Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boudoir Makeover

Hi Bellas,

A few weeks ago I was able to do a “boudoir” makeover. Let me provide a little background info for those of you not familiar with this term. Apparently, the trend in wedding photography is to have a “boudoir shoot” done before the wedding. Oftentimes, brides-to-be give their fiancées this special present as a pre-wedding gift. This usually involves hiring a MUA, photographer, and renting a room at a luxury hotel. From there, the blushing brides take sexy yet tasteful bedroom shots. Many women go to websites like www.theknot.com and split a room and coordinate photographers with other brides to save on costs.

I was asked by Katie to do her makeup so she could feel as sexy as possible for this shoot. I instructed Katie to send me some pics and descriptions of possible looks she wanted to wear, so that I could be prepared for our session. After some contemplation, she decided she wanted to do a Brigitte Bardot inspired look. Ms. Bardot is a famous French starlet from the 1950s. She epitomized the term “sex kitten” and was known for her trademark tousled, blond bed hair and cat eye/winged eyeliner makeup. Her beauty is timeless. We all know that winged eyeliner is a huge makeup trend out there...and as evidenced from this picture, it is a makeup style that lasts through the decades.

***Pic of Brigitte Bardot

After analyzing the photograph, I noted that the look mainly consisted of heavy, winged liquid eyeliner and nude/peachy lips. I took this as inspiration and decided to add a little smokiness to the eyes…using mainly grays instead of blacks to give a softer look.

On the day of the shoot, we ran into a few quirks. We got started a little later than we had planned so I had less time to do makeup. However, such interruptions are not unusual for MUAs to deal with. That’s why it pays to be prepared and organized. In this industry, one needs to be able to adapt to changing situations while remaining even tempered...that makes for one happy client!

In terms of makeup, I ended up smoking out her eye more dramatically per the client’s request. We added some falsies and liquid liner that finished off the look. The client had recently gotten a spray tan right before, so it took a bit of adjustment to match her face color to the rest of her bronzed body. In the end, she looked hot…a modern Brigitte Bardot if I do say so myself.

I didn’t realize it, but she gave glowing reviews of me on the knot. I was delighted to hear this because word of mouth is the best form of marketing. I've already received bridal makeup inquires from her referral. Without further ado, here are some pics of the shoot. Too bad we didn't get any before shots.

***Credit to: Photography by Shannon at www.shannonseye.net

Till next time, Ciao Bellas!


Shen said...

wow! congratulations!! :)

Yellow Fever said...

ren, I am SUPER amazed at your work. its so hard to do makeup on other people, but yours always turn out FABULOUS. the girl looks amazing! also, thanks for all the input on boudoir photoshoots- i didn't know they existed, but now I want to get one done someday before i get married too!!

MakeupByRenRen said...

shen: thanks!

yellow fever: thanks hon...i've been really trying to make sure i get better at doing different features, different ethnicities...each gig i feel like i'm improving somehow...he he...i might want to get the pics too!

Askmewhats said...

WOW!!! NO one's stopping you from going out!!! You're going to be known girl!!! So proud of you!!!!

IRENE said...

hi! i just started my beauty blog and i added a link to your blog :) i hope you dont mind! :)

mayaari said...

very lovely :) can i hire you to do my makeup whenever i get married?

(g)ezebel said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! you did a great job!!! she looks fantastic!!!

ryc: do the pink streaks! it'll look fantastic in your dark hair.

(g)ezebel said...

p.s. when i do my porn shot, will you do my makeup? heeheeheee

mandilicious said...

we're on the "unpacking part" now..it's so hard!..i did so much and the place still looks the same..A MESS..full of boxes..and also it's hard when we both work 12 hour shifts..aye!

Btw, Congratulations..you've been a very busy make-up artist /arteeeest/..lol..GOOD JOB!..Galing!

Mirian said...

your work looks awesome! her eyes really popped in the pictures! =)uty

yummy411 said...

she looks gorgeous and fabulous advertising via theknot.com!!!!