Monday, 4 April 2011

Before/After: Hollywood Glamour

I thought I'd try a new section that I might or might not carry on, depending on how popular it is. I do a lot of shoots and thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to do a before/after! Just to prove to you that even models have bad days where they rely on makeup!

It just so happened that during a shoot a couple of weeks ago and unbeknownst to us, i was asked to do a modern Hollywood look. Inspired by the screen sirens of the golden age, I seeked inspiration from Marilyn, Audrey, Brigitte and of course Elizabeth Taylor. Then it all came flooding in on Twitter about her death. So suffice to say it spooked us all a bit with the coincidence but with fond memories of this Grande Dame, I carried on and might I say, maybe channel a bit of the old Hollywood magic into the look!
My model here, let's call her Shirley shall we, has very fair skin with lots of freckles and I wanted to let them show through. I love freckles! She also had very fair lashes and eyebrows so as canvases go, you couldn't really get a plainer one, I mean that in the nicest way!

Makeup in the early Hollywood films were always done to enhance features of the actresses, to sculpt and contour. Sometimes it's easy to forget that makeup was created to enhance and correct features rather than just for the sake of colour application. Anyway enough talking, the look I've decided to go for is classic red lips, defined but softly-defined brows, a winged lined eye in browns and black. Very simple, very contoured, very Hollywood!
Face: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, MyFace MyMix Fair 01, YSL Teint Resist No 2.
Eyes: YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink & Patent Leather, Madina Shiny Stick 100, MyFace BlingTone in Silver Screen, YSL Pure Chromatics Palette No 3, ArtDeco All In One Mascara in Black, Paris-Berlin Beige Eyepencil.
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown 02.
Cheeks: Mac Taupe, Armani Cream Blush in No 2 & 4.
Lips: MAC LipMix in Crimson & Orange, Madina Shiny Stick 100.
Powder: Shu Uemura Face Powder Sheer.

I love the look and what a transformation on Shirley! The Hollywood Starlet will always hold a special place in my heart. So what do you think? Should I keep this segment and make it a regular affair? Comments and feedback most appreciated!

27 comments:

  1. Amazing, the transformation is Huge. I love how it makes her eyes stand out yet somehow its not harsh. The eyebrows look perfect.
    Please do more of these. xx

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  2. @Nicoletta: Thanks hon! Isn't it? Love love hollywood looks! I will indeed do more of these, I think it's fun and shows how makeup really can change a person! Thank you! xx

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  3. Love this look so much Ken. I wish you would have taken some close up shots of the eyes etc as I have some fab red lipsticks but Im always at a loss as what to do with my eyes to pair them with red lips. I can't have them bare, but I know I can't have them too heavy either.

    Really looking forward to seeing more of these post!

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  4. Gorgeous, love those lips! x

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  5. I'm really impressed with the transformation here. I love the whole look but especially the eyes.
    Am looking forward to seeing more of these "before and after" posts. Thank you so much.
    Catherine xx

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  6. beautiful ken!!!you absolute gem! x

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  8. *gasps* Yes, yes, yes! Love the transformation and I love the way you made her skin literally glow!

    Definitely - it'd be great to see more of these posts in future : ) Plus I love freckles too, I hate it when I'm asked me to cover them up - they're gorgeous and more women need to realise it!

    Amanda x x

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  9. @Amanda: Aww thank u, that's what I like about the way I do skin, I feel skin should look like skin and it should glow from within. Glad you enjoyed it, it's one of my fav looks. Thank you. x

    @Catherine: More will come your way soon hon. Thanks! X

    @Saline: Thanks Salina, always very encouraging! XX

    @Celena: Thanks Celena! You're v kind! x

    @Debbie: Cheers for the comment Debz! x

    @Jo: Thanks hon, I will definitely do more of these and take close up shots as well. I hope I remember! XX

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  10. I love love love this. But then you already knew that. LOVE IT!

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  11. @Charlie: Hehe thanks my lovely! XX

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  12. Glam and gorgeous. The model is such a pretty girl anyway, but the make up enhances her features. Her eyes look amazing! x

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  13. @Leanne: Yeah the model was really plain looking and amazing canvas to work on! Effect was gorgeous! Thanks Miss OCD!! XX

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  14. aww how great are you! love it! new follower shirley looks stunning! xx

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  15. @MissJones: Ahh thank you so much. You're too kind. Hope to chat more. xx

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  16. I adore these glamorous looks. I'll forever be a sucker for a red lip! x

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  17. @Rebecca: Oh me too hon! I absolutely love a red lip! Thanks and glad that you approve! xx

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  18. Amazing red lip... looks so pretty. x

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  19. @BBB: Thanks Jane, yup i love a red lip! XX

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  20. definitely keep segment in!!!

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  21. @Stephanie: Yay! Yup it's going to be a regular I think! Thanks Stephanie, glad you like it! X

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  22. Love everything, esp the lips. Damn, you make it look so easy! regular feature please and thank you.

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  23. @Disneyrollergirl: Thanks hon! I am glad you approve and think I should carry on. I will, it's fun doing these. Thank you for commenting! xx

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  24. So pretty, these are definitely my favourite kind of posts. A big thank you for the product breakdown, really useful. I got the my face foundation in the lightest shade a few weeks ago after seeing it in your kit and am very impressed xxx

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  25. @Lipstick Luvvie: Hey Jen, I'm glad you like! I'll be doing more of these in the future so keep a look out. I love doing transformations too! Who knows? Maybe I'll start doing them on bloggers too! LOL! Glad you like the foundation. XX

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  26. Erm, wow! Just incredible- more like this please! xxx

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  27. @Primp&Preen: Thank you for the kind words, I will do soon! Thanks for reading xx

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