by Taylor Hooper


As most of you know, I’m sure, good skin is essential for careers on stage or in front of the camera in New York City or Los Angeles. Makeup can do a lot to cover all kinds of blemishes and imperfections, but if you have ever seen a television show in HD you can spot troubled skin a mile away. It is extremely important to have a solid skin care regimen in order to keep your skin looking great through long days of shooting and layers upon layers of makeup. The same rules apply to getting headshots. Makeup and airbrushing can cover most skin issues, but the better your skin looks naturally, the better your headshots will look overall. If you are not taking good care of your skin, now is a great time to start!

Here are a few tips:

 If you are currently washing your face with Ivory soap–or anything resembling ivory soap or hand soap–STOP right there!! That abrasive soap will dry up your skin causing more dull, dead skin and breakouts. Instead try using a gentle moisturizing cleanser like Cetaphil. I am also a fan of products by the brands Oil of Olay and Neutrogena. Ladies, don’t go to bed with make-up on! That is skin care sin #1. Gentlemen, if you can wash your face once a day in the shower that is a great start. In New York City, is it especially important to wash your face everyday due to the air/street/subway pollutants.
 Exfoliate: Exfoliation is crucial to having a fabulous, glowing complexion. By sloughing away the dead skin, the makeup will go on smoother and your skin will have a natural glow. Gentle is a key word here. The simplest way to achieve this is to use a washcloth to gently scrub your skin as you are washing with a moisturizing cleanser. There are also many products on the market that you can get at the drugstore: St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a good and inexpensive option. I am a fan of Bliss Pore-Perfecting Facial Polish that you can get at Sephora. Origins and the Body Shop also have great facial scrubs that work well. Taylor and I also recommend Loreal Advanced Revitalift Micro-Dermabrasion Kit as a more comprehensive option. Try to exfoliate your skin at least one a week or the day before your come in for your shoot. DO NOT, however, use a product you are NOT familiar with for the first time the day before your shoot. You want to test products like this (and read the labels and warning fully) especially if you have sensitive skin.
 Moisturize: Keep your skin moisturized by using a good facial lotion that suits your skin needs. Again, I really like the Olay products. Especially the Complete Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. If you have oily or acne prone skin, get an oil-free moisturizer. As an actor, model, or performer of any kind it is very important to wear SPF every day. It is the only true, proven, non-surgical way to prevent wrinkles! (in addition to not smoking)!
 Drink water: Guzzle the water. If you are drinking tons of water–you WILL be able to see a difference in your skin.
 Sleep: Try to get lots of sleep the whole week prior to your headshot shoot. If you tend to have dark circles under your eyes, sleep is especially important.
 Acne: For acne spot treatment, I love Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. It is amazing and available for purchase online or at Nordstroms Department Stores or Henri Bendel in New York City. Proactive Solutions is also a great over the counter product for more serious acne issues. If you have really serious acne, we recommend seeing a dermatologist.


Thanks for taking the time to look this over! I hope that it is helpful to you prior to your headshot shoot.