So excited to announce my fabulous guest bloggers today!! Courtney and Hillary from the Beauty Mark Girls, based here in Mesa AZ, are here to give us the lowdown on how to look chic and fab for our awesome family photos this year.
Fact: We all want to have amazing family photographs on the wall that make us smile every time we look at them. This is achievable!! But that smile ain't gonna happen if we don't make the time to look and feel beautiful the day of the photo shoot. That's a challenge when we're the only one that's able to make our kiddos and hubbies cute too. So how do we make it happen? With some help from the experts, of course!
So here's a little Q&A with the Beauty Mark Girls on how to make the most of our family pictures prep time.
Q: What is the most important beauty step a Mom should take for family pictures?A: Being prepared. Have everything laid out and start getting ready in advance. Get yourself ready before the kids. If Mama is in a bad mood, no one is in a good mood! (from Elena: I suggest hiring a babysitter/friend to get those kiddoes all spiffied up while you take your time getting yourself ready. They'll probably do the girls' hair cuter than you would anyway. :)
A: I always think that when you do makeup for pictures it should be stronger than usual. That said, it doesn't necessarily need to be MORE makeup. Just stronger colors. Focus on doing more on your cheeks and lips. Peachy-pink is a universally flattering shade that looks great in pictures.
A: Being too matchy-matchy in photos is a no-no. Also, choose styles that represent your family. Now is not a time to try something super trendy or out of the box. Also, focus just as much attention on YOUR outfit as your family's!! Pick your outfit first and everyone else's after. You don't want to be stuck with nothing to wear. (E: Amen Sista! Preach on!)
A: First, you need a good blowout using a round brush for volume. Texturizing/mattifying powder in the roots with a little bit of tease will prolong the volume.
Q: Can you recommend any tutorials that can help me practice my look beforehand? Good hairstyles or highlighting and contouring makeup application?
A: On our blog we have several videos that will help you achieve classic
but fun looks! (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_B1COmAK3nSA6e4asMQ7A)
A: For lipstick to stay better use a more matte formula and don't use
A: I like MAC Studio Finish concealer. It has great coverage while still being creamy and blendable.
A: I always recommend fake lashes for pictures. They will make your eyes look big and bright!!
A: PREPARE everything in advance! Put yourself as the priority. If you don't like how you look in pictures ,you will never be happy with them on the wall. Lay out clothes, accessories and anything else you will need to get ready for pictures. (Pack snacks and drinks for the kids and candy for bribery if needed!)
A: To hire The Beauty Mark girls to beautify for family pictures it is $50 for hair and $50 for makeup (plus $5 for fake lashes). We can also style and pick out the outfits for your family for a fee based on family size. We know how overwhelming family pictures can be and we love to help make the day a little bit more stress free! If mama feels her best, her family will follow suit!
That's what I'm talking about! Aren't they fabulous? Hopefully these tips help make your family pictures go even smoother. If you're going to make the investment into custom family photography, it's worth it to do it right. The right photographer, the right styling, the right location. If you're gonna do it, kill it. Am I right?!
If you're interested in utilizing their services, contact the Beauty Mark girls at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't scheduled your family photographs for the fall yet, hello?! Email me at ejtcat
@hotmail.com, like pronto.