This shoot was for a final look-book for fashion student Shanni Su - shot by Lauren Marsh. Again, this was in the very early stages of my career. Here are the ideas behind the look and what products were used to create it...
The inspiration behind the collection was 'Goth meets Nun' - unusual and beautiful. With that in mind, we wanted to keep the make-up a little dark, with a hint of innocence to it.
Below are the drawings I sent to the designer to show my thoughts on how I pictured the concept, and how I interpreted the brief. Preparation for a shoot is so important but often the outcome is a little different, as there are so many things to factor in - once you see the model's face in person and start collaborating with other creative minds...only then do you really know which is the best direction to take.
For the final look I tried to create a feel of innocence by adding white into the corners of the eyes, a dab of white on the lid and the thick black winged shadow for drama. I topped it off with black lips to give the Gothic feel that we wanted to achieve.
For the lips, I actually ended up using a Mac eye pencil to fill them in and with a Sleek lip gloss on top. At that point I didn't have a black lipstick in my kit plus it was a last minute decision, but it shows there is always something that can be used - improvising is key! I think it makes the world of make-up even more fun, all products can be used in different ways you don't have to stick to the intended use and results can be beautiful.
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Foundation: HD Micro foundation matifying liquid in 200, as I wanted to keep this whole look very matte.
Concealer: Brush on concealer by Kryolan in 02, to keep under the eyes light and bright.
Powder: Smash box photo set finishing powder.
Cheeks: Smash box Blush rush in Warm golden apricot.
Eyes: Mac Cosmetics Carbon (black) and Gesso (Vivid white).
Brows: Mac Cosmetics Carbon was brushed through the brows to darken them as much as the lids.
Lashes: Mac Cosmetics false lashes.
Lips: Mac Cosmetics Eye liner in Feline to fill in the whole of the lips and Sleek Gloss me Phoenix rising to finishing them off.
Hair: lighting sprayed with water and gelled back with Dax green and gold hair gel.
I recommend you always test products out on your skin first before using to make sure there is nothing you are allergic too.