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Holidaze – The Glitz

It’s a favorite of mine, jewel tones. I find the colours in nature are the most inspiring. Some sparkle and an intense 80s inspired Holidaze.

Model, Malika at Dulcedo models

The Pat McGrath palettes are like a Ferrari, why keep them in the garage and just admire them? I wanted to challenge myself to find their full potential(s). But these shimmering/glitter shades in the Subversive palette are really unique.

I loved the feline quality of her eyes and energy.  I’m pushing myself out of pretty makeup, to be more theatrical. I’m very driven by colour,  But I wanted to avoid blending the colours, to keep them pure and vibrant, to get that jewel effect. My other challenge was making the skin more full coverage and editing it more in Photoshop, because the looks are more “unreal”, the skin had to follow.

 Make Up For Ever Aqua Colour in Red
Natasha Denona Joya Holiday Palette
Pat McGrath Suberversive palette 
M.A.C. Diva, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger on lips


Special thanks to Malika for being sooo patient with the long application and the long shoot!

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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