Saturday, 30 June 2012

Before/After: Technicolour Film Mannequin/Stepford Wife

Remember the fab team I worked with for the Lana Del Ray shoot? Well after a few days I got to work with the fab stylist again and another fab team of photographer and hair stylist and we shot a look that was once again, simply amazing!

The location was at a location house hired for the day and there were so many incredible paintings, art and furniture in it that it was impossible not to be inspired! The shoot was to feature on the latest looks and hair maestro Heath saw an old painting of this woman in a green jumper and decided to use that as his inpiration.I wished I took a picture of the painting. 

Well being the strange boy that I am, I decided that I wanted to create this bored slightly demented housewife from the the old movies but  make her fashionable and stunning still but also a little mannequin-like. Picture Faye Dunaway in Mummy Dearest, throw in a bit of Joan Crawford and think bright technicolour films when they first started doing films in colour and you might get the picture. Oh and don't forget abit of Valley Of The Dolls and Stepford Wives as well. You'll be forgiven if you don't, my mind works in strange ways.

Anyway meet Maja, oh gorgeous vivacious Maja.
Face Prep: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Shu Uemura Brightening UV Under Base Mousse, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.

This girl is so beautiful and young and bubbly. It was impossible to imagine her as a demented, beautiful, tormented retro housewife but she threw herself into that role as soon as she saw her reflection post makeup and hair! Let me show you how she looks in a pic I took of her while she was working! 
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, YSL Touche Éclat.
Eyes: YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink, YSL False Lash Effect Cream Eyeliner in Deep Black, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in Deep Black, Paris-Berlin Beige Eye Pencil.
Eyebrows: YSL Eyebrow Pencil in Ash.
Cheeks: YSL Terre Saharienne Collector Summer 2012 in No. 1 Tanned.
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture No. 13 Le Orange, YSL Glossy Stain No. 8 Orange De Chine, MAC Lip Mix in Orange, OCC Liptar in Traffic.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.

What do you think? I think she looked amazing! Let me show you a couple of pics during the transformation.
And here's a close up of the very simple but effective eye.
So what do you think? Effective look? It's a very simple but great look, especially with Heath's amazing wig he created! I love it and hope you do too. As always comments are very much appreciated.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Pink/Fushcia Lip: The Search Might Be Over

I have been searching and searching for a pink equivalent of one of my favourite lipsticks of all time, MAC's Ruby Woo. I wanted a pink that had the same dense, velvet intensity of Ruby Woo that drenched lips in almost technicolour pigment. And after 19 years doing makeup, I think I might have cracked it. Maybe.

I shot with the beautiful Sophie Pumfrett who I think will be the next huge model to come out of London. It's her first runway season in September so watch out world! Sophie has a maturity that belies her tender 19 years and it comes across when you apply a bit of makeup on her. Anyway here is Sophie without makeup.
Face Prep: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Water, Decléor Life Radiance Double Radiance Cream, Decléor Nourishing Lip Balm.

I won't say which products I used exactly to create this pink but it has a bit of a few things from Illamasqua, MAC, YSL and Armani. Have a look.
What do you think? I might be in love and pray that when I next need a pink like that, I can recreate it! Now as the shoot evolved, I wanted to keep the pink but didn't fancy it looking the same. So what did I do? I thought why not change the texture of it? This can be easily done by combining products that wouldn't normally be used for the lips or necessarily mix together.
And here's an extreme close up.
Fun huh? What do you think?

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Editorial Update: Harrods Magazine

Remember my trip to Puglia, Italy? The first shots of the shoots we did there are out. A sun-drenched beauty shoot on the trends for our so far elusive summer. I'm ecstatic with the results, have a look! I couldn't wait for the shots to be sent to me so these are screen grabs off the website.
What do you think? Gorgeous huh? Our gorgeous model made my job so much easier and an incredible team and location made it impossible not to create something beautiful. I'm really pleased.

