in mind. My goal for your face and every face I am fortunate to work on is to bring out and compliment all of the natural features.
Photography by: Christie Conyer Photography www.christieconyer.com