Lipcare for Headshots

by Taylor Hooper

Guys especially seem to over look this detail in day to day life but trust me: It makes a big difference in a headshot. Lips are one of the hardest things to retouch and keep looking natural. Severely chapped lips can even ruin a headshot session. If you have chapped lips, you’ll want to try and take care of that before your shoot.

Here’s a great last minute trick I learned from reading one of the the late, great Kevin Aucoin’s books on makeup:

 Cover your chapped lips liberally with Vaseline
 Let them sit for 15-30 minutes
 Gently brush them with a tooth brush

 Repeat if necessary

It sounds weird, but the Vaseline will soften the dry, dead skin while the “brushing” exfoliates them leaving behind fresh, new, photogenic lips.  Just be careful not to overdo it!

Even better: Before it gets to this point, put a little Vaseline or some other lip protection on your lips every night before bed and then as needed through out the day.  This will help make sure that when it’s time for your headshot session, your lips are as ready as you are.