Why You Should Book A Private Makeup Lesson

JKo Beauty offers both private one-on-one lessons and group lessons.

There are advantages to both settings and both can be very informative and a lot of fun. Here's what to expect...

One-on-one lessons are just that and everything is customized just for you. We discuss in advance what you want to focus on and the session is dedicated to that focus. At your lesson, we will go over the brushes and makeup you already own. Often times I find that ladies simply do not know how to use what they already own. Or maybe you're just missing one brush or product to create the look you want. We will discuss what products and tools you should purchase and discard. You will have the opportunity to watch me apply to one side. While you apply the other side, I am able to give you pointers for easy application. Again, this lesson is completely customized to your areas of focus. Learn what is best for your features and personal style!

Group lessons are available for up to 6 participants. These can be so much fun! We can discuss in advance what the lesson should be focused on. Maybe you want something fun for your daughter and her friends. Maybe this is a girls night party and we make it all about current trends, tips for application and what to buy. It's completely up to you! 

All lessons are tailored to your specific concerns and desired look. Appointments start at 90 minute sessions and can be extended in 30 minute increments. My goal for your lesson is for you to feel more confident with your products, tools and application. No need to waste more time and money on products that just are not right for you! 

Why You Should Hire a Professional Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Day

There are a multitude of advantages when you choose a high end professional makeup artist. Below you will learn 5 top examples why you should hire a professional for your Wedding Day.

1. Someone you can absolutely count on for your big day. I often hear stories of the artist cancelling last minute on the bride. This does not happen with true professionals. In the very rare event of an emergency or unforeseen extreme circumstance, a professional will have a network of other artists to refer you to. 

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2. Hygiene and Sanitation. A well-educated professional understands proper procedure and precautions of both. This factor is not something to compromise. Please do not underestimate the seriousness of this. 

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3. Your makeup artist should understand lighting and how it effects your makeup. An experienced professional will prevent the unfortunate disappointment of makeup that looks harsh at your venue or mismatching your makeup causing a faux pas such as orange looking foundation. 

4. A well-trained understanding for what is appropriate in bridal makeup. Yes, it is important to look amazing in your photos but it is equally important to look your best while spending the entire day face-to-face with your family and friends. A highly skilled makeup artist understands how to provide you with a look that will photograph beautifully while still looking fresh and complimentary in person. 

5. Last but most definitely not least, a high end professional has a thoroughly stocked kit for all skin types, skin tonesand ethnicities. It is equally important to have a comprehensive understanding of how to provide the best service using proper shade selections and application.

The Truth About False Lashes On Your Wedding Day

Should you were false lashes for your wedding day? Absolutely, YES! And so should everyone else in your bridal party. Here's why... 

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False lashes photograph beautifully without having a heavy or clumpy look that just wearing more mascara unfortunately may have. They also add immediate glamour to your look. But not to worry, you may choose from a variety of styles to enhance your makeup style. Applied properly, false lashes can easily enhance the shape and size of your eyes. No matter what your natural lashes are like, there is an option that will beautifully enhance your look. Individual lashes or lash clusters are commonly used for a more natural look. Strip lashes are often used for a more dramatic effect. However, there are strip lash options available that can be very natural looking. Don't be surprised...you'll want to wear them for all of your special occasions!

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10 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

How often do you find yourself needing a quick pick-me-up after a restless night? The list of reasons may be long but we can keep the solution short! 

10 Simple Ways to Fake It

1. Have a cup of coffee or tea that contains caffeine. Remember to drink slowly and limit your caffeine throughout the day to avoid feeling even worse later.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast to sustain your energy level. A perfect combination includes lean protein, whole grains and a piece of fruit. 

3. Apply a de-puffing eye cream that contains caffeine. If you are able to refrigerate it for a bit before applying, even better.

4. Eliminate red eyes with eye drops. This is something you do not want to do too often, however, this a trick that immediately brightens your look. 

5. Apply a light beige eyeliner to the waterline of your eyes. It is more natural looking than white but still brightening. 

