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When it's time for your close-up, stand out. Welcome color and contrast as your new best friends. When you have dark skin, leave your trusty go-to black sweater in the closet. A headshot showcases your features, sells your personality and glorifies your winning look. Whether your employer requires a headshot or you're headed for a modeling go-see -- work that camera!
Make Color Work For You
Go bold and bright when selecting the perfect top to wear in your headshot. Choose a vibrant solid color that not only contrasts against your deep skin tone but also enhances your eyes. Royal-blue, sky-blue, grass-green and violet-lavender blouses accentuate colorful eyes. If you're a hazel-eyed beauty, slip into shimmery gold tones or robust shades of orange. Because a headshot is all about you, be memorable: neutral gray, tan, black or brown clothing is anything but.
It's All in the Top
Because only a small portion of your top shows in a headshot, choose clothing based on the neckline. A scoop neck shows more skin for an alluring feel. A collared-shirt evokes control, with a business feel. A plunging V-neck adds an air of sensuality to your look. For a flirty look, choose a halter or strapless top. Always avoid -- no matter what -- the dominating, face-obscuring turtleneck. You don't want to look like you're saying "Peek-a-boo!" in your photo!
Simple Accessory Ideas
Keep your accessories simple with minimal, understated jewelry. Yellow gold, white gold or silver stands out beautifully again skin tones ranging from brown sugar to deep, dark chocolate. Choose a narrow chain necklace without a pendant and tiny ball-shaped earrings to add a touch of sparkle to your visage. If you pose your hands near your face, consider bringing along a coordinating gold bracelet. Make headshots destined for an acting audition neutral. Leave any characterizing jewelry at home, including a wedding ring, best-friend necklace or religious memento.
Apply clean and natural makeup that accentuates your eyes and lips. Start with a blemish-hiding foundation and a sheer face powder that matches your skin tone. Use a lip liner in a deep, dark tone with hints of purple or brown. Then apply a matte-finish lipstick in a dark tone just a few shades darker than your skin tone. Make your lips noticeable but not bright. Finish with a basic black eyeliner to accentuate your eyes. Leave the colorful, glitter formulas for a weekend out with the girls. Simple makeup keeps your headshot from looking dated.