|Love the hair!!!|
A much more glowing/flattering photo of Gwyeneth!
Here is my conclusion & tips (lol) inspired by the website and my experience:
- When you are getting your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, you may become hyper-alert about every detail of your face, skin, pores and you may notice developments that may be “new” (hyper-pigmentation, fine lines) that you haven’t noticed before; on a normal day, chances are, you don’t look so closely! When you come see us makeup artists, it’s usually for a special occasion (a big event, your wedding), and you are likely nervous & excited about the way you will look. You may think that everyone is looking at you and noticing every detail the same effect like the Us website‘s Zoom function!! But that’s simply not true! Please remember that a) Your guests will not be carrying a magnifying glass (like the zoom function) to check out your skin! b) what they will see, is really closer to the 300pixel web version – arms length away! Our eye sight is usually not better than 20/20!
- Please also believe that your makeup artist will know and understand that if you are looking for “flawless” foundation coverage, they will most likely need to layer on foundation & concealer to achieve the look for you. Fuller coverage also means that you will notice the makeup, it will feel heavier than usual, but you will photograph beautifully. Just remember that full coverage doesn’t always mean you will look unnatural! Full coverage examples from above: J-Lo, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Portman & Milla Jovovich! Medium coverage: Emma Stone & Gwyneth. None of the above is an example of “sheer” coverage. Wearing makeup and foundation doesn’t mean that you will be pore-less, and texture-less – makeup enhances your look, but it’s not magic. If you are concerned about fine lines or pores, they will become less noticeable after professional makeup, but they will still be there! (Yes..even if you airbrush!) I’m not really saying that everybody should go with Medium to Full coverage; it depends on your skin type and condition, and then also your desired look and your comfort level! I’m just hoping to use the Us website to help us communicate what Full – Medium – Sheer coverage means when it comes to makeup application & HD!
- You don’t have to worry about the camera not picking up the colors. There are slight adjustments for outdoors and evenings, but even in the non-zoomed in photos, you can see the eyeshadow, the blush and lip color in the images! Just because you are doing evening, you can still go for a more natural look like Gwyneth, and have it photograph just fine!
- If your close-ups are very important to you, your photographer is the next most important thing as your makeup artist! A great way to decide on your event photographer is to take a close look at their close-up portrait work. How does the skin look? Generally your event photographer will not go into each and every single photo and photoshop out every little thing. Their style and how they adjust the camera setting/what lens they use/what time of day they shoot, will decide how flattering you might look! I for one, do not want to my pores and lines to be in SHARP focus! It doesn’t mean I want to be BLURRY, but I don’t want it zoomed in at my skin!
- Celebrities are people too! They have small flaws as well, and they too need to touch-up their lipstick and maybe blot their t-zone with a tissue. This doesn’t mean the artist failed by using ‘inferior’ products (FYI Emma’s artist used Chanel) but long-wear lipsticks will dry out your lips, and while lipliner prolongs the wear and the way you apply the lipstick will also help… if you talk, eat and drink, or just swallow saliva, the lipstick will go away bit by bit. And..as a human, you do need to do those things throughout the day!! :) Even with oil-free/oil-absorbing makeup products and great primers, if you have combination or oily skin, expect it to be shinny in about 5-6 hours. Your skin will do what it naturally should do – and there are products out there (alcohol based) that may last, but those products are typically meant for tattoo-coverups, and not recommend to be used on your face for prolonged periods of time.
- Which brings me to…even with the Best Artists using the Best Products applying it on the Most Beautiful People in the world – you may see pores/fine lines/texture and you may need to touch-up your lipstick and powder. This is real life, unless you hire someone to follow you the whole day, coming in to powder and touch-up every 15 minutes! (That service is definitely available if you opt for it!!)
- It’s important to select your professional makeup artist carefully, but it’s also important to keep in mind that what we as do as artists is to highlight your best features, and our goal is to present a ‘dressed-up/dolled-up/slightly more glamorous’ version of yourself for your special occasion to highlight your beauty. Just remember that you are beautiful, and you are a real person! A real person may have pores/fine lines/texture & hyper-pigmentation! Embrace it!!!
Happy Valentines Day!
SF Camerawork – 1011 Market St @6th, 2nd Floor
The shoot took place at the Yerba Buena Gardens, and since I was working on Saturday, I could only volunteer my Sunday! You can check out the behind the scenes video where you can catch me paint the lips of the participants before they took their polaroid! This was my set up for the day!! At first I thought “omg that many lips! I need to go out and get lipstick” so I ran to buy supplies – but it turns out I didn’t really need to buy all that stuff! Good thing I can still use it for other stuff!
Before I started, I’d ask the participant if they want something natural, or something adventurous!! Most people opted for natural, but a few brave souls wanted something fun! Kim (Daniel’s intern) suggested I did the Japanese Geisha Lips – that was certainly a fun one!
One lady asked me to draw a heart on the side of her lips so that she will be able to find her lips! Voila – there it is! EASY to spot! ;)
I was also happy to see some familiar faces – Ashley & Alana from Look Models! <3 <3 <3
Putting lotion on the model’s exposed skin is one of the most important lessons I learnt when I showed my portfolio to veteran artists to ask for their critique. After putting a great lotion, skin is shinny & luminous, and also saves photographer retouching time. It is so worth the effort! Little did I know when I was a newbie, anything showing is apparently my responsibility (skin, nails…etc).
This is the first shoot I did with this AMAZING team – I can’t wait to work with them again!!! Or share the other photos we did with you in the near future! I’m very proud of these! ;) Happy Monday!
Photography: Sasha Gulish Photography
Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang
Models: Kris, Alyssa & Donyale from Stars Model Management