Saturday, 22 June 2013

Before/After: Bronzed Goddess

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever social media platform, you'd probably have unfollowed me by now due to the onslaught of pictures of my recent trip to Ibiza! Hehe well if you haven't you are lovely people for indulging me!

One of the perks of this job is to be able to go away with incredible people to amazing locations to shoot. It's a change and a most refreshing one working in a different climate and country. I've forgotten how beautiful this little Spanish island is! I can't show you the rest of the shoots yet as they are due to come out very soon. I can however show you this one, I think...

So on another hot blazing morning, we set out to another amazing villa perched on the side of a cliff with an infinity pool that flowed towards the horizon. I got so excited and distracted that I forgot to take a before picture of our gorgeous model, Spanish babe Alicia! Before we meet her, have a look at some of the pictures of the villa and also the incredible product that kept Alicia and I sun-safe and moisturised! La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Oil.
 Right this is a beauty blog of sorts so let's talk about that shall we? I apologise for not having a before but the first look was so natural that I think it will do. I barely used much on Alicia for the first look and it took all of 15 minutes to do!
Skin Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Extreme Tinted Fluid, Clinique SPF 35 Targetted Protection Stick.

Foundation: Smidgen of DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Foundation, Givenchy Mister Bright, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.
Eyes: PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes in Excess Black.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Freesia, Highlighter.
Lips: Highlighter, MAC Lip Conditioner.

There you go, such a simple look that looks amazing and perfect for the summer/beach.

After the first few shots were done, we bumped up the hair and makeup to go into full-on glamazon mode! It didn't take much to transform Alicia into something quite stunning!
Skin: I patted on a little of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Oil, especially on the forehead, tops of the cheekbones and chin. Then buffed in a little foundation, not much, like a drop.
Eyes: PIXI Silky Eye Pencil in Black Cocoa, Makeup Atelier Palette in T24 Urban Grey, MAC Pigment in Antique Gold, Sleek Gold Eyeliner, L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes in Excess Black, tiny drop of oil on the lid.
Eyebrows: Bit more of the Brow Wiz from Anastasia.
Cheeks: Cargo Blush in Laguna.
Lips: Ultimate Lipliner, Givenchy Le Rouge in Beige Mousseline.

And here's a gorgeous close-up.
I used no powder as I felt there wasn't a need. I wanted the skin to look dewy and glowing. What do you think? Pretty hot right? I loved doing this look on Alicia, she was perfect as a Bronzed Goddess!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Editorial Update: L'Oreal Tanning Shoot

Just a quick post to show off (hehe) some new work that I'm really pleased with. On this shoot I had the chance to work with photographer Jenny Brough, Hair Stylist Heath Massi and Tanning Expert James Harknett! What was so fun about the shoot was we were allowed full reign to tan the model, who arrived in full Emo mode! So she was pale pale and pale! I said to James to give her as many coats of body tanning tint as possible. And with careful blending of makeup, much skill from everyone and gorgeous lighting, we had our lovely pale beauty turn into full-on Bronzed Glamazon! I love the pics, have a look!

What do you think? You wouldn't have known she was as fair as can be right?

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Before/After: The English Rose/Aristocrat

On a recent fashion shoot, I was asked to create a look for a label that wanted something quintessentially British. Words such as English Rose, Aristocrat, Country Manors, Effortless, Classy and Natural were shouted out during our morning brief. Well, first thoughts went straight to our dear monarch obviously and then I thought of amazing British models such as  Stella Tenant and Saffron Aldridge. These women carried something quite special in the sense that they weren't just beautiful women, they also had a certain quality. A quality that made you believe that they were just as comfortable strutting the runways of the fashion capitals as they were in a pair of wellies walking on the moors or roaming their country estates. Strong women who were also mothers and were not afraid of getting their hands dirty mucking about with their beautiful children. Hah! I tend to let my mind roam a bit far!

Anyway I met our gorgeous model Alyssa, an American, but she had that same beautiful pale freckly luminous skin and fair colouring as an English rose. So we decided that we wanted a light little liner flicked at the end, just a little one. A flushed cheek like she's been walking in the windy countryside and a slightly stained rose-hued lip. Subtle, very classy and ultimately womanly and beautiful! Meet Alyssa.
Face Prep: Lancome Galatéis Douceur, Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Lotion, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Hydrating Lip Balm, Face Primer.

I really wanted to keep Alyssa's skin translucent and sheer as I wanted to see her gorgeous freckles. She had lovely skin anyway except for a bit of redness so I didn't need to use too much product.

Here's the finished look.
Foundation: Kesalan Patharan Liquid Foundation, Givenchy Mister Bright, DiorSkin Sculpt Concealer.
Eyes: Make-Up Atelier 5 Shadow Palette in T24 Urban Grey, Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme, Clarins Wonder Length Mascara in Black.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in  Brunette, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: Kryolan Lip N' Cheek in Poppy, Highlighter.
Lips: Highlighter, Krolan Lip N' Cheek in Poppy, Givenchy Le Rouge in Grenat Initié, Emma Hardie Lip Balm patted in.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

Here's another angle and also a close up.

So what do you think? A lightly glamorous look that is natural and also very flattering. A little retro but yet also very modern in texture. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments please. Hope you like the look!