AVOID SALICYCLIC ACID
Try to avoid using products containing salicylic acid at least 3 days before your appointment. It can leave your skin red and extremely dry, which can look patchy and textured.
GROOM THOSE BROWS
Please groom your brows so they look clean! There's nothing more messy than errant hairs. Do not have your eyebrows waxed for at least five days before your session. It can cause redness and swelling, in some cases even scabbing.
MOISTURIZE YOUR FACE
Wash your face thoroughly before your session and apply a hydrating moisturizer. The foundation will apply more evenly if your face is prepped and ready before any color is applied.
PREPARE YOUR LIPS
For the entire week before your session, use your toothbrush to brush your lips vigorously. Then apply Vaseline to your lips and sleep in in. This will make your lips smooth and ready for lipstick. Chapped lips look awful in camera.
TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS
Do not apply any makeup over your makeup artist's work. If you apply powder/concealer/ foundation/blush/etc over the makeup, you can actually RUIN your face and makeup job!! If you are worried about acne, dark circles, etc, let the pro (photographer) take care of that in photoshop!
CHOOSE YOUR SHIRT WISELY
Be sure to wear a loose, light colored shirt with a large neckhole or a button up for easy removal after your makeup & hair session. You don't want to smudge your face with your favorite shirt.
EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
Exfoliate with a physical exfoliator at least 2 days prior to your session. It will help reduce dry patches and texturing. It will also smooth your skin which will make your foundation apply smoothly on your face.
LIMIT YOUR SUN EXPOSURE
Don't tan in the natural sun or tanning beds for an entire 2 weeks before your session. You could appear really red or even burn. Porcelain skin photographs best as it can actually reflect light from our shoot beautifully!
DON'T STYLE YOUR HAIR
If your session includes hair styling, please do not flat iron or curl your hair between the time you wash it and the time you come to the salon. Just keep it natural for the time being.
GET YOUR BEAUTY REST
Be sure to get a good night's rest prior to your appointment as there is nothing "fresh" about puffiness and bags under the eyes. Need extra help? Apply a cold compress to your eyes the morning of your session to reduce any puffiness or redness.