I wanted to do a look that simply enhanced Allison's natural beauty. When I see her, I see someone authentically happy with herself and life. Physically, she has radiant eyes and china-bone facial structure.
This "no makeup" look is to draw your attention to her features and not her makeup. I stayed with neutral tones on the eyes: Revlon Not Just Nudes for the overall lid and Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette in the crease. Her lashes were enhanced with a lengthening and waterproof (she was heading to the beach right after) mascara. Toffee lipstick and a coral cream blush finished the look.
I was contacted a couple weeks ago by someone representing himself as James Patrick. He said he was a talent scout and that Vogue commissions what is termed as "emerging talent" as a corporate responsibility initiative. The initial e-mails sounded legitimate, but I kept my enthusiasm in check.
There were things about this person that didn't check out: He was using a gmail account and not one out of Condenast or Vogue. He could be professional and polite in one e-mail and condescending and demanding in the next.
As the correspondence went on, he said he would pay for the makeup I needed for the shoot, then the money would be redirected to someone who represented himself as Michael Flutie. I googled Michael Flutie, and he does come up as a legitimate talent agent. But anyone can create an e-mail account under someone's name.
The check came as promised, and I deposited it. James Patrick immediately pushed to get the money redirected to Michael Flutie. This set up anothe…
This look took me about 5 minutes. Honestly, just 5 minutes. But it was one of my strongest images of that day. Our instincts as makeup artists can be to pile on the makeup, to show what we're capable of. Sometimes, truly, less is more. The goal was to enhance the model's natural beauty and make her look luminous. I used Make Up For Ever's Water Blend foundation and Sculpting Blush. The model came in with a lot of redness and dark circles. Color correction helped tremendously. I didn't want to cover her freckles or hide her skin, which is so fair it's almost translucent.
Working for a professional beauty photographer in New York City definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. Some of the criticism was harsh, but if you want to grow as an artist, you need to hear that and learn how to grow. In all honesty, you need a thick skin and a gentle hand.