Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog! It’s been a crazy few months with work and family life, but I’m not complaining. All I can say is I’m thankful for good clients, great friends and a healthy family.
Besides being busy with weddings, I’ve had some published work and helped organize another workshop with Blur Makeup Room (more on this fabulous pro store later) for celebrity makeup artist and someone I consider a mentor, Lucky Bromhead. Here’s a little recap!
The macro beauty masterclass with Lucky was one not to be missed. We learned some really valuable tips and techniques on how to perfect the skin for extremely close photography. So, it turns out she’s pretty ah-MAZING with a brush. Lucky is pretty entertaining and hilarious to boot, but you will be in awe of her beautiful creations.
One thing that really stood out for me is something I’ve always tried to practice when doing beauty work, but seeing her technique and the end results really stuck with me. Skin should look like skin. She recommended using the yaby Liquid Foundations or M.A.C.’s Face & Body. Lucky also likes to use a sponge much like the Beauty Blender to apply foundation.
She finds with a brush you can see streaks left on the skin in macro photography. Lucky is also big on highlighters like the ones from Face Atelier. These silicone-base liquids are great for mixing in foundations. Another very important point is that working with a really good model is key. Tia was amazing because she knew there were certain moments she couldn’t move her mouth or close her eyes. If you’re doing something that is lip focused choose someone with good lips and so forth. Oh and don’t be surprised if you have to break out some Nair to get peach fuzz under control! Only in the name of beauty and the money shot. To view more from the workshop visit Makeup by Lucky’s Facebook Page!
Wade Hudson, a highly sought after photographer and the one who shot Lucky’s macro work was also at the class to give some advice on the industry and what he looks for in a makeup artist. In the above photo, he is explaining his retouching process. He also believes that skin should look like skin. His pet peeve with some photographers is when the pores are blurred out completely using Gaussian Blur. An amazing makeup artist makes his job easier, but the skin still needs some perfecting in Photoshop. He showed us how he takes out imperfections without completely blurring out the skin.
The workshop was hosted by Toronto’s newest pro artist store, Blur Makeup Room! It is home to some of my all-time favourite brands like yaby (Liz Yu, owner of Blur and creator of yaby cosmetics), Face Atelier, bdellium tools, Embryolisse, Glamcor, Kim Greene, and much more. If you’re a working artist in the industry, you get a 20% artist discount. Sweet right? This store is a godsend for artists everywhere, but might be the death of my bank account. I can’t help but pick something up every time I visit! I will have to share my hauls in another post. And if you’re not in Toronto you can pick up some kit essentials by visiting the online store!
If you’ve missed this workshop, don’t worry. Blur plans to do workshops on a regular basis. Yay! So get your learn on because one can never stop learning. 😉
On to the next! One thing about doing published work is that you can’t share it until it gets – PUBLISHED. I have a lot more that will be published in the next few months but here is the latest. I am so happy I got to work with these two talented twins – yes twins – of Jane & Jane who both just happen to love photography. Be on the look out for these two ladies – they are going to take the fashion world by storm!
This is my favourite shot from the editorial. The story was featured on JURIED – check out the full story here. Stay tuned for another shoot I did with Jane & Jane that will be published soon!