For as long as I can remember, applying foundation has always been one of them. Do I want it sheer? Matte? Glossy? Heavier in coverage? As I am faced with newer and more advanced formulations, this sometimes makes life more complicated because just as I am coming to grips with a new product, a new one comes along. I want to make it clear that I understand that modern women want products that just work, I get it but as an artist, I am looking more to creating different textures and effects and to see how it affects the results in photography and film.
I suppose it’s for this reason that there’s a plethora of shades and textures from all the various cosmetic companies when it comes to lipsticks, eye shadows, blushers, foundations etc. And it is this mad obsession that drives them and us to coming out with newer and better things. Sure it’s infuriating that the lipstick we love so much is sometimes discontinued but one thing’s for sure, there will always be another new cult favourite to replace it.
On this shoot, my brief was to just make the model Hannah beautiful. Glowing skin with a mere flush of colour. As for the eyes, I could do whatever I want but as long as it’s beautiful. We can all do a smokey eye but it wasn’t what I wanted this time yet I still wanted a certain degree of duskiness. So it was perfect to do a gorgeous grey-silver eye. Working in fashion shows which are usually a season ahead, I’ve been playing with greys a lot in preparation for when the products get released. So this was the perfect time to crack out my new palette from Dior!
One thing I will say about greys and silvers is that it is sometimes too cool in tone but when tempered with a hint of taupe, it works a treat. In fact taupe is a colour I go to when I want to when I want to “take it back” to skin tone. A great little trick for making any colour work for you!
For the foundation, I ended up using 3 different brands and I’ll list them later with all the makeup I used. Now why did I go and make life complicated like that? Because I can is probably the simplest answer. Just like an artist does with their tubes of oils, I almost always do the same. Very rarely would I use a lipstick for example neat from a bullet. I find that customising the colour and texture of a product according to my model’s features and needs ensures that I always do what is just right for the model. Hannah had pretty good skin but there were certain redder areas, spots, flakiness and uneven skin tone that needed to be corrected. So I worked the foundation into the skin in layers, each veil addressing various problems. As you can see from the result, the effect is gorgeous and hardly caked on! Try it next time, you’d be surprised.
Now the eyes, working along the tried and tested method of lighter to darker shades, I worked various shades of silver and grey according to the eye shape, all the while making sure it looks good with eyes open or shut. I would have kept it as pure greys and silvers and it looked amazing but because my brief was to still keep some form of commercial beauty to Hannah, I then decided to surround the steel-greys and silvers with a light haze of taupe. Perfect.
With that done, the rest was kept very simple with a hint of blush, mascara on top and bottom lashes (using 2 different brands!), brows filled in and a lick of tinted lip balm to complete the look. I am pretty happy with the results and if you want to look at the actual shoot, click here.
So next time when you have time on your hands, please have a try and be a Picasso or Rembrandt! Customise and mix your own palette of colours so it’s truly yours and yours alone. I don’t know about you but I find great joy in knowing that something I have is a one-of-a-kind and no one has the same! Call me a snob that way!
Foundation(s): Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, MyFace Mymix Foundation & YSL Teint Resist.
Concealer: MyFace Mycover Concealer & Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: Christian Dior 5-Colour in Gris-Gris, 1-Colour in Graphic Grey, MAC Taupe, Madina Shiny Stick 001, Paris-Berlin Beige Eyepencil, MAC Phone Number, Max Factor Masterpiece & ArtDeco All In One Mascara.
Cheeks: Armani Sheer cream Blush in 2 & 4, Madina Shiny Stick 001.
Lips: MAC Lipliner in Subculture, MAC Cream Colour Base in Nude, Ellis Faas L109 & Lanolips in Dark Honey.Powder: YSL Poudre Sur Mesure.Tweet