Colour Pop Photoshoot

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On the day of the shoot I finished last minute preparations like face charts and mood boards and I set up my hair and make up station at my house. I also bought some large A1 sheets of mountboard in four different colours which I pinned up on to a wall in my spare room. These were to be used as backdrops for the model to stand in front of during the photoshoot. I had also pre painted two full sets of stick on nails in the ombre theme to stick on my model for two different looks. I picked my model up at 5:15pm and brought her back to my house to prepare her for the shoot. Everything went to plan and I was really happy that my model has an ethnic background and she has very large lids to work on which showed off my make up really well. She also had lovely plump lips and clear skin which is great for the look I am trying to gain. The wig fit perfectly and her make up looked just as I had planned in my research and face charts. The photographer arrived at about 6:15 pm. I had chosen this photographer in a rush as I had no other options and my model was only available on this date. Unfortunately she was only an ametuer and had only taken a college course in the subject a few years back so I was a little nervous about how the images were going to turn out! However we went ahead and shot the look for about two hours until I felt we had enough images to work with and edit. We changed the look after the first hour which meant mainly just changing over the set of nails and adding glitter to the eyes. We struggled quite a lot with getting the correct lighting as my photographer didnt have any proffessional equipment apart from her camera. We tried different techniques like shooting outside but none of us were proffessionals so it was really hard to know if we had the right shot ready for editing. I looked through all of our images and I was happy that I had a few I could work with and use for my portfolio. I dropped the photographer and model back off at home after taking off her make up and wig.

What Problems I Encountered and

How I Over Came Them?

The main problem I encountered for this shoot was finding the right model and photographer who were available at the same time. I had enrolled onto some casting websites like model mayhem and star now but I was unlucky in my findings. Either I was unavailable when the photographers were available or the other way around. I had arranged my model to come on Tuesday 2nd April and this was the only date she had free during the Easter Break as she also had University and work commitments. I had chosen my model due to her ethnic background which I felt would work really well against the bright coloured wig and make up design. This decision meant that I was left on the day with a model and no photographer. I do have a friend who has briefly studied this subject and has some of the equipment needed for a photo shoot. However I was really wary about my final images looking un proffesional for my portfolio and I really needed my photographer to work with me to create high quality industry standard images. Unfortunately I wasnt left with any option and my friend willingly came along to help me. We struggled heavily with getting the lighting right. I referred constantly to my research and artistic direction and I could see that there were only a hand ful of images I could possibly work with to create my desired image. Looking back I can understand the importance of choosing a well experienced photographer, this reflects in the way my photographer has captured the model in comparison to my natural shoot. Aswell as me giving the model direction, the photographer at the natural shoot also had experience and knowledge of what will look good and how to use the right lighting and angles to capture what I wanted. having put a lot of effort and spending money on this look, to have it photographed to a standard I wasnt completely happy with was very frustrating, but unfortunately this was influenced by my lack of time and other commitments. If I had the time I would organise this shoot again.

After the shoot I was also faced with the problem of where to get my images edited. I asked around a few graphic designers and posted on my make up page for any volunteers. One editor replied but with a cost of £30 per photo! I thought this was a little extreme and being a student it was unfortunately an unrealistic price. Luckily for me the photographer I had worked with for my natural shoot came forward and said she would edit the images for free. This was fantastic as I knew she was skilled in this area and I felt I could trust her with my photos. While she was editing she advised me that most of the shots were out of focus which would look really bad when they were printed off large, she worked on all the ones she could taking away blemishes and cropping where needed. She also told me that some of the images were quite heavily shadowed due to the wrong lighting used and that it would be hard for her to adjust this without taking any of the colour out of the image.

The edited images are still not up to the standard I initially wanted but I am happy I have atleast one image I can use for my portfolio. I have learnt from this experience that choosing a photographer and editor with the right experience and knowledge is essential and that it makes my job a lot easier.

Did The Images Turn Out As I Expected?

Would I Change Anything?

The aim of this project was to create and image which really showed off my colour knowledge skills whilst still lokking proffessional and fashionable in its over all look. I wanted the final shot to look as though it would appear in a high end quirky magazine for media and other creative subjects such as dazed and confused and Pop. Looking back at the type of images I had found in my research I believe I hit this goal to a certain extent. Without boasting I genuinely feel my ideas, styling and overall direction has the potential to make It into this genre, yet other factors (lighting, equipment, photographer choice ) had a direct impact on the final quality of my image.

My initial research shows the start of where my ideas where heading. I wanted striking close up images where the colour really popped out of the page. With this as a starting point then went on to practise and experiment with different products and potential techniques.

To put it bluntly I can honestly say that my final images do not have enough development and unique input from my initial research. I keep referring back to my time limit and struggle to fit everything in which unfortunately was again the case for this look. Apart from my wig I had no face chart or idea set in place even on the day of my shoot. I feel the look I chose wasn’t to the best of my make up ability and it doesnt show off my individual creativity as well as it could.


Colour POP!

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For this colour pop image I want in my portfolio, I want to use bright ‘poppy’ colours that will jump out of the page when you look at it! Like the images I have collated I have tried opposite to create something similar on myself as an initial practise.

