Healthy, beautiful skin is every woman’s goal, especially when preparing for a boudoir photo shoot. Although cosmetologists usually have some amazing tricks up their sleeves, the skin underneath your makeup can really affect the outcome. Here are our tips on how to care for your skin leading up to the big day.
1 WEEK BEFORE YOUR SHOOT:
- Drink LOTS of water and get plenty of sleep! These 2 steps are crucial to your beauty routine. Water will hydrate your skin, helping you avoid any dryness or flakes; while sleeping at least 8 hours a night will help prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles under your eyes.
- Skip the facial – Avoid chemical treatments or using too active of a skincare regimen. Overworking the skin can cause unexpected breakouts, redness, or even an allergic reaction.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Use a gentle, hydrating face cream morning and night to ensure your skin is at it’s best. Don’t forget about your lips – swap out drying lip colors for a moisturizing lip balm. For a hint of color, try Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, or a nourishing product like it.
- Use a gentle skin cleanser – Drop the overly scented scrubs or foaming cleansers and swap it out for a mild creamy option that will remove makeup while protecting the skins most sensitive layers. My personal recommendations include CeraVe or Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser.
- Don’t forget your vitamins! Glowing skin and hair start from the inside out. If you don’t have one already, finding a great multivitamin or hand selecting a few of your favs is a great way to start. Vitamins C, A, E, Omega-3, Biotin, and Zinc have all proven to play a key role in maintaining a gorgeous look.
3-4 DAYS BEFORE YOUR SHOOT:
- Wax on, wax off – There’s nothing quite like a fresh wax, especially when prepping for a boudoir session. Getting that unwanted body hair removed and shaping your brows is always a good idea, but make sure you plan this a few days before your shoot to avoid unexpected redness or skin irritation.
- Exfoliate – Pick up a natural sugar scrub and ditch the dead skin. While avoiding the face, give your full body the attention it deserves. Pick a scrub that is enriched with an array of natural oils that will leave your skin filling smooth and refreshed. My go-to is Tree Hut’s ‘Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub’.
THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SHOOT:
- Pass on the wine. Alcohol can wreak some major havoc on the skin – even in small quantities. While draining vital nutrients, it can leave skin looking dull and dehydrated. Drinking can also cause the blood vessels in your eyes to darken and become more prominent, creating an undesired effect in your images. Moral of the story, grab a glass of water instead – and if you need to unwind, try an herbal tea.
- Sleep is more important than ever – Those 8 hours are a must the night before your photo shoot. A full night of rest will leave you feeling energized and ready for the exciting day ahead, not to mention your skin will be glowing.
THE DAY OF YOUR SHOOT:
- Arrive with a fresh face! If you’re having your makeup done before your session, remove all traces of makeup from the night before (your artists will thank you for it later).
- Lather up – Use a gentle body cream to moisturize from head to toe. This will give your skin that extra glow it needs on camera and hydrate any lingering dry spots.
- Trust your team – Your cosmetologist will have a kit full of everything she needs to create the perfect look for your photo shoot. Go into your appointment with an open mind and let your stylist take the lead. With that glowing skin you’ve worked for, it should be a breeze.
- Relax and HAVE FUN! A boudoir shoot is meant to be an exciting, empowering experience that should leave you feeling confident and beautiful. Take a deep breath and shake the nerves – this will prevent any sudden splotching or redness.