I do not recommend makeup or powder on men for a professional headshot. It looks unnatural and can make your skin look washed out in front of the lighting.
Please wear your hair as you normally would on any regular day. If you use product such as sprays and gels, be sure to bring those with you in case you need a touch up ahead of your session. Also, if you wear your hair long, be sure to bring hair ties.
Men’s skin care is often an overlooked factor in headshot photography. Using a good moisturizer will help your skin look great in photos. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your shoot as it helps keep your skin hydrated.
With regards to facial hair, make sure you give it a fresh trim as you’d typically wear it on a daily basis. When shaving, try and use a sharp blade as it’ll reduce the amount of skin rashes and nicks that come from using dull blades.
Also, make sure any nose and ear hairs are taken care of!
Since headshots only involve your chest on up, we only need to worry about the selection of shirts. Make sure your shirts are comfortable and don’t limit your choices to the current season in which your headshot session is taking place. Please try and stay away from really heavy patterns and logos and bring a range of colors – the subtler the better.
This link will give you some great ideas on male headshot apparel: http://bit.ly/2UrtPyq
Lastly, please make sure your shirts and jackets are steamed and ironed.
The less the better. With that said, diamond studs in your ears are fine.
» Prolonged sun exposure for 1-2 days prior to your session.
» Busy patterns, plaids or stripes.
» Loose-fitting collars, particularly those that are used with ties.
» Undershirt collars popping up under a button down shirt(sans tie). Use a V-neck instead or no undershirt for the headshot.