These are some shots from a new beauty editorial that I worked on for SubMission Magazine. I would love to say that the colours are completely natural but unfortunately it is hard to get such vivid colours in make-up without some synthetic intervention. As I said before, my kit is still work in progress and as a professional make-up artist I need to fulfil many briefs, therefore I do have to carry some products that are not from the natural/eco sector. If they don’t tick the natural/eco box, I make sure they tick other boxes such as cruelty free and good company values.
Neon colours were everywhere on the spring/summer runways so I wanted to have a play with some bright pigment for this shoot. The pink lipstick in the first shot is Ilia’s Neon Angel (it has an orange grease make-up over the top in the middle), all the rest of the colour is from Kyrolan. They are a family run business with roots in theatre so perfect if you want bright colours and glitters. They are not natural in anyway but they don’t test on animals which is a key factor for me when choosing which brands to include in my kit. All the products are made in the family factory in Germany.
I am an advocate for cleaner beauty without a shadow of a doubt, however a little bit of fun with some neon pigments for example is sometimes a good thing! When people are switching over their kits or make-up bags there is always a favourite eyeshadow or lipstick that they are not quite ready to get rid of yet. I think if you have a good regular clean regime, then a swipe of an old favourite every now and then is cool.
Photographer – Mike Blackett
Model – Sophie Thomas @ Milk Management