It is common during a shoot to change my mind in regards to the look I have created. You never really know how the makeup you've done translates on photo so once in a rare while, I will say(scream) "Stop! It's not working! Give me a few minutes!" and I will retreat to the makeup room and rethink what I have done. As MUAs I think it is important to realise that as artists we should never be embarrassed when that happens. As much as I am experienced, sometimes it just doesn't work and this happened recently and to my delight, I discovered a new way of doing makeup!
The model we had was gorgeous but there just was something that just didn't work for me, be it the way the makeup was translating due to the lighting or whatever. So I expressed my concerns and took her back into makeup. Using my micellar water and fine Muji cotton buds, I carefully removed layer by layer of the eye makeup, all the while thinking in my head what to do and then it hit me! She looked perfect as she was! It's hard to explain but the easiest way of explaining it is I loved how worn & lived in her makeup looked after removing bits of it. So I went with it, added a few more elements and absolutely adored the results!
Meet Madalina prior to makeup.
Face Prep: Une Radiance Refresh Micellar Cleansing Water, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.
As you can see, Madalina is very pretty and her eyes are absolutely stunning. To put it briefly, I did a bit of a brown/black smudged under eye number and it looked great but on screen with the lighting it made her look really tired! So I took it off and instantly the face lit up and her eyes pierced through. So I accepted that maybe this was all she needed for this shoot! Here's the result after I cleaned it off.
Face: Le Maquillage Makeup Mixer, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, YSL Teint Resist Foundation, YSL Touche Eclat.
Eyes: (Under) MAC Taupe Pencil, YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Patent Leather and Black Ink, Paris-Berlin Beige Pencil, Burberry Fresh Glow, Madina Shiny Stick in 001, YSL False Lash Effect Mascara in Noir Radical.
Eyebrows: MAC Brow Gel in Clear.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base, Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Glamour.
Lips: Madina Shiny Stick in 001, Glam Balm Lip.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.
So you can see the look is super dewy and unpowdered. I wanted her to look like she's been out dancing and glowing and the makeup under the eye has been wiped off and all you get is thickly applied mascara and a smidgen of liner left in the lower lash.
Here's a close up of the eye.
What do you think? I'm in love with this look and have since used it a few times to to great effect. It's a bit of a topsy-turvy way of doing makeup but why not? Would you try it? I think you should, you never know, it might result in something unusual! As always I'd love to hear your comments so don't be shy.