A headshot is your business card if you’re an actor. And if you want to land that part you’ve been drooling over, your photo needs to be as close to perfect as possible (at least for the role you’re hoping to get). Headshots used to be black and white but now they’re preferred in colour, and getting the right makeup look can be quite a challenge.
Here we look at the difference between light and natural makeup, the errors made by the majority of actors, and how you can appeal human in your portrait, as opposed to a painting. If you’re looking to become a movie star, or even if you just want a professional photo for your dating profile, here are some tips that will help you look just right before you sit in front of the lens.
Prepare your skin in advance
Of course, in any headshot, the primary focus will be on your face. So you’ll want to have it looking its best. It will also help you to feel your best. Don’t depend on Photoshop. Get yourself a facial a week prior to the shoot. Groom a few days in advance and also exfoliate the night before. You’ll need at least four days in advance of the shoot to prepare your skin and to wax in order to avoid any mishaps.
The most important thing here is about depicting an accurate representation of you. Whatever the purpose of your headshot, ensure that the look is modern. It might take some work but it’s not about fashion trends at the end of the day. It’s about you. So focus on you.
Avoid powder like the plague
When you start to use powder, your face adopts that makeup-y look. You might want reflectiveness, but you certainly don’t want it in the T-zone. For artists, it’s important to look at your face in quadrants.
You want to think of texture in order to make the photo look interesting. A matte forehead, nostrils, and chin, a cream lip, dewiness of the brow bone, cheek, and bridge of the nose: all that looks human. You certainly don’t want to look boring and flat. If you do experience some shine, avoid power, which can appear called after a few applications. Use blotting sheets, a paper towel, or a tissue.
Make it look effortless
The ironic thing about fashion is that natural makeup requires a lot of makeup products. This may sound contrary, but you don’t want to wear too much, either. If you already have certain advantages, you want them to shine through. If your skin is flawless, for example, don’t cover it up with foundation. It’s an individual thing.
This basically means that your makeup should be of natural shades. Don’t use techniques such as accentuating green eyes by using burgundies. Instead, consider shades like apricots, browns, peaches, ivories, and pinks on the eyes and cheeks, which match everyone’s natural undertone. Avoid graphic eyeliner, sculpted brows, and hard lines, and no overlay defined lips. Give your makeup a soft-focus, blurred effect.