10 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. To define her features, Alberdi sculpts with Stila’s Shape and Shade Highlighter Duo ($58), 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 cult-favorite Diorshow Mascara ($56).
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. When it comes to makeup, Pesch likes "camera-ready" products like Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation ($67). 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 ($55).
Mind Body Swag
For Lisa DiCicco Cahue of Mind Body Swag, sleep is her number one pre-shoot must. "Staying properly hydrated also helps. I also like to get a quick sweat session in—I notice my skin looks dewy and fresh. In the shower I like to use Cetaphil to cleanse my skin followed by SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($158) every morning. Then I use Dr. Colbert Masks if I have a special event or if I need extra radiance."
Natalie Off Duty
"Every night before a big photo shoot, I use a mask," says Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty. Lately she's been enjoying Biore's new Baking Soda Cleanser ($11) followed by SK-II's Brightener ($295) and Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Oil Balm ($63), the latter of which Suarez says travels the world with her. Suarez also explains that although she has long bangs, she still likes to play up her brows by using Stila's Eyeshadow Palette ($71) 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 color: a custom blend of Tom Ford Lip Color ($78) and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Tannin ($36).
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 moisturizing (her current favorite is La Mer The Renewal Oil, $325). 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 ($36) and Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara ($32).
"I was actually introduced to Joanna Vargas’s Bright Eye Firming Mask ($60), and it works miracles. The masks instantly pick up your tired eyes, which is so important to look fresh for photos. I’m all about the instant mask for a quick boost," says Rachel Nguyen of That's Chic.
"Shoot days are always hectic so the biggest thing I try to do is lay everything out and try on each outfit the night before. Having everything ready in advance the night before and feeling confident I've planned solid outfits saves a lot of stress in the morning. (There's nothing worse than getting to a shoot and realizing you only remembered one shoe or the outfit doesn't actually work.) I also try to drink water and get plenty of sleep the night before. Anything to give your skin a little extra glow, right? I also prefer to shower the night before so my hair has a little more body, I love a slightly worn look, plus it saves time in the a.m. When it comes to the morning of, I try to avoid the snooze button. I'm always late, so every minute in the morning counts. Hopping out of bed, putting on music, and grabbing coffee always starts me off on the right foot."
What's your best tip for looking camera-ready? Tell us below!
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Quotes have been edited for content.