Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Before/After: The Many Faces of Agnes using Shiseido

Often during a fashion shoot, I am required to tweak looks and do variations on the same girl within a strict time frame. And yesterday was one such occasion where we had to shoot 8 shots and have slight makeup tweaks so that the shots look slightly different but yet cohesive as a spread. 

I decided to stick with one brand as I knew the brand well and also knew that the products would all work together in terms of textures. I chose Shiseido, one of my favourite brands for skincare and makeup. The products are backed by extensive research and quality and yield such beautiful results that I knew that we were in for a fun ride! Anyway let me introduce Agnes our model who has been fighting a cold for ages. If she looked this good with a cold, god help us when she's at full strength!
Face Prep: Shiseido The Skincare:  Gentle Cleansing Cream, Hydro-Nourishing Softener, Multi-Energizing Cream, Tinted Moisture Protection, Protective Lip Conditioner.

Agnes had very dry skin due to the cold she was battling so moisture and hydration was my main concerns. The area round the nose was red and dry so I spent a good 20 minutes massaging in the products and pumping in as much hydration the skin could take!

I've split the pictures into two groups. The first one being all about blush and freshness and it's variations. Here's the results.
Face: Shiseido The Makeup: Smoothing Veil, Pore Refining Foundation, Natural Finish Cream Concealer.
Eyes: Luminizing Satin Eye Colour in BE202, WT907, Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in BR709, OR313.
Eyebrows: Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Deep Brown, Translucent Eyebrow Shaper.
Cheeks: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour in PK304 & WT905.
Lips: Protective Lip Conditioner, Shiseido Perfect Rouge in PK331 mixed with concealer, Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte in RD722, Shimmering Rouge in PK407.
Powder: Shiseido Translucent Pressed Powder. 

What do you think? Not bad right for an ill girl. Hold on there's 3 more looks. I took off the blush and replaced it with bronzer and more of a sculpted look this time. Have a look.
Eyes: Shiseido Shimmering cream Eye Colour in BR306, Perfect Mascara Full Definition, Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trio in YE406.
Cheeks: Accentuating Colour Stick in S1, The Bronzer in Light, Shimmering Cream eye Colour in WT901.
Lips: Natural Finish Concealer patted in with Protective Lip Conditioner, Shimmering Rouge in PK407 with Automatic Lip Crayon in LC8, Shimmering rouge in BE702 with Luminizing Lip Gloss in BE201 & concealer patted in middle of lip.

So as you can see, with a few little adjustments, you can alter and change a look quite dramatically. When time is a premium on shoots, I don't always get the luxury of cleaning the whole face and starting again so I guess the lesson is to keep layers super light so it doesn't look caked or too heavy. I hope you've enjoyed this, I'm just getting back into blogging again after all my trips so stay tuned and look out for more. Once again, comments and questions are most welcome! Thanks guys!

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous work Mr S! Is this the gorgeous girl you said yesterday you were working on?

    I'd quite like to look like her when she's ill, let alone when she's well!

    Beautiful work, as ever!

    Sam x

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    1. Thanks Sam and yes she's the one I was tweeting about. Isn't she gorgeous? X

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  2. Stunning! I love the last three, espcially the first one of them and the last one. All are beautiful though. I'm so in love with Pore Refining Foundation.

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    1. Thanks Charlie, and I adore that foundation too! Easily one of my favs! Thanks for the comment x

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  3. WOWIEEE...I love the Natural Finish Creamy concealer...and all those new cream eyeshadows are slowly seeping into my stash...

    U r as amazing and creative as always...love the looks!!

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    1. Thanks Neeraj, you're always so kind with your compliments, thank you x

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    2. Thanks Kenneth...u have always been so inspiring!

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  4. What an amazing set of transformations! You are incredible!

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  5. Kenneth...with eyebrows that are quite thick (such as on your model), do you find it harder to get the look you are wanting? Do you prefer working on more arched brows or does it make a difference?

    Very lovely looks BTW! I am very particle to the curly hair picture...so much dimension in her face and color going on...very beautiful!

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    1. I love a full brow and would never even think of plucking it so it's arched. I think brow styles always change but there will always be room for a full thick brow like Agnes'. Thanks for the comment x

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  6. Beautiful work Kenneth. Would you ever consider doing a video of your work? Would be so interesting to see xx

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    1. Thanks Claire, I have but the thought of all that time and effort to video it makes me shudder. Once I start makeup I usually zone out and work very organically, changing and altering untill I am happy so am not very sure how easy it would be to film. I would love to one day though. Thanks for the comment x

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  7. Beautiful Kenneth... my favourites are the first, last & 3 from the end.
    Nic x

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