Starting a makeup session for a photo shoot is simple right? It starts with an idea, a photo, or a thought and it takes shape as the makeup artist and photographer collaborate on the idea. In most cases getting started can be tough but for this “Fallen Angel” makeup and photo shoot it was a smooth and exhilarating experience. Working closely with a professional model and a professional photographer can make all the difference when trying to create a certain look that requires all the team members to be individually creative yet work cohesively to achieve successful results.
Here is the beginning stages of our “Fallen Angel” makeup and photo shoot idea, it started with the picture, and then I began to pull together the makeup I would eventually use. I needed to find a brand of white makeup I could use as a base that would be comfortable for the model that would give me a soft white glow, I ended up using this Wet n Wild paint pot in White for the base and Black for the eyes. I then added a shimmer black over the Black eye area using the Make Up Forever Trio Artist Palette. The picture only showed two colors (black and white) but in reality as an artist you know there is so much more. I needed a silver shimmer above the black eyes area and below the eyes to enhance the black, I also needed a deep black shadow to line the eye area for a deep eye look.
Once my model Adlee Ray arrived we got to work, first reviewing her costume and her wig then deciding together what direction we wanted the makeup to go. We settled for a muted white and dark black eyes with silver highlight and black lips topped with a shimmer gloss to project a striking and sad look. She was, after all, going to portray a “fallen angel” and needed to look forlorn.
Her choice of the black bob wig was genius and gave the makeup we had chosen a vibrant contrast. Here is a before and after look of model Adlee Ray and her transformation to the “Fallen Angel” after completing the makeup session in my studio.
Once the amazing and very talented photographer Nick Kalivretenos arrived we discussed what location he had chosen for the shoot and what he expected from the model. She understood he was looking for a “Fallen Angel” lost and searching to find her way in the world of the dead. She was thrilled to work her model magic to make it a reality.
The amazing photo story that follows is what Nick captured in his model Adlee Ray through the lens of his camera.
In the light of day she appears to find her place in the world, falling from grace seeking the light and warmth of that which she knows, the comfort of the dead. Her heart aches to return to her realm of white light, peace, and the embrace of the heavens above.
She is the Fallen Angel…