After a cold New York City winter us New Yorkers come out of hibernation and find that we fall in love, once again, with the small and overpopulated city we've all chosen as our home. In the winter photos are isolated to holiday events all indoors and all bundled up. When the summer sun re-enters our orbit we're all outside taking selfies pretty much anywhere, occasionally hitting someone in the head with our selfie sticks and blocking the way for the endless crowds that are constantly rushing to get to some unknown destination. Doing makeup and styling for headshots in the summer can be a blessing and a curse. Shooting outside in the summer provides bright vivid backgrounds, full of green foliage and bright blue skies.
However, as I'm sure you know, summer in NYC can get too hot very quickly and it can show in your headshot've noticed many of our clients often show up drenched in sweat caused by waiting in the sauna that is our Subway system and the constant level of heat and humidity caused by the skyscrapers that surround our location. I thought I'd include some tips to look cool, and keep cool, when getting your headshot and hopefully your can apply them to your summer selfies as well!
1) Bring your outfit with you.
This is a big one. Try wearing something comfortable to your session and bring the clothes for your headshot with you. This way the clothing stays crisp and clean and you don't have to worry about any sweat stains showing up in your headshot. This is also a good way to keep cool as wearing a suit in 90 degree weather is a nightmare.
2) Blotting Papers/Powder
A great wear to keep down the shine is to have powder or blotting papers. Powder can help to "mattify" the shine caused by sweat and make sure you look dry and cool in your headshot. Sweat can cause white "hotspots" on your skin that can be distracting and are often a little more difficult to get rid of in retouching. We have a lot of powder here in the studio so even if you haven't booked a stylist on your shoot you can always ask us for some!
This applies to your selfie game as well. Many women keep powder on them and while it can be a little daunting to the fellas out there. You can pick up blotting papers, these are thin sheets that when pressed to the skin can soak up grease and sweat, at any drug store and just use one if you're feeling a little greasy. These are also a great way for ladies to keep their makeup looking fresh without overpowdering.
3) Keep your hair out of your face
For ladies you may be getting your hair blown out prior to having your done and while it may seem silly, a hair net may be your best bet of keeping your curls without them falling due to humidity or heat, if you have more of a straighter styling you may want to clip the hair out of your face, avoid using elastics to keep the hair out of you're face as this can cause and indent in your hair.
For the fellas some of this applies as well, if you are comfortable, try to keep to your hair slicked back and out of your face. This will also help with keeping cool. Also the more contained the hair look, the easier to maintain during your shoot. We can always dab off any sweat around your hair line, but sweaty straggly hair does not look good on camera.
How do you stay looking and feeling cool in the summer?
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