Makeup for Outdoor Photo-shoots

Wearing the right makeup in front of the camera is essential. The wrong foundation can make your skin tone look washed out or uneven, and failing to properly highlight features like your eyes, can make photos turn out flat. The key to looking good in front of the camera, especially outdoors, is to wear a look which is natural, and not too heavy or dramatic. Spread a thin layer of moisturizer all over your face. This will help to create a base for the foundation, which will allow it to go on more smoothly.

Select a foundation which is very close to your natural skin tone. Avoid foundations which contain SPF, as these foundations, though they protect the skin from UV rays, are reflective and will make your face appear much whiter than the rest of your skin.  Apply the foundation all over your face, including on your eyelids and lips. Use your fingers to apply the foundation, as this will give you a coverage which is not too heavy. Blend the foundation fully, making sure to pay particular attention to the jaw line.

Select a concealer which closely matches your skin tone. Using the applicator, dab the concealer underneath the eyes and on any areas where you have blemishes, dark patches or any other marks. Gently rub the concealer into the skin using your fingers.

With a powder brush, apply a loose powder, which matches your skin tone, to your forehead, nose, mouth area and chin. This will take away any excess shine and prevent your skin from reflecting the flash of the camera. Blend the powder by using the brush in a circular motion.

Lightly color in your eyebrows using a brow pencil that matches the color of your eyebrows. This will help to give the brows definition and frame the eyes. Using an eye-shadow brush, sweep a light neutral-color eye-shadow, such as cream, beige or brown depending on your skin color, all over your eyelid, from your lash line to the bottom of your brow.

Apply an eye-shadow that is a shade darker than the one you used before along the crease of your eyelid and blend it thoroughly. This darker shade will contour the eyes and make them stand out more in the photographs.

Apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner all along the lash line and use a black mascara on the eyelashes to add volume.

Choose a lipstick one or two shades darker than your natural lip color, and select a lip liner which closely matches this. Line your lips with the lip liner, closely following the natural line of your lips. Lip liner is needed to define the lips. Apply the lipstick carefully straight from the tube.

Set you makeup next with a setting spray.

When You Change Your Hair For Summer

Some of my clients favorite beauty traditions is getting their hair brightened in preparation for summer months. The physical shift never fails to get them excited for cookouts, picnics, and longer days, but they have experienced a mental shift when it comes to maintaining it. While it’s easy for me to see the hours spent at the hair salon as the start-to-finish of their hair coloring process, it’s really just the first step in maintaining healthy, beautiful hair for summer. Here are some idea’s to keep your hair color in top condition.

Bleach breaks down your hair, making it brittle and dry so stay away from protein hair care lines. Although purple and blue shampoos have recently become a popular method of keeping blonde highlights from turning brassy, they can still strip color from your hair. And it can also make you blonde hair color look ashy. Use a color treated shampoo and conditioner.

And just because one brand works for someone else, does not necessarily mean it’ll work as well for yours. So shop around and have a few different hair care lines in your shower.

In general, I recommend switching up your shampoo every 6 to 12 months. Each shampoo has different minerals and proteins so your hair will get a more well-rounded treatment of both when you rotate the brand you’re using.

When it comes to heat-styling your hair, go easy on the strands near your hairline by using a lower heat setting. When you lighten your hair, your strands actually become finer and more fragile. To avoid breakage, don’t run that flatiron over your lightened hair multiple times  (in fact, I highly recommend not using a flatiron if possible and just using a curling iron or wand). If you really need one, try doing a single pass for those hairs that frame your face.

A fresh cut or color is the perfect opportunity to switch up your makeup—I’ve HAVE clients gravitating towards a bold red lip color, as it makes their face look even brighter with their blonde hair! And switch up your outfits as a white top will always make your hair look brighter, and vice versa.  The biggest change I notice in MY  clients after they get their hair colored is how their mood and demeanor immediately lifts—embrace your new hair color and the confidence it gives you!