Model Portfolio Shots - 3 Looks from Natural to Maxim Sexy

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another shoot post!  I worked with the amazing MMFotography again to get some amazing shots of a model who was interested in building her portfolio.  Her aim was to get into print and beauty...and hopefully one day Maxim!  I did three differents looks and show you exactly how I did it.

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If you're doing more than one makeup look a shoot, it definitely makes sense to transition from more natural to dramatic makeup.  I did three looks and I simply added product on top to change it around.  The only product I removed was lip color - make sure to condition the model's lips well in between so that they don't get too beat up.

FYI - All Products MAC unless otherwise mentioned

Look #1 - The model was rocking a pony tail and a bikini.  I wanted to give her a super natural look with glowy skin.  Essentially, it is the no-makeup makeup look that I learned at my last MAC Pro Class.  The model wanted glowing skin and I turned to MAC's Pearl Cream Colour Base to achieve this.  I popped some on the cheekbones and browbone.  Mind you, you need to watch this and possibly set it with a powder because it can oil up real quick on a photoshoot.

Painterly paintpot, Bone Beige sculpting powder, Stubborn brown powerpoint pencil, Ardell individual lashes in short.  All of these products are meant to add shape and definition to the eyes but not color.
I stuck to a neutral lipstick with a slight dewyness - MAC Brave and NYX Natural liner.  I skipped the gloss because I wanted the lips to be truly natural looking and lips are not shiny in real life, lol.

Look #2 - We wanted to step up the drama in this look and go for a medium smokey brown (If I want a more natural smokey eye I'll go with brown as opposed to black) on the eyes and soft pink, glossy lips.  I added a bit more cheek color to give her a fresh, rosy look.
Satin taupe e/s, Tete a Tint e/s, Brown Down e/s, Stubborn Brown powerpoint pencil, Ardell individual lashes in short and medium
Angel lipstick, Fafi Pink Lipglass - This combination gave the soft, flirty lip color that I was looking for.

Look #3 - This would be the last look and the most product on her face.  We went for the traditional smokey eye and nude lip - ultimate sexiness.  Interestingly enough, after the I finished the client she wanted me to go even more smokey!  I simply raised the color on her lid and deepened the intensity.
Carbon, Brown Down, Shroom, Rice Paper Shadows; Pearl CCB, Black Grease Paint Stick, Revlon color stay liquid liner in blackest black, Smolder kohl pencil, Ardell individual lashes in short and medium (added more for thickness) - I darkened look #2's eye color with these products.  I popped on a few more lashes as well.
Subculture lip pencil, Creme Cup lipstick, C-thru lipglass - I kept the lips nude, but still wanted a bit of pink to avoid the corpsey dead look.  When you think about it, Maxim is geared towards guys and pink is a very guy friendly lip color, lol.

I kept the skin constant for the most part.  I touched up with Tatcha Blotting Sheets and Graftobian's  Powder Palette.  The challenge is to keep skin from being too shiny under photography lights.  Throughout the shoot, I added more concealer, contour and blush as the drama in the looks increased.

  • Embryolisee Lait Creme and Hydra Matte
  • Cinema Secrets #3 Concealer Palette
  • Graftobian Warm Dual Pressed Powder Palette
  • Cover FX Camouflage concealer in light
  • MAC Pearl CCB
  • MAC Invisible Set Powder
  • Temptu SB Foundation #5
  • MAC Studio Fix C50
  • MAC Bone Beige Sculpting Powder
  • MAC Accentuate Shaping Powder
  • MAC Sunbasque Blush
  • Graftobian Pink Blush from Warm Blush Palette

Brun e/s (great for clients with black hair and medium skin tones), Clear Brow Gel, Concealer - The model's brows were sparse but thick at the same time with no clear arch.  Brows really make the look.  I didn't want to change her brow shape so I used the concealer trick.  The more smokey the look, the more I defined her brows.

Since the model was showing a lot of skin, I used MAC F&B foundation in C6 all over.  This evened out her skin tone including areas where her tan did not reach.  I also used MAC Shadester sculpting powder to define stomach definition...I applied the darker powder on her sides to slim the waist and created more ab definition.  Be careful not to go overboard, you still want this to look more natural. 

I hope my breakdown was informative!  Stay tuned for more collaborative shoots :)

Atlanta Makeup Artist
Atlanta Photographer