Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Sunset magic

For a recent boudoir style sunset photo shoot with the ever talented Life after Dark Photography, I had the pleasure of working with a stunning mama of three, with traffic stopping brown eyes and gorgeous caramel skin tone. And boy did she ever rock that sunset. She was so pleased with her hair and makeup that she had messaged me afterwards asking if I could recommend some products to her. Of course, I love my clients so I was happy to do it. I thought I would share it with you all to..enjoy

 Prime the skin: I used Benefits Pore Professional and applied all over the face.

 Foundation/Concealer: I used Natural FX (Cover Fx) in B-15 all over the face. I used Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Medium Dark and applied this under the eyes, down the sides of the nose, as well as any problem areas such as acne.

Contouring/Highlighting: These products have been featured in my blog and are my go-to's. For almost all of my clients I love to use Blunt from MAC to contour the hollows of the cheeks, below the jawline and down the sides of the nose. Using a chisel brush blend the product in these areas creating a subtle depth to the skin.
I then apply Shell cream colour from MAC to the high points of the cheeks and down the centre of the nose using a sponge or fingers. To lock the cream colour in I then dust Smashbox Soft Lights Highlighting powder, check out my blog post on contouring and highlighting for more tips and tricks.


Powder: To further lock everything in and set the makeup I apply a translucent powder. One of my favourites is Prep and Prime from MAC, Using a large fluffy brush apply this all over the face,

Prime the eyelids: I always prime the lid before applying eyeshadow because it provides a base for the shadow to stick to. One of my favourite primers to use on my clients is Painterly Paint Pot from MAC. Using a brush or your fingers apply a thin layer on the eyelids up to the brow bone.

Eyeshadow: Now the look we were going for this photo shoot was a natural smokey eye. This is what I used to achieve this look.

Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush I took Mylar from MAC and applied it on the lids all the way up to the brow bone. Creating a sheer white tone all of the lid as our base.

Using a flat eyeshadow brush I applied a mixture of Quarry(A plum nude colour) and Wedge(beige nude colour) by MAC all over the lids.

In the outter crease, using a crease brush I applied a mixture of Espresso(deep golden brown) and Charcoal Brown (taupe brown) by MAC

Apply Eyeliner. For the top lashes I applied Onyx by Smashbox. For the waterline I used Teddy by MAC

Teddy(left) Onyx(right)

Over the black eyeliner I always like to apply a black shadow overtop to lock in the eyeliner and prevent smudging. I used Carbon from MAC


I created a soft youthful glow to the cheeks using Fleur Power from MAC. Using a soft blush brush I lightly dusted the applies of the cheeks creating a soft doll like cheek that went so well with her gorgeous caramel skin. 

One of my favourite things about being a hair and makeup artist is seeing my clients light up afterwards. Each and every client is already beautiful before they sit in my chair, I simply use products to accentuate that beauty. 

I encourage all you ladies to check out Life after Dark Photography  on facebook. The photographers are amazing and have such a talent for capturing the beauty in any moment.