Though they categorize themselves among the fashion set, we often find ourselves studying style bloggers’ hair and makeup in addition to their covetable sartorial senses. Same goes for beauty bloggers—as much as we’re staring at their lip color, we’re also checking out their jacket. That’s why we’re big fans of both genres in the blogosphere and love that we get a double dose of each category per site (some blogs even have a separate section for their beauty or fashion counterpart—a page we welcome with open arms).
So naturally, we wanted to pick the brains of some of our favorite fashion bloggers to learn about their beauty prep before a big shoot. Below, you’ll find their best tips and favorite products.
Before hitting the streets in her utterly chic wardrobe, Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary abides by her go-to makeup routine. First, she creates a poreless base with Givenchy Mister Smooth Primer ($41). She then evens out her skin tone with Clé de Peau Cream Foundation ($120). To define her features, Alberdi sculpts with Stila’s Shape and Shade Highlighter Duo ($40), a pair of a darker contour shade and highlighter to custom blend to your liking. For those perfectly groomed brows, she prefers Anastasia’s Brow Gel ($22).
Kimberly Pesch of Eat/Sleep/Wear tells us that one of the most important steps of her pre-shoot beauty routine is a good night's sleep. She'll then perhaps visit 901too Salon in West Hollywood to "work their hair magic for a specific look for a shoot." When it comes to makeup, Pesch likes "camera-ready" products like Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation ($43). She also prefers to wear a bold lip because of its tendency to "pop" on camera. Lastly, to set her makeup and avoid camera-capturing shine, she'll dust on some of Laura Mercier's Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($38).
Mind Body Swag
For Lisa DiCicco Cahue of Mind Body Swag, sleep is her number one pre-shoot must. "Staying properly hydrated also helps. I also like to get a quick sweat session in—I notice my skin looks dewy and fresh. In the shower I like to use Cetaphil to cleanse my skin, followed by Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion paste. I use SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic every morning after I exfoliate with the paste. Then I use Bliss Triple Oxygen Eye Masks for under-eye puffiness and Dr. Colbert Masks if I have a special event or if I need extra radiance."
Style Me Grasie
"Before a shoot, I like to make sure my skin is in its best shape possible. In addition to being a blogger, I'm also an actress, and there is nothing worse than showing up to set sans makeup looking dry and beat!" says Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie. "My first priority is to make sure I hydrate a ton. I already drink about 100 ounces of water a day via a 33-ounce Camelbak ($15)—about 12 glasses—so before a shoot, I step that up to about 133 ounces to 166 ounces. So much water but totally worth it," she explains.
To prep her skin, she prefers Boscia Cleansing Gel ($28) followed by a thin layer of organic coconut oil. For ultra skin hydration, she'll also apply some BareMinerals Butter Drench Rich Cream ($48). "It's all about moisturizing!" she explains. Finally, Mercedes swears by at least seven hours of sleep the night before: "Water, moisturizing, and rest are my keys to being on-camera ready. "
Margo and Me
"It's so important to start the day off with clean skin, especially before an afternoon of shooting. To achieve that fresh-faced look, I use Clarisonic's Mia 2 ($150) for a deep scrub," says Jenny Bernheim of Margo and Me. She believes in sporting fresh, glowing skin—a far cry from the "decade of contouring" that she feels we've been enduring. To spot-treat any problem areas and highlight her face, she reaches for Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher ($35). For lips, she likes to wear Estée Lauder
Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Desirable ($30) to give her lips a "sculpted and curvaceous shape." Finally, to add an "instant element of elegance" to her beauty routine, Bernheim likes placing Tom Ford's Creme Color ($45) on her lids.
Natalie Off Duty
"Every night before a big photo shoot, I use the Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask ($54). I'll put it on, do work on the computer, then wash it off before bed," says Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty. Lately she's been enjoying Biore's new Baking Soda Cleanser ($7) followed by SK-II's Brightening Specialist ($205) and Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Oil Balm ($35), the latter of which Suarez says travels the world with her. For coverage, she uses Urban Decay's Naked Beauty Balm ($34) and Stowaway's Concealer ($16).
Suarez also explains that although she has long bangs, she still likes to play up her brows by using Stila's Eyeshadow Palette ($49) in dark brown and brushing them up. "Easy," she says. She'll then follow up with cheek stain, bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara, and her current go-to lip color: a custom blend of Tom Ford Lip Color in James ($35) and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Tannin ($24).
Michelle Madsen of Take Aim loves to begin her pre-shoot beauty routine with a mask "to hydrate and give my skin some radiance," she says. If her skin is feeling dull, she likes to take a trip to the esthetician for a Deep Sea Peel by Cosmedix. She then finishes up her skincare with cleansing, toning, and moisturizing (her current favorite is La Mer The Renewal Oil, $240). For makeup, her goal is "natural and bright," with an emphasis on the eyes. She loves to do a heavy liner using It Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner ($22) and Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara ($26).
"For me, everything starts with great hair and great skin," says Annabelle Fleur of VivaLuxury. She currently loves using Olay Regenerist products on her face, like the Cream Cleanser ($6). She'll sometimes apply Fresh's Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($92) before makeup if her skin needs an extra pick-me-up, and then rubs a green tea ice cube on her face, especially focusing on the under-eye area. "This simple trick really makes my skin look fresh, dewy, and glowy!" she says. For her hair, she says that styling takes a real toll on her strands, so she swears by the Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime ($65).
"No matter how much abuse I put my hair through," she says, "this 10-minute treatment makes my hair really soft, shiny, and healthy-looking. Love that!"
"I was actually introduced to Joanna Vargas’s Bright Eye Firming Mask ($60), and it works miracles. The masks instantly pick up your tired eyes, which is so important to look fresh for photos. I’m all about the instant mask for a quick boost," says Rachel Nguyen of That's Chic.
"Shoot days are always hectic so the biggest thing I try to do is lay everything out and try on each outfit the night before. Having everything ready in advance the night before and feeling confident I've planned solid outfits saves a lot of stress in the morning. (There's nothing worse than getting to a shoot and realizing you only remembered one shoe or the outfit doesn't actually work.) I also try to drink water and get plenty of sleep the night before. Anything to give your skin a little extra glow, right?
I also prefer to shower the night before so my hair has a little more body, I love a slightly worn look, plus it saves time in the a.m. When it comes to the morning of, I try to avoid the snooze button. I'm always late, so every minute in the morning counts. Hopping out of bed, putting on music, and grabbing coffee always starts me off on the right foot."
What's your best tip for looking camera-ready? Tell us below!
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Quotes have been edited for content.