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Category Archives: Color choice
Sometimes, everything comes together even better than you had envisioned. This shoot took place a few months ago in Boston, and we managed to rock it out despite a last-minute model cancellation. Thankfully, we found a SUPERB replacement and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
The theme was a modern take on 1960′s fashion (Mad Men, etc.), and each makeup look was achieved with Temptu airbrush foundation and OCC lip tars. I loved doing the strong brow and pale nude lips in the mod look, as well as the classic red lips. I also used a rich chocolate brown nail color on Christine (Shades by Barielle, “Make it a Latte”).
The full editorial will be appearing soon on HowToBeARedhead.com, but here are some initial selects:
Photography: Kara Kochalko (see blog entry here)
Model: Christine Stripinis (Maggie, Inc.)
Hair: Michael Albor (Ennis, Inc.)
Styling: Amanda Antunes
Wearable, youthful brights and fresh faces were the order of the day for this editorial – as always, click the images to view them larger (so hard to fit landscapes into the blog format!) or just check out Lipgloss issue #6 online.
Photographer: Angela Michelle Perez
Hair: Nancy Brown
Wardrobe: Francisco Collazo
Models courtesy of Dynasty & Maggie
Just received copies of my beauty spread with photographer Angela Michelle Perez, which appeared in the April issue (aka The Art issue) of Kontrol, an Atlanta-based fashion, culture & lifestyle magazine. Since the credits and products used are listed, I’ll just let the clips do the talkin’! (Click the images to see them full-size.)
I’m very proud to finally be able to show the images from a shoot I did with Tyler Shumway during my sojourn to NYC last fall, which have been published in the most recent issue of T&M Magazine (pages 74-77), an Anniversary issue focusing exclusively on beauty. We had the pleasure of working with models – and newlyweds – Alex and Natasha:
Spring beauty redefined: the skin is shower-fresh and aglow, but with a color palette inspired by the fervent passion of the season (and a pair of models who just happen to be newlyweds), the look is anything but pastel!
It ended up being a nice balance between the season we shot it (Autumn) and the season it printed (Spring). I’m thrilled to see our work alongside so many other amazing editorials!
- Graftobian Hi-Def Crème Foundation
- Smashbox Artificial Light, Diffuse and Glow
- Yaby eyeshadows (Dramatically Neutral and World of Pearl palettes)
- MAC eye kohl, Teddy and Smolder
- MAC fluidline, Lithograph
- Makeup Forever Glossy Full Couleur #9
- BeneFit Benetint
- Cover Girl Lash Blast
- Essie nail lacquer, Wicked (I’m no nail tech, but I think I did a nice job!)
…it comes and goes! Saturday was the perfect example of how shooting outdoors in natural light can be both exhilarating and unpredictable. Myself, model Chioma, and photographer Stephanie Pierce traveled to the Quabbin Reservoir (so beautiful!) only to be teased and ultimately thwarted by light that was either too intense, or disappeared entirely behind the treeline.
Eventually we found ourselves a gorgeous field along a hill with an unbroken skyline where we proceeded to make the most of the setting Autumn sun:
Bright, direct sunlight can be very unkind if you’re wearing too much makeup, or the wrong colors, so I kept the makeup very natural, showcasing Chioma’s amazing features with just a bit of blush and coral tones on the lips. We kept going until the light disappeared behind the mountains (which is happening earlier and earlier everyday it seems). It was a tricky start to the day, but we got some lovely images in the end.
Soon I’ll be retreating to the studio for shoots like this – not too many models are excited to shoot outdoors in freezing temperatures!
A first look from photographer Greg Brown – I thought earthy golds would look beautiful against Stephanie’s intense blue eyes and freckled skin:
More to come!
I just got some new images from photographer and Hallmark graduate Tyler Shumway, who is an aspiring (and very talented) beauty photographer. I love his flawless yet realistic touch with photo editing as well as his behind-the-lens prowess. Here are samples of two shoots we did together earlier this year:
(Always comb out your lashes, folks!)
And here’s a nice, natural eye makeup look to wear to your next job interview or PTA meeting:
Tyler, Western Massachusetts’ loss is New York’s gain – I look forward to working together again in the future!
Urban Decay was the first brand of makeup that I fell for in a big way. I suspect it was their image. I was a high school proto-goth (although, admittedly, I didn’t wear ANY makeup back then with the exception of chipped black nail polish), and UD’s edgy colors, packaging and product names spoke to me in a way the ladylike Revlons and Mary Kays of the world never would. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that their products are cruelty-free (and many are vegan as well). I still have some of the discontinued nail polishes, and one of my happiest makeup maven moments was when a friend who had worked at Urban Outfitters back when UD was sold there passed along her sample kit to me. (The liquid liners and glosses all had to be tossed, but the kit included a big pile of untouched, and in some cases discontinued, eye shadows! It was a happy holiday indeed.)
Nowadays I have many UD eye shadow colors in my kit – I love how soft and blendable they are, although admittedly I stay away from the ones with lots of gritty silver glitter. I’m also a big fan of their super-soft, waterproof 24/7 pencil liners (but again, I wish they’d come out with some shimmer- and glitter-free pencils!) Since I prefer to have lots of shades in one place, I also have one of their gift palettes, the Deluxe Shadow Box:
Here are some back-of-the-hand swatches for ya:
I liked that this palette had soft, bright colors sans silver glitter. But it’s hardly the kind of thing I’d recommend to a client for everyday use, and most of their kits are still a bit too edgy, sparkly and/or colorful.
Well, UD must have read my mind, because they are coming out with the Naked palette, and it looks just luscious:
Beauty blogger & product swatcher extraordinaire Temptalia has an entry showing the colors in action, and they are quite appealing – neutrals with a kick! Sure, I’d have liked a few more matte/satin shades (UD’s always a little heavy on the sparkle), but these are lovely and I think they’d make a great go-to palette for almost anyone. It even comes with a double-ended liner and a mini version of their famous Primer Potion (which minimizes creasing and increases longevity). I must admit, I don’t need this at ALL but I am tempted! If you’re in the market to amp up your everyday eye looks, I’d definitely suggest checking this one out.
Now if UD would just get us a pro artist discount already, I’d be adding a lot more of their stuff to my kit!
Now there’s a color I don’t get to use very often! Part of the fun of working on conceptual shoots is that the makeup is often meant to be more dramatic and/or less “wearable.” If you like wearing bold colors on your eyes and you’re NOT wearing a ruffle of newspaper around your neck with sculpted hair, try a softer wash on the lid or in the crease, blended out gently so that color doesn’t go all the way to the eyebrow. Or try my favorite color standby: a bright pop of eyeliner!
I think all kinds of colors can suit all kinds of people once they find the right texture, intensity, shape, and undertone – and it’s really fun to experiment!