Parker: We make the perfect team because color is the biggest challenge to fix from a photography perspective, while texture is a lot easier. What are the skin care tips that make your job so much easier, and are there any serious no-nos?
Jax: Skincare tip: glycolic acids are your best friend. They exfoliate the top layers of dead skin without the use of an abrasive agent. Used once or twice a week it will reduce the effects of scares, reduce acne and smooth out the appearance of pores and fine lines. I suggest using a glycolic face wash before jumping into a glycolic serum to see how your skin tolerates certain percentages.
No crazy chemical treatments one week prior to makeup application. If your face is falling off it is hard to get the makeup to look good, lol! Waxing or threading 72 hours prior to application but not after. Please! Please! Please! Don't spray tan your face! An artist can make you the same color as your body, but spray tans are always patchy on the face, it doubles the time, materials and work on the artist.
Parker: When a client is coming in for their hair / makeup appointment what condition do you need their skin and hair in to work your magic?
Jax: All we ask is that the hair is clean and dry, no special masks or leave in conditioners or oils 24 hours prior will give the best hair results. As far as skin, just clean and dry. Free of SPF and moisturizer (I got you covered). If you can use a light exfoliator the morning of or night before, it will help with the overall appearance of the skin.
Parker: So you've been working with brides and bridal parties for a long time. Are bridal portraits a good time for a trial hair & makeup session? Do you have any experiences of brides trying looks that they end up changing before the wedding day, or anything like that?
Jax: After 18 years doing brides we feel more than confident that the trial is an suitable time to do your bridals if, and only if, the bride is 100% sure of the look she is wanting for her photos (by the way, these photos last forever so when I say 100%, I mean 100%). If a bride is throwing around several ideas in her head, I suggest an actual trial before the bridal session. That allows us to show you a few versions of your look before it is your forever look.
Also, keep in mind whether using us or another artist/stylist, the trial is the time to see what the artist/stylist can execute. If they can't get it exactly to your liking, or if you are not able to communicate together, that can totally ruin your perfect bridal look. This is an enormous amount of stress and anxiety that can show in your face come picture time.
In my personal opinion, this is the time you must love your makeup and hair the most, this is an entire photo shoot dedicated to just you with close ups included. Bridal portraits are not the best time to "try someone out" if you aren't 100% locked down on your look.