Shine is a common issue in headshots. Studio lighting can create hotspots even on clients without oily skin. It’s why makeup on set is so important- even for men. But of course not every client will wear makeup to the shoot so I have three tricks in my toolbox that I use. A lot can be done to reduce shine in the retouching stage but like anything else, the closer you can get the shot ‘in camera’ the better the final image is going to look.
Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes
A good and quick way to clean off excess oil and sweat. The key here is to gently rub on face- I don’t want clients creating any red spots in the process.
Johnson and Johnson Clean and Clear Oli Absorbing Sheets
This is typically my second step. These sheets further remove oil and they also dry any moisture from the cleansing towellette.
Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur
This product is essentially a clear foundation designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is also a very good Mattifying lotion– which is the reason why I use it. In terms of reducing wrinkles I don’t think it’s very effective but in terms of reducing shine this is hands down the most important tool in my shine reducing toolkit.