How to Become a Lip Model
Lip models work in advertising and other commercial areas.
If you think you have a million-dollar smile, put your greenbacks where your grin is and start your career as a lip model. Lip models works do commercial work, displaying lip-related products such as makeup and foods, and they may do generic or stock photography work. To become a lip model you will need to prepare a portfolio and contact a commercial modelling agency. It will help if you have a killer kisser.
Create a portfolio of photographs showcasing your lips. Use a professional photographer with experience in commercial photography, and have a professional makeup artist do your lips. You will want to have photos taken of you in a variety of lipstick colors as well as naturally, without any makeup, to showcase your lips in their own right.
Contact a commercial modeling agency. According to Aaron Marcus, author of "How to Become a Successful Commercial Model" any commercial modeling agency should be able to help you get started as a lip model.
Review potential lip modeling jobs with your agent. Your agent should be able to help you select jobs that you have a reasonable chance of landing. When you are starting out you will have less choice over your options, but as you build a portfolio you can expect to have more options.
Take jobs wherever you can find them when you are starting out. Photographers and artists are often looking for models of all sorts, and although they may pay little or nothing, they can help you to gain experience and to build your portfolio.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider other types of modeling in addition to lip work. Your agent can help you to select the appropriate types of work to seek based on your physical features.
The first step is finding an agent to represent you. As part of preparing to meet with that agency, you must look the part. How do you look the part?
Hair: Lose the wig, weave or whatever hair extensions you have. Keep your hair clean, moisturized, shiny and most importantly, natural. If you have long hair, pull everything off your face so your facial bone structure can be noticed.
Dress: For your “interview” i.e. open call or model search, dress appropriately for your age. Clothes should be clean and fitted NOT tight. A fitted jeans or above the knee skirt with a fitted basic t-shirt and flat comfortable shoes are all you need. Take your heels in your bag so you can use them when you get to the agency and they ask you to walk.
Face: Keep makeup very natural. Your face is a canvas for model agencies to visualize the many things they can do with you. Keep it clean. Avoid wearing makeup if you can and if you must, keep it very natural. Simple lip gloss is fine and if you must, mascara.
Take your Photos: Two Polaroid photos are good. You do not need to spend any money on a portfolio. If an agency chooses you, that will be their job to build your portfolio(your book with professional images of you to show potential clients) and composite card for you. Take snapshots of your head (2 is enough) and a full body image (2 -3). Be prepared to provide information on your measurements: hip, waist, bust, shoe size, eye and hair color. Voila you are ready!
Go to an agency Open call: Research when agencies are having an open call and show up.
Now you are on your way to becoming a model. Good luck!