Location: North London.
Weather: Horrible and wet!
Photographer: Robert Harper.
Stylist: Rebecca Anne Kelsey.
Model: Rebecca Chandler.
Hairstylist: Shinya Fukami.
Makeup: Kenneth Soh.
The brief to the shoot was sexy, powerful with a slight hit of sado-masochism! The clothes we have to shoot with are amazing! Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Hussein Chalayan, Prada, John Rocha, Celine, Marios Schwab, Lanvin and also leather straps and chaps from Coco De Mer. Kinky!
We convene with cups of tea and to have a chat about how to approach this shoot regarding hair & makeup. I hear words like sheer, sexy, dewy being thrown round and suggested to keep the makeup simple, beautiful but with an edge to reflect the slight S&M feel of the accessories. In layman terms, skin-toned colours in various textures, matte and dewy all mixed together into one hedonistic sexy look!
And to create the edge? Bleached brows. I know many of you will frown upon this as being totally impractical for the everyday woman. To this, I say I'm not doing an everyday woman here. This is fashion and sometimes, not always normal. There are shoots where all I want is to make the woman look glamorous but today is not one of them! I want a slightly schizophrenic dangerous woman with insecurities but stunningly sexy and dangerous. The makeup is pretty simple and is one that will sit easily and happily on the everyday woman.
Shall we have a look at Rebecca sans makeup? I know it's cruel but just to let you know that models are human too!
Shinya starts with Rebecca and this involves adding hair extensions to thicken out her hair and also prepping the hair with mousse, thickening lotion and blow-drying and tonging it all to pure lushness! Meanwhile my assistant gets to work with nails. We've decided to go with simple, file, shape, buff and a light sheer pink to get a natural finish.
And here's what Rebecca looks like after I am done with her. Bit of a difference no?
Foundation: Armani Silk Luminous Foundation.
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: MAC Taupe Blusher, MAC Frost Pigment, Madina Shiny Stick in 001, Paris Berlin Eyepencil in Beige, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in Noir Radical.
Brows: L'Oreal Peroxide 9%, L'Oreal Bleach Powder, MAC shadow in Gesso.
Cheeks: Armani Cream Blush in No. 4.
Lips: Madina Shiny Stick in 001, MAC Cream Colour Base in Pink & Nude.
Powder: Shu Uemura Face Powder in Sheer Colourless.
I intensified the eyes on the 2nd day of the shoot using the same products but applied it heavier and bringing Taupe further out the eye socket as I wanted to give Rebecca a slightly stronger and bolder persona.
All the above photos were taken by me and unretouched. On the subject of retouching, I personally always aim to work without the benefit of a retoucher. If I can get the makeup as perfect as possible, that leaves the photographer less work to do and also less chances of it going wrong. Nothing is worse than seeing your work played around with in post production by an inexperienced retoucher! Unfortunately sometimes there are things that even the best of makeup cannot hide, like a huge spot, scars etc. Below is a shot taken from the shoot and according to Robert, there was hardly any retouching done. So yay me!
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So there you have it! A typical day for me, working with fabulous people doing fun, creative things with makeup, hair, clothes and photography. I am grateful everyday for being able to do this and look forward to doing it for a long time!Tweet