Beauty

This category includes posts on makeup, including technique and product recommendations.

THE STRAIN- A Promo.

We were asked to help create a creepy gif to show to the people at FX.  We had a great time making our friend Nishell Falcone into a victim of The Strain .  Photos for the gif by Ben Trivett.  Thanks to the people at Sideways Advertising for the fun opportunity!

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Institute Magazine Editorial Shoot!

We are so excited to share Institute Magazine’s feature of an editorial shoot we did with the wonderful photographer Pieke Roelofs!  Click Here to view!

Also, check out Pieke’s behind the scenes video from her site, PhotoandGrime.com

From Institute Magazine, Photos by Pieke Roelofs

From Institute Magazine, Photos by Pieke Roelofs

Youth Now: Live Forever!

We’ve been working on our brief for i-D Magazine.  The title was “Youth Now!” and we wanted to share our thoughts and some of our final images.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photos by Ben Trivett.  Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott.

This is a side by side comparison of the same image of Emma in black and white and color. Image creation was inspired by the style of Daniel Jackson, the assigned photographer for the brief.

STATEMENT OF INTENT: I’m looking for the coolest young people I know, and hoping to make believable, interesting, optimistic, sexy images, full of life and vigor, full of the motivation to change the world in their own individual way. The concept is clean, minimal makeup, showcasing natural beauty, and showcasing each models’ original look and style. If color is used, it will be unconventionally, trading the stereotype of red lips and blue eye makeup for just the opposite. Red lipstick on the eyes and blue on the lips, symbolizing individuality, rebellion from the norm.  Our friend Emma is the embodiment of the hopeful side of youth now.  She’s a mover and shaker, and we’re excited to see what she does next.  We’re pretty sure there will be good food involved, as she’s really got her finger on the pulse of what’s trending on NYC’s food scene.

This is the makeup chart next to the final execution on Emma. The thinking behind the red eye makeup and blue lips is taking the stereotypical woman’s makeup of red lipstick and blue eyeshadow, and switching features, as a symbol of rebellion.

I was inspired by other artists in The Val Garland School of Makeup to title my idea for this editorial. The brief is “Youth Now”, but I think I would call this: “Youth Now: Live Forever”.  Generally, young people have that zest for life and adulthood that you can sometimes lose as you get older. In general, they don’t have quite as many responsibilities or attachments that hold them back from living every moment to the fullest. On the other hand, the general societal pressures and ideas about the state of the world, also leads youth to have a “live now, worry later” attitude- always reaching for what is the most fun, wildest thing they can do at any moment.  This doesn’t necessarily lead to productivity, it can be laziness that is the chosen activity. Leisure. Living beyond your means to make every moment the exact way you want. Satisfying your whims. That can be youth now, too. When you’re young, you feel like you’re going to live forever and you can do anything. When you’re young in 2015, you do whatever you can, however you can, to keep yourself engaged and satiated, and distracted from the negative. Youth Now: Short Attention Span Lifestyle. Or, as I like to call it: “Shiny Penny Syndrome”. Go wherever the pretty fun things are.  We explored both sides in our shoot with Emma.  The hopeful, exuberant side, and the “I don’t care, as long as I’m having a good time” side.  They both have their merits.  Check them out below.

One of the favorite final images for the i-D Magazine Brief.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

One of the favorite final images for the i-D Magazine Brief. Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

The final image we selected:

The final image selection for i-D Magazine.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

The final image selection for i-D Magazine. Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

A Makeup Brief from i-D Magazine!

Our current homework in The Val Garland School of Makeup is an editorial brief, set by none other than i-D Magazine.  The theme is “Youth Now”, and we’ve just begun our research on the creative team and their work, as well as the foundations of the magazine itself, currently in it’s 35th year!

Follow Project Make It Work's board I-D Brief: Youth Now on Pinterest.

Daniel Jackson and Alastair McKimm for i-D Magazine 2015

Daniel Jackson and Alastair McKimm for i-D Magazine 2015

We’re Part of The Mastered Class with Val Garland School of Makeup!

We are so excited to be a part of the Val Garland School of Makeup course, offered through Mastered.com!  What an honor to share time, creativity and knowledge with a hugely talented group of people!  We will be focusing on makeup projects, products, and tips this summer, so keep in touch with us!

In the meantime, here’s a link to our first project, still in progress!

