I recently had the opportunity to work with a group of extremely talented and amazing people. Keldon Ray is a phenomenal photographer located in Wake Forest, NC who I met through a mutual friend of ours (better known as Slick Nick Nasty, keep an eye out for his dope track on Soundcloud). My two models for the day were Lacey, who owns her own boutique (LovelyLaces.net) and Cassie (an up and coming stylist - you can check out her work at disingenuouslydressed.com). So the pressure was ON to deliver some of my best work to really pull the shoot together and create cohesive images with these lovely ladies!
Knowing the location of the shoot is very important to the creative process for me, because alongside with wardrobe, the location is the first aspect of an image that sets the tone for the feel and concept. Nick and Keldon found an amazing spot in the woods for us to shoot, so I really wanted to play with natural and warm tones (it was a very warm and sunny day, so why not work with the elements?).
Lacey has gorgeous blue eyes and a beautiful fair complexion, so warm tones complement her very well. After prepping and priming her face, I started by using an orangey-peach eyeshadow in her crease and buffing it upwards to give some warmth to her eyes. I patted a shimmery nude color onto her lids with a flat shader brush to open and brighten her eyes without drawing attention away from the orange tones in her crease. Lacey has some natural pink tones on her bottom lid, so instead of trying to conceal and cover, I decided to play up these features and used a thicker angled brush and a very sheer pink shadow to "line" her bottom lid. I blended out the color on her bottom lid so that the pink shadow didn't leave a harsh line, but was soft and subtle. I added a touch of frosty white shadow on the inner corners of her eyes to make them pop, lined her top lid with a natural brown pencil liner, and finished her off with mascara on the top and bottom lids. Since the goal was to keep the model looking fresh and natural, I skipped traditional contouring all together and used highlighter and blush to shape the face. Because Lacey's skin tone is so fair, the light pink blush on the apples of her cheeks distinguished the hollows of her cheeks without me having to shade them in. I used a fluffy complexion brush to apply highlighter to the tops of her cheekbones and on the cupid's bow of her lips. I brushed out Lacey's brows and lightly filled them in with a dark brown shade from the Morphe Brow8 palette (seriously, if you are a makeup artist, this palette is AMAZING for brows). To complete Lacey's look, I used a combination of a mauve and nude pink cream lipstick to add dimension to her lips. I used a small, flat concealer brush to line and fill the outer corners of her lips with the mauve color, and applied the nude pink to the top and bottom center parts of her lips and blended them together. Here is the finished look!
My next model was Cassie. We immediately shared our love for Tarte cosmetics and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, and turned out she had brought hers, so I used exclusively that palette for her eyes. I love when clients bring their own makeup because not only do we get to gush over it, but I am all for using products that the client already loves and is comfortable with! Again, I started by prepping and priming the face, then color correcting and concealing any blemishes or hyper-pigmentation. I used a light, neutral shade (Tempera) as the base for Cassie's eyes so that any other color I used on top of it would pop. I applied the Burnt Orange shade in the crease of the eye and blended upwards and used a mixture of the Red Ochre (rusty red/orange color) and Realgar (deep orange) shades to build on top of the crease color and on the outer corner of the eyes to add depth. I continued with the Burnt Orange for her bottom lids and used a thin angle brush to apply Realgar on the bottom lash line and blended them out for a soft smokey eye effect. I opted for the sparkly gold Primavera for her lids, as I wanted to make the eyes appear bigger and use a warm, gold tone for a transitional color. Then a touch of the equally shimmery nude color Vermeer for the inner corners of the eyes. Cassie has beautiful, long, natural lashes, so I didn't feel that she needed eyeliner and I let the mascara do its thing. Next, I used an angled brush to lightly apply a warm-toned blush to the apples of her cheeks which had a touch of shimmer to it, and used a a fluffy complexion brush to apply a bronzy highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones. I did not want to go overboard with the blush and highlighter because I knew we'd be shooting outside and I did not want Cassie's face to look overly shiny due to the heat! There is definitely a fine line between your highlighter working for you and working against you. As for Cassie's brows, she had naturally thick and well shaped brows that made my job super easy. I simply took some wax from my Morphe Brow8 palette and brushed the brows up and out with a clean mascara wand for a natural look. Finally, I finished Cassie's look with a shimmery rosey lip creme and some highlighter to the cupid's bow and voila!
I had so much fun on set and felt truly lucky to be able to connect with such talented people. At the end of the shoot, I left feeling more inspired about makeup artistry (I also left more sweaty haha). The images that Keldon captured are straight out of a fantasy storybook, and I am so happy and proud to add these to my portfolio. He is crazy talented and I'm sure you'll see more collaborations between him and I in the future! HUGE thank you to Nick and his dad for helping on set and being such a great source of energy <3
Check out the photos from the shoot:
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Til next time!
xoxo War Paint