The first in a series of pictures have come back from the recent shoot I did with Nadirah Bahar and Edo. I wanted to keep some of the shots as ‘natural’ as possible (we were shooting in natural lighting with no additional ‘help’ from artificial light sources, but I still wanted to emphasize Edo’s incredible bone structure with a little contour.
The new issue is up! You guys remember the preview for the shoot (Beautiful Girls)… well here is the final shot. We’d originally set it up to have the girls shot in Red, White & Blue bikinis (summer theme), but the powers that be opted for a more ‘artistic’ interpretation, and added glasses for a hint of fashion. Agenda is, after all, a fashion magazine.
In the Beauty Section this month:
Beauty Breakdown: What I used to get the cover look…
A Close Look at makeup by Rouge Bunny Rouge:
Did you know you needed SPF for LIPS? (I didn’t… although now it’s so obvious):
I worked the Pop Up Show for Em & Co … for a collection of designers. Because one model was wearing multiple looks from several designers, we opted to keep her look very classic:
(layered for lasting power)
**The model’s lipstick did NOT MOVE the entire night. The Beaute stain was the perfect base to keep the color locked in. That, combined with the pencil and lipstick, and she had the perfect red pout with serious lasting power. No touch up needed.**
You guys remember this picture:
I promised to do a Beauty Breakdown for the look. But I wanted to be thorough. So instead of just words, I photographed (almost) all the products that I used so you can get a comprehensive idea of the look.
-You recently did makeup for actress Nia Long for her March appearance on The View. How did you get this look?
Beecham: I knew that Nia would be wearing a coral-colored Rachel Roy dress, so I wanted give her a subtle peachy/coral look.
Nia did her normal moisturizing regimen before we began and I followed it with the Smashbox Targeted Pore & Line Primer. This product is amazing before foundation and gave her a smooth canvas for me to apply the foundation. I followed that with Bobbi Brown- Creamy Concealer in Golden. This concealer really opened her eyes and helped with her bright youthful look.
For her eyes, I covered her lids with Smashbox Flamingo Eye Shadow. This really opened her sexy slender eyes and was a great compliment to her dress. For the crease of her eye, I actually used the Smashbox Contour Palette in Bronze. I also glided it underneath her bottom lash line. I covered her upper lash line with Smashbox Cream eyeliner in Caviar using a small angled brush. This was followed with a coat of Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Jet Black to top and bottom lashes to add that “sexy” to her naturally beautiful stare.
For the apples of her cheeks I used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Calypso Coral… applied with a flat foundation brush. This helped us achieve our peachy/coral look that we discussed. The creamy sheen kept her dewy and fresh. Of course I had to add our regular highlight to her cheekbones by dusting on the NYX Ultimate Pearl Loose Powder Eye Shadow in Yellow Gold. This was the “glow” that everyone was asking about.
Lastly, we finished her lips off with a series of layers. First covering her entire lip with Smashbox- Double Take Lip Color Pencil/ Amaretto. Followed by Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Alluring and finished with Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Endless Kiss. These layers gave a powerful pop to her lips that would last through all the talking she would be doing when interviewing guests on the show.
I got my special request ‘beauty’ shot from a photographer from my last shoot:
MAC Blush in Peaches
When the photographer first set the model up for shooting, I begged him to take a ‘commercial’ beauty shot for me. He was kind enough to comply. On most jobs, you just do what the photographer or beauty director asks. Unless you’re doing a straight TFP (trade for pictures/no monetary compensation), you have little to no control over the kind of photography that’ll take place. But if you make nice with the photographer, sometimes you get to have your way.