Please tape the bottom of ALL shoes’ soles—to be worn for the photoshoot with transparent, packaging tape and trim the excess tape from the edges. Tape should outline the bottom shape of your shoes. Please polish, shine, and clean your shoes!
I. Non-oil, facial moisturizer, deodorant / antiperspirant.
II. Texture paste, gel, hairspray, etc.
III. Personal Shaving Kit, e.g. electric shaver (clippers) or razor. Example: Wahl Professional 8685 “Peanut” Classic
IV. Clipper/Trimmer (~40 USD,
V. Organic Root Stimulator (Olive Oil Sheen Spray, 472 ml @ ~5.00 USD) or competitive brand. This is a mandatory sheen spray for enhancing your natural shine of skin. If you have a similar shine enhancing product, please bring it to the photoshoot.
VI. Makeup Kit (if you know how to apply basic, matte makeup).
VII. Refresh Tears (Lubricant Eye Drops, 15 mL Sterile).
Trim facial hair preferably with clippers. Grow back 24-48 hours to maximize the appearance of modest stubble. This creates shape and depth to the face. Watch Men’s Health’s “The Perfect Five O’clock Shadow:” with celebrity stylist/groomer Amy Komorowski.
• Brows: trim and tidy. Consult with a licensed aesthetician. No unibrows!
• Piercings: please remove any visible piercing(s) 48-hours from the shoot.
• Lips: apply lip balm or lip moisturizer at first sign of dryness, e.g. several days leading up to the shoot. No dry, cracked lips!
The Buzzed Look: According to Celebrity Makeup Artist/Groomer, Barbara Guillaume at the Celestine Agency in Los Angeles, “You need a good pair of clippers. Trim your chest, going in the direction of the grain. Do it dry and hydrate afterwards with a body lotion to prevent redness” (From “GQ’s Men’s Body Grooming Guide).
The Smoothed Look: Shave your chest 48 hours, before the shoot date (unless otherwise stated) and apply copious amount of Aloe Vera enriched body lotion. Reapply body lotion before going to bed. Please re-apply body lotion the following day, leading to the photography session date.
Arms, Underarms, Torso, and Abdominal
“The bicep and shoulders need to be bare.” Just make sure there are no hard lines, go in with no guard down the shoulder, and add a short guard as you get closer to the elbow.”
Please do not shave your underarm hair! If your armpit hair is poking out of short-sleeve shirts or unnaturally long, e.g. “bushy,” when wearing a tank top, please trim and tidy. If you completely shave your underarms, you’ll have to grow it out.
Colloquially known as the “Treasure trail,” please do not shave, but trim and tidy to preserve the appearance of a straight trail.
Legs: Thighs & Calves
Shave your legs—thighs, calves, and around your legs—48 hours before the shoot date and apply copious amount of aloe vera lotion. Reapply lotion before going to bed Re-apply lotion on the following days, leading up to the shoot date. If you’ve never shaved your legs—thighs and calves—before, now would be a good start! For a relaxing and soothing shave, use lukewarm water. Increase the water temperature to open your pores. CAUTION! Please don’t burn yourself.
Please do not completely shave the pubic hair. Have some volume and keep some hair. Trim and tidy. “Manscape” as needed. The surrounding area of the legs and pelvis should be buzzed with clippers.
The Scrotum (Nude Models)
Using plenty of shaving cream and shave it smooth, using a sharp razor. Be patient. Use small strokes, avoid pulling the skin taut. I don’t need to remind you—gentlemen—these are your balls. Be extra careful! Use single strokes and clean your razor. Repeat.
The Shaft (Nude Models)
“This area is ultra-sensitive and avoid passing over the same region twice. Getting rid of the hairs in this region will do wonders for you aesthetically. Hold your penis upright (avoid tugging) and go with the grain in gentle strokes” (Guillaume, “GQ’s Men’s Body Grooming Guide”).
The Butt (Nude Models)
“The backside should be completely groomed using clippers without guard. Get one leg up on the chair and a good mirror to see what you’re doing in that area. You’ll also have to go between your butt-cheeks with clippers without guard. For underneath, where the glute meets the thighs, pass over the area to avoid any demarcation” (Guillaume, “GQ’s Men’s Body Grooming Guide”).
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