6. Define your eyes with a charcoal or navy eyeliner. Keep the line thinner, making sure to enhance your lash line. At the outer corner of your eyes, slightly lift and extend outward. This will provide an instant eye lift. 

7. Curl your lashes. Be sure to get close to the base of your lash line for the most lifting effect. 

8. Choose a brightening concealer to hide any discoloration and give a more polished look. 

9. Apply a blush that provides just a pop of color. Be sure to blend thoroughly for a more natural looking flush. 

10. Wear a fragrance that lifts your mood, such as one with lemon, rosemary, cinnamon or peppermint. 

8 Splurge Worthy Beauty Products

"Wow, is it really worth that much money?" How many times do you ask yourself this question about the price of a beauty product? There are many products that once given a try, we experience and understand the difference. There are a variety of reasons we find greater value in these products and believe they are really worth the hefty price...texture, fragrance, wearability, ease of application and most of all, impressive results. 

Here are my top 8 picks...

1) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a lightweight, buildable foundation. This formula gives a "lit from within" healthy glow to your complexion. 

2) Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is an iconic face highlighter. It brightens and smooths the look of your complexion. It can also be used to highlight your bone structure in a natural looking way.

3) Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner is a dual-ended matte black liquid eyeliner. It stays in place all day and is a dense true black. Both ends resemble a felt tip marker, one side with a longer, fuller applicator and the opposite side with a short, fine-tip applicator. 

4) Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer is available in a variety of shades, all resembling a true suntan or sun-kissed glow. It has moisturizing benefits and is long wearing. 

5) Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask provides an instant glow. This award-winning mask helps minimize the look of your pores and improves overall texture to your skin. 

6) SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is considered a tried-and-true treatment product. It is used prior to other serums and your moisturizer. It helps with many skin concerns, including skin cell renewal and an overall balanced, glowing complexion.  

7) La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask is an overnight treatment that increases skin's firmness and elasticity. This luxurious treatment improves the skin's overall texture and appearance. 

8) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a great alternative to dry shampoo. It boosts your hair's volume and creates texture. An added bonus, it smells incredible. 

 

Wedding Day Skin: How to Get Your Complexion Clear and Glowing

Your wedding day is the most photographed day of your life. These photos are also the ones that seem to always be around and resurface throughout the years. Naturally you want to have your skin in it's best condition. Continue reading for a guideline to follow for your bridal glow.

1) Begin your best practices as soon as possible. Many treatments such as microdermabrasion and peels require multiple sessions spanned over time to get the best results. Topical treatments also take weeks and even months to reveal their best results. 

2) Schedule regular appointments with a professional for treatments, facials and skincare advice. 

3) What better time in your life than now to start laser hair removal. Whether on your face or body, this process takes some time to complete. 

Photo Credit: Georgi Anastasov

Photo Credit: Georgi Anastasov

4) If breakouts or hyperpigmenation are a problem, consult with a professional. There are many treatments and products that can help clear these issues. 

5) Be diligent about your daily sunscreen and avoiding overexposure in the sun. Remember, if your have blemishes or hyperpigmenation, the sun worsens both conditions. 

6) Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You may even consider a multi-vitamin to boost your glow. This will also help with your hair and nails too!

Photo Credit: Yannis Malevitis Photography

Photo Credit: Yannis Malevitis Photography

7) Be sure to use a moisturizer that is appropriate to your skin type. Yes, even oily skin needs to balance moisture and avoid dehydration. 

8) Wedding planning can be stressful and stress can cause breakouts. Find your stress reliever...yoga, running, meditation, whatever works for you. 

9) Don't forget your brows. If you they are not already in their best shape, now is the time. Brow rehab can take time! Seek a professional who specializes in brow shaping for your best look. 

10) For regular skin boosts, try at-home masks. There is a plethora of masks available for any and all skin concerns. 

 

Dry Shampoo...Should You Be Using It?

I was recently asked these two questions. It made me think about the number of times other women have asked similar questions about dry shampoo. So here is the breakdown and yes, you absolutely should be using it!

