Sunday, 31 March 2013

Before/After: One Face Two Looks/All About Colour & Texture

So Spring is upon us, apparently... although cold and frosty still and Easter has come and gone, work waits for no one and I'm already shooting Spring/Summer looks. A few weeks back I was asked to create a few looks for a Spring shoot. I didn't want to go down the route of flushed cheeks and glossy skin again so I decided to play with textures instead. What do I mean by textures? Think matte, glossy, semi-matte, dewy, they're all textures. It's a great way of doing a normal everyday look and making it look modern and with a twist.

Without further delay, let's meet Monika.

Face Prep: Lancome Galatéis Douceur Soft Cleansing Fluid, Bioderma Crealine H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Hydrating Lotion, Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Lip Balm.

Monika's a beauty and is stunning without much help from me. Her skin is however slightly oily with a few dilated pores. So I had the chance to use my new Bioderma product which I got a few days ago. It acted like a primer by smoothing over the skin and creating a silky soft canvas to work on.

For the first look, I wanted to use neutral colours and creating a warm healthy brown look but then add on a dewy texture onto the eyes to give it a gloss and catch the light. 
Foundation: CK One 3 in 1 Face Makeup, Givenchy Mister Light.
Eyes: MAC Paintpots in Ground Work, CK One Gloss Eye Colour in 800 Ultra, Suqqu Eyeliner Creamy in Brown, Clarins Wonder Length Mascara in Black, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme, Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in Brun Poétic.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde, MAC Clear Brow Fix.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Universal, Madina Shiny Stick in 001.
Lips: CK One Pure Colour Lipstick in 410 Wanted, CK One Gloss Eye Colour in 800 Ultra.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's a close up with a hard flash to really see the effect of all the gloss on the eye and skin.
For the second look I wanted to use colour but soft pastels and in powdery textures instead and maybe keep the glossiness somewhere unexpected. So I use sorbet-like colours that were pure and glowy to make sure it didn't look too washed out and dabbed bright coloured lipstick randomly to create a blurred but distinct mouth.
Face: Same as above.
Eyes: An assortment of Shu Uemura Shadows in Mauve, Lilac, Pink and Greys, MAC Pro Paint Stick in White, 3 coats of Clarins Wonder Length Mascara in Black.
Eyebrows: Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation.
Cheeks: MAC Lip Glass.
Lips: Top Shop Creme Lipcolour in Tawny, MAC Lipmix in Orange, MAC Lipstick in Pink Nouveau, CK One Gloss Eye Colour in 800 Ultra.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Finishing Powder.

Here's a close up of the lips. Someone commented that it was an homage to Pointillism, an art movement/technique of dotting colours to form an image and I suppose it is to a certain degree! 
And a shot of the gloss on the cheeks to catch light.
So what do you think? Does it say Spring to you? As always I love getting feedback and comments. Thanks guys!



  1. gorgeous, all of it. your posts are the only ones i get excited about x

  2. Love this play on textures! The lips in the second picture are killer and my favorite. Such creativity, it's brilliant. XX

  3. Love it Kenneth. The lips look fabulous. Love your posts xx

  4. Beautiful work Kenneth - I adore the eyes in the first look - truly stunning! x

  5. Beautiful lips. Really stunning.