How I Get Ready For My Close-Up
The people who know me are aware that I took a hiatus from acting while I started working full-time. Now that I'm settled in NYC, I decided it's time for me to "re-brand" myself and slowly start getting back into acting again. And what better way to start than get new pictures taken? I did that this past weekend, so I thought I'd share how I prepared for them!
Pick Clothes. I wasn't given any direction on "looks" or "styles," so this was all on me. After deciding my personal style, I went through my closet and looked for solid-color tops, cardigans, blazers, and coats that would allow me to both achieve the "look" I was going for and to express who I am as a person and performer. Doing this a week early allowed me to have time to see if I needed to buy anything new, get items dry-cleaned, etc. Once everything was picked out, I made sure they were clean and ready-to-go, and then I set them aside to not be worn all week.
Eyebrows. I could have done this closer to the day of the shoot, but I was going to a new place, and getting them threaded for the first time. I have sensitive skin, and I wanted to be cautious.
Hair Treatment. I used the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector Treatment.
Face Mask(s). I used the GLAMGLOW #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set.
Teeth Whitening Pen.
Eat Relatively Healthy. I'm not as strict about the foods I eat until a day or two before the shoot, but I made more smoothies and was more mindful about avoiding foods and drinks that could make me bloat or retain water. Those could include:
wheat, barley, and rye
beans and lentils
alcohol (especially beer)
Drink plenty of water! Something that I tried to implement throughout the week was to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the mornings before anything else. It can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.
Stick to a good skincare and dental care routine. I recently added a new addition to my nightly routine: the Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub. My lips have been super chapped lately, and this helps a lot!
Use the teeth whitening pen once more during the week.
Eat Very Healthy and Drink All the Water. I was much stricter about avoiding the foods listed above. It wasn't a perfect avoidance, but I think I did a decent job. Here's what I consumed throughout the day:
glass of warm lemon water right when I woke up
Chai Breakfast Smoothie
Salad with spinach, shrimp, craisins, pepitas, and a little light ranch dressing.
MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Burger, spinach, a tiny bit of goat cheese, and a fried egg.
glass of water
Packet of nuts and dried fruit
glass of water
Get a Manicure. Even if my hands don't end up in the photos (which they didn't), a fresh mani makes me feel more polished.
Hair Treatment. I used the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector Treatment again!
Face Mask(s). I used the GLAMGLOW #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set again!
SLEEP. I went to bed early that night. I did not want to end up looking tired!
Eat Very Healthy and Drink All the Water, part 2.
glass of warm lemon water
"Cha-Cha" Smoothie (recipe below!)
another glass of water before leaving
Prep the face, hair, and teeth. To wash my face, I used a gentle cleanser with light exfoliation and a good moisturizer. I also made sure my hair was clean, dry, and had minimal product in it (which, for my curls, is still a decent amount). After that, I cleaned up my eyebrows as needed, used my teeth whitening pen one more time, and then used my Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub again.
Pack up my clothes! I filled a carry-on suitcase to almost bursting. #sorrynotsorry
Go to the bathroom before leaving. I definitely did not want the distraction during the shoot ... especially since shapewear is a thing that I wore.
Put on my "base" outfit. I wore nude-colored undergarments/shapewear, a nude colored tank top, black high-waist skinny jeans, and comfortable shoes. This allowed me to transition between "looks" quickly. I also wore a zip-up hoodie to the shoot, which was easy to remove once my hair and makeup was done.
Head out the door early! I did not want to get caught up in traffic or delays and be late! Thank God I double checked, since the subway I needed wasn't going uptown that day. I was able to get a cab and make it with time to spare.
I stepped on the scale the morning of my photo shoot, and I was amazed to see that I somehow dropped SIX POUNDS in just one week! I know that it was mostly water weight, and that's definitely not going to happen every time I do this -- that would be extremely unhealthy! However, it did show me that I was on the right track. Also, my hair, face, teeth, and lips were definitely camera-ready! All of this gave me an extra confidence boost, and something to be happy about during the shoot!
Now, my next challenge is to do stick to a similar prep routine while traveling...
inspired by Danette May's Vanilla Chai Spice Smoothie
1 cup baby spinach
½ banana (I freeze mine)
1 inch fresh ginger (I freeze mine)
1 heaping tbsp almond butter (no sugar added preferred)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Organic Plant Based Protein Powder)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground turmeric
pinch ground black pepper
handful of ice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup water
(OPTIONAL) 1 tsp chia seeds
(OPTIONAL) ½ tsp ground cloves
Blend and enjoy!
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