Let's start with the fact that dry shampoo has been around for centuries. Dry shampoo absorbs oils and odors from hair. It can be found in the form of loose powder, a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser or an aerosol spray. It's a super easy and quick way to freshen up your hairstyle. Apply it sparingly to the roots of your hair. If you are using a spray formula, spray at least 6 inches away from your roots. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, this allows the dry shampoo to absorb excess oils. Finally, brush through your hair and style. It's really that simple!

There are several good reasons to use dry shampoo. 

1) To avoid over-washing your hair, which drys out your hair and strips your color.

2) It refreshes your hair after the gym or before a night out.

3) It adds volume to your hairstyle.

4) Dry shampoo extends the life of your blowout.

5) It prevents hair damage since you'll be doing less heat styling.

6) Use it to add texture to hairstyling, such as with backcombing your hair.

7) Many formulas have added color and may be used to help conceal roots between color touch-ups. For blondes or platinum hair colors, white or regular dry shampoo will also help blend or soften darker regrowth. 

JKo Beauty's Picks

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my Top Pick. Klorane is an award winning brand that offers a variety of formulas to address your different concerns or style preferences.

For additional options, check out these other great picks...

Remember, dry shampoo is meant to be used sparingly and to refresh your hair and style. You should still regularly wash and condition your hair to maintain it's optimum health.

Happy Hairstyling! 

Drugstore Beauty Favorites

Who doesn't love a good deal?! The next time you are at the drugstore, give yourself a few minutes to browse new trends and classic favorites. Here is a list of some of my favorite tried-and-true drugstore deals...

1) For blotting oil without smudging your makeup look, try Clean and Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets.

2) I like to replace my mascara around every 6 weeks. For separated, defined lashes my favorite is Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara. 

3 & 4) Ardell Individual Lashes are an easy way to enhance your natural lashes. While you're there, pick up Duo lash adhesive

5) A household must-have is Aquaphor, it can be used for a variety of purposes. 

6) L'Oréal True Match Foundation is a great option for a natural looking foundation available in a global shade range. It has a buildable coverage, radiant finish and is perfect for daily wear.

7) For gentle and easy facial cleansing, try Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. This gentle product cleanses skin, removes makeup and hydrates. 

8) Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is softening and hydrating with a subtle scent of shea butter. Don't forget to replace your shower puff about every three weeks. 

These are all products I have purchased and enjoyed many times over. Don't be afraid to spend some time shopping the drugstore shelves for more beauty staples or current makeup trends. 

 Happy Shopping! 

Top 10 Beauty Tips for Spring

Spring has sprung...the days are getting longer and warmer! With a new season comes a change in your beauty routine as well. 

1) Trade in your deeper winter shade of lipstick for a brighter shade. Think blooming flowers and fresh fruit! 

2) Coordinate your lips and cheeks with a blush shade that resembles a flush of healthy color. 

3) Lighten up your complexion with more of a sheer glow. The time has come to switch your contoured look for a radiant glow. Try Becca for a variety of must-have highlighters. 

4) Brighten your eyes with this season's trend of colored liner or eyeshadow. For stay-in-place wear, try Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

5) Be sure to invest in a sunscreen that can be worn under makeup daily. Choose a formula with broad spectrum protection. Try SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense

6) Store your heavier moisturizer and use a lightweight lotion instead. 

7) Treat yourself to a pampering pedicure and choose a fun spring shade or even a classic nude polish.

8) Try a more relaxed hairstyle and work with your hair's natural texture. Enhance your style with a texturizing spray such as Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Mist.

9) Now that you're spending more time outdoors, don't forget sun protection for your hair. Try Oribe Foundation Mist. 

10) It's now time to store your deeper, heavier fragrance for a more light and fresh scent. 

Happy Spring! 

Why You Should Book A Wedding Makeup Trial

You are planning the biggest day of your life and it is simultaneously so exciting and so stressful! Many ladies are unaware of the importance of having a trial for their wedding day makeup look. Here are a few key reasons why it is so highly recommended by both makeup artists and past brides. 

