Makeup : Elizabeth Chang (Elizabeth Chang | Makeup & Hair)
Styling : Katie Quinn (Q the Stylist)
Model: Allie D. @ Look Models
Photography Assistant: Antonio Fernando
You may vaguely remember the Underwater Photoshoot Behind the Scenes blog nearly a year ago! It was a long wait for these images, but I’m really excited to share them with you!
As mentioned in previous post, it was my first under water shoot and also the first time I needed this degree of waterproofing (completely different from the typical sweating, humidity or longevity of makeup wear for bridal). From the sneak peaks I was very worried that the makeup wouldn’t show up, but alas, I was just nervous over nothing. Allie and I were joking that it’s called “Makeup Forever” because it stays on FOREVER. For this shoot, I had specifically purchased a few items from MUFE that I didn’t own at the time, and that combined with the tricks Liz Yu from Yaby Cosmetics showed me, the makeup actually showed up under water!! woohoo!!! The star makeup brands for this shoot that saved the day are: Yaby Cosmetics, Makeup Forever, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! Also very funny, was that after the first look, I adjusted her blush way stronger after receiving feedback from Chad so that it will show up under water and I showed Allie the mirror and we were like omg Clown! lol! But yeah, we did 3 makeup looks that day to go along with her outfits, and it was quiet an experience, doing the makeup changes while the model is still under the water!
For the green dress, I actually tried to apply false lashes to see what will happen- it’s not the glue that’s not waterproof, it’s the force of the water when the model goes up and down for air – it makes the lashes flop and go crazy, like a clam shell!
Allie blew us away with her underwater posing skills. Katie and I were just gawking in amazement at how graceful and gorgeous she looked ABOVE water! We could only imagine what was going on under the water! :P
I know this is only my 3rd year working as a makeup artist (2 yrs and 3 months in!) but out of all the agency models I’ve personally had the pleasure to work with, there’s only a handful (I can count with one hand!) of Fashion models who really just blew me away! Ahh please don’t misinterpret~~! No offense to the other wonderful models I’ve worked with, but Fashion to me is a very specific category, attributes and skill set – some models belong in more than 1 category (ie: Fashion/Runway & Commercial, Fashion & Beauty, Fashion & Swimwear etc etc etc endless combinations) and of course you can also be a TOP Beauty model or Top Commercial model. What I am trying to express is, Fashion models are very rare to come by, which is why when they become the top models, they get paid the most money. I really got to understand this after watching Allie under the water. Before, I just didn’t have what you call first hand experience. I never thought modeling was easy, but just in case anyone thought modeling was EASY as long as you are a certain height, weight, beautiful girl, you can be a model – that is sooo not true…!
Qualities of a Top Fashion Model (according to liz…from my experience…lol)
– Intelligent, educated, articulate & cogent
– TALL + extremely fit & physically healthy
– Beautiful body & limbs (you can be super tall, but not have proportional limbs or odd legs)
– Understand your body
– Unique facial features & strong bone structure
– GREAT skin, GREAT Hair
– Independent & Adventurous
– Super professional (shows up on time, completely prepared for the shoot, positive attitude)
Some of these you can learn & acquire with experience, but others you are born with. You need the perfect combination!
Allie – you are amazing!
|Green dress look features OCC Lip Tar in Pageant!!|
Photography: Junshien International Photographers | Junshien Lau + David Lok/Assistant Photographer
Makeup & Hair: Skyla Arts | Elizabeth Chang/Makeup & Lead Stylist
+ Carolyn Jean/Hair Stylist & Assistant Makeup Artist + Erika Taniguchi/Assistant
Coordinator: Just a Party Girl | Kathy Chen
Caterer: Cafe Primavera | Kathy Chen
Bakery: Satura Cakes, Pamplemousse Patisserie, and Linda (bride)!
Florist: Pico Soriano Designs | Pico Soriano
What a beautiful wedding & beautiful couple! Congratulations again to Linda & Richard! I’m happy that you will have a room for all of Richard’s computers! ;)
P.S. You can check out more photos on Junshien’s blog and oh he made a beautiful slideshow! Watch in 720P HD! :)
|LOVE this idea! So cute!!!|
|*tear* Linda’s mommy is so cute!|
|I love this image…! It sounds like her BM is saying something really <3-ing!|
|I don’t know which ones Linda baked but they all look DELICIOUS|
|aww mother and son dance!|
Watch in 1080P!!!
Remember the very handsome & talented model Gabriele I worked with earlier this year for a fall men’s fashion story from City Model Management?
|Photography: Laura Tillinghast, Wardrobe: Katie Quinn, Men’s grooming: Elizabeth Chang|
On the day of the shoot, I had a few makeup looks in mind, but after seeing her face, I decided to go with a look fresh off the runway, 2011-12 A/W Gucci show in Milan – I summarize the look as the following:
Models: (left) Morgan @ Stars, (right) Jordan @ Scout
Post-Processing: London Retouch
Sometimes you just have to make things happen for yourself. Every single person who participated at this shoot, we pulled out ALL the stops!!! ALL of it. The difficulty was HIGH, but despite the challenges, I am just thrilled we got 3 images out of that evening for our portfolio. It’s not perfect, it’s not the most exciting thing you’ve seen in the world, but to me, that day I really pushed myself harder and was able to say that I reached my goal and not just “oh man I wish I could have done this…” I am only as good as my team, and man – we were an AWESOME TEAM that evening! The models were prepared, and we were all excited to make some magic. While we stuck on schedule (to the clock!!! woohoo!!! Go team), I also had the pleasure to share some personal stories with Jordan, and we all enjoyed listening to Morgan’s 2 month adventure in Milan! Her stories showed her courage and determination, living alone in Milan, was really inspiring to hear. Persistence and Perseverance – what better qualities can you have if you really want to succeed in something?
Oh yes, did I mention – Tereza from London Retouch also decided to use our image as her banner image!!! SF represent!! Of course, thanks to Stars Model Management & Scout Model & Talent Agency to trusting me once more with their beautiful and talented SF Beauty models I’ve had the pleasure to work with!