I just noticed that this was my 100th post! How apt that upon this joyous occasion, this post reflects how excited and happy I was with this look created 2 days ago on a shoot for one of my favourite publications. Now, by no means is this look revolutionary or ground-breaking but it was just one of those days when everything clicked. Model was amazing and joy to work with, stylist inspiring and trusting and photographer and hairstylist and I all got on the same wavelength, and magic happened. Well in my humble opinion anyway!
Upon arrival, we had a quick breakfast and discussed how we would approach the shoot. Lana Del Ray featured pretty heavily on it so I thought, let's just do a makeup that wouldn't fight with anything. Just definition on features, beautiful skin and soft colours. I'll tell you why I decided this. The clothes chosen for the story would be clashing prints and textures and the model had long intense red hair. So as a MUA you need to figure out and accept whether the shoot will be about makeup or whether it may just be a day where you take a back seat and do something that will enhance and not fight with any other feature of the shoot. This was one of them. Now let me introduce our model Nastya.
Face Prep: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Shu Uemura Brightening UV Under Base Mousse, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.
I think Nastya is so beautiful with her wide face, huge eyes, beautiful lips. You're probably thinking really? I love how simple and plain she looks and that nothing stands out so for a MUA she is the perfect canvas to do whatever I wanted! Her skin is prone to redness partly due to the translucency of her skin and fairness. So I spent quite a while massaging and getting circulation going and with the addition of the Shu Uemura mousse, Nastya was now my perfect canvas to begin makeup to create this. (I apologise to the poor photo quality, there was no natural light in the studio and my phone camera flash kept making her look hideous so I did what I could)
Face: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch.
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow Quatro in Stone, GA Eyes To Kill Mascara in Steel Black, Paris-Berlin Beige Eye Pencil.
Eyebrows: Giorgio Armani Brow Defining Pencil in Beige & Brown.
Cheeks: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Beige & Sand.
Lips: Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil in Beige, Rouge D'Armani in Beige 100 & 102.
Powder: Giorgio Armani Loose Powder in Porcelain.
Here's a couple of shots I took off the computer screen straight after being shot to show you how the lighting worked with the makeup.
What do you think? Isn't she just stunning? I can't wait to see the shoot when it comes out. I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts please.