To begin let’s talk about makeup. I love to start with a concept for a photo shoot. This shoot we were going with a widow bride. The photo was taken just before Halloween so we wanted to bring the softness of a bride and as well as adding emotion to it.
With that said let’s go into detail on the makeup. I like to start with brows. Brows are a key point to a face. So I decided a strong brow was what would look best. Using Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow pomade in dark brown with an angled brush I created and filled in her brows. I like to carve out the brows and straighten any mistakes that I may have missed. For this I used Tarte concealer, one shade lighter than her natural skin. This will make the brows look nice and clean with a little highlight under it. Oh yea we got brows!
From here it is time to create her eye look. I wanted to go with something dramatic but semi soft too if that's possible. So I went with a shadow two shades lighter than her skin. For this color I went with Lorac (shell) and placed this all over the lid. I like to build color so adding Lorac black I began to build on the lid. Only taking that black to her crease and out toward the outer corners of the eyes. I built that color up until I felt the color was right what I wanted. I lightly blended that by buffing it with a clean small fluffy brush. This helps to soften the black on the edges. The feather of her shoulder piece caught my eye and in the light it gave out a tint of teal. So why not do that to the eyes as well? For this I took MAC Cosmetics (dark indulgence mineralize) shadow to add a little on top. This gave just enough pop to the eye. I cleaned up the shadows outer corners and made it nice and crisp by using a Neutrogena make up wipe. By the way these wipes are perfect to use to clean up any fall out or to create a crisp line. Two more steps to complete the eyes. First, a nice wing liner always gives the eyes that dramatic feel. To obtain that I used NYX Cosmetics liquid liner in black. There is no easy way of doing this. Now it is time to put the cherry on top…LASHES! We used some winged lashes going from short to long on the outside corners. Remember we’re going for drama, so why not double those outside lashes by placing long individual lashes on that outside corners? On the bottom we went with smaller individuals just in the corners to mirror the top. BAM!!! Now you have drama!
Next up, the Face........ First I start off with a primer. I turned to Smashbox Cosmetics (photo finish). I used Makeup Forever for her foundation. I like to mix different shades to make custom colors for her foundation. Next step is to set this using MAC translucent powder.
Now it’s time for the fun part. Contour and Highlight is where you get to bring out the shape and features of the face. In the photos it results in turning the face into a 3D look. Here is where you can hide or enhance the parts of the face you don't like or what you want to show off. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit for this. Using a medium brown in the pallet I started to shape out the hallows of the cheek, jaw line and sides of the nose. Going back in with a darker brown lightly applying just at the sides of the face, and the outer parts of the cheek area. Highlighting (light shimmer) to the cheek bone, top of the nose, brow bone, and small part of the chin. Adding a little blush onto the apples of the cheek (guava).
Lips....... Outlining the lips with MAC currant. Not only did I outline them, but I filled them in as well. That is what gives you that beautiful lip!
THE FINAL TOUCH............... mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. For this touch I used Too Face (better than sexy).
Now that the face is done we move to the hair. This is just a couple easy steps. Taking one inch sections I alternated my curling irons and used a 1 inch barrel and a 1 2/3 barrel for every other section. I also teased the base before curling each section. Once all the hair was curled I used Sexy Hair (extra hold) hair spray all over. Taking pieces and giving an additional tease using a fine pcik. This helped to create an uneven amount of curls. A little extra curl and Voila! Done.
These photos were taken by Dee Carlin, firstname.lastname@example.org (714) 798-7815
Flowers by www.mfgfloral.com
Model Alyssa Reeves