Well I had such a blast collaborating with one of my favorite photographers and hairstylists for a spring bridal shoot. We wanted to do an eclectic shoot with beautiful women of different ethnicities. So we ended up with quite a mixture of women: Caucasian, Indian, Latina and African American.
I love doing photo shoots just for the sake of getting pictures. It gives me a great chance to try out products and techniques on different skin tones and textures before I try it on a paying client. I always am able to look back and see what I could have did differently/better and it helps me grow. Because if you aren't moving forward, you are moving behind! There is no such thing as being stuck in limbo. It's either one of the other.
Usually I try to think through the looks that I'm going to do for a shoot so that I can be prepared and work efficiently. I decided not to do that for this shoot. I wanted to be inspired! The photographer, models and I brought a whole bunch of accessories. We just put everything together as we saw fit.
Some of my favorite off the cuff things that I did for the shoot was using a combination of rose gold, bright gold, purple and green on the eyes for our Indian model's traditional bridal gown. I was also able to confirm that my L.A. Girl HD Concealer, which I recently raved about, works wonderfully as an undereye concealer under my TEMPTU airbrush foundation. I also used a nude color on one of the model's lips which I hadn't used yet on anyone. I found that the product's appearance in its packaging does it no justice and that it's a wonderful nude lip color for women with deeper skin tones.
Being a makeup artist is about self discovery. You have to allow yourself to go through this process to grow. I have grown to love this process and so I'm always grateful for a day to just "play" with no real consequences. It keeps me really sharp.
The shoot ended up having a casual and destination island wedding vibe to it, with the exception of our lovely Indian bridal model Raksha. She gave a strong editorial feel to her images and she truly was in a league of her own! I think the flowers that some of the ladies used as accessories, coupled with shorter bridal dresses, contributed to the overall destination feel.
I did a mixture of traditional makeup application and airbrush makeup application. Although I must admit, as I continue to grow in my gift year by year, I just love airbrush more and more. So two models were done with traditional makeup application and two with airbrush.
I've organized all of my blush and eyeshadow pans into Z-Palettes and I have them grouped by color and the type of effect that I want. I have a smokey eye palette, a neutral palette, a palette for ethnic complexions, etc. I hate being stuck trying to look for something so I'm trying to organize my kit so that it is completely in order and I can picture where everything is.
Many thanks to Matt of Black Tie Wedding Photography and Carmen Marie Hair for being a great team to work with! The cell phone pics pictured above really don't do the work of the team justice. But I hope it will give you a glimpse of the fabulousness that was my most recent bridal shoot. I can't wait to share the professional pics!
We planned this shoot for almost two months. It was a lot of work but it turned out to be a great success.