1) Your beauty team is going to be with you on your most special day. Are you compatible? Do you feel as though you are being listened to? Is your makeup artist offering professional advice or style suggestions? Are their makeup kit, brushes and supplies clean? Are you enjoying yourself? These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself. 

2) This is the opportunity to discover what you want. Maybe you have been looking at so many photos on Pinterest or Instagram and are confused. Maybe you have been looking at photos with an excessive amount of editing and filters. The key is to find a look that suits YOUR natural beauty and personal style. 

3) Your makeup artist will become familiar with your skin and preferences. This gives you an opportunity to receive advice on how to best treat your skin prior to your wedding day. You will also know what touchup products you will need. 

4) You want to be able to try everything in advance for wearability, sensitivity or preference. For instance, false lashes may be something you've never tried, here's a great time to test out style and get used to the initial funny feeling of wearing them. Make sure you give feedback to your makeup artist about your look.  

5) Peace of mind and confidence on your wedding day! No need to worry about how your makeup is going to look or wear throughout the day. 

Don't forget to plan dinner and drinks or a girls night out to further enjoy your special look!   

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Packing Getaway Beauty Essentials

How many times have you traveled and packed WAY too much...you know, just in case? I have given this much thought as I am preparing for 11 days on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Our honeymoon is finally approaching and I have no interest in the complications of overpacking! Here are some tips to keeping your travel beauty case simple and light...

Before leaving, treat yourself to a few professional beauty treatments. Schedule a body waxing and brow shaping appointment 2-5 days prior to your trip. Next up, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure the day before leaving. Consider your destination and planned wardrobe when choosing your nail shade. Last but not least, schedule a spray tan or apply self tanner for a touch of extra color. If you are traveling to a warmer climate during the winter months, you'll especially be glad you have that extra bit of color. 

Remember, the idea is to minimize and simplify your beauty case.  

Skin Care

Always pack your facial sunscreen, a gentle cleanser, a travel size pack of makeup wipes, moisturizer and lip balm. Check with your regular beauty salesperson, often times there are samples of skin care that you may take instead of your full size products.

Makeup 

Think multi-use here. NARS makes The Multiple sticks in a variety of colors, take one or two for lips, cheeks and eyes. A good tinted moisturizer and a foundation powder compact are must haves. Finish with mascara, eyeliner and your favorite lipstick. The only two brushes you really need to pack are powder and eyeliner brushes.

Hair

Hotels always have hairdryers, but take your flatiron. You can smooth, straighten and curl with it. Bring a few hair ties to pull your hair back when you want. As for product, take a travel size of your favorite styling product, heat protectant, shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. It's easy to find travel sizes available for purchase. I also like to pick up leak-proof containers from The Container Store.

Body

Pack a travel size deodorant, if you want. But seriously, you can pick up deodorant and body sunblock wherever you are traveling to. Hotels typically supply body wash and body lotion. The one thing I think you should not leave without is your favorite perfume. If you don't already have a purse-size spray or refillable atomizer, ask your regular fragrance specialist to give you a few samples for the trip.

Lastly, don't forget your sunglasses and hat, especially if you're heading somewhere with lots of sunshine.

Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

How to Prep for Your Spray Tan

Whether getting a spray tan or applying self tanner yourself at home, these tips will help prepare you for a longer lasting, more even tan.

Before Your Tan

  • For hair removal, shave the day before and wax 48 hours prior to your tan.

  • The previous night, apply a body moisturizer all over my maximum hydration.

  • Exfoliate to remove any dead skin for a more even color.

  • Be sure to have completely clean skin, no perfumes, deodorant, makeup or lotions.

  • Apply lip balm to prevent color to lips.

  • Schedule your manicure or pedicure before your tanning session.

After Your Tan

  • Wear loose fitting, dark clothes.

  • Do not get wet or sweaty. Sorry, no swimming or gym time until after you've showered.

