Thursday, 24 May 2012

Before/After: Sizzling Summer Beauty

I've just got home from 4 days of shoots in gorgeous Puglia, Italy. We stayed in the most amazing resort which was basically it's own town, it was that big with everything you could think off! Villas, suites, restaurants, pools and spas. Anyway I got distracted, one of the shoots was  swimwear shoot. The weather was hot, correction, it was scorching! Which meant that as the MUA I had to look after the welfare of my model, to make sure that she didn't get burnt!

My inspiration for the makeup was gorgeous skin, enhancing features and just making her look amazing! Meet gorgeous Simone!
Face Prep: Emma Hardie Moringa Ceansing Balm, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.

As you can see Simone has a bit of redness in certain areas but nothing of any worry really. As soon as the Shu Uemura Mousse went on, her skin looked more even and smooth. I really love this product as it gives skin a gorgeous glow and evens out redness and ensures that foundation goes on like a dream. Plus the high SPF is a godsend and mousse textures helps keep shine at bay! Have a look at the results of the after shots.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Givenchy Mr Light Instant Light Corrective Pen, Chanel Bronze Unversal.
Eyes: Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Light Pink, Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eyeshadow Quad, Stila Major Lash Mascara in Black, Clinique Underlash Mascara.
Eyebrows: MAC Clear Brow Gel.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Universal, YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder in No 1 Tanned.
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Blond Ingenu & Beige Tribute.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.

Here's a picture of Simone in action, 4 hours after the makeup was done.
Gorgeous huh? Makeup stayed put and I barely had to powder. This was probably due to the combination of the products I used. So if and when you're in a hot environment, it is definitely worth thinking about how to layer your products to beat the heat and remain looking fresh and amazing. Any comments and questions are most welcome.

25 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Shu mousse!!!! It's ace!!!! Hope you had a great trip! xx

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    1. Me too! Love it and yes thanks, I had an amazing trip! Probably best one yet. XX

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    2. Gorgeous trip and amazing make up, as always!

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    3. Thanks Ursula! I'm in love with all of you guys and it really was the best trip ever! Thanks for taking me! x

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  2. Wow I can hardly believe it is the same girl! Her skin looks immaculate, yet so natural. Love it & love the sound of Shu mousse!

    Nic x

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    1. Thanks Nic! It's all about knowing what to use and using them the right way. Try the mousse and let me know what you think? X

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  3. kenneth, that is gorgeous!! i have a question though, my skin is oily and dehydrated, i am super prone to acne, i am actually planning not to wear any foundation if possible, but for now a still have tons of pigmentation from previous acne. Having said that, my actual skin minus the pigmentation is in good condition typical chinese/japanese skin.

    on to the question, currently i live in jakarta which is very humid and hot, i've tried the shu uemura mousse since it got spf 30 (which is amazing btw), and i put on vitalumiere aqua on the center panel of my face, and some clinique translucent loose powder. but still, the 3 pm oiliness continues haunt me. I NEED HELP!! what to do?? do i need to put on some oil control moisturizer beforehand? but i'm afraid that all the layers will only make my skin even greasier.. xx

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    1. Hi Tay, thanks for the kind remark. Now let's get to business. Your skin sounds pretty good except the pigmentation so you should try a AHA product to slowly lighten the marks and carry on with a strong SPF. Unfortunately in asia it is so humid, the shine is always going to be there. I would advise either choosing a mattifying foundation instead of the Vitalumiere Aqua and touch up with blotting papers. What about YSL Teint Resiste. It's a mattifying one that I like as well. I hope that works, please do try it. I agree the more layers you have the more complicated it becomes. Good luck and keep me updated. x

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    2. thank you so much for the reply, which AHA product do you reccommend? x

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  4. Beautiful! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

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  5. You are incredible! I wish i could be your apprentice!

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  6. You are incredible Mr. Soh. I wish i could be your apprentice!

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    1. Aww thank you Dhante, you're very kind to say that. x

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  7. Beautiful, flawless pics Kenneth. I just bought the Shu mousse and used it on myself, it's fab for the hot weather x

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    1. Oh I adore it! I think it's such a genius product! x

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  8. I'm going to question you about that shu mousse. It's on it's way to me in a package, yet I want some expert tips on how to apply :D

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    1. Ok I'd be very careful using it on men. If you have a darker skintone, it'll show up slightly ashy but if you're fair it should be ok. I would squirt some on palm, walnut size and then rub between hands and apply in broad strokes, working it into skin. Let me know how you get on? X

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    2. I'm fairly pale since I don't do tanning at all. Use it on top of regular moisturizer right? Or instead of? I'll keep you updated on twitter probably :D

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    3. Yes on top of moisturiser. It's only when I am dealing with oily skin that I omit out the moisturiser. Look forward to your update. x

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  9. Love the makeup :) I have a brow question for you, i have very sparse eyebrows and dont really have a clue what to do with them. Would a tinted eybrow gel work? It would be so much easier if i had little areas that needed filling in.

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    1. Hi Alexandra, have you tried brow serums like Rapid Brow or M2 Serum for brows? I have used them to fill up sparse brows on myself and my clients. Or what about waterproof brow pens from SUQQU? You then use it to draw fine strokes to resemble hairs and it's waterproof. I hope that helps. x

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  10. I think your blog is so awesome because it it really nice to know what exact makeup has actually been used on models to make them look so stunning. And the before/after transformations are always amazing. Keep going !

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    1. Thank you Chelwie, that is so kind of you to say. I love showing how I use products to create looks. Thanks for the comment x

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  11. Wow just found your blog and couldn't agree more with the last comment. Very nice to hear what products are being used on the models in photo shoots plus your tips...new follower right here ;D

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