I think it's important to make beautiful work, but it's just as important to take care of yourself.
Don't get me wrong, I was definitely in the camp of "don't look at me, I'm just here to take pictures," and would show up on set with leggings and messy bed hair. But ever since I've started running my own company, I've realized that your presentation is just as important because you're representing your brand when you meet with clients--it's not just your work representing you anymore.
I always love seeing female photographers who have amazing work and they also look super chic like Margaret Zhang, Alice Gao, Emily Soto, just to name a few.
People typically tend to think of photographers as the grungy people behind the scenes who just goes home and washes their face with water, maybe soap on a good day, and then they're back to editing behind a computer.
"I think it's important to make beautiful work, but it's just as important to take care of yourself."
While half of that is true, today I want to share with my fellow female photographers, 5 (organic!) beauty products you should have in your kit.
One of my favorite things about coming home after a long shoot is taking off my "work" face. I used to hate wearing makeup because I was always paranoid that I wouldn't do a good job of taking it off and leftover makeup/bacteria would just eat my face while I sleep. (I have an old Simpsons episode to thank for that fear.) But I started double cleansing recently and it's really been revolutionary. I first start with this Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover and then a gentle cleansing foam from SK-II after. Every photographer needs a good makeup remover--if you're the type to get done up on set anyway. The best thing about this product is that it also nourishes your face with Vitamin B, which helps the top layer of your skin with retaining moisture, leaving your skin softer and smoother.
2. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Eye Gels
If you guys follow me on Snapchat, you might remember me using these bad boys after a long shoot day. I practically live for the moment I get into bed with my laptop and a mask of some sort while editing photos. In that respect, the photographer stereotype isn't too far off, I don't have any other hobbies except editing photos, and recently, beauty products.
These cooling eye gels are special because it's a a soft gel on one side, and a fuzzy suede material on the other side, so you can still do things (like edit or whatever) while you have these on. It's also cooling and great for puffy eyes for when you've stayed up too late editing, am I right?
3. Honest Beauty Eye Depuffer
Speaking of staying up too late, I really love this Eye Depuffer by Honest Beauty. I love how easy it is to apply and it's definitely much needed because my eyes tend to get puffy and dark if I stay past midnight working. Which has been every night for the past week in preparation of my Paris trip this weekend!
One thing that peeves me about applying eye cream is when there's a separate applicator. Using my fingers to apply my eye cream means part of it gets absorbed into my fingers, so long story short this depuffer is just brilliant.
Okay guys. Remember my sunscreen post? After I wrote the sunscreen post, I was on a hunt for a sunscreen that had "broad spectrum SPF 30," (which provides more protection from UV & UVB rays, which causes skin aging, cancer, etc.) So the fact that this is a moisturizer on top of that means this is a holy grail product. Every photographer needs this! Or at least a sunscreen that says "broad spectrum SPF 30" to protect you from the sun while shooting outside.
Last but not least, this body polish! I was never a fan of using body polish or whatever, but this product really makes me feel so pampered after a long shoot. Everyone forgets, but photography is a very labor intensive job. We're on our feet all day holding a big weight, and we constantly have to be alert to get the shot so there's no being lazy. At the end of the shoot, my favorite part is sinking into my car seats and driving home to some music to relax.
So I would highly recommend this product for all my photographer chicks out there--this is perfect to use during a hot shower after a long shoot day! + a candle.
What are some beauty products you guys use specifally post shoot? Share with me in the comments!