A few months back I was hired to work with photographer Glen Krohn on a hair collection for Tigerlamb Hair Salons which are based here in New Farm and Teneriffe in Brisbane. It was a massive day with seven models and around about a dozen talented hairstylists creating some amazing imagery. These images will be popping up in hair magazines around the world in the coming months and I am looking forward to seeing them in print.
Again, with most of my work I like skin to be the focus – for this particular job I used paw paw ointment on the high planes of the face and body to get that super wet and burned in look and it photographed beautifully. The rest of the makeup involved soft colours on the eyes with white eyeliner, no mascara (to make the eyes look big and beautiful but not to take the focus away from the hair) and washed out brows (some of which were bleached on the day, others were just brushed up and left natural). Lips were smudged out and a mix of nudes and bright colours.
About a month ago I was thrilled to be asked to do makeup for a campaign for accessory and fashion label knots + knits by megan todd shot by the amazing Sam Thies. Megan’s designs are absolutely gorgeous and the team for this project was nothing short of spectacular. Our gorgeous model Brooke (Chic Models + Dally’s Models) is a beautiful, leggy, porcelain skinned model who is simply perfect (this girl is going to be huge!). The makeup brief was to transform Brooke into an uber-bronzed, free spirited glamazon. The amazing Paula Kelly from Sublime Hairdressing gave Brooke super long, voluminous tresses with the assistance of tape extensions and wefts that blended perfectly with her natural hair. Super Stylist Sarah Birchley sourced an eclectic mix of both designer and vintage clothing and shoes that were both relaxed and cool at once.
Makeup wise we were going for bohemian bronze. The biggest part of my job on the day was the skin – not just the face, but all over! We were wary of Brooke getting a spray tan as the look we were going for was more of a chocolate bronze rather than a golden tan. Enter MAC Skinsheen Legspray in Dark. This product is an aerosol mousse that you buff into the skin (with either hands or a buffing brush) to get an instant bronze sheen to the skin that washes off with soap and water in the shower. It has a beautiful chocolate tone and can be layered to get more dramatic results and the finish is a delightful sheeny glow with a hint of pearl which photographs brilliantly. Makeup wise, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation was used in a mixture of shades #128 and #173 and old faithful Bloom Bronzing Powder and MAC Golden Bronze Loose Powder to define and sculpt the face and contour the eye sockets. Lips were a mixture of MAC Mocha Lipstick and Love Nectar Lipgloss and later on in the day we added a neon liner made up of a custom mix of MAC Chromacakes and Neo Orange Pigment.
Now just to buy one of these awesome bags! There are soooooo many amazing ones, it’s difficult to choose! For the full campaign see the Knots + Knits website.
Again, FAIL at being a blog writer, I’ve been hammered with work the last couple of months, so I’ve not found the time to write, but it’s been so much fun!
I was lucky enough to work on a few more shows recently, one for GHD Hair and another for Leona Edmiston at the Hilton. I always love seeing the process behind the scenes as all the hair, makeup and styling takes place to create such a wonderful outcome. Also, the gorgeous frocks are nothing to complain about either! I am loving the new Leona Collection, which is very suited to a Queensland Summer and oh so pretty!
Another one of the highlights of the last month was working on a video clip for Aussie band Eskimo Joe at an awesome mansion in Hamilton which was previously owned by Christopher Skase! My good friend Emma-Louise who is an amazing makeup artist gave me a yell to be part of her team for the day of the shoot, where we turned ordinary women (well, ex-models so I guess not quite so ordinary) into Cougars to get up to all sorts of trouble with the band members Kav, Joel and Stu, with the mansion providing an amazing backdrop. It ended up being like ‘Dynasty on acid’ and I’ve never used so much bright lipstick (cue MAC Lipsticks in Impassioned, Lady Danger and Saint Germain) and shimmery eyeshadows (too much frost was just not enough!) in my life! All in all it was an awesome (albeit long) day and I cannot wait to see the final result when it hits us soon. For more info on the clip, and some behind the scenes shots, check out the fan reported story on Eskimo Joe’s facebook page HERE.
EDIT: updated with Official Video - I still laugh everytime I see this!
The lovely Vivian at ish and chi has blogged about my most recent beauty shoot after seeing the pics on flickr. I’m absolutely honoured to be a part of her well decorated pages. Check out the post with pics here and also an outline of what products I used on the models. Thanks again Viv!
I’ve also been lucky enough to be featured on another blog recently, Goodness Gracious has a pic from a recent Marie Antoinette shoot I was thrilled to do the makeup for. I’m feeling very loved, thank you Lani!
And to top it off, the latest issue of Peppermint Magazine features my makeup in the two editorial pieces they did for this quarter. Peppermint is Australia’s first eco fashion magazine and it was wonderful to work with ethically driven people and all the gorgeous fashion pieces. The issue is on shelves now, at your local Borders and good newsagents, as well as www.leeloo.com.au. Get in quickly though, it sells out quickly!
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week has had some amazing hair and makeup once again this year, my favourite so far being today’s Romance Was Born show – how I wish I was there! Adorned and embellished with everything from lace appliques to swarovski crystals the models were walking works of art – It’s no wonder the makeup team were underway before dawn creating their masterpieces. Anyway, the pictures speak for themselves, so I’ll leave you with some of my favourites. For more of the Romance was Born show and others from RAFW check out Vogue.com.au
When it comes to high fashion runway makeup, you simply cannot beat the looks put together for the Haute Couture John Galliano for Dior shows, usually with the creative input of makeup genius, Pat McGrath. The S/S 09 collection at Paris Fashion week was no exception. The makeup is truly breathtaking, with colours reminiscent of Impressionist era paintings, super luminous skin, hey – even the green hair looks ok in context!
But while it looks amazing adorning the faces of models strutting down the catwalk in gowns worth more than I make in a year, it’s not exactly the type of look most people would feel comfortable in ducking out for coffee with friends! At this point, try to break up the look into individual elements and use them in more subtle, wearable ways – in this case it’s the colours used, the texture of the skin, the rounded shape of the lips and the wide open eyes.
Have a go at just combining the skin, lips and cheeks – gorgeous dewy skin, glossy watermelon lips with a rose petal pink blush – with eyes that are nude except for a few coats of mascara for a beautiful, fresh look. Like the eyes? Use pastel lavender tones as a wash of colour over your eyelids, and skip the eyeliner for an eye opening effect, and team it with some pale pink or peach lips and cheeks.
Remember that makeup trends always trickle down from the runway, so you’ll be sure to see variations of this starting to pop up in the magazines and in colour collections at your local cosmetics counters. If you like to keep ahead and up to date of fashion trends, watch the runway looks and adapt them to suit your personal taste – then your makeup will always be in style!