Fashion we use to shape the beauty shoots has to be either timeless, cool or avant garde. Jane Wilson Marquis gowns are timeless. They inspired the artists Mirei Morita/Taylor, Nene Yamamoto/Tatum and Sayaka Sato/Kendall, to do elegantly creative makeup…not boring. They used touches of unusual colors stolen from the beautiful hand painted silk designs of the gowns. www.janewilsonmarquis.com.
Hair Almog. Styling Sylvia Holden and Gabriela Garcia.
One thinks a T shirt is just a T shirt but as you can see from the photos of Taylor, Rose and Kendall each one accentuates the individuality and beauty of the model, not just through color but with the style and design, this is very helpful when the makeup is as natural as I like it. The shoots are technically for beauty shots but because the classes are about fashion beauty the fashion is very important and it’s very helpful to have styling that gives the Artists a direction for the makeup. This time we were very fortunate that Sylvia Holden one of the stylists was able to bring t shirts from www.minimalhustle.com. Hair by Almog
Not all but many of the artists quickly add spontaneous “Freestyle” artistic touches to create a third and final makeup and this time it was amazing for me to see how they all blended their own individual style with the models personality (in this case Elizabeth from Click) to do something that worked beautifully. Congratulations Hiroki Namai on great work. the Freestyle touches were with custom blended colors of Kryolan Aquacolor, salmon glitter added to the lips. Peach eyeshadow and brown eyeliner.
The makeup student Kotoe Watanabe had Maria from Click as her model (Instagram thelittlemodel_ ) she cetainly is very petite, incredibley proportioned with beautiful Bone structure perfect for beauty. Her bubbly personality was very engaging and she looks equaly as good in both her looks. Almog did the hair and Sylvia Holden and Gabriela Garcia the styling. The T shirt is www.minimalhustle.com
For the photoshoot class the artists first do a natural makeup . This is almost the most difficult, as I ask that the skin look fresh and perfect but not made up. So often there is just a little concealer…if any..gloss..a little tidying up of the brows as Miho Murakami did on Dahlia in the centre photo. I quickly have the artists add colors on set, either lip or eye colors depending on the girl. After Miho had added the lipcolor then she took Dahlia back to the studio to change the makeup to a much stronger one. We were fortunate to have such beautiful girls, great hair by Almog and wonderful styling by Sylvia Holden and Gabriela Garcia Ramirez. The Cool T shirt was by Minimal Hustle http://www.minimalhustle.com and the Bespoke riding jacket by Jane Wilson Marquis http:/janewilsonmarquis.com. Congratulations Miho!
IBF New York Makeup Academy of Japan brings an advanced class of makeup students over to study with me once or twice a year. This is fun and an interesting experience for me as each student is such an individual, their personality shines through in their work. Each artist is from a different part of Japan and they did not know each other previously.
This July the classes took place in a studio adjoint to BBFL a beautiful shop and cafe at 300-302 7th street in Brooklyn. The shop sells both Brooklyn and Japanese made products. We end the classes with a photoshoot for the Artists portfolios. Congratulations to the makeup artist Mirei Morita who did this great work on the model Taylor Williams. Almog did the hair. The dress is by Jane Wilson Marquis.
Just finished a couple of portraits of the sister of a beautiful smiling little girl I did a few years ago. I just love it when the parents of children I have painted return for me to paint the siblings when they are the same age. It is so much fun to discover such different personalities and also heart warming to know they have so much pleasure from the portraits. When I am indecisive about the expression I often do two portraits of the same child which gives me examples to show in my studio. These are often taken by the parents.
I will be showing other families soon.
I just saw the Desigual Fall 2016 and just loved the clothes a great blend of different ethniticities, my favourite large shouldered silhouette and mixes of patterns. Some great pieces in velvet and the hats were fab. The makeup was pretty but could have been a little more adventurous without distracting. Maybe some of my hand prints from the 80’s on the face would have worked here. xo Linda
Model, Sarah. Hair, Pasqui. Makeup, Meredith Rose
Going on location doesn’t necessarily mean going to exotic places-most often, it will mean working from a van in the town in which you work. When I first started out as a makeup artist I did feel more comfortable in the studio because of its controlled environment, but once I became more confident with my makeup, I began to prefer working on location.
If you have more than one model to do, finish the first, then try to get the others partially done before the photographer starts shooting the first , when you must go with them. Once you have checked the model on the set, ask the photographer if you can run back to the van to finish the next model. This is usually Okay for a fashion shoot but if you are doing beauty you have to be hawk eyed and stay around. A multitude of things could happen. A simple gust of wind could blow dust on the model’s face; her hair could blow onto her lips and smudge them or her eyes become red and teary from the wind and ruin the eye makeup.
Typically, when you work on location outside in the city you shoot winter clothes in the summer and summer clothes in the winter because of the time it takes to produce the magazine. In summer the winter clothes can make the model perspire and in winter, the exposure to the cold can give the model a red nose and hands,
To counteract perspiration, you should always blot the model’s face with tissue paper first, before reapplying powder, to avoid build up. After blotting you may find you don’t need to reapply powder. The red nose is a more difficult problem; . If the nose is small and slightly pinkish that could be cute, but a large red nose needs a base with heavier than normal coverage. If the model can’t wear gloves make sure she keeps shaking her hands up in the air whenever possible to get the circulation going and maybe you will need to apply makeup to them.
All makeup colors from the Linda Mason Elements line. Transparent light Face Gel. Sunrise eyeshadow over the entire lid, Red Earth in the crease of the eye and Cloud shadow at the base of the lashes. Driftwood Blush on the lower part of the cheekbone and white pearl + coral lip colors.
I love working with factories in the USA and getting to know my manufacturers . Not only is there the added bonus of personal contact but they can also get things together for me rapidly. My brusholders and brushes are all made in the USA and the quality of both first class. The quality has actualy improved since I began producing these for Japan in 2004. They are made with the environement in mind as the holders are washable canvas and I recommend washing the brushes with soap and very hot water before dipping them in alcohol, my very primitive disinfecting method. This set is my Professional 10 Brushset in an updated version of my original Betty Face brusholder . There are only a few sets available in the US for the moment as Japan snatches them up. To purchase one of these professional 10 Brushsets you need to Email firstname.lastname@example.org . The price is $222+ tax and postage. They will soon be able to be purchased on the www.lindamasongallery.com site.
Mini Betty 7 Brushets can be purchased at J&B Design in Brooklyn or Online from their Site http://www.jplusbdesign.com/store/c43/BBFL.html