  • Allow your tan to develop as directed. It is not recommended to exceed the time instructed.

  • Use daily moisturizer or a tan extender lotion for a longer lasting tan.

  • Avoid harsh soaps and body scrubs.

  • After showering, pat dry with your towel.

Happy Safe Tanning!

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10 Tips for a Polished Look in 5 Minutes

We all have those days that we want just a few more minutes of our beauty sleep.  Here is a list of 10 tips to look polished in 5 minutes.

1. TINTED MOISTURIZER

Choose a tinted moisturizer with a SPF 30 or higher.  It should match your skin to even out discoloration.  I prefer to use one that also has additional skincare benefits, such as NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.

2. CONCEALER

This product is a quick pick-me-up.  Apply to any blemishes, lightly around your mouth, the corners of your nose, under your eyes and my favorite spot...under your eyebrows.  Applying here will disguise unwanted regrowth and give a lifted, defined look to your brows.  My go-to concealer is Cle de Peau, an award winning multi-use concealer.

3. GEL EYELINER 

Gel eyeliner is a staple for your makeup collection.  It can be used for so many looks.  For the 5 minute look, naturally, we are not going to try to attempt a winged eyeliner style.  This is the time for using your flat eyeliner brush and simply pushing a touch of the gel liner into your lash line.  Quickly, this gives you definition and the illusion of fuller lashes.  A fail-proof pair?  Bobbi Brown Gel Liner and MAC Brush #212

4. MASCARA 

This is the time to reach for your black, full volume mascara.  A good coat or two on the top lashes is all you need.  Make sure you start from the base of your lashes, wiggle the wand slightly as you continue to apply in an upward motion to the tips of your lashes.  This motion will give you maximum volume and encourage a curl, opening up your eyes.  Try Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils

5. BROW GEL

Brow gel is perfect for taming overgrown hairs for a more sculpted brow look.  It will hold your brows in place throughout the day easily giving them a more defined look.  If your brow hair does not match your hair or you have very fair brow hair, choose a tinted brow gel.  For a formula that includes ingredients for healthier hair and available in a variety of shades, try Anastasia Beverly Hills.

6. BRONZER OR HIGHLIGHTER 

I know, I know...why "or"??  Because this is the 5 minute look!  My recommendation is to choose whichever feels right to you.  If you're feeling a bit washed out, go for the bronzer.  If you want a radiant glow, reach for your highlighter.  Keep it simple.  Bronzer applied lightly to your forehead and cheeks.  If your neck tends to be a bit lighter than your face, apply it there as well for a more even look.  If you opt for highlighter, apply to the inner corners of your eyes and on the top edge of your cheekbones, applying in an upward motion towards your hairline.  I love the options of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Collection. 

7. BLUSH

Think a subtle pop of color.  Apply a small amount to the apples of your cheeks.  For a soft and easy-to-blend blush with a beautiful color range, try Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush.  

8. LIPSTICK

Remember this is 5 minutes, lipstick only.  So we can cheat a bit here and go for a fat lipstick pencil.  Choose for a creamy formula with a complimentary pop of color.  My personal favorite is NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencils.

9. DRY SHAMPOO

This product is such a time saver.  Dry shampoo is used to absorb oils in the hair, creating more volume.  A classic favorite is Klorane Dry Shampoo

10. EARRINGS

This is a fun tip to complete your look.  Choose a pair of earrings to coordinate with your lip and cheek color or a pair that makes your eye color pop.  If you haven't already, check out Kendra Scott.  I can not seem to keep myself from these gorgeous styles and colors. 

I know it's only a few minutes, but how we feel when we walk out the door sets the tone for our day.  I hope you enjoy these tips and have a wonderful day!

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Dream Weddings Featured Wedding

Amanda and Philip

I had the honor of working with Amanda on her very special big day.  She was absolutely a stunning bride and their beautiful wedding was featured in Dream Weddings.  You can certainly feel the love just looking at their photos.  

