A few weeks ago I did a body paint photo shoot with Barry of BA Photography and Takalonti. I made a promise to myself this year to do a creative project every month so here it is. This shoot was inspired by the following picture
I am not sure who did this one or where it came from but I loved the contrast between the skin and the sharp black lines. I am a bit more of a colour loving type and decided to do a colour gradient take on this idea. I loved the smooth look of Takalonti’s shaved head and decided she would be the perfect model for the project. We got together on a Saturday morning and I started to sponge on a rainbow. With the rainbow in place I was able to just go wild. I did not have any reference pictures with me I just used the curve and flow of her head and neck to guide my design choices. It might seem like a bad choice to paint without a guide but I find in cases where the theme of the design is flow it is important not to limit yourself to a drawing and to work with your models unique body to get the best fitting pattern possible.
When I was finished with the painting it was up to Barry and Takalonti to fully capture the look., Graceful lines and motions created by our fantastic model were captured using both film and digital cameras.
To end it off here are a few shots of us playing around just before we packed up.
How to achieve a perfect Valentines day red lip
When you are considering doing a red lip it is important to not over do the makeup for the rest of your face. A flawless completion with neutral eyes and a light blush is all you need to compliment the center piece. Your lips. There are a lot of rules and guidelines about what colour of red to wear with your skin type. When you are looking for a red consider the tone of the lipstick if it is more on the warm side or on the cool side. For the most part a cooler red will seem a bit more blue and a warmer red will be a bit more on the orange side. You want to then see what undertone your skin has. For the most part it will be on the pink or yellow side. If you have a more pink undertone it is best to try and go with a cool red. If have a yellow undertone a warm red is more suited. These are just guidelines I recommend trying a few colours to see what you are most comfortable with.
Below is an example of warm Vs cool reds
The first step to creating a perfect lip is to make sure you hydrate. It is important to apply a lip balm and even to exfoliate our lips to make sure they are soft and smooth for the best lipstick application.
Once you have your lips nice and moisturized it is a good idea to line them with a clear lip liner. Something waxy that will help prevent the red from bleeding. If your lips are prone to bleeding it can be a good idea to line them again with a liner that matches your lipstick but it is not always necessary.
When applying the lipstick it is best to use a lip brush to ensure you will have a crisp line and even colour. something small but tapered is best.
After you have applied your lipstick a great trick to keep your lipstick in place, the line crisp and ensure you lips pop is to apply a thin line of concealer just around the outside of your lipstick. This helps provide a sharp contrast in colour and will help keep your lipstick in place.
Now you can decide if you are finished and happy with a matt look or if you want to bump it up with a gloss. A gloss can also be a great way to alter your lip colour slightly if you have picked a red that brighter or darker than you would like.
The following are a few examples of red lips and faces I have done