How Should you do Your Makeup for Your Headshot? – 8X10

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Robyn shares how you should approach your makeup for your headshot!

What should I know about makeup for my headshots? Rachel O.,  Albuquerque, NM

Unless you are a professional makeup artist, it’s always best to hire someone to do it for you. Trained makeup artists are studied in color theory, face shapes, and application techniques that compliment your individual features. Their job is to use that training to make you look your best. You should plan on the added expense of a makeup artist as part of your career tools. However, if you simply cannot afford a makeup artist, there are a few things to remember when doing it yourself: Your makeup should always be clean and natural. NEVER go glamour for a headshot. Casting directors want an accurate representation of you, not a magazine cover. If you show up to an audition looking nothing like your headshot, you will most likely be passed over. After you are cast, your headshot will be sent to production and will be used by makeup and wardrobe as a basis for the design of your character you are cast for. It HAS to look like the real you!  Colors should be warm and pleasant. This is not the time for you to show off your personal creativity and color palette. Stay away from blues and purples for headshots.  This is about your look, not your creative sense of style. Keep lines clean and moderate and make sure to start with a clean face. Nothing looks worse than yesterday’s mascara. Eyes should be bright, warm, and inviting. Do not use thick black lines around eyes. It’s a look that is simply not appropriate for this application. Cheeks and lips should be warm and light. A light gloss is appropriate, but a thick, caked or dark lip is not. Keep it clean and simple and your real beauty, the thing that makes you who you are, will shine through and grab the attention of your client.

- Robyn Adamson

Robyn had a love of art and a vivid imagination as a child that led her to her careers as a photographer, actress, writer, cinematographer and director. These entwined skills culminate in an innate ability to tell a story. Over time, Robyn has acted opposite film greats such as Gary Oldman, Margot Kidder and Tess Harper. The mid 90’s brought the world of photography to Robyn as she began shooting actors’ headshots and  models’ portfolios. In 2004, Robyn became VP of Business Development for the Academy of Performing Arts, a children’s theater and performing arts school. During her tenure in this position, she helped to bring thousands of dollars in scholarships to the at-risk youth who studied at the Academy as well as vital programs to students from all over the Salt Lake Region. Robyn’s star shines brightly, and she is attached to many projects as a cinematographer as she continues her work as a photographer.

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