I am always surprised at how many actors are awkward with their makeup. My solution: a consultation and makeup application. First we meet for a refreshing beverage or at their home and review their current headshot, their type and what makeup they have been using. I tell them what works and what doesn't. Then we shop (not always the same day). We rendezvous at Bloomingdale's, Sephora, Fresh, MAC, or wherever is convenient and it is amazing how accommodating the employees are. They know they are getting a sale out of it, while I do most of the work!
When I worked with Nicole (see Makeup Artist tab), we met at one of Bloomingdale's restaurants, discussed her headshot, the type she wanted to convey, looked through her makeup that I asked her to bring with her, then proceeded to the makeup department. I applied full makeup at Trish McEvoy, testing shades and discovering shadows. She made the necessary purchase and the next time we met was at Chia Messina's studio for her headshot shoot. She has a great room for prep with excellent lighting! I applied subtle makeup for phase one, added a little more and warmer for phase two, and phase three was full glamour. All in all I spent 3 hours with her at Bloomingdale's and 6 hours with her at Chia Messina. Not all headshot shoots are as time intensive, so I break down by the hour. I ask $25 per hour, but for YOU, I am offering a deep discount - reference "Scavengerjo" in your request. In exchange I request prompt delivery of high resolution images from the photographer (preferably on disc, or a site from which they can be effectively downloaded).