I had such a lovely day on this wedding, everyone was warm and friendly, there was an amazing atmosphere.
For the bride I used warm colours to work with her completion, she wanted an illuminating foundation with flawless coverage so I used MAC studio sculpt. I kept the products long wearing and water resistant because it was a hot day and if she's anything like me there will be plenty of happy tears. She is such a lush person, we still keep in contact now.
I did the makeup for all her lovely bridesmaids. The bride wanted all the makeup to flow, as they were all used to wearing various amounts of makeup. She didn't mind if they had different levels of smokiness around the eye's. The bridesmaid in the photo above never wears makeup so I kept her look very natural.
I had a great day teaching at Swindon college. The day was focused on fashion make-up. Starting by discussing my background in Fine art and a powerpoint presentation of my portfolio going through what I did to create each look.
I gave a demo then held a workshop so they could do make-up on each other.
For their main makeup workshop I wanted them to get an idea of what you do as the key make-up artist on a catwalk show; for this the key make-up artist works with the designer and key hair stylist to take inspiration from the collection. I acted as the fashion designer explaining my inspiration, which was the painter Paul Gauguin.
In this post I have uploaded a few of the paintings I did at college and uni. I was influenced by German expressionists movement of paint and how they dealt with the changing world around them.
This is post two of a three part blog on the shoot I had with Julian M Kilsby and Model Integra Fairbrook, using clothes from Designer Ooh la Latex.
Makeup look 2
The look has developed from the first photo's in this blog, where Julian used moody lighting through to the later pictures which used a lighter lighting set up. I started with olive tones on the eyes then deepened using similar shades but altering the shape of the eye.
- Heat up the MAC Face & body foundation by massaging it in between the palms of your hand, this will make the product thicker and give more coverage.
- Use MAC Studio finish concealer where needed.
- Set with translucent finishing powder.
- I contoured from the top of the ear to the corner of the mouth with Strada blush.
(For tip's on preparing the skin click on this link - http://www.naomimckeever.com/archives/59 )
- For Integra's eyes I used MAC pro paint sticks in Landscape Green and Black Black, they are great to use as they are highly pigmented with a creamy consistency.
- I set the paint stick with a deep olive pigment, MAC antique green.
- Finish with MAC feline eye pencil in the waterline.
- The rich burgundy lipstick was Media with clear lipglass to finish.
In the final post I will cover the next look I did on the same shoot with Julian, so please come back to visit my site for more tips.
Contouring and highlighting
You can use contouring and highlighting to sculpt your face.
Starting with contouring; matt products work best as they visually push those areas back to create a shadow affect. MAC Harmony blusher is great for this.
Where you place your contouring depends on your face shape, though most people wouldn't say no to super model cheek bones. For that, start with a 168 angle brush at the top of your ears and blend to the corners of the mouth.
Other areas for contouring and slimming down are the sides of the nose, the temples and around the forehead and under chin.
For highlighting you can use a concealer MAC select moisturecover in a lighter shade than your face, this also gives a natural satin finish when done with a 217 blending brush.
For a more high shine metallic finish use MAC mineralize-soft and gentle or vanilla- pigment with a 227 large fluff brush.
Use it where the light hits your face on the high points and anywhere you want to accentuate, such as top of cheek bones, down the centre of the nose to slim and cupids bow to make lips look pouty.
In aid of National wedding month I thought I would compile a collection of brides throughout history who inspire me. Whether it be fictional or real they are all style icons with their glamourous dresses and spectacular headwear.
My good friend Lisa introduced me to the work of Sylvia Ji. Studying Fine Art I was always drawn to figurative forms of painting.
Sylvia Ji is a young painter who inspires me with her bold use of colour, movement of paint and subject matter.
Sylvia always paints women, some of them being symbolic reflections of herself or portraits of people she knows. The eyes of the subjects always inflect both mystery and soul.
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.....
Joseph Young is an extremely talented videographer, I've had the pleasure of working with on a few occasions.
His work mainly consists of Promos and wedding films, each of them having a polished cinematic style.
I'm really excited because I've managed to book him for my wedding and thought it would be selfish to keep his skills to myself, so to all your brides I would suggest you contact him to capture the magic of your big day.
Here's some examples for his latest work-
This shoot with the model Mridutrisha is one of the projects we worked on.
Photography :: Matt Gillespie // magiphotography.com
Hair Stylist :: Emma Whipp // hairbyem.co.uk
Make Up Artist :: Naomi Mckeever