Do I need a makeup artist for my professional headshot session?

professional headshot makeup artist

Need is a very strong word. You should get the makeup artist. Why screw it up when you can have a professional makeup artist do it for you? Go ahead and pamper yourself. You’ll love it, and you’ll love the badass makeup artists that I work with. I don’t throw that term around lightly. These ladies know what they’re doing. If I wasn’t completely against having men wear makeup in headshots, I’d have them do my makeup. If you’re going to do it yourself, check out my makeup tips for headshots.

Makeup Tips for headshots

The best makeup tip I have is to let the makeup artist do your makeup. Your friend who does wedding makeup on the side shouldn’t do your headshot makeup. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, hit the MAC counter and let them do it. Still set on doing your own makeup? Here are my makeup tips for headshots.

  1. If you’re a man, don’t put on makeup. Don’t hire the makeup artist. Don’t even put on a little powder. Men in makeup look like men in makeup. If you wake up every morning and put on makeup, then go ahead. Otherwise, leave it for the ladies.
  2. Put the eyeliner down. It’s not going to make your eyes pop, it’s going to make them look small. If you insist on eyeliner, keep it off the lower lid or it’s going to look like you’re squinting in your pictures.
  3. Tone down the lipstick. Seriously, this is not the time for a bold red lip. It should look natural. The purpose of the makeup is to look like you’re not really wearing makeup. Bold lips are going to be distracting.
  4. Go easy on the foundation or you’re going to look crusty. Do you want to look crusty in your professional headshot? I didn’t think so.
  5. Don’t try and cover up big problems with makeup. Did you wake up with a blemish? No big deal. That’s what photoshop is for.

Headshot Hair and makeup

Did I convince you to use my makeup artist yet? That’s great news. You won’t be disappointed. So here’s what you need to do.

  1. Come hair ready. We’re going to help you with your hair. We’ll run a comb through it, we’ll even tighten up a curl if need be, but it’s helpful if you come in with it styled so that we know what you like.
  2. Moisturize your skin. If the thought of leaving the house without makeup on is terrifying, then do what you have to do, but your skin is going to be irritated from the makeup remover we have to use to clean your face, so less is more if you know what I mean.
  3. Bring cash for your makeup artist.
  4. Have an opinion. You’re in good hands, but if there’s something you don’t like about your makeup, speak up. We’ve got thick skin and you should be happy.