How to prepare your skin for a boudoir photoshoot.

You’re going to be showing A LOT of skin… so let’s make it look good.

I’d say that at least 90% of my clients are surprised when I say they should NOT tan in the sun, in a bed, from a bottle or any other method.

“But my skin looks so much better with a tan!”

Let’s think about that… the reason most of us like a tan is because it disguises flaws like cellulite, stretch marks, and spider veins. It can even make us look a little thinner. I get it. I looove my skin tanned and I’ve used every browning strategy out there.

Here’s why you don’t need that color boost:

  1. Lighting takes care of most of the blemishes mentioned. Anything else can be easily smoothed in Photoshop.

  2. Proper posing makes you look longer and leaner.

  3. Fair skin (or just your natural tone) is more reflective which creates a softening effect.

Every single one of my clients is asked to apply this lotion before their boudoir photoshoot. It doesn’t look like much in person, but it is positively luminescent in photos.

So, if you’re not allowed to tan… what should you do to prepare your skin?

  1. Hydrate from the inside. Drink lots of water and cut back on sugar/soda and alcohol.

  2. Hydrate from the outside. Apply a moisturizing mask (test for a reaction way before your photoshoot) or get a facial.

  3. Wax/pluck/shave any spare hairs. Check your chin, nipples and butt cheeks for sneaky ones.

  4. Exfoliate 2 days before your session. I like a dry brush.

  5. Practice self care. Try to get 8 hours of sleep and your blood pumping.

Also, if you want to make your skin products work better, I love my BeautyBio microneedle tool. I haven’t tried the body attachments. If you do, let me know how you like them in the comments.