Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A Kiss From A Rose: Behind The Madness/Genius Of My Mind

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! 
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

18 comments:

  1. I think they're all amazing but the one I really love is the last one. I've seen it before on your portfolio and admired it. It's wonderful to know understand the inspiration behind it.

    Thanks for sharing Kenneth, it's fascinating to have a peep inside your head!
    Jane x

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  2. @ModestyBrown: Thanks Jane, yeah this was doen awhile ago but I still love it and find that it was so underappreciated! Thanks for reading and hope the craziness of the logic that was in my head wasn't too hard to get! X

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  3. I love look number three! They're like Twiggy's drawn on lashes but they've lost all their innocence. Love the lips in the first one too. I'll err on the side of genius ;)

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  4. AMAZING. I especially love the 2nd and the 4th one.

    Thanks for sharing what goes on the creative process!

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  5. I like them all , the last one is so artistic!Great job, thank you!

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  6. @RaeRae: Thanks Rae! That's really sweet of you to say! Yes!! You got the reference indeed!! Brilliant! Phew! Haha. xx

    @Jen W: You're very welcome, glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and commenting! XX

    @makeupattitude: You're welcome and thanks for commenting & reading! XX

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  7. Fantastic job kenneth, I love the way art had such a strong part to play in it. The last look is just fantastic, but I love the first look with the two toned lip, amazing.. well done on a fab job xx

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  8. @Jenny: Aww thanks Jenny. Yeah art always has been a major influence. I didn't study makeup, I did art instead and till today it is where I look for inspiration when doing makeup. Thank you for the encouraging words and comment! XX

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  9. Hi I'm new here.... I find them all fascinating and I'm very jealous (in a good way) of your talent! I particularly enjoy the first and the last because they are so striking! Bravo! jeanie

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  10. @makeup merriment: Hi and thanks and welcome!! You are very kind for saying so Jeanie, are you a makeup artist? If so, keep doing it and we all have our strengths and weaknesses! Don't ever give up ok? Thank you for reading again and hope to chat to you soon! xx

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  11. I concur with the rest of the ladies Kenneth, stroke of genius in my opinion. I too love the last shot. Thanks for letting us glimpse the thought process behind the looks. It makes for a really interesting read x

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  12. @LeanneOCD: Ahh thanks Leanne! You're always so kind and supportive to me and my rantings! I am glad you've enjoyed it! xxx

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  13. Great post as ever. Love the two toned lips of course! x

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  14. @Charlie: Hey hon, of course you would! Thought of you when I posted this and kinda gambled that you would pick that! Lol! Thanks xx

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  15. Thank you Kenneth for giving us some insight as to how you work. You are a very gifted man. Loved it.
    Catherine x

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  16. @cmlewis99: Thanks Catherine. I am very humbled and grateful that I get to do something I love everyday. As for gifted, we shall see! Lol! Thanks lovely xx

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  17. Hi there,
    Love the shoot and end result. I totally understand how your mind works!
    Was wondering what, if anything did you use on the models skin. Foundation, power, contouring? or just primer and setter? Her skin is fantastic with all is natural condition showing through.
    Thanks, Irene

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    1. Hi Irene thanks first of all. I kept the model's skin as light as possible because I wanted everything to show through. I used a primer then a little bit of foundation and concealer only where I needed. I didn't contour as I didn't need to. I hope this helps. Thank you for the comment again x

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