I did the make-up for an engagement shoot yesterday and the photographer, Anna Krasnova, has already processed a couple of images of the happy couple Jesse and CJ.
Jesse said she doesn’t really wear too much makeup so we didn’t go crazy, but I did use false lashes on the outer edges with pink and brown eyeshadow and dark brown liner. When we went outside I had to apply a bit more blush and lippy as the sun was out in force and she looked really pale in the photos. Jesse has a lovely complexion and is a lovely shade of pale anyway, but I did add a little bronzer just to help define her face in the bright sun shine.
I used my Ben Nye cream HD foundations and think they worked beautifully! MAC cream blush looked lovely on her cheeks and a mix of MAC and La Femme eyeshadows on her eyes
I forgot to mention the shoot I did the other week with photographer Tia Toshizaki, model Akane Nishiya and stylist Ayaka Konno.It had a Yukata theme (a lighter, summer version of a Kimono) and Tia wanted it to be fairly dramatic with regards to the make-up. We went through some images, just to be sure we were on the same page as to just how dramatic is “dramatic”, as different peoples level of crazy is different from the next, haha
Tia drove us all up to Lynn Canyon where we thought we had limited time due to the warnings on the posts saying that they closed the gates at 6pm. We got Akane ready before we left for valley, and Tia had scouted the area a little while on a previous shoot a few days earlier, so we found a nice area and she started shooting quite quickly. We moved on to another area, shot for a bit then changed Akane into a second Yukata for a different look then rushed back to the gates as it was very very close to closing!
As we were heading back to the gates, we noticed that there were still a lot of people, not only milling around, but actually heading into the valley. So, we decided to risk it, nip inot some trees and do a bit more shooting before we left, haha! Such dare-devils, hahaha!
It was nice to be outside for a shoot, and Tia was rather well prepared with a small sheet for us to put things on the ground while we shot! I also used a few fallen trees as tables, and some broken branches to hang my smaller bags from, haha (back to nature and all that, eh! ;-))!
After the shoot Tia mentioned that if would be around 4 weeks until she would be able to get around to looking at the images she’s taken that day as she had a very hectic time ahead of her. I said that was absolutely fine and I was expecting that kind of turn-around, so I was suprised when she sent me a couple of great images several days ago!! Way to go Tia!
A beautiful day and what do I get to do?… a three hour round trip on the the bus and skytrain for a pre-shoot meeting down in Surrey! It was worth it though, haha! The meeting went well and then I got to sit out on our 23rd floor balcony for dinner
Basically what happened was that I met with the designer/maker of the lingerie that we’re shooting for (Robyn at Satin Lillie Creations) and we went through some photos and magazine clips to see what kind of image she is thinking of for with each model (there’ 5). It’s one thing me as the Make-up Artist to think “oh I know what would look good” and another thing for us to be in agreement as to what the client was thinking and what I can advise! Robyn said she has no idea about make-up, but she still had some ideas on how dramatic she wants to go and what styles she does or doesn’t want for each of the models (sophisticated/young and innocent, etc).
It was a good meeting and I came away having seen photos of the models (five of them), the clothing that will be worn and an idea of what the designer is looking for. For the actual shoot I’ll have Clarissa Jorquera there to help. She’s nearing the end of her make-up course at Vancouver Film School and is extremely talented, so it will be lovely to have her with me for me day! (Yay for Clarissa!)
I have a photo shoot organised for March 31st and it’s all thanks to Craigslist
I regularly go through the jobs and gigs sections of Craigslist to see if there are projects being advertised that are looking for a MUA. I apply to some. Some reply back, some don’t! Yesterday a lovely lady called Anna replied with regards to a Goth themed shoot she wants to set up on a TFCD basis and all of that sounds right up my alley :-).
Provisionally, we’re doing the shoot in the morning of the 31st with either one or two models depending on if she can find a second model.
Also, there’s a make-up competition being advertised on Craigslist with a fantasy theme. I have until the end of April to enter a look and then they decide who gets through to the next round which is a 30 person live event with models and photographers. Everyone is competing as individuals and I think as groups (you get put with certain photographers for the day to create the best images possible). Not clear if you use your own model at this point or if the models apply and are chosen as well. I guess it won’t matter until I get my submission in and find out if I make the grade, haha!
Ian sent me some more of the edited images from our shoot.
Clarissa’s look was inspired by the 1920′s, but I personalised it a bit too. She has such a great face, with perfect big, sleepy eyes for a dark, 20′s smudged look. It’s basically black on the lids and smudged all the way around the eyes, then a bold shimmery red almost right up to the brows. There’s a few bits and pieces blended in too, but I liked the strength of the red against the black so I didn’t do too much blending at the edges to keep it quite sharp. Top and bottom lashes from MAC (absolutely gorgeous and great quality!).
I borrowed a friends waistcoat to add a little edge and pull the piece together
Ian Redd sent me the first edited images from my test shoot the other week. This is Megan, the lovely actress who stepped in at the last minute when my first girl couldn’t make it (a massive thankyou to Megan for that!!):
The first look for Megan was a simple, classic cat eye (inspired by the 1940′s/50′s), heavy contouring of the lid with a taupy brown and a bit of natural lip stain on her mouth. I filled in her eyebrows a bit but messed them up a little too as I like the contrast between the clean winged cat eye and the messy hair of her brows. I also used very long lashes from MAC ( I foget which style/number) on her top lashes.
The second look was slightly inspired by the 20′s, dark eyes and pouty cupid bow mouth, but I winged the smokey eye out a bit to suit Megans face and gave her a messy red pout. There’s red over her eyelid and into the inner corner of her eyes for a slightly vampy addition, and added lashes just below her bottom lash line at the outer corner for extra drama (again from MAC, Yay for Pro Discounts!! )
Whilst doing more research about what kind of images to put into a make-up portfolio, I came across a post that said to stay well clear of “headshot” style images. These probably come under that catagory (which makes sense as Ian is a popular headshot photographer), but I think they’re nice images to start me off, and the whole shoot experience was great practice. Of course, I’ll continue to find more projects to work on and continually add to/change my portfolio (both online and hard copy).
More images still to come of Megan and of Clarissa
I organised a photoshoot (or test shoot) with Ian Redd at Ian Redd Photograhy here in Vancouver and I think it went well
One of my original models backed out at the last minute due to work but Ian sent out a casting call on his Facebook page and a lovely young actress called Megan Barrett answered. My other model was Clarissa Andrea, a friend of mine who I just knew would be great for the looks I wanted to try. Everyone was fantastic! I’m so thrilled to have been able to work with them and hope I get to do so more in the future!
The idea for the looks was kind of inspired by the 1930′s but with a vampy twist, if that makes sense, haha I had to change some things to fit my new model Megan, but she looked great. She has a natural “beach babe” look to her so it was fun vamping her up a bit with a black and red smokey eye and messy, pouty lips. I did two looks on Megan, the first being a simple winged liner and stained lips, the second being the smokey eye.
Clarissa had one look that we shot, then I added a bit of colour to her lips but kept the rest the same. I’m actually still not sure about the red lips and maybe should have left her with pale lips, but, you live… you learn! I borrowed a fantastic waistcoat from a friend at work (thanks Augustine!) for Clarissa to wear. It complimented Clarissa’s “cool/edgy” vibe and looked great in the photos with her skinny jeans and brown boots.
What happens now is that I get a CD with the photos on it and I get to choose the ones I want processed to be used on my website, in my portfolio, etc. Ian put a couple of the images up on Facebook already and I’m so pleased with them. I’ll put some images up on here as soon as I have them processed and what-have-you, then you can see everything for yourselves.