Photo from Anti Brief Project for Val Garland School of Makeup.  Photo by Ben Trivett, Model: Rachel Allulli

Photo from Anti Brief Project for Val Garland School of Makeup. Photo by Ben Trivett, Model: Rachel Allulli

 

Beautiful Makeup Looks from Besame Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and Stila!

There are so many makeup products out there to choose from, where does one begin?  We took some of our favorite products and gave our model, Chloe Worthington, three beautiful and very different looks.  Whether you’re headed out to a holiday party, to a weekend brunch, or out shopping for the day, these products and looks will get you through it all, and leave you feeling fabulous whatever the occasion!

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics. Photo by Ben Trivett

If you haven’t heard of Besame’ Cosmetics, get online and find them, now.   The beautiful makeup line, created by “artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez”, is a must-have.  The packaging alone, inspired and created to resemble various vintage makeup products, is worth decorating your shelves with.  The products themselves are highly pigmented, creamy, and classic.  For Chloe’s vampy look, we used the lipstick in Noir Red, the Crimson Cream Rouge, and the 1932 Black Cake Mascara, used as a liner as well.  We also highly recommend the Brightening Violet Powder.  Right now, the site is selling beautiful gift packages, perfect for the holidays!

 

Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay. Photo by Ben Trivett

Urban Decay has been around for over 15 years.  We remember when they first arrived on the scene and we were excited about their vivid colors, glitter-filled makeup, and great product names (we were in High School at the time).  While we still love all the glitter we can get, UD has matured as a company, and it is truly their best seller- the Naked Palettes– that have our attention at the moment.  Additionally, their 24/7 pencils for eyes and lips are fantastic.  We used Naked 3  (colors: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, and Nooner) on Chloe for this soft, feminine look, and filled her lips with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Streak.  Check out their  Naked On The Run Palette for a great holiday gift!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Chloe Worthington in Stila.  Photo by Ben Trivett.

Chloe Worthington in Stila. Photo by Ben Trivett.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is our favorite waterproof product out there.  It is a staple in our kit, and a staple in our everyday makeup bag.  We used the liner on Chloe for a more dramatic cat-eye effect, and then kept the rest of the face simple by using Stila’s equally brilliant product Covertible Color in Rose for use on cheeks and lips!  We also love Lillium and Poppy in the same line, for pigmented color that you can use oh-so subtly.  Check out Stila’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014, for some of their best products in pretty packages.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila's Convertible Color in Rose

Stila’s Convertible Color in Rose

 

Special Thanks to Besame Cosmetics for a range of beautiful products to test in our studio, and to our photographer, Ben Trivett, who helped our vision come alive!  Makeup and hair by Coleen Scott.

The 10 Most Long Wearing Lip Colors by Allure

We thought we were going to have to do the leg work ourselves, but luckily, Allure Magazine has done it for us.  We are so excited to try as many of these products as we can, to find the perfect long-wearing lip color for whatever event is on the calendar.  Check out Allure’s choices here.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar

We are already in love with Obsessive Compulsive products, and know that they have a HUGE range of colors to choose from.  Time to shop!

Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick

Any product Stila makes with the “Stay All Day” title is epic.  We’re huge fans of the liner and brow pen, so we anticipate total success with the liquid lipstick.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

We call this the fancy option.  Mostly because we think YSL is just fancy.  So is the price tag of all YSL cosmetic products.  Still, the review is amazing, and at least the fancy product may actually provide what’s promised.

Thanks to Allure for doing all the fancy footwork for us! -C. Scott

Lena Dunham gets a Platinum Dorothy Hamill Cut and looks UberChic

ANNOUNCEMENT:  LENA DUNHAM HAS A NEW HAIRDO!

All right, we know we’re not talking about the most important things in society by discussing celebrity hair, but we HAD to show you Lena Dunham’s beautiful new cut and color.  Lena’s chic new ‘do also reminds us of the amazing Dorothy Hamill, Olympic Figure Skater, of 1976 hair fame.  You can read more about Lena’s new style at Lucky Magazine, and on People.com.  Lookin’ good, Lena!

 

The Dorothy Hamill Haircut Everyone Wanted in 1976

The Dorothy Hamill Haircut Everyone Wanted in 1976

Half Man, Half Woman, A Makeup Challenge

We had to share BuzzFeed’s post of men trying makeup on for the first time.  Watch the video as men comment on their experience while a professional makeup artist makes up half of their face to look like a woman.  Their commentary is the best part.  That, and the long flowing locks they all end up with.