Thursday, January 3, 2013

Prepping for your Day as a Cover Beauty

Happy New Year!!

I can’t believe we are in 2013!  Weren’t cars supposed to be flying by now? Haha!  This year is going to be a very busy one for us.  So far this month alone, we are very excited to be welcoming many new Cover Beauties!

It’s great to look at a new year as a fresh start and as a way to improve areas in your life, which you may want to develop.  Today I want to touch on planning for a Cover Beauty shoot, and how you can enhance your appearance in preparation for a shoot with me.

Photoshop can do wonders.  But it’s always great to go into a shoot feeling like you’ve prepared yourself to look your best.  I've compiled a few tips from our makeup and hair artist, Thirza Johanna. The more you follow these guidelines the better your shots will turn out!

2 weeks before your shoot

Dark roots will look worse in photos. If you plan to get your hair done by your professional hair stylist, it’s always best to get a haircut and/or hair color done 2 weeks prior to the shoot. The color will have settled by then and will look more natural in the photos.

A week before a shoot

Moisturize: General every day rule - You should moisturize nightly, a week before the shoot. Focus on your problem areas. You can use a facial scrub to help smooth out the dry areas.

Pro Tip: At home sugar scrub - ¼ cup olive oil, ½ cup brown sugar (if you don’t have brown sugar any sugar works). Mix and stir together. You can use it all over your body (elbows, knees, legs and face). Avoid the sensitive eye area, and don’t forget to use on your neck and décolletage. Rinse off after a minute.

Lips:  Don’t forget your lips! Use Vaseline, your favorite lip balm or moisturizer daily, for a week.

Pro Tip: With a soft bristle toothbrush gently scrub your lips and moisturizer afterwards. You can do this right after you brush your teeth. The above sugar scrub also helps!

Avoid foods high in salt and limit your alcohol intake a few days prior to the shoot, if you think bloating is going to be a problem. If you do drink alcohol, keep in mind that it dehydrates you; so counteract that by drinking LOTS of water in between drinks and after!

If you tan, please tan a week prior to the shoot to avoid the sun burned look. Also, be mindful of tan lines.  Editing them in Photoshop can be difficult.  We don't recommend using a self-tanner, or having a spray tan done right before the photo session.  Most of them tend to make your skin look orange in the photos.  If you must, do it at least a week before when it won't be as intense.

2 days prior to the shoot

Get your manicure and pedicure done. Neutral colors or French manicure look clean and polished, but feel free to express your true self with your favorite nail color!

Have your brows professionally shaped and then keep them up by plucking the strays every few days. We will pluck strays the day of the shoot, but probably won’t have time to shape your brows.

3 days to 24 hours before a shoot

Please get plenty of sleep. You don’t want bags, dark circles, and bloodshot eyes on the day of your shoot.

Avoid all alcohol, if possible, the day prior. Drink lots of extra water to keep your skin hydrated.

Do not wash your hair 2 days before your shoot. The extra oils in your hair will help the style last longer.

Day of your shoot

Your face should be clean and product free (except for moisturizer).

Your hair must be dry prior to the styling of your hair.

These tips will help you look and feel amazing the day of your shoot!  As a matter of fact, they will make you feel great all the time!

Wishing you a year filled with 365 Cover Beauty days!!

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