I wanted to practice all of my make-up looks before applying them to a model, because I wanted to be sure of what worked and what did not. As well as gaining an understanding of how heavy and how over the top I need to go with the looks to make the message stand out, also taking into account that they need to be picked up on camera.
Make-up products & Tools required to create ALL looks:
This is the ‘standard‘ make-up look that I will be distorting and exaggerating; it features a fairly neutral smokey eye with an eyeliner flick, and light contouring/highlighting.
This is one of the graphic eyeliner looks – it is made by cutting some card and attaching it to the lower lash line with eyelash glue (it will be on both eyes).
This is the other eyeliner look. I created this by using Maybelline Precise Liquid Liner. I think it works quite well because it is definitely graphic and bold, and clearly shows quite over the top eyeliner.
This is the extremely over the top brows! As you can see they are ridiculously big, and thus definitely portray my concept/message. I created these monsters by using eyeshadow and Illamasqua sealing gel.
These are the massive, overdrawn lips. As you can see I have gone waaaay over my natural lip line to make them this size. I used the supracolor palette and small angled brush to do this.
This is the over the top blusher and bronzer – I simply piled on lots of the Illamasqua bronzing duo, and blusher duo. I applied it all over the face, but mainly focused on the cheeks and forehead. My only worry with this look is that it may not show up as much as I want to on camera, so I may go even heavier with the blusher and bronzer and see how it turns out.
This is the glitter highlight look. To create this I used Kryolan Shimmering Event Foundation in the areas where I wanted the glitter, and as it is quite a sticky/wet consistency, I then just applied the glitter straight on top using my fingers. I applied this to the tops of the cheeks and lightly down the nose. I actually quite like how this turned out because it actually looks more than a highlighter than I thought it would, rather than just glitter being stuck on. Again, I think I may have to apply it slightly heavier to get the full effect on camera, but I think when it catches the light it could be very effective.
This is the mascara look. To create this look I actually had to apply 4 pairs of false eyelashes – 3 on top and 1 on bottom. I ordered numerous pairs of eyelashes (within my price range), but none were as long as I wanted, so with the funds I had, I just decided to apply them all on top of each other to build up volume as well as length. In the real thing I will also add mascara on top of the lashes, but I did not want to ruin them in this practice. I think shooting from the side may look quite effective and show the sheer volume, length and ridiculousness of these lashes.
This is the concealer look. I tried to use a concealer that was far too light under the eye, I found this quite difficult to make appear on camera, so I will have to ensure that I literally make the colour white. I used the dermacolour concealer palette, Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener, and the Illamasqua skin base.
This is the contoured look. To create this look I used the Illamasqua gel sculpt, the Illamasqua sculpting duo and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I kept just building and building the contour on the cheeks, forehead and nose. Again, this did not show up as significantly as it did in person, so I will ensure to keep building this up until I am happy with how it looks on camera.
This is the eyeshadow look – as you can tell it is extremely bright and colourful. I used a wet brush with the eyeshadow to intensify the colour as much as possible, and I brought the colour all the way up to the eye brow. I think I could perhaps extend it below the lash line slightly further, just to add the the emphasis of the eyeshadow. But I am definitely happy with the eyeshadow design and colour intensity.
The Combined Look:
This is the final look that combines of the above, and as you can see it looks absolutely RIDICULOUS – which is exactly what I wanted! I am extremely happy with how the look turned out because it portrays the message/concept that I am trying to get across, and the look is definitely an attention grabber!