If you crave avant garde theatrical flights of fantasy, when it comes to this in terms of fashion weeks the country that stands out to me would have to be China.
The Chinese spring / summer 2012 shows did not hold back on make-up and flamboyant costume. The MGPIN make-up and styling show took place in Beijing; most of the images on this post are from those shows. The usual less is more mantra that usually applies to catwalk make-up certainly does not apply, hold on to your brushes make-up lovers.
Ath-elite is the skin led trend of this season with plump, ultra hydrated healthy skin. Using glossy highlights not shimmer. To achieve this look on the skin you will have to invest time massaging in layers of moisturiser, minimal foundation and concealing only where needed.
Some of the key MAC Products used backstage -
- Prep + Prime Skin Compact
- Chromographic Pencil in NC15 – NW25
- Mixing Medium Shine
- Mineralize Charged Gel Emulsion
- Care Blends Essential Oils
- Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation
- Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
- Fusion Gold Metal-X Cream Eye Shadow
- Palladium Metal-X Cream Eye Shadow
- Boldly Bare Lip Pencil
- Fling Eye Brows
- Mink Eye Brows
- Beguile Brow Set
- Clear Brow Set
- Mid-tone Sepia Cream Colour Base
- MAC PRO Bone Beige Sculpting Powder
- Luna Cream Colour Base
- Pearl Cream Colour Base
- MAC PRO Gloss Texture Story
- Boot Black Liquid Liner
- Blacktrack Fluidline
- Smolder Eye Kohl
- Fix+ Spray
- Lip Conditioner SPF 15
- Clear Lipglass
- Dim Lip Erase
- Hush, Hush Tendertone Lip Balm SPF 12T
Marios Schwab was one of my favourite looks that fell into the Ath-elite trend here's how to recreate it:
- Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 – blended over skin to hydrate and provide a light natural finish to skin.
- Shell Cream Colour Base – blended over the high planes to highlight.
- Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – dusted over the center of the face for a light.
- Clear Brow Set — applied through the brow for a light groom.
- Smolder Eye Kohl — blended through both upper and lower lashes with 212 Flat Definer Brush.
- Boot Black Liquid Liner — drawn through the upper and lower lashline to define and elongate eyes.
- MAC Pro NW25/NC30 Chromagraphic Pencil — applied through the waterline of lower lashes to open eyes.
- Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 — blended over lips for a customized nude pout.
One of my Favourite shows I worked on from London fashion week spring summer was Louise Gray. The key make-up artist was James O'Riley for MAC cosmetics. This show was a lot of fun as the clothes were eye catching and James O' Riley is an extremely creative and talented make-up artist. It was also the most challenging show of the season as there were 4 hair stylists to every model. Time restrictions meant we had to do the make-up at the same time as they all did the hair, it's not easy doing liner when the model's being pulled from every direction but a great challenge.Read more
I recently did the make-up for a celebrity campaign for Fashion Bloodhound, a website of pre-owned designer pieces. For this campaign the celebrities donated their designer items, with all proceeds going to the breast cancer charity Too Many Women.
Here are some of the photo's from the shoot.....
Shoot for The New Vintage Clothing Company, with step by step instructions. Makeup artist Naomi Mckeever
In this post I've included images from my second shoot for the 'The new vintage clothing company'. I worked with the same Leamington spa based photographer Yvette Bessels.
We used female and male models; for step by step male grooming from this shoot refer to my previous post http://www.naomimckeever.com/archives/751
Cristina's skin has been prepped and now is ready for action.
Ever since I watched David Bowie in the Labyrinth he's been a source of inspiration. Early in his career he morphed himself into his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His iconic makeup looks are often transcribed into current trends whether it be similar colour palettes or shapes. I was asked at a Sally's shoot to create the lightning bolt; I used MAC paint sticks with pigments on top but in a hot pink in a similar colour to their logo.
I found what seems to be quotes from David bowie himself on http://www.bowiewonderworld.com/press/70/7311makeup.htm
Music Scene - November 1973
David Bowie's Makeup Dos and Don'ts
David tells us that mostly all of his makeup comes from a little shop in Rome, Italy, that imports fantastic coloured powders and creams from India. (He's not telling the name of the store, however!!!) Basic essentials also include a white rice powder from Tokyo's Woolworth's equivalent- Indian kohl usually in black - for his eyes, which he smudges right along the lash line and some, times a little bit on the outside...
He also uses a very light liquid base, sometimes white - sometimes pink or yellow - and applies it with a damp sponge. For stage, David will often use an irridescent base, usually pure white. When he paints that gold cirde on his forehead that's such a hit with his fans he uses a German gold base in cake form bought at New York's Makeup Centre. (He also told us that the little Japanese brushes that the Makeup Centre has for applying powders and paints are much better than anything you can find in Japan!)
Eight hour cream by Elizabeth Arden is what you'll see shining up David's lips and eyelids in photographs, it gives that extra-gloss effect. And a must is that old-fashioned black mascara, (sometimes blue) - you know the kind that you spit on the little brush and it's in cream/cake form... David will often paint waves of colour all the way across his eyes and eyebrows, rather than on the lids only usually in a pink or mauve tone.
In his last few English concerts, Bowie painted tiny lightning streaks on his cheek and upper leg. Once in a while he uses pearlised gloss on his lips in a tan/pink that comes across like a white-silver highlight. And - a warning! He doesn't use glitter too much, because it falls into his eyes when he's performing and it just isn't soft looking enough, he feels. Sometimes he will outline that gold circle in tiny gold rhinestones, stuck on with eyelash glue.
As far as off-stage makeup is concerned, David doesn't wear any base - he uses a light natural moisturiser with rice powder dusted on top - but most often he prefers to show his very light, bare, clear English skin.
My Make up inspired by David Bowie and a Kylie Minogue photo shoot.
- Chrome yellow / Rule / Carbon- eye shadows
- Blacktrack / Fascinating- eye liners
Please Note: All of the products listed are from MAC.