Before/After: Enhancing/Lana Del Ray Makeup

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.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Editorial Update: Gravure Magazine

In March 2012 I worked with photographer Greg Sorensen, stylist Ursula Lake, assistant stylist Elin Evans, hairstylist Peter Beckett and model Simone Kerr on a shoot for American magazine Gravure. I would say as far as teams go, this was near perfection. Everyone knew what they were doing and the chemistry was amazing! It was a real treat where everybody inspired each other and deep bonds of friendship were forged there in that location in Ealing! This has since been reinforced on my recent trip to Puglia Italy, which I wrote about in my last post. I love these guys!

Anyway, the shoot is out and can be seen in full here. However I just wanted to share some of my favourite shots from the shoot.
What do you think? Isn't Simone gorgeous? Not only has she got beauty, this girl is smart, funny and endearingly goofy! I can't wait to see them all again. As always, comments are very welcome and if you have anything you want to ask about products I used on this shoot, please feel free to ask.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A Visual Diary: Puglia, Italy

I went to Puglia in Italy for a couple of shoots and I wanted to share it with everyone. It was a short trip, 4 days but we shot everyday from the moment we landed! Hand to heart, it was the best trip I've ever been on due to the incredible team I went with. Everyone bonded and loved our jobs and being in Italy, everyone was totally into their food and wine! As you know if you follow me on twitter, I adore my food so I was in pig heaven with just the right people! 

We had incredible models who were hard working and were game for anything. And for a makeup artist that is so important as it really makes the word muse so relevant! It was quite tiring but I was so inspired, by my surroundings, the light, colours, the team and the people of the village we shot in! Check out that elderly gentleman. He was out and about in his sunday best with a cigarette in one hand, bunch of flowers in the other and was charming us all! I could go on about it all night but the best way is to show you through the medium of photography. I hope my pictures capture what thrilled my eyes and senses!

Before/After: Pastel Beauties

I've been waiting for this shoot to publish so I could post about these 2 lovelies! It was quite awhile ago so pardon me if my memories fail me a bit. This was a beauty shoot and I had the pleasure of working with two very different skin-toned models. One fair and another one darker. My only brief was to use pastel colours to show that any skin tone could get wear pastels. So with that brief in mind I set about creating 2 looks. I wanted large eyes, bright fresh colours and for some reasons I kept having images of large flowers and a 60's vibe so I set to work!

Our first model is Izzy. 
Face Prep: UNE Radiance Refresh Micellar Cleansing Water, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.

As you can see Izzy had redness and a few marks left from previous spots. Nothing too bad, just uneven skin so it's easily covered. When I saw her skin tone I instantly thought ice cold blues and an apricot cheek! I wanted fresh blues in various shades and textures to surround her eyes in a shimmery halo. Here she is post makeup.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, YSL Touche Éclat, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: YSL Ombres 5 Lumiéres in No 11 & 13, YSL False Lash Effect Mascara in Noir Radical.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde, MAC Clear Brow Fix.
Cheeks: YSL Blush Radiance in No 2. 
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Blonde Ingénu, YSL Golden Gloss in Sparkling Transparent White mixed with Teint Touche Éclat.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand. 

Before I start gushing, let me introduce you to Sharmina.
Face Prep: Une Radiance Refresh Micellar Cleansing Water, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.

Sharmina has pretty amazing skin with not a mark on it. The only concern was a slight darkening under her eyes but even that wasn't anything to worry about. On her I instantly saw purples and shimmery lilacs and pink cheeks. Have a look.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, YSL Touche Éclat. 
Eyes: YSL Ombres 5 Lumiéres in No 4 & 13, YSL False Lash Effect Mascara in Noir Radical.
Eyebrows: MAC Clear Brow Fix.
Cheeks: YSL Blush Radiance in No 3 & 4. 
Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rose Libertine, YSL Golden Gloss in Golden Pink.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.

What do you think? I deliberately chose colours that were contradictory to their natural skin tones as this was for a fashion/beauty story and by it's very nature pastels are cooler in tones. In my opinion if you start to warm up pastels, it loses it's icy-ness and purity in tone and colour. Personally I love how it clashes in a very subtle way. Would pastels be a thing you'd try? If you wanted to keep it usable for everyday, choose one aspect of the face and focus on that rather than on every feature. I think it's a great way to use all those colours in palettes that you usually would shy away from!