Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Before/After: A Multi-Faceted Blue Jewelled Eye

Often whilst doing makeup for shoots, I find myself noticing certain trends emerging from the briefs. After so many years I still find it slightly magical that everyone seems to know what the trends for the next season are. Of course I forget that there are trends companies whose sole job is to predict and forecast the upcoming trends for future seasons. And since I work at fashion weeks which works a season ahead, I am in a very privileged position to get a peek at what is coming up in the next collections! Anyway I digress, a certain theme I have noticed is jewelled tones. There is definitely a nod towards bejewelled tones in clothes, makeup and even hair!

So it was rather opportune that at a recent shoot I was asked to do a strong blue eye but the client didn't want anything graphic, they wanted it strong but soft at the same time. So that ruled out hard edges and graphic shapes. When I suggested doing a jewelled tone eye that was strong but yet soft and wearable, everyone was happy and that was decided.

Let me introduce Ilse, a truly handsome model!
Face Prep: Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil, Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Shu Uemura Brightening UV Under Base Mousse, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.

Isn't she handsome? I use the word handsome because Ilse to me had beautifully chiseled and full features that transcended genders. Some would call it androgyny I suppose. She would make a most beautiful boy or a stunning gorgeous woman, depending on makeup and lighting. Anyway here's how Ilse looked after I completed the eye.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat,  Givenchy Mr Light, YoungBlood Natural Mineral Foundation.
Eyes: Pixi Endlessly Silky Eye Pen in No 3 Black Tulip, MAC Paint Stick in Marine Ultra, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon, Shu Uemura Eye Shadow in Vivid Blue 665, Makeup Forever Aqua Colour in No 20 Intense Blue, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in Deep Black, Magnifibres, Paris-Berlin Beige Eye Pencil, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black, Madina Shiny Stick in 100.
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brown No 3, Gold Mascara.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Universal, Burberry Fresh Glow, MAC Taupe Blush.
Lips: Burberry Fresh Glow, Rodial Glam Balm Lip, MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here are a couple of close up photos to see the full effect.
And an even closer shot.
And more close ups with lids down.
I suppose most people wouldn't bat an eyelid at the thought of doing a jewel-toned eye but I wanted to express the point of creating dimension. I rarely use just one product, I find that in shoots, that creates a rather flat finish. Personally I like using similar shades in various finishes to create dimension and texture. So even though I wanted a blue eye, I have used about 5 different blue products to create the final look. Just like how the more facets a gemstone has, the sparklier and more brilliant it becomes, I think the same applies to makeup.

23 comments:

  1. I was going to write exactly the same as Dani, beautiful, as always!x

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my, the sense of dimension is amazing... I just love how utterly different her eye looks depending on which direction she looks.

    So glad you included close ups - amazing!!

    Nic xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Nic, I am glad you enjoyed it! X

      Delete
  3. really lovely. and such a wonderful gemstone sparkle comparison, i never thought of it like that but that's exactly right!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! That's how I see makeup, it's all about dimensions! x

      Delete
  4. Hi Kenneth! I'm a Singaporean and an aspiring Makeup Artist. I absolutely love your work and you are amazing! Keep painting faces! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Gwen! Good luck and have fun at the same time. I miss Singapore x

      Delete
  5. It works..
    Even if she has blue eyes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, I'm not a fan of matching eye colour to eye colour but it works as it's a statement colour and not eye makeup to accent if you know what it means. x

      Delete
  6. Really like the look! I see you use the touche éclat foundation on all your models...do you think it is suitable for many skin types?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Chlewie, yes I have been trialling it for many months now and have found it suitable for a great variety of skins. It's a fairly hydrating one so you will have to adjust your skincare to compensate for that. Thank you for the comment x

      Delete
  7. Its a beautiful eye! Thats one blue that really adds a surreal element to the makeup.
    I have always loved the way you add accents on the face and here the most eye catching one was in the inner corners.!YSL TOuche Eclat foundation looks like its going to be a winner for 2013 awards for makeup!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That thanks Neeraj, I love how you always get the thought behind my makeup. And I adore the YSL foundation. It's my go to foundation for work at the moment, actually the last 4 months! Thank you again for the comment.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i will try a shade for myself (I dont usually wear foundations but wont mind once a while) and see how my skin glows. Currently I am also liking the Clarins Treatment oil for face in Lotus and Blue Orchid and they are my favs for night time skin care regimen!

      Delete
    2. Let me know how you get on. I'm a big fan of Clarins' treatment oils as well.

      Delete
    3. The Clarins Lotus oil gave me a breakout actually. But I dont blame it completely. The weather here is awful and is making everyone sick as it is. Plus the girl on Clarins counter said that it sort of clears the skin. No fresh breakouts anymore though but I am skeptical now.

      I learnt on Clarins website that the oil can be mixed with one of their toning lotions and applied and doing the same. Lets see what happens!!

      Delete
  9. Hi KennethSoh, Im a pro make up artist from Chicago and I love your work <3

    Beauty in Colors Makeup Artistry
    Lee Orlian
    Lee Drillman

    ReplyDelete