Primp Powder Pout - a Make-Up Artist's Life: Kelly Knox and Lucy Eleanor Brown

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Kelly Knox and Lucy Eleanor Brown

I had a great test shoot Saturday It's very rare that I get to have a bit of creative freedom on a shoot.
Lucy who own's NeonPhotography.com is an established photographer in London who wanted to have a little creative freedom as well.

Lucy wanted to recreate Mexican Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a holiday celebration where family and friends pray for and remember the friends and family members who have died.

As soon as I knew that's what she wanted, I was ecstatic! First of all I have always loved Mexican Folk Art and knew exactly what Lucy wanted before she even explained.

We had the pleasure of working with Kelly Knox, winner of Britain's Missing Model. Kelly is shockingly beautiful and when I walked in I was a bit stunned by how lovely and pretty she is.

I started work straight away. We have seven looks to get through, which takes a lot of work and concentration.

Here  are some pictures of what Day of the Dead is based around, to give you an idea. Also here is a picture of me working on the second look and all the pictures from the shoot. I'm not used to turning pretty girls into pretty skulls so I will let you be the judge of whether you like it or not. Regardless, Kelly's beauty shone through.

daydead2.jpg image by giovanniscottage



I started out gradually building up the make-up to create the skeletal eye sockets etc.
Then each look I added more and more, but trying to keep it feminine at the same time.
I did a few colour changes as well. 
Eventually adding more detail.
I was very happy with the final look. 

Lucy was brilliant to work with. She didn't spend time taking a million photos. She would get the shots she needed and we were able to move on really quickly. It's always great when a shoot goes smoothly like that! I would happily work with Lucy again! 

By the end of the day we were all fairly tired and poor Kelly, despite my best efforts, still had a bit of blue on her nose which I couldn't get off! Even with using Lush Ultrabland, which usually takes off anything and everything! I had well and truly stained her face! I hope she doesn't hate me too much! Sorry Kelly!!

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