Bird Of Paradise for L'Officiel Thailand

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I am in love with this beautiful springtime editorial I shot with my photographer friend Claire Harrison the spring that has just been published in L’Officiel Thailand.  The mood of the shoot was ethereal and dreamy as reflected by the wardrobe assembled by superior stylist Marcella Martinelli and candy floss hair created by Hamilton Stansfield.

I wanted to create a simple look, with a painterly feel, brought to life only with touches of bright colour and metallic accents to lift the face to a form of an imagined fairy. 

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The Base

Our Model Ava H from Premier is Icelandic and I left her beautiful fresh skin mostly untouched, only adding a bit of my favourite Vapour Atmosphere Stick in 110 under her eyes and the top of the cheekbones to bring a porcelain lightness to the area, to give her face a slightly more painted appearance.

I then gently sculpted under her cheekbones a bit using the Ilia Beauty Sway multi-stick. This sheer bronzing stick has a hint of glow, perfect to use as a highlighter for dark skins, or as a bronzer. In this case, I used it as contour for a really soft and dreamy effect to keep her skin shimmery and light.

On her cheeks, I dabbed some bright pink Ilia Beauty Tenderly Multistick, a bright Candy Pink, and highlighted her nose with RMS Magic Luminizer which is a white-golden shimmer.

I just defined her lips most gently using Bite Beauty Cashew Multi Stick as a lip colour. The grey-based rose tone is so similar to her own, and I only painted it extremely lightly on the edge of her lips to define them, leaving the middle bare.

To create very deliberate highlights in certain shots, I used the Bella Pierre Golden Brown shimmer pigment with the My Kit Co Line and Define Brush to delicately paint on lines of shimmer on the top edge of Ava's lip line and under her philtrum (fancy word for those lines that come down from your nose) and I also highlighted the middle bottom of her lip in some of the shots with the same colour.

Pops of Colour

Different shots got different accents of colour to bring in the palette brought by the pastel birds, and the colours of the garments.  See the images below to see how I created subtle differences with bright colours.

 I used the  Bella Pierre Pigment in Money  swiped under the eye and white Shimmer  Elate Cosmetics Paragon  on the inside corners of they eye and in a thin line just in the middle of the top lashline.

I used the Bella Pierre Pigment in Money swiped under the eye and white Shimmer Elate Cosmetics Paragon on the inside corners of they eye and in a thin line just in the middle of the top lashline.

 In this shot I wet the  Bella Pierre Pigment in Apt  and smudged it in a along her eyelid so that it ended quite sharply in a square shape on the outside of her eyes.

In this shot I wet the Bella Pierre Pigment in Apt and smudged it in a along her eyelid so that it ended quite sharply in a square shape on the outside of her eyes.

 I glossed up Ava's Eyelids with  Dr Lipp  Balm, and wiped some  Sugar Venom Pigment in Monroe  Under the outer corners of the eye.

I glossed up Ava's Eyelids with Dr Lipp Balm, and wiped some Sugar Venom Pigment in Monroe Under the outer corners of the eye.

 

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