Meet Alarie our go-to-girl for everything styled and restyled. Let ‘er rip Al!
You’re on a shoot and your pictures are begging for a little injection of… something… something! Something different, something quick! You have no place for an outfit change, no extra props, and your light is fading fast… No fear! Makeup and bobby pins are here!
The beauty of hair and makeup is that it can flip your world upside-down (think Fresh Prince style) in just a quick minute. Like you, I’m no hair stylist or makeup artist, but I do love to use my hair and makeup to transform my look because it’s so cheap and easy. Sometimes it feels like I change my hair cut or style and makeup routine as often as I take out the trash. My beauty mottos: it grows back and it washes off. I’m not always crazy with the things I do, but I do love to try new things.
At your shoot your model will be all done up and gorgeous and prepared for pictures, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little alteration to add some variety to your proofs without having to spend hours working your skills in Photoshop by tweaking your photos to get the variety you need. Today I’ll show you some ideas to change the whole feeling of your shoot really, really quickly. (These may also be your saving grace if it’s a windy day!)
Today we’ll do bangs. I have long, choppy, straight-across bangs that need a trim. Your model may have side-swept, short brow-skimming, long layery, or none at all. Regardless of your fringe, a majority of these easy bang stylings will work. Bonus: you only really need some bobby pins and hairspray!
I found a fun YouTube video that helped get my juices flowing. The possibilities are endless! 5 Ways to Style Blunt Bangs
Blunt in Front
(This creates a mysterious mug. This can also help your model look a little older. It sounds strange, but a little fringe can really change how your face structure looks.)
(This can let your model’s eyes be the star of the shot. Just move the center bangs to the side. Easy-peasy.)
(Instant whimsy. This can be playful or romantic and just moving a piece of hair won’t mess up her style if you want to change the look again. Just pull a little section of hair from behind your model’s ear, braid or twist it, and secure with a bobby pin beneath another lock of hair on the other side of her head.)
(Who said comb-overs are bad? Make a deep part near the end of one eyebrow diagonally to the back of the head. Comb all the hair a little bit forward to incorporate the bangs into the rest of the mane and then comb it across the forehead. Tuck behind the ear or secure with bobby pins under a lock of hair.)
The Braided Maid
(This one takes a little more effort, but it can create a ton of style. A tight braid will show off your model’s face, a messier one will give a romantic look. Using your pinkie or a comb, partition a rectangle of hair from the rest. It should be two fingers wide and extend from the end of one eyebrow to the end of the other. Start at one end and French braid horizontally along the hairline. Secure under a lock of hair with bobby pins. For the romantic look, loosen the hair by pulling gently along the braid.)
(Great for a windy day! Grab a section of hair and twist it loosely and push forward a little bit. Like I’ve done here, you can twist more to the side and secure it with bobby pins or you can twist straight back and secure. This style can be done with a lot of hair for a Gwen Stefani look or a little hair for something tame like my side-swoop-poof.)
P.S. Michelle is your go-to photographer. We all know that. But selfies are another story. Do you know anyone that gives “selfie” lessons? I think there must be an art to it because it’s harder than it seems. Maybe I needed to do some “duck lips…”Oh my.