While I was doing the shoot for the ICON cover, a friend photographer told me he had an idea for a shoot. It was a gory, dark, bloody shoot. I was excited because it'd been a while since I'd played with theatrical makeup, scars, blood and fun stuff like that.
He told me he wanted 5 different scenes but the makeup had to be gore-tastic! We arrived at his house and shortly after that I started working. It looks really simple and easy but it actually takes time to do this kind of makeup. I started by making the bruises in her face, neck, shoulders and back. Then I started the big cut on her shoulder with some spirit gum and scar wax, after I molded it in, I colored it and added fake blood that tastes like mint, after that a few touches of gore here and there and I was done.
We were going to shoot in this little creek under a bridge and that would have been fine had it not been raining that day. First of all, since it's a creek the soil around it is soggy, add to that rain and you've got mud. Second, the place was full of bamboos, most were still standing but also a lot had fallen down and made it almost impossible for us to get through them, it was all very "Mission Impossible". I was wearing my trusty Vans which I love but were the wrong shoes for this shoot, their rubber bottom made me slip like crazy so while the photographer the model and her boyfriend took the pictures at the creek I stayed behind safe and sound. Hey, I don't have a health plan, I'm already accident prone I don't want to tempt fate ya know?
(If you get scared easily don't look at these pictures)
The guy with the model is her boyfriend so don't worry he was gentle =)
The shoot went on smoothly, nobody had real scrapes, just the fake ones I created. When we got back to the house we had to hose down the model before she went into the house because apart from all the blood and makeup she had mud and grass all over her, poor thing!
Here's a few snippets of some videos I took during the shoot.
I was SO excited when I got the call to do makeup for this magazine and I was ecstatic when the stylist told me it would be for the cover as well!
ICON Magazine is a new, up and coming magazine in Puerto Rico and it's been getting a lot of positive buzz here. I've seen the magazine a couple of times and I love it, so the fact that I'm now a part of it is pretty amazing! The awesome stylist Natalia Collazo got me this job, we've worked many times over the past few months and we always have so much fun!
The day of the shoot I arrived with my best friend at hand, she was gracious enough to help me out (cleaning brushes, handing me things). We did the shoot at this place called "La Respuesta" (The Answer). It's this really cool loft that serves as a bar/club and the decoration is really random, there's some Bob Marley here, a little Day of the Dead over there. I loved it all. I'm very random myself and prefer decoration to be eclectic and that's what that place was.
The look that Natalia and the photographer wanted was very defined eyes, big lashes and soft skin. The model was this stunning little petite girl. She had great features: high cheekbones, full lips, defined eyes, great eyebrows; she looked like a doll!
I saw that the photographer was using a flash that used a lot of light, so much so that it washed out colors and lines so when I was done doing the model's makeup I asked him to please take a picture of her so we could see just how much it washed her out. Even though I did sort of a dramatic contour on her face the flash still washed her out so I went back, re-contoured and the shoot went on without a hitch.
(See the hugeflash!)
There was about 5 changes in clothes and makeup-wise all that I changed was the lip color. We went from a natural/nude lip to purple lips.
What I was most excited about was the photographer said that he kinda felt like doing a beauty shot. He said he'd never done one in his magazine (he's the owner and photographer) but with this shoot he wanted to do it. I felt so honored that the combination of the model and my makeup work inspired him to do his first beauty shot!
(This is a picture I took of the screen on the photographer's camera. She looks so beautiful!)
(The stylist looks on as the photographer and the model work it!)
As soon as I get the pictures from the magazine I'll post them up.
Last Tuesday I did makeup for Yomo's new music video called "Soledad y Confusión". My call was at 12:00pm. When I arrived there most of the crew was there, they set up everything in 2 beach houses: there was the one where we shot everything and one where there were 2 rooms which were used for wardrobe and makeup separately.
I've always wanted to do a shoot with real plus size models but I'd never been able to find plus size girls that looked like models. Sure, there's many that claim to be models but at the end of the day you know who's a real model and who just thinks she is.
I work at a store that sells plus size clothing for girls and I see many beautiful women coming in and out daily. I spoke with the wardrobe stylist that I've been working on in my last few shoots and she told me she was IN for the plus size shoot and that she had been wanting to do the same thing too but couldn't find the models as well! So in working where I work I've taken the liberty to talk to a few of the girls at the store and they also told me that they wanted to do shoots but couldn't find photographers. I was really surprised! It was all a great act of serendipity!
The girls are gorgeous, confident and plus size! I cannot wait for this to happen! =D
Remember Giovanna? The girl who's participating in Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2011? Well yesterday was the selection of the finalists for the pageant and I had the pleasure of doing her makeup.She wanted to have a glowy, dewy look, very J-Lo. I asked if she wanted matte eyes and dewy skin and she said "I want my eyes to shine!" so that's what I gave her!
I stayed with warm colors: bronze, browns and corals. I wanted to take a good picture of the makeup but she had on rollers and that wouldn't have been too cute haha!
Here's a picture of her taken at the event. I think she looks gorgeous, a natural beauty!
This is a touchy subject for me because I get asked a lot to do makeup for free on shoots, short indie films, etc. Believe me, if it were up to me I'd love to do makeup for free always because I love it, this is my passion but I can't live off of passion.
Let's look at the scenario where this is most seen: a Photo Shoot.
Today I had a photo shoot with a girl named Karla Alegria, she is a Merengue singer. She's got some LUNGS on her, what a great voice!! She's so funny and sweet too!
I was actually talking now to her assistant and he told that she said she loved the makeup so much she wasn't going to wash her face till tomorrow, that she was going to be sleeping in her makeup! lol I told him to tell her that she has to wash her face, we don't want her gorgeous skin to start developing acne because of an unclean face! Her assistant has the pictures from the shoot already,without any editingof course! So I'm gonna post a few here! Hope you like it!