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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org