The camera under-exaggerates your amazing hair and glowing skin and over exaggerates your waistline. Especially mine ;) I seem to always be pregnant or nursing for the last eight years and it has never gone back to its happy (or MY happy) place. So here are some tips and tricks to making that camera work for you.
Hair- Your hair has to be bigger than usual. You want it to look as amazing as it does when you walk out the door and to do that you need to accentuate it so that it works for you during your session. There are three things you can do.
-Crimp it: I know how weird this sounds. lift up the top pieces of your hair enough that when you lay it back down you won't be able to see the crimped pieces underneath. Crimp that whole ridgeline all of the way around your head. It will give it some volume AND you still will be able to run your fingers through your hair!
-Tease it: When I tease my hair I always do it in little incriments. Make sure you have that top layer untouched again so you have lay it over it. and spray it with hairspray. If you have super fine hair like I do it really helps it to stay in nice. Make sure you comb it after so it looks natural as well.
-Extensions: I get mine at sally's. They're clip ins. If you're wanting it to be a little longer than your hair right now (some years I just feel like I need to look like I have more than I currently have and I think that's okay! Especially the one year I got my hair cut by someone cheaper....and they were cheap for a reason. They took off DOUBLE what I asked. I digress.) Buy yourself two packs of hair. You'll need it. You'll love it. You won't be able to tell during your session at all. I promise. Watch this tutorial on how to put them in. I would do a test run so you're not too stressed the day of but this one is my favorite. Especially after having a baby and losing SO MUCH hair.
Make-up: Keep your camera phone on while you do your makeup. Put your makeup on and then look at yourself in the mirror. Can you see it? If not, put some more on. You usually want to put on 30% more than you usually do. At least. :)
-Highlighting/Contouring: You all have probably seen those videos that teach you how to do this but here's another one for you. Make sure you hit up @stephanieAnderson with Maskara or buy this from Younique. @DawnHiss is also another AMAZING makeup artist; she's done my face for me and I looked GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself. ha :)
-Eyelashes: I always put a pair on. I love the magnetic ones a ton, and they make life a lot easier. Check out this tutorial/hack, and make sure that you take note that she puts mascara on after to blend them.
A photo of me, RIght after I got my hair CHOPPED. Thank goodness for extensions :) I also have fake eyelashes on...I know, you can't even tell! It makes me just look like a lady. But that's what you want. To be the most gorgeous you like you are everyday of the year.