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How to Prep Your Hair and Skin for Your Boudoir Shoot

Picking out outfits and props for your boudoir photography shoot is fun and exciting, but don’t neglect your body while you’re worrying about superficial details. Quality lingerie and thematic elements are important, but if you add those details to unkempt hair and rough skin, it is all for not. Here are a few recommendations on how to prep your hair and skin for your boudoir shoot.

1. Cut and Dye

Don’t cut or dye your hair immediately before a photo shoot. Surely your mother did this for at least one of your school pictures, and you ended up with a framed face that was very unnatural. Get your hair cut a week before the shoot, so your edges have time to soften. The same goes for dying hair. It looks very dyed the first few days but settles down within a week. Don’t do any last-minute major changes to your hair right before the shoot. Major mishaps can force you to change the date.

2. Waxing

If you wax your legs or other areas of the body, then you know how long it takes your skin to settle down. Most likely, waxing the day before a shoot will result in redness and bumps. Get it done three days to a week prior to the shoot. Definitely wait a week if you’ve never had it done.

If it’s just your brows, again, make sure it’s a couple days before the shoot. You can always do a touch-up tweeze the day of.

3. Mani/Pedi

You can get a manicure/pedicure the day before a shoot without causing any problems. The only thing you have to do is remember to make the appointment. If the salon is booked, you may have to go to a less-than-desirable drop-in site.

4. No Sun/No Spray Tan

If you are already a regular tanner, then continuing short tans is okay the week of the shoot, but don’t overdo it. Don’t try to get tan the week of the shoot. All this will do is get you sunburned and possibly peeling by the time your need to look your best. Spray tans are also out. They just don’t come through in photos like you’d want. Don’t worry about the lightness of your skin. Your photographer has that under control. Just make sure she has something healthy to work with.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Speaking of health, drink plenty of water in the days before your shoot. This will make you appear radiant and hydrated by the time you get in front of the camera.

Your Skin and Hair Matter in Boudoir Photography

A little pampering never hurt anyone, and it makes for photos that come out beautiful down to the last detail. Not only that, but a little pampering can build confidence, and that confidence will help you to get the best photos possible.


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