Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Sunkissed Glow

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This past weekend just gone I was very lucky to be part of a talented team of professional models, photographers and hair and make-up artists' on a 2 day shoot in the beautiful resort of Marbella in Spain. The incredible photographer Biggi Ayo who I had previously worked with twice before put the team together a few weeks back and before we knew it the trip creped upon us and we were all soon flying out from various airports around the UK. The weekend was a high impact non-stop working challenge with little sleep, little food, little rest but plenty of make-up, costumes and camera flashes. I think it's fair to say everyone involved wouldn't of had it any other way. We rushed about in a hire car to beach locations, pool and even a private yacht. The images we created were incredible, sunrise, sunset to name a couple. But how did I make my models look like they had been sunbathing for a week? With a delicious sunkissed glow, or how did I hide the fact that they had been awake over 24 hours??

I'll let you in on my secret...

For anyone who already follows me or my work, you will already know how important it is for me to prep any model's skin before make-up application. Spain was no different. Using Biorderma cleansing water and simple moisturiser I cleaned away all dirt and make-up so that the model's skin was clean and fresh. I primed with the amazing Mehron Velvet Serum Primer which I have raved about so much to all you readers previously. A matte primer is essential for the summer to keep away that shine and make your make-up last longer in the heat. Lush lip scrub and Vaseline to the lips as I do on every model.


When applying make-up abroad it's important to use the right foundation. You don't want layers and layers of a thick cream foundation that will simply melt under the heat, but instead go for a light foundation, tinted moisturiser or simply add moisturiser to your favourite foundation to make it thinner. I used Mac Face and body foundation, a light liquid foundation that glides on naturally but is buildable to achieve the coverage you desire.


To hide those tired eyes I used Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer. I love this concealer, it instantly lifts and illuminates the skin perfect for bags and dark circles as well as covering any imperfections. You would never have known the models had had very little sleep.


On the beach it's all about that sunkissed glow. We dream of that perfect healthy looking tan and skin. Well, it's so easy to achieve even on the palest of models like our lovely Sophie in Spain. Simply make a glow with Make-up. I began by using Illamasqua bronzing duo sweeping it back and forth under the cheek bone and up over the temple and blending. Once I was happy, I took my Bare minerals pure radiance and simply swept the peach lustre powder over the bronzer across the cheeks only. By doing this you are brightening and enhancing that sunkissed look on the cheeks. I then took my Illamasqua Sculpting powder duo which I tend to use for natural contouring to the face and with the Illamasqua fluff brush I swept the champagne highlighter above the bronzer across the high parts of the cheek bones to create a highlighted illuminate affect.

Using fellow make-up Artist Nafan's Nars Body Glow, I simply spread the oil over Sophie's body to give a rich shimmer natural glow.

I recommend finishing off with coatings of waterproof mascara and either a nude lip or an in season colour like coral or orange. On our shoot I opted for Kryolan's high shine gloss in shade Catwalk and applied Vaseline to the eyelids for a gloss affect.
Spain Team - all Manchester based

Photographers: Biggi Ayo and Ryan James Davies

Models: Sophie Smith - of PHA models Manchester, Kira Martin - previous Shameless actress, Mamzy Ahmed

Hair and Make-up Artist: Nafan Neil Beanz and myself