Styling tips for women to make the most out of their headshot

Should I hire a professional makeup artist?

Makeup is always recommended for a corporate headshot. It will enhance your features, bring out the best in you, and also give your skin a polished look. If you're not accustomed to wearing makeup then I recommend hiring a makeup artist for your shoot. The application can be light and unnoticeable but it will make a difference. Ask the artist to keep it natural and not to use a heavy application. Hair should be styled the same way you wear it to work or a networking event. It should be washed and styled that day. Women with longer hair sometime schedule a blowout before the shoot. Make sure you know the person and are comfortable they will make you look good. 

Quick Tip: The makeup and hair should look like you every day and not a special one time occasion.

Choosing your headshot colors

If you choose to wear a jacket and shirt, consider pastel or muted shirt colors. Know your industry and what is acceptable and what people expect. For example, the banking industry the most popular color is blue. Why? Because you a banker to be logical and efficient. Blue is a great color to help your audience associate you with those qualities. If you are a doctor you may want to come off as smart and trustworthy so grey, white or blue well for you as well. Avoid red because of its association with trauma. If you are public speaker or business owner blues tend to be the most popular because they are soothing and introduce peace. 

How your Skin effects color

Here is some advice on how skin and color work together. These are suggestions and not rules but should be considered when selecting colors for your skin type. Dark skin or just really really tan people can generally wear more saturated colors in headshots. Richer Yellows, greens, purples, pinks, and oranges. Light skin people will generally want to avoid saturated colors and brighter colors because it will pull color from their skin and make them look more pale. Reds, Blues, and greens are OK for saturated looks but the less colorful the better.

Business jacket and Blazer

Standard Women's Suit - The classic and most professional headshot look. It’s exudes confidence in wardrobe form. There there however two kinds of jackets. The standard cut and the feminine cut. The standard cut comes from a male tailored look and while it has a feminine outline it usually looks traditional. This style is great for women in professional services and financial banking. The more important your position the more likely you will wear this cut naturally.

Feminine cut women's suit - The feminine cut is a take on the standard cut but introduces more modern and fashion forward lines. It may or may not have buttons, it may have a collar and there is stitching that accents different lines to introduce a more feminine form. These jackets are mostly worn by marketing and creatives that want a professional look and still want to be perceived out of the box. It’s important in certain industry to remain relevant and “hip” and this suit does this with professionalism at it’s core.

Quick Tip: I won't be able to tell if your wearing a pantsuit or skirt as we will be photographing from the belly button up to the top of the head. The important part is the keep the wardrobe fitted to make the clothing look it’s best on you.

Dresses that look great in headshots

Dresses for headshots are great because they come in many different necklines and the materials are nicer in quality. Usually dresses are fitted and easily paired with a jacket to give you two options for your headshot session. Down below I will discuss the necklines that work the best but I will give one tip for dresses. Wearing a sleeveless dress will always bring out the arms in a headshot. 

Jewelry as an accent in a headshot

Jewelry is a great way to accent your look and give you another way to stand out and being honest to who you are. If you wear big necklaces in person you can bring a few options and we can work with them.  Earring are great option and keep them simple and not distracting. The bigger the earring the more attention it will take away from you. Diamond studs and pearl earrings are classic and are a great additional to any wardrobe. Keeping the earring simple will allow you more outfit choices and styles of clothing. 

Shirts and Blouse

The feminine cut is a take on the standard cut but introduces more modern and fashion forward lines. It may or may not have buttons, it may have a collar and there is stitching that accents different lines to introduce a more feminine form. These jackets are mostly worn by marketing and creatives that want a professional look and still want to be perceived out of the box. It’s important in certain industry to remain relevant and “hip” and this suit does this with professionalism at it’s core.

Quick Tip: I won't be able to tell if your wearing a pantsuit or skirt as we will be photographing from the belly button up to the top of the head. The important part is the keep the wardrobe fitted to make the clothing look it’s best on you.