MAKEUP FOR MEN
Should men hire a professional makeup artist?
The choice is up to you, whatever makes you the most comfortable. We are happy to schedule a professional makeup artist if you like;
The makeup artist is there to help eliminate shine, lighten under-eye shadows, cover blemishes, even skin tone, etc;
They can also help with male grooming, tweezing eyebrows and stray hairs;
For some men, the main reason the artist is there is for hair styling, often helpful for longer hair;
Some men simply prefer to have a makeup artist, and that is great.
On the other hand:
While we strongly recommend a makeup artist for women, most men don't need one;
For many men, you just want to reduce shine, and perhaps lighten undereye shadows, which you can learn to do yourself.
We are not discounting the value of a talented makeup artist, but rather making the point that men should look natural and masculine in their headshots, and not "made-up." Either way, we also recommend you learn to do the basics for yourself. Besides photo shoots, this will help you to look your best for auditions and events as well.
Go to a MAC Cosmetics store or counter (we recommend the MAC Pro Store on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles) and pick up some basics. Start with a translucent powder (or mattifier) to eliminate shine. Next you could consider concealers and lip balm. For some, you could learn about matte bronzers, clear eyebrow gel, etc. The people at the pro store cater to actors, so they will be very helpful. The can teach you about the products, and how to apply them.