MAINTAINING YOUR APPEARANCE - BASIC EXPECTATIONS OF A MODEL
As a model your only job is to look good. Lets face it, your job is to make the product, item or message look great and/or sell it! So maintaining your appearance to the best of your ability is of utmost importance and will make everyones job much easier and leave a good impression. You need to be a blank canvas with great skin, hair and body… if you don’t have these it is advised you to make it your goal by maintaining a well balanced diet, hydration and exercise. It will show in your dry lips, skin, hair, nails and eyes if you are not. I’m not saying that everyone needs to go and have their teeth bleached (although you totally could if you wanted) but I’m hearing more and more horror stories of models arriving with patchy fake tans, tangled fake eyelashes and missing teeth :/ This quite frankly is just not appropriate, so lets discuss the very basic expectations…
NOTHING FAKE - Again you are a blank canvas so please please please do not have fake tan, fake nails, eyelash extensions, hair extensions… it is a nightmare for photographers to photoshop, makeup artists to work with and stylist to get out of their clothes! They can get the same effect of the aforementioned with makeup, styling and photoshop if it is what they are after. (Please note this advice is specifically for fashion models, I understand that glamour and boudoir models may be required to have the aforementioned and as such should have it done a day or two before the shoot)
THE HAIR - In general I have been told that your hair is best if its your natural hair colour. This can include sun bleached sections, however if salon coloured it’s best to be a block colour with no foils and usually a natural shade of blonde, or brunette unless your agent specifies otherwise. Make sure you also keep that regrowth in check you never know when a casting or shoot will pop up and last minute appointments are difficult! Hair stylists may bring along clip in extensions, padding and bobby pins all within natural shades and can add foiled sections if required for the shoot, so again natural colouring is best. (This of course excludes hair comp photoshoots where you may be required to maintain a style/colour for a set period of time but this would have been discussed with you agent prior)
THE HAIRY - In saying that its best to be natural… we don’t want you to be al natural…. any unwanted hair should be removed!!!! SHAVE your armpits, legs and keep your bikini line in order! Again spontaneous shoots come up and you want to be prepared. DON’T touch those brows unless you’re a pro! Big bushy brows are in at the moment and I love them but in saying that you still don’t want that monobrow or the strays that are sitting practically on your eyelid! Your makeup artist will thank-you for some freshly groomed brows (the makeup sits so much better!) but will hate you if they have to work with little stringy excuses for an eyebrow. If you must get them done make sure you go to a GREAT brow expert. They frame your face and need to be even and plentiful. Method doesn’t matter its the way they shape… You give a toddler some pastels instead of crayons you don’t expect Picasso’s standard work. I feel the same about some lady with her “thread”!!! Do your research first and find the best in your area or travel 40mins like I do :P I find that the wax my lady uses makes makeup difficult to adhere to so I try get them done a week prior to any planned shoots and have heard makeup artists state they have had that issue with other models.
SHOOT PREP - When preparing for a shoot be freshly showed with dry clean hair, brushed teeth and groomed nails. Do not wear makeup to the shoot and do not touch those pimples - red, inflamed, oozing pimple is a lot harder to cover then the initial bump. Try to be well rested and arrive on time and above all do not arrive hungover, it will show! Always nude underwear and loose clothing so as not to have any markings on your skin. And it goes without saying to arrive with a great attitude and smile on your face. Baked goods/fruit platter optional ;)