I’ve talked about the style of images you may like for your session before (here) but what about how you want to be styled? What’s your boudoir look?
The make up look you go for will have a strong influence on the overall feel of your images, so it is worth giving more than a passing thought to.
Your stylist will of course be able to help and advise you, and it’s also something we’ll discuss at your pre-session chat, but there’s no harm in thinking about it in advance – the more thought and planning you put into your boudoir portrait session, the better the results are going to be for you.
If you never usually wear make up, or stick to minimal make up (like me, because I am both blind as a bat and completely inept when it comes to applying make up) then consider whether you would like to keep things natural for your portraits.
I should tell you though, even a natural look is going to look like relatively heavy make up in the mirror – for studio lighting everything needs to be stronger than you would usually wear, to show up on camera.
It’s not quite stage make up, but it’s not usual daywear either.
Hair can also be kept quite natural, in keeping with this look.
You can build on a look like this, with a slightly stronger emphasis on the eyes, and changing the lip colour, to create a strong vintage feel. Add some victory rolls, and you’re away.
Sometimes clients want to go dramatically different to normal – almost like playing a character – sometimes this can allow you to be more daring with your images too.
Or you may feel that ‘who you are’ has gotten lost, and you want her back, so you reconnect with a look that just ‘speaks’ to you.
Smokey eyes are an incredibly popular boudoir look – and a great opportunity to learn from your stylist how to build the look.
You are also more than welcome to bring along images with looks you would like to recreate – tear them out of a magazine, share a board with us on Pinterest (you can find us as Smart Boudoir on Pinterest) or bring images on your phone to show to your stylist.
(The boudoir looks above are created by Holly Andersen and Kate at Ruby Rouge Make up – please contact them directly if you need hair and make up for an occasion, or would like a personal make up lesson)