As many of you will know, I was recently chosen to be a part of Val Garland’s Makeup School with Mastered. I have just completed my first creative brief which I wanted to share with you all.
For this project, we were asked to choose our own brief – mine was inspired by Billie Marten’s song, Heavy Weather. You can see my inspiration boards below.
When I’m thinking about an upcoming makeup look that I’d like to create, I find it so helpful to make mood boards and to take a look at other artists and pieces of art work. Inspiration can be found everywhere right from the pattern on your wooden coffee table to the way a dandelion clock floats away in the breeze. Sometimes it’s hard to tune in and be inspired. My main inspiration for this project came from the aforementioned song, Heavy Weather by Billie Marten. It all stemmed from sitting and working in my makeup room in Manchester, the fire blazing away behind me warming the cold room, the rain lashing against my windows and dark clouds casting a gloomy shadow over my laptop. I started to look for a song that was as melancholy as I felt and Billie’s Heavy Weather was perfection. I played it over a couple of times as I worked away and then suddenly, inspiration hit and I was up and away with my theme.
When applying a more avant garde style of makeup, I think it’s so important to incorporate textures to create interest. As my theme was all about stormy weather and crows and the deep, dark, rainy days, I wanted to add a glossy eye, clumped lashes, sore, chapped lips and a spattering of pigment to look like that horrible mud spray you get all over your legs when a car passes you by too quickly in the rain.
I also thought about customising a pair of lashes to go with the look. I applied feathers and glossy string that I got at the craft store to the lashes but ended up cutting the lengths down as they seemed to hide the gloss of the eyes too much. They were a little too bold for my liking.
To create the sore, chapped lips, I used my DUO lash glue to blot onto the lip then added a little MAC eye shadow to alter the colour slightly. It was pretty hard not to peel this off before getting a photograph!
I’m so fortunate to have an amazing photographer of a dad who likes to spend time in the studio with me shooting and teaching me about the art of photography. He is and always will be my first choice to ask to help me with projects. I honestly don’t know anybody else who has the patience, skill and abundance of passion as he does. I often refer to the studio as my happy place, but really, it’s the people in it that make it so, and that’s all down to him and my mum. Yesterday, we spent absolute hours in the studio shooting and downloading these final images ready for my project deadline today.
As you can see from the images, I made slight alterations to the final look as I went along. I also added tiny little Ostrich feathers to the brows that I cut down to create that fuzzy, crow-like texture. I also decided to add a little plum lipstick to the eyes to add a punch of colour – I used the same plum to add a little detail onto the chapped lips.
I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my creative process and finished result!
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