Freedom Session Basics

One thing I've learned about women who bring their bravery and unique beauty to my camera for the first time is that they are often nervous about how to prepare for their Freedom Session. They aren't holding anything back and that's sometimes so scary. They're investing in something that is meant to coax their forgotten self acceptance from beneath years and layers and mountains of insecurity, fear and wondering if they are even noticed anymore.

I have one thing to say: You are noticed. You are so noticed. More than that, when you release your inhibition and fear to stand strong in front of a stranger's lens you become a hero. What you present with every shot fills the void of thousands of other women battling the same crippling nothingness. You remind us all that we are worth capturing. Our unique, glorious beauty is worth observing and framing.

I know that, for a lot of you, trying to master something like camera ready makeup is like hunting unicorns in neverland. It sounds amazing, but it's truly a fantasy and not a reality. So, let's make it a reality. All you need are some basics to get you there - and everyone can master these rockstar products. They truly make photo ready makeup easy peasy.

1. Smashbox CC Cream:

Maybe you've heard people raving about BB cream and it's all just nonsense to you. Foundation is foundation, right? Or maybe you've been using covergirl for so long now - if it ain't broke don't fix it, right? Except it may be broke. Broke as heck, sister.

I was a die-hard bare minerals fan until I met this CC Cream. She's changed everything for me. Here's a little history: BB Cream was originally developed in Germany and is beyond popular in Asia. It's purpose was to provide a full, yet natural looking, coverage for people recovering from surgery. It is a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock in one. CC Cream soon followed with all of the benefits of BB Cream, but with added nourishing ingredients and the ability to reduce the appearance of skin redness and discoloration.

The reason I recommend CC Cream over BB Cream is that it corrects color. If you are naturally red or have dark or yellow spots, this cream will give you a fresh face in no time. I use this It Cosmetics brush to apply it, but you could easily use a complexion sponge (wet the sponge, wring it out and then dab it into a small squirt of the cream and dab it onto your face. Apply enough to completely cover your face and neck, making sure you blend well).

2. Maskcara Blush in Shortcake:

I understand if you're a little wary of a cream blush. It seems like the kind of thing that requires a lot of skill to master, but it's not that hard. Deposit a swab of Maskcara's cream blush onto the back of your hand and then dab it with your blush brush. Use your brush to dab (not stroke) the blush onto the apples of your cheeks. A good tip is to smile slightly with your lips closed to help you find the apple of your cheeks.

3. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara:

If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen my before and after with this product (if you haven't seen it yet, come find me @thelittlewaycommunity). This is the PERFECT accessory for your Freedom Session - false lashes without the glue and meticulous application.

This is a three-step process. First you coat your lashes with the mascara (I usually do two generous coats). Follow with the small bottle of nylon fibers. Be generous, but not crazy. Finish up with a coat (or two) of mascara. The nylon fibers actually lengthen and thicken the appearance of your lashes. The best part of this product is it just washes off with face wash. I didn't do anything special and it just came right off. Win.

4. Lorac Lipgloss in Chris:

This gloss is a favorite. My girlfriend, Brooke, went out and bought it after trying mine and even my three-year old always reaches for it. It's the perfect gloss for all princesses and warriors of all ages.

I'm telling you - this is just the right amount of color and shine without getting all crazy. It's perfect for a photo shoot that highlights you in your own beauty.

There it is, friends. A four step process to get your makeup camera ready. All of these products are great investments and perfect for everyday wear as well. In fact, this is pretty much what I wear on the days I wear makeup. Of course you can add to the regime if you want a dramatic eye or a bold lip. And don't forget that highlighting and contouring will change everything about the way you do makeup. Here's an awesome video tutorial on how to HAC your makeup for everyday wear and for your photo session.

What do you think? Are you ready for your Freedom Session?

*Update: I'm only wearing these four products in this Instagram image. Even Daisy is wearing the lorac gloss*

*January 2013