So you've decided to be an actor. Congratulations! Besides perseverance and passion, you'll need at the very least, a good headshot.
In addition to finding the right photographer, which I spoke about in a previous post, deciding on how best to present yourself is key. Most of my male clients rarely ask about hiring the services of make up professional. Most of my female clients do. I've got my theories on this and perhaps we can discuss the reasons why in a future post.
But for now, here are a few important tips for you fellas to look your hottest/best/most handsome/heart throbby-est!
- If you're planning to get your hair cut, do it a few days before the shoot. Any razor burns or nicks will have healed or can easily be masked with a cover stick. Make up alert! Cover sticks provide just the right amount of coverage for minor blemishes. Choose a cover stick tint as close to your complexion as possible.
- If you wear a beard, trim it. If you've never trimmed your nose hairs, now's the time. That goes for eyebrows as well. I love Eugene Levy just as much as the next girl, but that look really only works for him!
- Moisturizer is a must in winter, but it's a good investment all year round. Nivea For Men Moisturizer® and Nivea For Men Oil Control Moisturizer® are good choices for keeping skin smooth and flake-free. Some of you more mature types may have "distinguished age lines" and that's o.k., but dry skin never, ever looks attractive.
- Bring along a lip balm. Winter, summer, whatever the season, guys should carry this at all times! Vaseline Lip Therapy® cherry flavor is delicious (for a lip balm that is!) A lip treatment with a hint of color works well for men with fairer complexions. This prevents lips from looking too pale to register in photographs. If you have olive or darker skin, a lip balm that moisturizes and relieves chapped lips is a must.
- A comb. Don't leave home without one! Stylin' that tossled-hair, bohemian look? Bring a comb. Bald on top, hair on the sides? Bring a comb. Fly-a-way hair is a problem no matter how much or little you have in the way of locks, so bring a what? A comb!
- Oily skin is very noticeable in photographs. The best way to eliminate shine, whether it's due to oily skin or an outdoor session on a warm day is to use a little face powder. This should be a minimal ($5 -$10) investment and can be had at any drug or cosmetics store. Again, be sure to choose a shade close to your own complexion.
5 things a guy needs for a great headshot!
1. Cover Stick
3. Lip balm/gloss
5. Face Powder
Oh yea. One last thing---your charm. Bring that and the above five items to your photo shoot and your headshots will be outstanding. If however, you really, really need the help of a professional makeup artists, I know several. Just give me a call so we can book your photo session and we can go from there!