A Polished Headshot Speaks A Thousand Words

We all know that you do not have a second chance to make a first impression, especially when it comes to your online professional presence.  A person seeing your headshot, whether through your website or social media profiles, is already making assumptions about you in their mind.  So what does your professional headshot say about you?  When was the last time you looked at your linkedIn profile and see what photo is there?  I suggest you do this every one or two years if your drastically change your looks.

Meet Leigh Frigm, a new member of my Polished by tu-anh team!  Leigh is also a busy wife and mother and when she came on board one of the first things we did was give her a Polished by tu-anh touch up.  We are in the people business, so everyone on my team has their photo on their business cards, like a real estate agent, but I think ours is much more refined, chic, and sophisticated. 🙂 Leigh is already beautiful inside and out. There was not much there for us to polish or perfect, we just gave her hair a little lift with color and soft layers.  As for the make-up, just natural and flawless with bold lips is always my favorite.

Even if you do not have access to your own Polished by tu-anh stylist and photographer every day, I have a few simple tips you can use for your next photo session:

  • Wear solid colors that are flattering to your skin and use simple accessories to make a statement
  • Make-up should look timeless, go for bold lips or bold eyes, but not both
  • If you have long hair, pull some of it forward to cascade over your shoulders
  • Turn your head to one side just a bit, then tilt your head down slightly with a soft and sweet smile – you will look slimmer, more feminine, and more approachable.  I promise 🙂
Leigh Before and After.

Leigh Before…and After! Photo by Charles Martin. Hair and Make-Up by our Polished by tu-anh lead stylist Ryann Doyle.

Leigh is an accomplished special events coordinator with many years of experience in the events and hospitality industry. She is highly-organized, attentive to details, a great cook, patient, and loves to be of service to others and making life stress-free for them. Not only she is in charge of events management and coordination, but she will be spearheading our Domesticated Goddess Program that I will launch later this year for the busy single executive male.  And did I tell you she plays sports and was a cheerleader in high school?  That’s my kind of gal! Beauty, intelligence, talent, and a kind heart: traits that I look for when hiring and recruiting. Having her on the team has helped us tremendously to stay on track and stay centered.  When not planning events and working on Polished by tu-anh projects, Leigh loves to do wine tastings and experiment with new recipes. She also enjoys spending time with her darling family – husband Ryan, daughters Ryleigh and Madison, and dog Mason.  See the finished product below.  Her business card.  Like it?

Leigh business card Polished by tu-anh

UN-POLISHED Wednesdays: Bad Hair Color

I know we all have seen this look before: hair that is dyed or has highlights only on the top half.  Why do people choose this look?  And why do salons even offer it?  They really should offer services that make the clients look good.

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I captured this during a spiritual talk with Alanis Morissette in Scottsdale, AZ at the Celebrate Your Life Conference.

One of our Polished by tu-anh hair artists, Ryann Doyle, has many years of salon experience and says that salons offer partial color on the outside because it is less expensive for those who can not afford the full coloring.  I say, if you can’t afford it, don’t do it.  At the very least, if you do end up with the partial highlights or color-block look, think twice before pulling your hair up in public.  If she had put her hair back in a low chignon or a loose braid it would have looked better.

In my opinion, if you are going to go for two-toned or partial colored hair, then you have to go all out, like Daphne Guinness does in the striking photo below.  Now that looks polished!

Daphne Guinness

Absolutely gorgeous and sophisticated, but please do not try this at home!

UN-POLISHED: Celebrity Edition

Introducing an exciting new feature on my blog: UN-POLISHED WEDNESDAYS.  Each week I will be posting snapshots of looks that need some perfecting or just a little Polished by tu-anh touch!  Take a look below, where I have shared with you some of the most unappealing looks I have seen on celebrities lately.  Do they not have personal stylists or even full-length mirrors?  As you scroll down, you will see a fresh, simple, chic polished look I recently spotted in Teen Vogue.  I think these celebrities could learn a thing or two from how regular young women express their style these days.

And if you are out and about and see someone who looks un-polished in your town, make sure to snap a photo and email me.  If it is you that are having “un-polished” issues , then email me a selfie and a little blurb and I will feature the photo in my blog with my expert style feedback for you!

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Was she paid a lot of money to wear this?

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What is sexy, feminine, and appealing about these looks?  Simply overdone.

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The dress on the left is nice, but it is ill-fitting at the top.  I don’t think it was custom made for her. If Miley was performing on stage, I would say ok, but I would replace the black circular pasties with red heart-shaped ones.

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I don’t have much to say about this.  Just that I would not be caught dead wearing this little animal print number.

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Simple, chic, and timeless with an edge.