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VIRTUAL PHOTOSHOOT

It is so important to keep yourself creative while social distancing. Tash Serena(my sister) and I have been doing photoshoots and being our own creative directors since we were kids. At such difficult times we managed to find some inspiration and had our first virtual shoot.

We gave this trend a go as it is definitely a solution for the time being for many photographers, models and others in the creative industry for the time being.

What you’ll need:

  • A device: Any smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer that works with video calls should work just fine. I used my laptop as I personally felt it was much more stable than leaning a smartphone against a pile of books. I found it a lot easier to adjust the screen as well.
  • Videotelephony software: Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Whatsapp, etc. whatever works best for the model and the photographer. We used zoom. Think of a normal video call on the laptop, I just posed while the photographer (my sister) captured the images directly off the screen using her camera.
  • Set time and date: Plan this out as time difference may interfere. Bali and Vancouver has a crazy time difference, so we agreed to shoot at my sisters 9AM Bali time and my 6PM Vancouver time.
  • A photoshoot concept: Looking for inspiration pictures are good as a reference. My sister sent me a whole collection of inspo pictures from Pinterest which made it a whole lot easier to understand angles and the vibe we were trying to achieve. This allowed myself to somewhat take part in being a creative director.
  • Props and any accessories/clothing: I recommend having an organized pile of all the useful props and outfits to save time and messiness. We used my standing mirror, a table lamp for lighting and a few outfit changes.
  • Setting and location: We decided on a bedroom setting, using the bed and simple backgrounds to focus on shadow play and natural lighting.

PREVIEW

My take on it: 

It was different and surprisingly super lively. It is convenient in a way as I was able to see myself pose, fix my angles. It was simple and I felt much more involved with inputting ideas as I was in charge of creating the setting, the placement of the laptop and styling myself. However, the only issue would be the outcome may show the glare from the screen, but with proper editing and lighting this shouldn’t be an issue.

The outcome:

MY INK

We all have our own ways of expressing ourselves, and some choose to express it on their bodies forever, and that includes myself. The story of getting one, the meaning, the placement, it’s all so unique.

THE ARROW

I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old for my birthday. A little arrow on my left side rib. The arrow is a simple reminder to always aim for your goal.

THE LOTUS

There we were, my friends and I getting tattoos spontaneously. So memorable. The lotus and moon on my upper back symbolizes the rising from the dark to radiate into the world.

THE WAVE. THE 9.

I got these together, the wave to symbolize where I grew up, the island of Bali, and the number 9, my dads lucky number and my favourite number so I decided to always have it with me.

THE COORDINATES.

The coordinates of Indonesia and Canada represents where my parents come from, which represents a part of us. This was our first matching sister tattoo.

Love and Light.

My dads handwriting, love and light. This is the most meaningful tattoo I have as it is a reminder of him and his words to always do things from love and that light and happiness will always be found.

90s Makeup Inspired Look

Picture showing a dark contoured eye shadow look with a pale pink nude lip

As a baby born in the late 1990s, I missed the makeup trend of that era. However, revamped 90s makeup has been in style lately. While I’ve never been much one for trends, I have been quite intrigued by many of the styles coming forward with this era focus. So I thought up this contoured eye withe  nude lip and just went for it!

My style tends to embody the bold and the badass. With my makeup being the main style point in my daily repertoire I love exploring different avenues for expressing my inner badass woman. Being bold doesn’t always have to mean bright colors, sparkles, or all the shades of darkness. This week I decided to try a contoured, 90s inspired matte eye look paired with a pale nude lip. The winged liner and darkened waterline brought in some of my signature style and added in the 2017 wist to the look. While it’s a very different look from the last one I posted it still made me feel powerful and proud.

This look posed a few challenges I don’t typically encounter. For one, the blending had to be so much smoother then usual. With the center of the lid being almost nude and highlighted, any harsh lines or messy application of the darker shadows would be glaringly obvious. The key to contouring my eyes is blending. The liner also needed to be flawless because there was less shadow to hide mistakes with. There can be no gaps in the line, no smudges, and a perfect line. Any mistakes would be too obvious with no way to hide. However, mastery of the eyes meant the look should go off without a hitch!

