Your Best Face Forward - Prep For A Beauty Shoot

Don't rock up to your beauty shoot unprepared, follow this easy guide to being fresh faced and ready for your close ups.  


Wash your hair – Second day hair is usually the easiest to work on. It's probably not oily yet but it should hold curl better than squeaky clean hair.

Remove any nail polish from the fingers and toes and apply a clear base coat – This will create a clear base for any colour paint on top of it at the shoot, it will help prevent colours staining the nail bed and it looks a nice and neat for when you arrive on the shoot.

Remove ALL traces of makeup - Put extra effort into removing the last traces of that mascara. You want to be super clean and fresh faced for the photoshoot.

Clean your face - Thoroughly cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturise. I like to use a facial oil to ensure that my skin is silky soft and hydrated the next day. 

Avoid any alcohol – Even one glass could make you puffy so avoid ANY alcohol or salty foods before bed and try to get at least your 8 hours. You want to look well rested the next day.

 Plan your route and try be 15 minutes early – Be sure to look up the location for the show on google the night before, plan your route, how long will the drive take? Where will you park? Rocking up to your shoot late is unprofessional and could make a negative first impression. Always plan ahead and give yourself an extra half hour allowance for travelling incase there is traffic or you cannot find a parking space.


Tie your hair up out of your face to prevent your hairs natural oils getting on your skin. This may also make it easier for the makeup artist to do your makeup.

Moisturise your hands, it will help to prime your skin and keep your hands looking neat and polished.

Wash your face and follow up with a moisturiser to prime your face for the makeup.

Don't forget your bag with everything you will need for the day. Fill your bag with all the essentials listed below!



A bottle of water – to keep your hydrated, they may not have any on set. Water may help to keep your lips and lips hydrated and glowing with health.

Snacks – something easy to eat that isn’t messy. On a beauty shoot it may be even more important to keep energised and focused. Snacks will help give you energy on long shoots where you need to be expressive and awake.

Nude undergarments – A plain nude strapless bra, Nude g-string are great as a nude strapless bra is a good alternative to going topless for a beauty shot with no styling. Wear your nude underwear/gstring just in case there are some full length or styled shots. It's better to be safe than sorry!

Panadol – These are handy for unexpected headaches and just incase there is a tight pony tail or backcombed hairstyle.

A good book & an iPod – Something to keep you entertained as you may be waiting in-between shots, or driving to location or just something to keep you entertained whilst in hair and makeup. (Read a book whilst getting your hair styled and listen to your iPod during makeup. Vice versa doesn't work as well...)

Your mobile – Keep in contact with your agent, record your start and finish time and take some BTS shots for the gram!

A portable phone battery – Keep your phone from dying half way through the day. I love the ones by power pod. I can get unto 4 full charges of my phone and it has 2 usb ports so you can charge your iPod/ipad/kindle at the same time. (Disclaimer: I am not associated with powered at all, in any way shape of form. I just have one and I love it.)

Wear something simple – I prefer a two-piece outfit because if you need to be topless (just wearing a strapless bra) at least I can still wear my pants/skirt instead of walking around all day awkwardly in a tied up dress.

Wallet with your travel card and change - Makes transport to the shoot and getting a coffee on the way easier.

A change scarf – A small scarf to put over your head when changing so that you don’t smudge the makeup, mess up the hair or stain the garment. Some clients may expect you to always have one.

Any thing else the client has requested - Read your call sheet carefully, if the client has requested you bring something make sure that you do. If you don't have something they asked you to bring, call you agency and they will let you know how to proceed.

Non-medicated Saline eyedrops - To keep your eyes clear and prevent dryness and irritation sometimes caused by makeup.

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Always rock up to a Beauty shoot completely makeup free, unless otherwise requested by the client!

Don’t be afraid to say No. If the client wants you to wear something a bit risqué and you are uncomfortable or underage, its ok to say no. But be sure to be polite about it. 

Have fun but be professional. If you have fun and enjoy your day the shoot will probably go quicker.

DO NOT post any BTS shots on social media - unless you have asked the client if it is ok to do so. Some shots can't be released until a certain date. If you can in fact release BTS images, be sure to tag and credit all associated people on the shoot. Some clients will even have requested hashtags!

Ask someone to take a couple of BTS shots for you - They can be good for your social media, just be sure not to spend too much time on your phone all day as it could become annoying and look unprofessional.

What else do you do before a beauty photoshoot? I'd love to know, leave a comment below!

(All Images are from Perth Vita Magazine, 2008.)