#8 DITCH THE FAKE TAN!
The brutal truth is that fake tan just does not photograph well.
You want to look your best for your headshot session, we’ve discussed this in previous posts.
You want your headshot to get you noticed FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, not the wrong ones!
So why shouldn’t you use fake tan before your headshot session?
- Ninety-nine per cent of the time, fake tan does exactly what it says on the tin………it looks fake! It does not add the healthy glow to your skin that you think it does, so it’s kind of self-defeating.
- Your skin will look blotchy and patchy in areas where it has been applied unevenly. Trust me, this is the last thing you want in your headshots.
- Some retouching can be done to tone it all down a little, but let me tell you, that’s THE last thing your photographer wants! I love editing images, but spending hours retouching uneven skin tones is not my idea of fun.
- There’s a very good chance that you’re going to look orange. Let that sink in. You don’t want to look orange in your headshots unless you have a casting for a part in a Tango commercial!
All of this might sound a little harsh and I apologise if you love a spray tan, but your face is your brand and your photographer has a duty of care to ensure that you get the best from your headshot session.
Providing you with professional headshots is my raison d’être, so if you do have to have a fake tan beforehand then…………..
- Book your spray tan with an experienced professional.
- Go for the LIGHT and NATURAL option.
- Get your tan a few days before the headshot session to give it a chance to settle down.
- Get your tan a few days before the headshot session in case it goes wrong and we need to reschedule.
A quick word on real tan whilst we’re on the subject………..
Ditch the real tan too!
It might not be a massive problem here in the UK, but I’d personally advise abstaining from sunbathing in the days leading up to your headshot session.
Anything that does damage to your skin is going to be detrimental to the way you appear in your photos. Sunburn, redness and uneven skin tones are not desirable.
I guess the rule of thumb here, is, unless you live in a warm country and have year-round evenly tanned bronze skin then the best option is to avoid the sun for a few days before your headshot session. I know that pub beer garden might be tempting, but you are also supposed to be staying off the booze for a few days remember?
I sound like a dictator!
I’ve got your back though, trust me.
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