Sunday, 29 July 2012

Before/After: A Modigliani Beauty

Whilst in Sicily recently, I am not sure what it was, maybe it's the explosion of colour, vibrancy of the people and landscape or the beautiful artistic architecture and interiors, I found myself seeking inspiration from the arts. Certain artists to be exact. One of my favourites is Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, an Italian artist known for his paintings of women with elongated necks and oval faces. I've loved his colours and the way his women always looked so aloof and elegant.

So without realising, as soon as I saw what hair maestro Marco did on our model, I instinctively knew what I wanted to do and let me hand and heart do the work. Here's a typical Modigliani painting so you know what I mean.
I love the shades on the face, how the blush if any sits really low so that it creates a elongated drawn look and the rose bud lips. Just simply gorgeous. Anyway before I go on, let me introduce you to our model Mona.
Face Prep: Caudalie Cleansing Water, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet.

Mona is a stunning girl with brown hair so Marco coloured her hair and made it really dark and instantly I started seeing her new image in my head. Long neck, dark hair, an aquiline nose and beautiful soulful eyes. The perfect Modigliani woman! And I had the perfect YSL palettes from the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, full of sultry dusky tones, perfect for creating contours and shadows. I didn't want to take it too literal so also included a flash of mint green and fuchsia pink to make the look modern. So the fundamentals of a Modigliani woman was there, wearing the blush super low to create a haughty flush and hollowed-out contoured eyes. Here are the results.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat, YSL Teint Parfait in Tan Glow.
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, YSL Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in No 7, Paris-Berlin Beige Pencil.
Eyebrows: YSL Eye Brow Pencil in No 4 Ash.
Cheeks: YSL Cream Blush in No 2 Powdery Rose & No 5 Fuchsia Temptation.
Lips: YSL Dare To Glow in No 1, YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat, YSL Cream Blush in No 5 Fuchsia Temptation, YSL Rouge Pur Shine in No 30 Shimmering Pink & No 31 Tuxedo Pink.
Powder: YSL Semi-Loose Powder in Sand.

Here's a couple of close-ups in direct sun light.
What do you think? I love how Mona turned out, I thought she captured the spirit of Modigliani really well and the colours all worked with the natural Sicilian sunlight. I'd love to hear your comments.


  1. Wow what a beautiful look, I love the touch of green on the inner eye. x

  2. The photos in the sunlight are to die for! stunning colours :)

    1. Thanks Laura, isn't she pretty? x

  3. Such a pretty look. I love Modigliani too. And Mona is my mum's name... don't come across many of them!

    Nic x

  4. I like it when you explain your mind's process before doing a look, I find it interesting. Mona sports this look very well too. I believe this blush placement wouldn't suit every face shape but it looks gorgeous on her. Simple and beautiful. x

    1. Exactly which is why when you get the chance to do a look on someone who suits it, it all comes together so well! X

  5. Absolutely stunning look! She's a beauty to start with but the artful colours you chose give her that certain something. Very inspiring post.

  6. Wow.
    She turned out totally lovely!

  7. Amazing. You captured the spirit perfectly I think x

  8. The Maestro Modigliani himself would have loved to paint her after your work with her. You captured him masterley.