One of my latest shadow purchase was Chanel’s new Illusion D’Ombre long wearing eyeshadow color. It is being called a gel, but to me it is more like a moouse. The texture of the shadow is very silky. Which makes it easy to layer or apply very sheer. It can be worn alone or under powder shadows. I got the Illusoire which has been my new fun color to use on set. So far, it hasn’t separated and it lasts all day. Here’s a video about Chanel’s Fall collection which features the new shadow.
Very excited to see some of the SKINGRAFT shoot I did makeup and hair on published in Elle Italia. Wish I could read Italian, it looks like a great article on the uber talented owner and head designer Jonny Cota. It was great working with Jonny on two different photo shoots for his line. He has a distinct idea of how he wants everything to look like. This was refreshing for me as an artist, I love having a good place to start and a clear plan of action. Makes the day run smoothly and there’s no room for mistakes. If you haven’t heard of SKINGRAFT, you have definitely seen it on a celebrity or musician. SKINGRAFT leather pieces are tailored remarkably well. Wearing their leather is like second skin on your body. If you ever get a chance to visit their flagship store in downtown LA, be ready to shop because you will want every piece they sell there.
SKINGRAFT 125 West 4th St. #102 Los Angeles, CA 90013
What I love the most about traveling and staying in hotels is the great travel size products you can score! For this past NY trip, I stayed at the Bryant Park Hotel and was treated to a wide array of Molton Brown products. I was familiar with the line and had used their lotions before. This time I was able to try the Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath and Shower wash. I love it! It has a sweet and light aroma, which is perfect since most fragrances often leave me with headaches. Also, the moisture wash has macadamia nut and tamanu oils which made my skin feel very soft and not too oily.
I have been meaning to do a beauty breakdown on this photo for some time now. This is a cropped version of the original and I am pleased to get all the details of the makeup so clearly. This is from a photo shoot shot in Palm Springs and the crew were all friends of mine. I had such a great time that it really didn’t feel like work!
Natalie the model, has great skin and features, that it was fun to do makeup on her. After her skin was prepped with Boscia Vital Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, I used the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #5.5 mainly on the center of her face, forehead and chin with a SOHO Foundation Brush. She didn’t need that much coverage. For under eye concealer, I used Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #4. To set the foundation, I lightly dusted Ben Nye Banana Suede Poudre with a SOHO Powder Brush. I made her brows fuller with Makeup Forever Brow Pencil #02 Taupe and MAC Girl Boy Brow Set. For her eyeshadow, I used a metallic bronze shadow from Shu Uemura #862, with the SOHO All Over Eyeshadow Brush to cover her entire lid and sweep a little in the crease. I lined under her bottom lash line with the metallic bronze shadow extending the shadow out and upward giving the allusion of a cat eye. To open her eye, I lined her waterline with Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz. The liquid liner is MAC Boot Black which I applied with an angled brush rather than the brush that the liquid liner comes with. I do this for more control of the liquid liner. I applied Benefit Dallas Blush as a cheek contour and using a soft blush brush I blend Bobbi Brown Nectar Blush into the contour. Lastly, her lips were filled in with Chanel Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Peche 38 and clear lip balm. Natalie’s beauty mark is her own, I can’t take credit for that!
Photographer: Eric Workum
Art Director: Christopher M. Ford
Wardrobe Stylist: Marissa Adele
Hair: Jose Cantu
Makeup: Jennifer Hanching
Model: Natialie Pack
Recently, I had the pleasure working with a clothing line called Santiago Knits. Designer Julio Santiago loomed knits are just to die for and I fell for every single piece! The quality and ingenuity of his knits are truly unique. Using high quality Italian yarns and leathers, Julio’s signature styles are both wearable and fashionable.
The photo shoot was a family affair, my good friends/collegues photographer Donnie Madden and stylist Charlie Altuna were on hand for their talents. This was our first time shooting with Santiago Knits so definitely excitement was in the air. I love working with passionate designers, they always bring a different element to the shoot. The above photo is a teaser shot that hasn’t been through post work yet. I couldn’t wait for the final edit, I wanted to do a beauty breakdown since I love the shot so much!
On our model Kate Pierson, I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation #115 . I mixed the foundation w/ Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15. I wanted to make the foundation more sheer and lightweight. After, I dusted Laura Mercier’s Transculent Loose Setting Powder w/ a SOHO Kabuki brush. I used the SOHO Kabuki brush to buff the powder down and blend in w/ the foundation. The concealer I used was Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage #3 for under her eyes and spot coverage. For Kate’s eyes, I lined them with an Urban Decay “Darkhorse” eyeshadow using a SOHO angled eyeliner brush. The blush is Chanel’s “Orchid Rose” which I dabbed on the apples of her cheeks. On her lips, I used the NYX “Nude Pink” lip pencil to fill in her entire lip and top that off w/ Rosebud lip salve.
Photographer: Donnie Madden
Producer: Charles Pomykal
Stylist: Charlie Altuna
Makeup and Hair: Jennifer Hanching
Sometimes before a shoot or music video, I have to pull references of hair and makeup for myself or the other creatives. While I was researching old films online, I was suprisingly reminded of one of my all time favorites, I Am Cuba.
I Am Cuba is a black and white film that was made in 1964 by Russian director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinemaphotographer, Sergei Urusevsky. It was shot as a pro-Castro/anti-Batista propaganda film and so it was never released in the US. Until Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcese rediscovered the film in the early 1990s. Disregard the Russian dubbing, this film is beautiful. I have linked one of my favorite scenes below. I love the hair, makeup and styling on the women. Their dazed-out, unaffected facial expressions really convey who their characters are. I highly recommend this film if you’re into great cinemaphotography, it is truly inspiring!