7 Boudoir Hair and Make-Up Tips To Bring Out Your Fierce Alter Ego

I’ve been working with Jane Kim from The Glamourist ever since I started my very first boudoir shoot, and times and times again my clients come back looking flawless.  So what’s the secret? A good artist like Jane and myself know how to accentuate the assets and hide the flaws through the techniques and skills we have come to know so well from our years of expertise. Who else to give a better tip on boudoir hair and make up than Jane her self?

Jane, take it away!

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Photo courtesy of Jane Kim
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Photo courtesy of Jane Kim

 

As the sexy, gyrating Sasha Fierce is to the perfection that is Beyonce, a boudoir session is where our sexy alter egos shine. We rid ourselves of sweats, yoga pants, stained tees and flip-flops and for a few hours feel sexy in our big tousled hair, 5 inch stilettos and La Perla lace.

Almost no one, or a very very very small amount of the population, is comfortable getting paparazzi-ed in their unmentionables.  I mean, it’s not a natural thing we do.  We get up, brush our teeth, wash our face and if, that’s a big IF, we have time we manage to put on concealer and lipstick, hopefully in all the right places.  With that said, if you take the leap to book yourself a boudoir photography session, here are some tips to leaving the daily you at home and bringing out your own fierce alter ego…

 

1- True or Falsies? Always. Always. Falsies. If you don’t know how to put them on then go to your local MAC counter, Sephora or your local salon and have someone apply it for you.

 

2- Set off the fire alarm with them smokey eyes. Unless you’re Angelina Jolie, I’ve never heard of anyone saying “WOW those lips are sexy!” So line it, smudge it and accentuate it anyway you can to bring out those sexy and inviting bedroom eyes.

 

3- “Conceal, don’t feel”.  I think the problem a lot of times with concealer is that too much or not enough is applied in the right places.  A shade lighter than your skin tone under the eyes works beautifully to brighten and take years off the face.  Also, anytime there is a smudge, fall out or you fail to stay within the lines just go in with a concealer brush to smooth out or clean up any mishaps.

 

4-  Highlight what your mama gave you and contour if she gave you too much.  That glow you see in the magazines and on the red carpet is all makeup.  There, I said it. Hollywood’s biggest kept secret unraveled in the blink of an eye. With the right highlighter/ illuminizer you can glow and shine bright with the best of them.  And if you want to minimize or soften certain features use a bronzer or a darker shade of concealer to slim down the cheeks, nose and jaw line.

 

5-  Too much of a good a thing is… too much.  Always have one focal point,.. whether it be the eyes or lips.  If you accentuate one feature let the other take a back seat.  Pair dark eyes with nude lips and bright lips with a lighter eye

 

6.   Bigger the hair closer to, your, god.  For those that don’t believe in such things, a few more inches in height is always a good thing.

 

7.  Extensions are our friends.  If you have thin or short hair, extensions are great for adding length and volume for fullness. It’s also great for throwing head around during the shoot, not literally of course.

 

And as the end products are many times a gift of fantasy and allure for the person being gifted, the experience is very much, if not more, a gift for yourself. The experience is empowering and about self discovery. While you are still the sweet self that you are everyday of your life, you’re capable of being the sexy vixen like the ladies that find themselves in the pages of MAXIM.

If you’re interested in finding out more about a boudoir session, please contact me at info@boudoirbylily.com

 

My February Free Shoot Results 4 of 4 | Ms. LBM

This is Ms. LBM, the last of four volunteers who was brave enough to stand in front of my lens for her very first boudoir shoot.  I want to thank , Jane, from The Glamourist for this transformation. The beautiful floral arrangement was made by Cary Li from Petals by Cary

This is the last part of a 4 part blog post about  transforming every day women to looking their best through posing, camera angles, and the use of light.  The four ladies who came in for the shoot had very different skin tones, body shapes, and personalities.   Ms.LBM is a stay at home mom and we know what that’s like sometimes.  We get lost in taking care of our kids and forget to take care of ourselves.  Some how, some where we lose our identity.  According to Ms. LBM doing a boudoir was a meaningful step in becoming more comfortable in her own skin and becoming more confident.  This has allowed her to better connect with her femininity and think of herself as a woman, not just as a wife or mother.  We can CHEER to that!

