Taking a Creative Break: Makeup for Fun
Sometimes I forget to do makeups for myself ... and I don't mean on myself. I mean doing shoots and makeup concepts that truly let my creative juices flow. I got the chance to do a few last month and they made me remember I need to do more shoots like these to keep my passion alive.
The first creative I worked on last month was with the beautiful Dominique Huyghe and the extremely talented Renee Robyn Photography who was assisted by Rob Swynar. It started with Dominique sending me a message and a few photos with her inspired ideas and I was hooked.
When I found out Renee was the photographer I was even more excited. She has been on my Facebook for sometime, but I had never actually worked with her in any creative way. When I got to Renee's she showed me a poster on her wall which she wanted to recreate, but with a twist. We painted half of Dominique's face with brown makeup and faded it down into a pale colour which just happened to match her hair. I paired this with a geisha-inspired lip.
On top of striking makeup, she wore a stunning vintage wedding dress for the first set. It was cold, windy and rainy, but we all stood outside on location so Renee could get her amazing images.
We did a second set with Dominique where she was in a lace body suit with a sickle . I love the feel of this shoot. It's the essence of Autumn beauty. Keep an eye out. Some of the shots will appear in a magazine at your local Chapters. I'll keep you posted.
Another creative shoot I did last month was at the Evelyn Charles Academy with some old friends of mine. Hairstylist Maggie St.Pierrewas looking for a makeup artist and that's when I joined the project.
The model for this creative was Delreene Kusnyir, another friend from South Edmonton Common Evelyn Charles. We went with a mermaid theme on this one: more fish-like than human. It was so good to see and work with this awesome talent. Maggie used rope and gold mesh to cover Delreene. We used super gloss to give her skin a wet feel.
To finish off the month I was lucky enough to get two creatives in with Lisa Lovallo, my boss at L. Hair Studio, and owner of Lovallo Art Photography. Along with her assistant Kristen Robinson, a photography student at NAIT, Lisa made one hell of a set with lite tress, lace, mesh and a load of flowers.
Thanks to Lisa-Marie Couture whose gorgeous ballroom-style gowns added an air of elegance. The makeup for this was crisp and clean. Flawless skin with a simmer highlight and a peachy-gold eye with lashes top and bottom. It had a fairy-tale feel, very Sleeping Beauty.
With all of the work Lisa put into the set, she contacted us again to see if we wanted to do another shoot. I never say no to a good idea. This time we wanted heavier makeup. Eyes where black smoky all the way to the brow with orange and red blended on the lid and orange on the inner corner. I used a light grey contour on the cheeks and gave her pale skin. This went well with the black lace one piece the model wore.
Unfortunately I can't show any of the finished photos. Lisa is getting them published in Gothesque Magazine and their 2016 calendar.
I don't get to do creative often. It was nice to let loose and use my imagination. I think I'll be scheduling more in the near future because sometimes I feel like I'm loosing sight of the reason I do what I do.
Like Renee Robyn told me: "Make yourself your number one client." I might just take that advice.