Photo Credits: Epic Photography

To see the complete Dream Weddings feature...

http://dreamweddings.co/blog/real-weddings-amanda-phillip

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Style Me Pretty Featured Wedding

Laura & John

This is a couple I hold an extra special place for in my heart.  I first met Laura in 2010.  At the time, I was living and working in NYC.  Laura was so sweet...and so pretty!  I became the makeup artist that Laura would turn to when she wanted something new or different.  We had so much fun working together!  Over time and many fun makeup sessions, we got to know one another better and better.  And let me tell you, Laura is an absolute sweetheart and she has such a kind, compassionate spirit.  We would talk about work, family, fashion, makeup...all good things.  I remember when she first starting seeing John.  She just lit up talking about him.  So you have to imagine when she reached out to me when they got engaged, I was beyond happy for them.  She also asked me at that time if I would be able to do her makeup for their wedding day.  Words can not express how I feel when something like this happens.  I am always honored to be the person a bride chooses to be her wedding day makeup artist.  Then every so often, it's for a bride that you have known since before the groom and know how perfect they are for one another.  Truly, this was a very special day to me as well.  Each time I watch their video, I cry tears of joy.  Their video captures so much love and joy within their families.  You can see from their photos what a beautiful couple they are and what a gorgeous wedding they had.  What an honor to be a small part in their very special Wedding Day!  

Photo Credits: Bia Sampaio Photography

For the bride's story, more photos and a list of vendors, please visit...

http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/new-york-city/2015/08/12/classically-elegant-summer-wedding-at-new-york-botanical-garden/

Choosing Your Wedding Day Makeup Look

Congratulations!  You are now engaged!  Your mind is probably spinning with so many ideas and questions about the details of your Big Day.  I have created a simple guide to help you with choosing your Wedding Day makeup look.  I regularly meet with brides-to-be for makeup consultations and trials.  I find that ladies sometimes know exactly what they want.  While others think they know, but need to see the look on themselves to be sure.  Then there are the ladies who have no idea where to start.  This guide is for everyone and is easy to follow.   

Photo Credit: AGP Collective

Photo Credit: AGP Collective

Where to begin...There are a few key factors to know first.

Where are you getting married?  The location of your wedding and the time of day is very important in choosing your makeup look.  Are you getting married in a garden at 1:00 pm or in a cathedral at 6:00 pm?  For instance, a garden-style wedding usually has a softer, more romantic overall theme.  Direct natural sunlight in a garden-style wedding also intensifies the look of your makeup.  While a cathedral wedding tends to lean towards a classic, more glamorous style theme.

The season in which you get married may also influence your makeup look.  The season may help determine the flowers you choose as well as the color of your bridesmaids' dresses.  You want your makeup to complement you personally as well as the hues, tones and textures in your wedding.

The next step is to consider the style of your dress.  There are so many gorgeous styles available.  It is important that your hair and makeup work with the style of your dress to complete your look on your Big Day.  

Next is to choose photo inspiration.  

I always ask ladies to show me photos of themselves.  It helps me understand what makeup styles they feel their best while wearing.  I also recommend choosing photos of inspiration you may find online.  Photos are imperative because they create a visual reference.   For example, your idea of a smoky eye could be quite different from my idea.  A photo provides that visual reference so you can properly communicate your preferences and ideas.  There are a few things to keep in mind while choosing your photos.  First, search for photos with similar coloring and facial features to your own.  Also, you want to remember that most photos have been "enhanced" with photo editing, lighting and filters.  It is important that you look beautiful in your photos and equally beautiful in person.  Keep true to your personal style and be careful of following trends.  This is going to be one the most special days of your entire life.  You should always be able to look at your photos and feel the joy and love all over again.  You don't want to later feel any disappointment for having worn a look that simply just wasn't you or is completely dated and out of style. 

Final Touches

I highly recommend you schedule a consultation and trial for your makeup look.  Of course, you want to see the finished look but also how it wears throughout the day or night, how your skin feels and reacts and how your look photographs.  

This whole process should be enjoyable, fun and exciting!