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I'm a huge fan of doing as much we can in pre-production, rather than fixing things later in post. The result is far more natural, organic and human. Exactly what good acting is all about! Much has been said about make-up, whether you need it, should do your own or hire a professional. I feel strongly that using a pro that knows your photographer's lighting is the way to look like and become a working actor, if you are not one already. The theory that your photo should look like you do every day when you walk into an audition only goes so far. I truly believe that you need to look like you already BOOKED the job. Anyone who's been on set knows - good lighting - great makeup! Your headshot should have both. Every client that I ever shot that went on to become a series regular, embraced this concept.

Great make-up doesn't LOOK like make-up; it is about enhancing and bringing out your features. Getting the brows right not only brings out your eyes, but balances the entire face. A little contour can make your features appear more symmetrical, and more photogenic. It should end up looking like that's the way it was supposed to be all along! And once it's on, you shouldn't really notice it at all....

Here's an example of what great makeup can do without any photoshop. My client Brandon Gibson initially thought he didn't need make-up. First is the 'before', the second is an unretouched 'after' photo. See how his authenticity is retained; he looks clean, yet not plastic. The difference you see is GREAT MAKE-UP.

Top Professional Level Make-Up for Male Actors Before Photo
Top Professional Level Make-Up for Male Actors After Photo
"Hey Nancy,
I want to thank you again for the AWESOME session and especially convincing me to do the make up. I've always been told I was blessed with a young face & good skin but I was AMAZED to see the differences with and without it. It was very subtle yet spoke volumes! I can't believe I considered not doing it. I go back and look at my old shots now and I see stuff I never saw before. It's crazy! You made me a believer! Thanks again! LOVE my shots!"
-Brandon

couple more examples of a "Before" and "After" make-up application without photoshop.

Top Professional Level Make-Up for Female Actors Before Photo
Top Professional Level Make-Up for Female Actors After Photo
Top Professional Level Make-Up for Female Actors Before Photo
Top Professional Level Make-Up for Female Actors After Photo
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