Friday, 20 July 2012

Before/After: Dusky Sizzling Sicilian Goddess

Finally time to do a post about what I have been up to in Sicily. 9 days, 6 different shoots, 3 models. Sizzling hot temperatures, early starts, inspiring locations and a most incredible and inspiring team to work with resulted in some pretty amazing transformations. 

I love working with hairstylist maestro Marco Testa who just gets me and together we created some pretty amazing transformations. Why are we so good together? He understands where I am coming from and when that happens, hairstyling and makeup goes into another level. I also had the new A/W 2012 collection from YSL to play with. Dusky khakis, bronzes and 3 new skin illuminators instantly made me think of hot, almost sweaty skin, all aglow. Have a look at the products.
I wanted our model to look like a courtesan in a hot sweaty bordello, skin aflushed and shimmery, awaiting her next victim! What can I say? It must have been the Sicilian sun, Baroque interiors and dramatic landscape! Let me introduce you to Luma.
Face Prep: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Shu Uemura Brightening UV Under Base Mousse, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.

Luma is Brazilian, as you can see her lineage of African, German and Japanese bloods have resulted in a rather spectacular face! When I saw her, I knew I wanted to change her pale skin to a duskier tone and use the YSL A/W collection to intensify her features and create a slightly different race. I didn't want any one feature to jump out, just a well blended, sculpted heady mix of sensuality and power! It was pretty easy, even without makeup Luma is pretty perfect and I loved how into character she got when we explained it to her. Natural she is funny, slightly geeky and so easy to be with but as soon as the look was done, she transformed into this tanned, smouldering creature of loveliness and danger! And hair magician Marco understood that perfectly and suggested a head full of long dark extensions, ironed out straight and then slightly greased up to create a bit of "dirtiness". Just perfect! 

Here is Luma straight after makeup before lips were done.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat, YSL Teint Parfait in Tan Glow, YSL Touché Eclat, YSL Dare To Glow in No 1, 2 & 3.
Eyes: YSL Pure Chromatics Palette No 9 & 10, YSL False Lash Effect Cream Eyeliner in Bronze Black, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in Deep Black,  YSL Dare To Glow in No 3.
Eyebrows: YSL Dare To Glow in No 1, YSL Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Luminescent Gold.
Cheeks: YSL Teit Parfait in Tan Glow, YSL Cream Blush in Passion Red.
Lips: YSL Dare To Glow in No 1, YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Golden Nude.

And as I hoped when I designed this look, when Luma got hotter at the location, her skin shone, glowed and sheened to create a burnished finish! I avoided powder to avoid any kind of muddiness of the complexion. Here's a shot of Luma posing on set. The picture on the left is natural lighting taken with my camera and the one on the right is when I pumped up the contrast slightly to accentuate the duskiness. I still get goosebumps when I look at the results!
What do you think? Sizzling? Goddess-like? I love this look so much and really had fun creating it. If there ever was a better example of smouldering sexiness, I think Luma pretty much takes the title, don't you?

31 comments:

  1. whoa what a transformation... she was beautiful before but ephereal after - love!

    Nic x

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    1. Thanks Nic! Isn't she stunning? Thanks for the comment x

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  2. Wow! That is such a beautiful, sexy look. Sizzling indeed!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Jane! Luma is indeed sizzling! X

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  3. Love the transformation. And the brief you had really shows as she is sizzling hot!

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  4. This is amazing!! It must be great to be able to work with such beautiful models!! You're an amazing makeup artist!! Do you ever need assistants? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to assist you or just stand there and watch you work your magic! x

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    1. Thank you and I sometimes use assistants. Stay in touch and you never know, our paths might cross. X

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    1. You're welcome!
      Wish I could transfer this somehow into daytime look!

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    2. Of course you can! Just do the eyes, it's very soft with no hard lines or edges, just a halo of bronziness. Try it and let me know how you get on. X

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  6. OMG, I am a Nigerian makeup artist and this is my first time here but right now I am definitely hooked.
    The glow, the glow, oh she looks like a burnished goddess especially after you amped up the contrast.
    I am so glad to meet you and know you Mr. Soh

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    1. Thanks Barbara. That's very kind of you to say x

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  7. Such a beautul authentic look! How did you manage to make such a strong transformation without makingbher makeup looking fake? May I also ask which shade of Le Teint Eclat Foundation you used?
    You are a makeup artist indeed!

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    1. Esmeralda, thank you for the kind comment. I can't remember the exact shade, it was definitely one that's darker than her real shade. The trick is to do it in very very fine layers so the makeup stays looking natural. x

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    2. A beautiful piece of work, you have enhanced her natural beauty yet transformed her. Gorgeous x

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  8. Thank you, Kenneth! But how do you apply extremly fine layers? Do you have a magical tool? ;)

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  9. The makeup looks flawless and glowy and dewy! All thanks to the amazing artiste behind those lovely alive canvases..!

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    1. Thanks Neeraj for your always complimentary comments! X

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  10. I saw this on your instagram and just fell in love! Great work as always x

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  11. That is simply the most gorgeous makeup i have ever seen in my life, honestly you have done an impeccable job!

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  12. It's beautiful and the model has a gorgeous face! Well done; I do admire your work in general and enjoy a lot reading your blog and see what products you usually use...

    I was wondering how did you get her skin to look so glowy? Is it the foundation or the highlighters? Both?

    I'm asking this because my skin is oily (to combination, but mostly oily) and I was thinking about getting the YSL touche éclat foundation but I don't want to look that shiny on a daily baisis... Do you think I could wear it anyway or is it definitely more suitable for dryer skin types?

    x Clémence (sorry for the english mistakes I'm french)

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  13. Beautiful work! And the model has a gorgeous face!

    Would you say the YSL touche éclat foundation is suitable for oily skin types?
    I'm asking this because even if I like the look you created on her for the photoshoot, I don't see myself being that shiny on a daily basis and as I have oily skin it can happen ... What do you think? Is it the foundation or the highlighters or both that make her skin looks so glowy? x

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    1. HI! Thanks for being so kind. Yes the glow is created with a combination of the highlighters and foundation and also skincare I used. I wanted to create a very 'hot' look so I used heavy moisturiser to trap the sweat on skin and make it look like she was smoldering and slightly sweaty. Haha. If your skin is oily then the YSL foundation might be too oily for you. You can always create glow by adding a highlighter on cheekbones after foundation. I think you might be better off with a different foundation. Try the Givenchy Teint Couture. It lasts longer and gives that gorgeous flash light photography effect. Good luck x

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