I have had a long career of fashion failures, one which spans even longer than my career as a makeup artist. I wore a dress to my school formal that could actually belong in the wardrobe of a contestant on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, I’ve worn ‘no bra’ with a slinky singlet that most definitely needed a bra, to a media event and got a nasty (aka nippily) surprise when I was tagged in the photos from that evening - side note: this happened last year - not like, when I was a teenager with no idea about common decency - LAST YEAR when I was twenty flipping six and should have known damn well better then to risk it. On a positive note, the attention I got that night from the caterers was wonderful – the bruschetta was amazing and kept on coming, for the first time in my life I got fed at a fashion event. I've worn active wear whenever I've just felt a bit haggard and wanted people to think I’ve smashed the gym and I once went to an 80’s themed party dressed in actual clothes form the 80s, everyone was ‘sexy gym instructor’ and I was sweating like a nun in a cucumber field wearing PVC. I also crimped my fringe that day, I was a disaster.
So, I cannot pretend to be one of those cool kids who understand the fasshhhuuunnn, I am a basic bitch, I generally wear three types of clothes (a) black things (b) white things and (c) things that make my butt look good. What I can do, is unpack the beauty looks behind the campaign and give y’all a little look at how these looks come together before the finished product.
I do however know, makeup, lines, texture, art and faces, so when I work on fashion campaigns I can’t really debrief on anything else fashion wise other then ‘it looks really sweet mate’ – and I can tell you Harper Lane Jewellery’s new range is exactly that – bloody sweet mate!
Little bit of background: this look book was shot locally in Albion, with the talented Melissa Romeo flying in from Melbourne especially for this shoot. The girls from Harper Lane have put a lot of work into their line, seven years’ worth in fact, to create this incredible collection of timeless jewellery pieces. Their hard work has most definitely paid off, with the company boasting a wide assortment of quality jewellery pieces that range from beautiful high end statement pieces to minimalist pieces to create stacked looks.
Because of this volume of the collection, there was a lot of different shots and pieces to get through, we focussed the beauty on bronzed, luminescent looks, which was versatile and didn’t clash with the styling changes.
Look 1: Day one with Sapphire (who is totally mature, sweet and professional and exactly how you would like a model to behave) and we’re rocking messy bun and soft swept brown smokey-eye and contour #gigidey. Seriously: This hair took about 5 minutes to pop up using a bit of dry shampoo and texture spray – when the whole squad is waiting on you to get stuff sorted, you need to hustle and cut corners where you can. Time is money and I was fortunate that Sapphire’s hair was super easy to manage.
Look 2: Disclaimer: This could be one of my favourites from the shoot! We bronzed Sapphire’s porcelain like skin to create this golden smokey-eye – love, love, love this look! And oh gosh – contouring this girl’s face was a dream! I used both big soft brushes and a little cream contour to get the strengthen of this bad boy up – without making it look like I had just jammed a turd on the side of her face.
Long days: Caffeine hits
Look 3: Day two and we have a very bouncy and fun Connie Short! We started out with this bronzed look on this beach babe.
Look 4: Add a lip.
Look 5: Defined eyes
Look 6: This is my other favourite look, its just so simple: winged liner and a rosy peachy lip with slicked back hair. Eh I die! This is exactly the reason I only have one coffee a day – to keep my ole hands steady, no body wants to be that guy shaking like a leaf saying ‘trust me I’m heaps good at my job’.
Wrap day Doughnut Time.
That’s a wrap! And in the humble opinion of this basic bitch, the fashion styling from the latest Harper Lane campaign on point – this was a really cool project to work on.
Lastly, not to totally wank on about it, but our team was absolutely legendary for this shoot – I know everyone always says this, but we had an effing lot to get through and we managed to smash it out in no time. I also really love doing campaigns over a couple of days, a few of my clients have been doing this and it is really good to have over night to go and marinate on how the day went and what we can do to smash it the next day.
Special thanks to Matt, who stepped in when I needed it and rocked as a makeup assistant.
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