Saturday, 5 November 2011

Product Breakdown: Courtney Love for Vanity Fair

This summer I had the chance to work with the iconic Courtney Love and I was really excited! Personally I have never seen her look better than when Kevyn Aucoin did her makeup so with that in mind, I had a rough idea as to how I'd love her to look!

The look I wanted was a naturally glowing look that didn't scream makeup. Beautiful skin, softly enhanced features and classiness was how I saw the look. Anyway Courtney turned out to be everything and more that I expected! Intensely intelligent, funny and intuitive, the brief amount of time I spent doing her makeup was filled with fascinating conversation about art, literature, music, food and of course Kevyn Aucoin. She broached the subject when she saw in the mirror how I did the makeup and approved, to which I took as a compliment!

Hairstylist maestro and wonderful friend Selena Middleton did magic with Courtney's hair and put it up in an intricate but yet effortless up-do and Uber-talented photographer Jason Bell took these mesmerising shots.
Face Prep: Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Cleanser, La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water Spray, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer, Lanolips 101 Ointment.

Face: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Chanel Eclat Lumiere, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy, Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Prelude 33, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium, Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Noir Black 10, Paris-Berlin Beige Pencil, Madina Shiny Stick in 100.
Eyebrows: Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel 30, MAC Clear Browfix.
Cheeks: Kevyn Aucoin The Cream Glow in TanSoleil, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium, Madina Shiny Stick in 100.
Lips: Lanolips 101 Ointment, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Ravissante.
Powder: Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact in Clair 20.

I love this shoot and am thrilled with the results but more importantly I enjoyed every single minute spent working with such a fascinating person and the talented team. I really hope you guys like the look as much as I do.

22 comments:

  1. I love this look and the whole feel of this shoot. What an experience! All credit to you for your work. I would be a little scared but I would love to meet her!

    I love these posts as I look through the products and tick off what I have.

    This whole shoot is very elegant! I am now inspired to do some more clothes shopping (like I needed an excuse!). Vintage glamour! xx

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  2. I loved what Kevyn Aucoin did with Courtney Love, and I think you've captured her softer side just as well as he did. I a remember a quote that she dedicated to him from Emily Browning - 'Then Sunrise kissed my Chrysalis, And I stood up - and lived.' I always thought that was beautiful.

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  3. @Computergirl: Hehe thanks and I apologise if your bank manager comes complaining! I adored meeting and working with Courtney, such a character! Thanks for your comment! x

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  4. @Grace London: Thanks Grace! Such a compliment, I was trully humbled and flattered when she said I made her look beautiful just like KA did! That is indeed a beautiful quote! Love it, thank you! x

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  5. Love the feel of the shoot! It sounds like you did an awesome job, although it's a pity that there weren't any close up face shots of the makeup! She looks stunning!

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  6. Wow, you made her look so beautifuk Kenneth! I imagine it was real thrill to work with her. She always seems a fascinating character.

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  7. You really know how to make them look so polished as if they never partied & lived a hard life.
    Amazing :)

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  8. @Musicalhouses: I know, I felt the same was hoping that one would be a close up. Thanks for the comment! x

    @Modesty Brown: Thanks Jane, it was indeed and definitely one of my favourite shoots so far. Thanks for the comment x

    @Jamilla Camel: Thanks lovely! xx

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  9. @Phil: Hehe thank you, that's such a lovely thing to say. X

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  10. Beautiful images Kenneth. Really stunning. I particularly love the shot with the tray/reflection. x

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  11. @Strawberry Blonde: Thanks hon x

    @Leanne OCD: I love that shot too Leanne, thanks! x

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  12. Love the whole look of the shoot, but particularly her makeup. Beautiful. I've never tried any of the Kevyn Aucoin products. Which would be your favourite from the range?

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  13. @Lou Lou: Thanks! I would say The Sculpting Powder, it truly is the most perfect shade for contouring. x

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  14. Beautiful Alice-inspired shoot. I'd love to meet her. I'm not sure I'd like her, but I'd still love to meet her. What an experience. And of course, beautiful make up. Really beautiful.

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  15. @Charlie: That's the thing, you will like her! I went and thought she'd be hard to work with but found her child-like mannerisms very endearing and incredible to have conversation with! You would adore her, she'd surprise you. Thanks for the comment hon! xx

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  16. Stunningly beautiful make up, you really have captured her softer side extremely well.
    I am so jealous you got to meet her. I've been such a big fan of hers right from her early days and every incarnation and band she has been part of. You are such a lucky man xx

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  17. @Georgia: I am indeed lucky Georgia, thanks for the comment! x

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  19. Can you tell me exactly what issue these photos were in? Is every photo above in that one issue? Thank you!!! And what amazing work... I'm currently a freelance makeup artist for MAC and wonder if you have any tips for building your portfolio, and what steps to take to be able to work on magazine shoots, and building a "name"? I've been a Courtney fan for 20 years now, I would absolutely DIE if I had this opportunity!!! xo

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    1. Hi Erica, thanks for the kind words. This came out in November 2011. Here's the link http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2011/11/courtney-love-201111

      As for tips regarding portfolio, have a look at what everyone is doing in terms of international scene. TBH I started with looking at what my book was missing and went with that. Then slowly I met more and more people and began developing my own style and approach. The more people you meet the better. Good luck ok? x

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