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My February Free Shoot Results 3 of 4 | Ms. NL

This is Ms. NL, the third of four volunteers who was brave enough to stand in front of my lens for her very first boudoir shoot.  I want to thank Jira, founder of Wow Pretty, and her team for Ms. NL’s transformation.  Also, the beautiful floral wreath is made by Cary Li from Petals by Cary

This is a 4 part blog post about  transforming every day women to looking their best through posing, camera angles, and the use of light.  The four ladies who came in for the shoot had very different skin tones, body shapes, and personalities.   Experiencing this shoot meant a new sense of empowerment and a celebration of Ms. NL’s femininity.  As she puts it “Being all done up, wearing seductive outfits and exuding a flirtatious beauty made me feel proud to show a side of me that is never shown. It felt like a celebration of Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page.  I’m definitely doing this for the future decades of my life!”

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My Free February Shoot Results 2 of 4 | Ms.JH

Here is Ms.JH, the second of four volunteers who was brave enough to stand in front of my lens for her very first boudoir shoot.  Not only do I get to make every day women feel gorgeous and beautiful in their boudoir shoot, I also get to have fun working with amazing personalities.  Ms.JH radiates a sexy spunky energy that is absolutely contagious.

This is a 4 part blog post about  transforming every day women to looking their best through posing, camera angles, and the use of light.  The four ladies who came in for the shoot had very different skin tones, body shapes, and personalities.   Ms.JH have beautiful latin curves, and wore a tight body forming slip and bra set to accentuate her curves and assets while hiding and tightening areas of concerns.

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I want to thank Jira, founder of Wow Pretty, and her team for this transformation! The beautiful beaded necklace worn by Ms.JH is handcrafted by Yelena from The Stylish Soiree

01-BAYAREA-BOUDOIR-SEXY-CURVY-BLACK-WHITE Ms.JH is a full time legal assistant and full time mother of a beautiful 2 year old girl.  As mothers, we know there’s often no time for ourselves and sometimes we loose touch with who we are and forget our identity because we are so focused on our little ones.  As Ms.JH puts it her self  “I will be able to see myself in a manner that I might not think of. I am just glad I did it, it was a boost to my ego seeing that I am capable of looking that amazing…ladies, JUST DO IT! No need to think of losing weight or getting in shape to feel confident within your own skin.  Confidence comes from within and your images will portray that.  Just make sure to choose wisely in what you decide to wear.  Make it fit the curves you do want to accentuate. Lily, will take care of you in the whole process of making sure you feel like the most beautiful woman. For my fellow mothers, this is definitely a great way to give yourself some ME TIME, definitely a way to feel like YOU before kids.”

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My February FREE Shoot Results 1 of 4 | Ms.J

Back in February I had a casting call looking for 4 volunteers for a boudoir shoot.  The purpose of the casting call was to demonstrate some before-and-after photos, which I will feature next month on my newsletter.  While on this topic, if you’re interested in receiving the upcoming newsletter, please sign-up here.

I was going back-and-forth on whether to do this featured shoot with models, or give my fans the opportunity to experience a boudoir session, and at the end of the day the nervous inexperienced women was who I wanted to capture.  I thought this was a great opportunity for me to showcase the transformation of every day women to look their best through posing, camera angles, and the use of light.  The four ladies who came in for the shoot had very different skin tones, body shapes, and personalities. Looking back at the results, I truly believe all their personalities shines through more than anything and that’s sexy! In this case for Ms.J her sweet innocence is apparent.

I want to thank Jane Kim from The Glamourist and Cary Li from Petals by Cary for this transformation! If you love flowers, a floral head wreath makes a perfect boudoir outfit!

Here is Ms.J, the first of four volunteers who was brave enough to stand in front of my lens and let me capture it all.

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Ms.J is a 25 year old Clinical Lab Scientist and describes herself as Plain Jane.  This was her very first time getting made up, ever!  She felt that this experience had initiated her into womanhood in exploring her sensual side, leaving behind the girl that once was.

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