I used powder eye shadows ( all from Mac) for my first attempt. Initially I worked on top of the make up I already had on and the colours don’t ‘pop’ out against my already quite orange complexion. I decided then to take my make up off and start again with a much paler base and no blush or bronzer to take away from the eye make up. This worked much better! I was scared to put too much product on and I think it is essential to watch where you are placing the colours and how they all work next to each other. I kept my warmer colours on the top of the lid and my cooler at the bottom and this seemed to work well. I also kept my colour mainly on the top of the lid and only a thin line under so not to distort the features too much. I didn’t really consider any colour theory in this practise so I may do this next time and compare. I would like to try using some cheaper palettes I have seen as they have brighter colours than the ones I used.

My aim was not to create pattern, ( I have found that without the use of black to outline a pattern it can end up looking unfinished and wishy washy). Instead I wanted to create splashes and bursts of colour without much blending or particular place.

As many of the images I have collected I chose not to add any eyeliner, I did not try to this so I cannot compare too as I am already happy with just using mascara on a look like this and I was worried about ruining the look by adding too much! I think black will stop the colours from jumping out at you but I will attempt this on another practise.

Another technique I attemptedto create was a glossy eye! This is simply created by adding a layer of clear lip gloss at the very end of your look. I did find it quite hard to blend without smudging the shadow in any way but I love the effect it gives so I may attempt this look again! The image would have to be photographed up close to see the shine and the gloss would have to be placed on just before the image is taken as it runs very easily! However for photographic this isn’t much of a problem.

Finally I attempted this colour pop look with greasepaints. Again these worked really well and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The good thing about these greasepaints is you can get intense bright colour, however they are hard to blend into each other which is why I chose to create a more structured look. These products are quite wet looking but I do not think that is a bad feature. I think for this product less is more so I would like to try again keeping the make up very minimal.

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Sugar Skull Rush ….

This is my quick and simple step by step guide on how to create a basic Sugarskull.

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But first a liitle history…

What is a Sugar Skull?

Sugar skulls originate from the Mexican traditional holiday called “day of the dead”. This month long celebration honors and celebrates the lives of the living and those of the deceased. Rituals include dancing with wooden skull masks in memory of past relatives and building altars out of these masks which can be worshipped.

Small skulls made from sugar are decorated with the names of a dead relative and are eaten by family members.

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These skulls represented the dead souls which are believed to visit during this celebration.

Sugar skulls are becoming more and more common amongst the world of fashion make up and art, and this is my attempt.

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Start by painting your face (apart from your eyes) with a white cream make up or face paint.

I used white snazaroo.

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Colour in the circles around your eyes with whatever colour you like.

For this I used a pink greasepaint which I sealed with a Mac pink pigment.

Step 3

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Shade in the crease of your eye to give the look more depth. Using a thing brush and a waterproof black gel or liquid eyeliner, start to create patterns around the eye and add ‘skull’ like features.

I used MAC Blacktrack eyeliner.

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Continue decorating your face with your eyeliner, look on the internet for pattern inspiration!

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Add some colour to your pattern, I chose to use the same colour pink I used around the eyes to keep it together. Shade some of your patterns to add more depth and contour tour cheekbones to give a drawn skeleton effect. 

If you want to add some glamour to your sugar skull you can stick gems and sequins onto your face aswell.

For my final image I added some flowers in my hair.

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Love Thy Brows

Before Chirstmas my University class were split into groups of four or five and asked to produce a business idea and plan related to the Make Up industry. This idea was to be presented in a Dragons Den fashion to our peers and tutors. The idea is intended to benefit us as make up artists and the winning idea would be developed upon and work on in semester two by the whole year.

After much deliberation and throwing ideas around, my team, which consisted of, Jessica Tressider, Hannah Daveron and Laura Escritt, decided upon the idea of stick on / personalised eyebrows. It was initially intended for period work or to be developed under the NHS for illness and patients with hair loss. However we felt as studying make up artists we had found it difficult to experiment with eyebrow designs in the fashion and theatre part of our course.

Using the same knotting techniques we had previously learnt in  Media and Postiche, we adapted our eyebrows so that they could be stuck on without getting glue into the existing hairs.

My job role was to design the logo for the company along with some posters, the packaging for the eyebrow, and  to create one prototype to show the ‘dragons’. The prototype is made up by sewing sequins onto fronting lace. An eyebrow made for someone with hair loss would be made in the same way by knotting hair onto lace.

This is the logo I designed using a font from

We wanted it to be delicate and feminine yet simple, professional and elegant. Our target audience is mainly women or drag queens of all ages.

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The packaging on the thumbnail gallery at the top of this blog post is inspired by those of eyelash packaging found in stores like Superdrug, Boots and Sallys. Unless your eyebrows were part of an NHS system, this is where we would be aiming to sell our product.

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Fantastic Man!

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A couple of months ago I was asked to take part in a male photo shoot via my Facebook make up page. I had never done a male shoot before so for me this was a fantastic experience. The girl who contacted me, Holiie Graham, is a third year fashion styling student at UCLAN. She had been set a brief to produce a creative male fashion editorial which could potentially be featured in the summer issue of Fantastic Man Magazine. She sent me some mood boards showing her ideas and inspiration and invited me to produce some face charts showing four different looks. These designs were highly influenced by a london based make up artist called Issamaya FFrench. Here are some of the images from the shoot including initial inspiration boards sent to me by Hollie, and the face charts I designed……

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The Face Charts I designed….

Some of the images from the shoot….

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