I’ve always been fascinated how models turn up for a shoot with pretty flawless skin and glossy hair. Whilst some might say they have won the genetic lottery, I believe that their skincare and beauty regimes go a long way to ensure their skin, hair and nails are kept in tip top condition. Over the past 7 years, I have discovered the top 9 beauty tips from models and celebrities to help you prepare for your photoshoot.

  1. Drink water, and plenty of it! Water is the best beauty product to enhance your skin, hair and nails. When you become dehydrated your skin becomes dry and flaky which has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Water is essential to keep your skin cleansed and hydrated, flushing out toxins and clearing out clogged pores, giving you a healthy glow.
  2. Exfoliate your skin. When dead skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. This can also result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. By using an exfoliating mitt or a body brush, this will help shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal. Dry body brushing can also help with any ingrown hairs and assist in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Try to exfoliate your face and skin every other day to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.
  3. Moisturise. For younger looking skin, keep your skin moisturised. Moisturising after a shower or bath is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched and dry. Apply moisturiser twice a day to keep your skin hydrated so you will have softer, more elastic skin that will glow in your pictures.
  4. Use SPF Daily.  Using sun protection factor (SPF) daily is a must to prevent premature signs of ageing due to sun damage. Remember to cover your décolletage, hands and lips as well as your face as these are the area that are constantly exposed to UV rays.
  5. Get flawless skin in hours.  A spray tan instantly creates a flattering, slimming and concealing finish for all skin colours and body shapes. The contouring effects of a self tanner create shape, shade and added definition. The yellow pigment in the self tanner may also tone down areas of redness such as sensitive skin, cellulite and stretch marks.
  6. Get a manicure & pedicure.  Don’t forget the little things.  Chipped nail polish looks awful in photographs, so treat yourself! If you want a natural look, stick to a French Manicure but if you fancy being bold, try a block colour that will compliment your outfits.
  7. Wax or shave.  If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days to heal before your shoot. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your legs and underarms and if you’ll be wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, remember the bikini area as well.
  8. Hair cut & colour. If you dye your hair, touching up your regrowth three days before your photoshoot is ideal. Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference.
  9. Avoid hair conditioners.  Come with clean hair and avoid using serums or oils (like Moroccan hair oil) or leave in conditioning treatments as they can limit the ways your hair can be styled. If you have any hair pieces or clip ins, bring these with you and we can put them in when required for shots.

Before your photoshoot, you’ll come to the studio for a style and wardrobe consultation to create your dream shoot. Depending on where you want to be photographed and how you want to be photographed, your outfits, accessories hair and makeup will chosen to reflect your style, creating images that reflect your personality.

You will also receive a style guide with lots of information on what to bring, how to dress for your body shape and choose colours that will suit your skin and hair. There is also a checklist with a timeline so you don’t forget anything.

To book your photoshoot, fill out the contact form here, or send me an email to kate@katesharpphotograpy.com.