7 Fashion Bloggers Share Their Pre-Shoot Beauty Routines
Though they categorise themselves among the fashion set, we often find ourselves studying style bloggers’ hair and makeup in addition to their covetable sartorial senses. Same goes for beauty bloggers—as much as we’re staring at their lip colour, we’re also checking out their jacket. That’s why we’re big fans of both genres in the blogosphere and love that we get a double dose of each category per site (some blogs even have a separate section for their beauty or fashion counterpart—a page we welcome with open arms). So naturally, we wanted to pick the brains of some of our favourite fashion bloggers to learn about their beauty prep before a big shoot. Below, you’ll find their best tips and favourite products.
Before hitting the streets in her utterly chic wardrobe, Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary abides by her go-to makeup routine. First, she creates a poreless base with Givenchy Mister Smooth Primer. She then evens out her skin tone with Clé de Peau Cream Foundation. To define her features, Alberdi sculpts with Stila’s Shape and Shade Highlighter Duo ($63), a pair of a darker contour shade and highlighter to custom blend to your liking. For those perfectly groomed brows, she prefers Anastasia’s Brow Gel ($38). Lastly, Alberdi sweeps on Buxom’s True Hue Blush and cult-favourite Diorshow Mascara ($55).
Kimberly Pesch of Eat Sleep Wear tells us that one of the most important steps of her pre-shoot beauty routine is a good night's sleep. She'll then perhaps visit 901too Salon in West Hollywood to "work their hair magic for a specific look for a shoot." When it comes to makeup, Pesch likes "camera-ready" products, like Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation ($62). She also prefers to wear a bold lip because of its tendency to "pop" on camera. Lastly, to set her makeup and avoid camera-capturing shine, she'll dust on some of Laura Mercier's Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($53).
"Before a shoot, I like to make sure my skin is in its best shape possible. In addition to being a blogger, I'm also an actress, and there is nothing worse than showing up to set sans makeup looking dry and beat!" says Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie. "My first priority is to make sure I hydrate a tonne. I already drink about three litres of water a day, so before a shoot, I step that up to about four to five litres. So much water, but totally worth it," she explains. To prep her skin, she prefers Boscia Cleansing Gel followed by a thin layer of organic coconut oil. For ultra skin hydration, she'll also apply some BareMinerals Butter Drench Rich Cream—"It's all about moisturising!" she explains. Finally, Mercedes swears by at least seven hours of sleep the night before: "Water, moisturising, and rest are my keys to being on-camera ready. "
"It’s so important to start the day off with clean skin, especially before an afternoon of shooting. To achieve that fresh-faced look, I use Clarisonic's Mia 2 ($199) for a deep scrub," says Jenny Bernheim of Margo and Me. She believes in sporting fresh, glowing skin—a far cry from the "decade of contouring" that she feels we've been enduring. To spot treat any problem areas and highlight her face, she reaches for Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher ($57). For lips, she likes to wear Estée Lauder
Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($50) in Desirable to give her lips a "sculpted and curvaceous shape." Finally, to add an "instant element of elegance" to her beauty routine, Bernheim likes placing Tom Ford's Creme Color ($68) on her lids.
"Every night before a big photo shoot, I use the Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask. I'll put it on, do work on the computer, then wash it off before bed," says Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty. Right now she's been enjoying Biore's Baking Soda Cleanser followed by SK-II's Brightening Specialist ($292) and Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Oil Balm ($63), the latter of which Suarez says travels the world with her. For coverage, she uses Urban Decay's Naked Beauty Balm ($55) and Stowaway's Concealer. Suarez also explains that although she has long bangs, she still likes to play up her brows by using Stila's Eyeshadow Palette ($78) in dark brown and brushing them up. "Easy," she says. She'll then follow up with cheek stain, bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara, and her current go-to lip colour, a custom blend of Tom Ford Lip Color ($75) in James and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil ($34) in Tannin.
Michelle Madsen of Take Aim loves to begin her pre-shoot beauty routine with a mask "to hydrate and give my skin some radiance," she says. If her skin is feeling dull, she likes to take a trip to the esthetician for a Deep Sea Peel by Cosmedix. She then finishes up her skincare with cleansing, toning, and moisturising (her current favourite is La Mer The Renewal Oil, $320.) For makeup, her goal is "natural and bright" with an emphasis on the eyes. She loves to do a heavy liner using It Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner and Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara.
"For me, everything starts with great hair and great skin," says Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury. She currently loves using Olay Regenerist products on her face like the Cream Cleanser ($16). She'll sometimes apply Fresh's Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask before applying her makeup if her skin needs an extra pick-me-up and then rubs a green tea ice cube on her face, especially focusing on the undereye area. "This simple trick really makes my skin look fresh, dewy, and glowy!" she says. For her hair, she says that styling takes a real toll on her strands, so she swears by the Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime ($62)—"No matter how much abuse I put my hair through, this 10-minute treatment makes my hair really soft, shiny, and healthy-looking! Love that!"
Opening image: Natalie Off Duty
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