One of my resolutions (before the new year, actually) was to be doing new work at least once a week, whether it was in collaboration with a photographer, or shooting my own work with friends, actresses, and models that I know. This week, I had a rather last minute shoot with Elizabeth, who’s an actress that I almost had the opportunity to work with on a film project last year. We’ve been Facebook friends, and it was great to finally meet her in person and do some fun looks. I was shooting in my living room again, and we had soup together during the break between looks. All-in-all, a creative and happy day!
Clean Beauty Look
I almost always start my shoots with a clean beauty look as the skin is always the most important factor in a beautiful makeup application. If the skin looks crappy, it doesn’t matter what you do elsewhere on the face. For me, poor skin techniques automatically trigger my brain to think “unhealthy”, “not real”, “wouldn’t work in real life”, “cheap”, etc. This is why I spend the majority of my application time (and restocking kit $$), prepping the skin properly and “cleaning up” any redness or discoloration.
I used my favorite skin prep products (I am using affiliate links today):
A wonderful exfoliating spray (never seen anything else like it!) that smells amazing and gets any dead skin off the face before starting.
A micellar water product that is a staple in my kit. More powerful than water, and less intense than makeup remover, this will cleanse the skin of any leftover foundation (I always check the corners of the face, by the ears and neck), any mascara leftovers, and any of the dead skin that came off from using Sexapeel.
Another Sonia Roselli product (because she’s the bomb), and it’s the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. It smells amazing and feels so refreshing. It’s a moisturizer/primer all-in-one, so there’s no need to take extra steps or use unnecessary products.
Elizabeth has beautiful freckles, which I didn’t want to cover up! My favorite foundation right now is the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. This is a highly pigmented, highly versatile foundation. A lot of makeup artists I know use it as a concealer as well! I like it because I can have very sheer coverage if I want… which I do in this case.
The secret to my glowy skin technique is a cream highlighter. I’ve used several, and they are easy to find, but my favorite right now is Kiko Cosmetics Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter. Using a beautiful cream blush from Kryolan, the skin just comes alive and looks radiant.
On the eyelids I used a fluffy brush with a generous amount of a “The Balm” highlighter, because it’s so pretty! I very sparingly went around the upper and lower lash line with a dark brown eyeshadow from my new Viseart Neutral Matte Palette. A pop of mascara, and some light grooming of the brows with a Anastasia Brow Gel, and some slightly tinted lipgloss finished the look.
Edgy Beauty Look
After the first clean beauty look, we amped up the contrast a bit, building on the previous look with some heavier contouring around the edges of the face, some ruddier tones around the cheeks and more intense eyeshadow concentrated in the corner of the eye socket. I used some more highlighting powders and a gloss on the lips that had more gold tones in it.
I think it’s pretty amazing how different the two looks are with just a little bit of depth added to the color, and small tweaks to the hair!
Thanks for reading! I hope to have lots more work to post soon. I love what I do and want to share it! If you have any questions about the techniques or the products I used, please leave a comment below!