Melanie Marie Sklodowski
How to: prep yourself for photographs
Updated: Aug 18, 2021
One month before:
Invest in a keratin treatment: it helps you achieve stronger, healthier hair.
See a dermatologist/ esthetician: they can give you a breakdown of your skin and set you up for success
For bridal- have a hair and makeup trial. Also, buy or pick out your lip color and any other makeup items that are needed. (usually blot powder/ papers, eyelash glue) *see below for recommendations.
One week before:
Get your brows groomed: whether you wax, tweeze, tint or laminate go to your professional and get groomed for you won't have to worry or pluck the day of. Manipulation of the brows can cause irritation and redness.
Get waxed: face and body parts of your choice. So your already smooth and prepped. Once again hair and skin manipulation can cause redness and irritation.
Get an eyelash lift and tint: the bright eyed no makeup- makeup look.
Whiten those teeth
Have your hair professional cut/ color you hair: fresh color always looks best, dont forget the conditioning/ olaplex treatment.
Eat your vegetables, cut out the processed foods.
Couple days before:
Get a tan if you choose: Get a subtle glow or whatever base the occasion may call for.
Meditation + light stretching = de stress
Manicure and pedicure! neutral, clean, polished nails please. Scrub the dead skin and lotion those feet and hands
Prep clothing and shoes your going to wear. For photoshoots- Bring 5-6 flattering outfits to fit your size. Something dark, light, fun, sexy; consider necklines/ texture, avoid prints unless necessary. For wedding - lingerie, pajamas, next day outfit, morning of outfit/ robes.
Drink all the water
Apply a tanning lotion or get a light spray tan if necessary. Don't forget to wash your hands really well after.
Do your nighttime skin care regimen.
Pack snacks, clothing, makeup, hair care, water, shoes and emergency essentials.
*If getting body painted don't forget monster pasties, seamless panties (target has great variety of colors, sizes and styles), a robe, phone charger and hand/ feet warmers
Shower - If washing your hair make sure you dry your hair completely.
Lotion your whole body.
Exfoliate your face + lips
Apply a hydrating serum and spf
Put on a comfortable outfit, something easy to get out of after hair/ makeup
Breathe, relax and have fun
What to pack in your bag
curling/ straight iron
jewelry and accessories
extra outfit - (at least) shirt, jeans, leggings
extra undergarments - (at least) underwear, bra, socks
skincare - (at least) spf, toner, moisturizer, serum
oil blot sheets
makeup - (at least) concealer, mascara, eyelash glue, powder, lip balm, lip color
Favorites right now
NYX shine loud
Sephora lip stains
Haus labs lip gloss/ lip crayon
MAC lip oil/ lipsticks