I did this beauty shoot awhile ago and even now I still love it. Purely because I think it's beautiful and it was extremely fun to do. Fun why? Because it was totally spontaneous and the looks came about due to pressure and inspiration combined! What was the inspiration? A picture of a tattoo of a rose and black stem. So where does one go from this? Well, welcome to the strange goings-on that is my brain!
So where better to start than a gorgeous lip? I wanted a stunning lip but something a bit unusual. Why is it unusual? Well firstly the 2 tones but also the texture. I wanted the red to look like a rose caught in frost so I pressed a shimmery pigment into the lip colour and told her not to close her mouth!
Products: MAC PRO Crimson & Black Lipmix.
When the hairstylist did this huge quiff on our model, for some weird reason I just thought visor and red glossed lips! So while respecting the rose theme, I smudged the darkest black pencil I had and kept blending it and it got bigger and further out. So after awhile I thought, go with it, drag it out as far as it will go! I loved it and popped on a red lip with gloss over and voila!
Products: MAC Feline Pencil, Russian Red Lipstick and LipGlass.
After cleansing the face, I started again. Rose, thorns, Jesus, Crucifixion, tears, blood, doll. Do you see the chain of logic? Haha. Well I decided to do tears but rather than do the cliche bloody tears, I opted to do something that was a blend of both. Dolly lashes but in black. Are you beginning to see the thought process involved here? Bear with me, it gets better!
Products: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.
Final shot and where could I go from all of the above? I love this one the most because it really was a 5 min job and it was getting late and we had about 15-20 mins left to shoot so I wiped look 3 off and picked up my brush and a bottle of black ink. First thought was to throw it on her but I didn't! I thought (very quickly) rose, thorns, sharp, pain, SCRATCHES!! Yes! but wait! Hmm then I remembered when I was in art class, I used to have this reference book with early historical quill and ink etchings of tribes found in the Amazon. Yes! Scratch marks but drawn in the style of early historical etchings. So while I started doing it, I found that my brush was simply following the natural bone structure of her face, almost like the contour lines found on maps! Genius!! So I whacked in a few barbed strokes where I wanted to highlight amongst all the etch marks and in 5 mins I had what I till now am really proud off!
Products: Fardel Liquid in Black.
So what do you think? Mad or pure genius? This is just one example of how my mind works during a shoot or when I am doing makeup. It's not always about planning, sometimes it's just confidence, knowing your products, luck, trusting your gut instinct and a great leap of faith!Tweet