To learn more about how I created this look you can see a list of products and read a bit about the process below:

The Products

-The Base:

Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1C1 Cool Bone

Applied with my Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Powder: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder in Color 1 Translucent

Applied with a Makeup Forever 130 Large Powder Brush

-The Eyes and Brows

Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original with some loose powder to set (from the base)

Applied with Fingers

Eyebrows: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Color 03 Medium

Applied with Product Applicator

Eyeshadows (in the order applied): Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

-Saleos in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Shax in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Lazarus across the the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Liberatus in the Inner Corner and to Highlight the Brow Bone

Applied with Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Upper Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Applied with Product Applicator

Lower Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42

Applied with Product Applicator

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Sombre

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

Bronzer: Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Light/Medium) Bronzer Shade

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

Highlight: Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette in Lucid

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Blush: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette in Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cava

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

While I may not have wanted to go to class today the prospect of some me time with my makeup helped pull me out of bed to get ready for the day. Despite feeling grumpy I knew rocking a great makeup look would make help me have a better day. So to start I ran through my morning skincare routine as per usual then applied my new primer! My skin has been much happier and makeup application has been much smoother since starting to use my new primer. If you want some more in depth information about this product I wrote a review you should check out!

After my primer sets on my skin, I use my flat kabuki brush from sigma to apply my foundation. The double wear foundation from Estée Lauder has a very full coverage and sets matte on my skin. I find this optimal for the base of a look. Then I quickly brush some translucent powder across my face and move forward to my eyes and brows!

The eyes are the best part of this look but also the most challenging. I started by applying my primer with a light layer of translucent powder to my eyes before doing my eyebrows while the primer sets. Having inherited my dad’s bushy Indian eyebrows my brows are pretty easy to do. A few quick swipes of a pigmented brown gel and I’m done!

Now that the eyeshadow primer has set it’s time to begin the process of eyeshadow! The first step is to slowly start building the crease color with Saleos from the Kat Von D palette. For this look to work, I built the eyeshadows slowly together and spent a lot of time on blending. I used a fluffy brush to pick up some shadow and knocked the fallout off (as one always should). Then I lightly feathered it through my crease. I continued repeating this process until I was happy with the crease shade. Then I picked up a tapered blending brush and picked up the shade Shax. This is where things could have gone wrong. The goal with this dark color was to actually create the shape for my eye. I started at the very outer corner of my eye and began building the color. I slowly but surely was able to create a V shape in the outer v of my eye. Using a clean blending brush I softened any hard edges and and ensured the shades were blended together well. Next I used a shader brush to pack Lazarus across the rest of my lid. This neutral base shade created a nice highlighted effect across the lid which opened up the eye shape nicely. The final step was to use a fluffy brush to highlight the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone with Liberatus.

With my eyeshadows coming off better then expected I moved on to eyeliner and mascara, two things no makeup look is complete without in my book. Creating a line from the direction of my lower waterline, I drew on the lower line of the wing. I took it out pretty far knowing I wanted to go for a dramatic wing. Then I switched the angle of the eyeliner pen and drew the upper line in towards my eye. Then I proceeded to carefully fill in my liner and much to my excitement it went off without a hitch! What can I say miracles do happen! Next: my waterline. To line my waterline I use a gel crayon liner. I find it goes on easier then a pencil because of its gel consistency. To avoid pulling harshly on my eyes I press my index finger against my lower lash line instead. This tends to roll the waterline out without the pulling effect. Then I run the gel along my waterline. I know many people will argue fully lining your waterline with black closes your eyes off but I love the way it looks so I do it anyways. A few swipes of mascara on my upper and lower lashes and boom eyes finalized!

For the face I start with contouring. I’ve recently picked up the Kat Von D contour palette and have been experimenting with it. The shade Sombre is an excellent contour shade for me. With sombre contoured under my cheekbones, under my jaw, and above my forehead, I move to bronzer. The middle shade of the Smashbox step-by-step palette is excellent for bronzing in fall as my face still has some color left from summer. I swipe the shade across my forehead, the back third of my cheekbone, along my jaw, my chin, and on my nose. Filled with joy and the return of color to my skin I move forward to blush. Using a stippling brush, I dot unleashed across the apples of my cheeks. Finally, I highlight my cheekbones and just around my temples.

Finally, we finish off this look with the lips. Having moisturized them before starting my makeup, I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then I use my pale pink nude Bite Beauty lipstick in Cava to put the final touch of the look. I run the lipstick across my lower lip then create an X across my cupids bow to set up the upper lip lines. Using the peak of the cupids bow as a guide I apply the color to my upper lip and smile proudly at my creation.

And thats how I created this look! What sort of 90s makeup looks have you tried? If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them below! I’ll see you with another look next week!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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