Although many women believe that they are "not photogenic," there are a few tricks that can help you look your best in front of the camera. Unlike the type of photos taken spontaneously, a professional photo shoot gives you a distinct advantage: You have the opportunity to plan for it. However, the first thing you need to consider is where the photo will be shown. If you are using your photo for professional purposes, a trip to Glamour Shots is probably not your best bet. Most professional photographers advise women to simply their makeup and hairstyles, and wear solid colors, as opposed to prints.
The 72-Hour Photogenic Prep Plan
Experts advise that 72 hours prior to your photo shoot, you should avoid red meat, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods. These foods can make your skin oily, or can possibly make your eyes appear puffy and swollen. Some makeup artists suggest that you avoid using Retin A and Alpha Hydroxy products on the day of the shoot, because the skin may peel and show up in the photos. However, they do advise you to exfoliate your skin on the morning of the photo shoot. Make sure that you are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If this is not your regular habit, begin doing this as soon as you find out that you need to be photographed. Although it should go without saying, be sure to get a good night`s sleep the night before the shoot. To appear more relaxed, consider getting a massage on the day before.
Make sure that your brows are professionally shaped. If your skin tends to get red after waxing, have it done a few days prior to your photo shoot, then simply pluck the stray hairs on the "big day." If you color your hair, make sure that you have your roots done prior to the shooting. Resist the temptation to over condition your hair, but do consider one of the new excellent hair glosses that are currently on the market.
Make sure that the gloss of your teeth matches the gloss of your hair. As soon as you find out that you will be photographed, start using a daily tooth-whitening product.
Avoid Makeup Mishaps
Speaking of gloss, although glitter is fun to wear in "real life," it does not look attractive in photos. Use a matte finish foundation, and avoid outrageous eye makeup colors. Since makeup lights can be warm, be sure to use waterproof/smudge proof mascara.
Be sure to carry along a makeup corrector stick. if you are not confident about your ability to apply makeup, consider hiring a professional.
Dress for Success, Not Excess
If you are taking a full-body shot, dark-color clothing that flatters your figure is your best bet. Be sure to cover up all tan lines, and remove excess body hair. Shoulder pads will make your hips look smaller, but don`t go overboard.
Now smile for the camera!