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Holidaze – The Glitz

Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone. This look was created by layering the colours next to each other. I was inspired by all the jewel tones. I wanted to keep the colours “pure”, and see how bright I could get them for the camera.
Model: Lucrezia at Dulcedo Models.
Wig by Coco.Cristal

I’m confessin’:  it’s tough to photograph the glitter textures of the Pat McGrath shadows. They do show up better in person, or in video, but I had to work a new lighting for these shots to get the glitter to register. If you’ve done session work as a makeup artist, you know how hard it is to make things sparkle! 

When I had the idea to use these colours from the palettes, I had a sort of technicolor intense Hollywood glimmer feel. I’ve always had a love affair with old Hollywood glamour portraits. I was also doing a lot of research on 80s makeup. It sort of trickled down into these bold colour ideas. It was a leap of faith to see how what I saw in my head would translate to an actual look.  The trick was figuring out how to create the shapes and how much space each color would occupy. 


It’s really Interesting how the photography changes the effect of the makeup look. Lucrezia has the same makeup in all images. The last one we did without the wig, with her natural hair and the effect of the makeup is completely different! The best angle for the eye makeup was a three-quarter, mostly because of the blue, you can see the rainbow effect and the blue picked up more of the light so you can see the glittery texture.

SHOUT OUT TO COCO.CRISTAL who lent me one of her natural hair wigs so I could transform Lucrezia. You can get in touch with her through her @coco.cristal instagram 

Natasha Denona Holiday Joya Palette
 Illamasqua Liquid Metal (limited edition) in deep blueedition
NARS single eyeshadow in Wishful Thinking
Pat McGrath Subversive palette
Urban Decay 24h eyeliner Sabbath on lips
Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil in Reverb on lips