Beauty Prep: A Timeline with Linnea Wyant, Hair and MUA

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Professional hair and makeup is on the top of most of my senior + brides’ checklists because it looks amazing and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. Plus, it's always fun to get a little soft glam by someone else every now and again! Whether it’s lash lifts or blown-out hair, professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and you can bet that it will always photograph like an absolute DREAM!

Whether you book a make-up artist or do it yourself, a good skin regimen will ensure flawless make-up and give you that beautiful glow. As you start planning for your portrait session, don't forget about your long term hair and skincare! Here are some beauty tips from local specialist Linnea Wyant to start thinking about as you prepare:


3-6 Months Before Session:

Get in the habit of taking off your makeup every evening before bed. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, which is why it's known as "beauty sleep." Avoid makeup remover wipes! Your skin may be suffering at the price of convenience. Makeup remover wipes can strip your skin of the natural, protective oils that you produce. Consider using makeup remover oil or reusable microfiber cloths. Both are tough on makeup, but not on your skin.

Linnea's cleansing oil recommendation: Essential Cleansing Oil by Glo Skin Beauty

3-6 Months Before Session:

Girl, wash yo' face! Yes, you need to do this every night followed by a moisturizing treatment.

2-3 Months Before Session:

If you don't already, exfoliate one to two times a week and follow with a hydrating serum. Exfoliation removes the build-up of dead skin cells that clog pores. Lightly buffing your skin lets healthy skin glow. Remember, the smaller the exfoliation bits, the better! Larger, more abrasive bits can create tiny scratches in your skin, which may lead to infection or breakouts.

Linnea's hydrating serum recommendation: Daily Hydration by Glo Skin Beauty

1-2 Months Before Session:

Don't forget to drink that water! Hydrated skin + hair starts from the inside. Start as soon as possible for the best results


2-3 Weeks Before Session:

Speaking from hydration.. your hair also looks shiny and healthy when it is well hydrated. When booking your hair appointment, consider asking your stylist for a deep conditioning treatment. Not only will your hair look stunning, but it will feel better, too!

2 Weeks Before Session:

If you color or highlight your hair, be sure to have that freshened up as well. Grown out highlights can appear more harsh in a photo. If your photographer needs to spend more time tediously editing, that means you'll get your photos back later rather than sooner, and no one wants that for you!

2 Weeks Before Session:

Trim up those ends! Even a subtle trim can make a world of difference. Trust me, nobody is going to notice the half inch difference when it comes to length. They'll all be too busy looking at how healthy and thick your hair looks!


3-4 days Before Session:

If you regularly get your eyebrows done (plucked, waxed or threaded), schedule your appointment a few days before your session so any redness that may occur will dissipate by the day of your session.

Day of Session:

On the day of, if you are going the professional beauty route, come with a clean/bare face (but moisturized) and clean dry hair. Then let us professionals take care of you and you will have less to worry about!

Okay! We just gave you a lot to think about! For the sake of consolidation, here is an easy to read visual to screenshot and save on your mobile device!

*Disclaimer: The advice found in this blog post is not meant to replace the advice of your dermatologist or health practitioner.