Friday, 11 May 2012

Vogue cover – Masculine Feminine.

Hi guys last Sunday was the first in a selection of photo shoots that will be taking place over the next few weeks. My good friend and esteemed colleague, the lovely Gemma (of Gemma McAuley photography, the talent behind my wedding photos) is in her final year at uni and she approached me to help with part of her final project. I have worked with Gemma on numerous projects in the past and I always love it!

So the brief for this project is to take inspiration from Vogue covers of the past and bring them in to the present with a modern twist. 

The first cover that inspired us was the Vogue 15th April 1977 edition entitled “More dash than cash”. As you can see this is quite a masculine tailored look, with a hint of feminine with the lashings of make-up that has been applied. Also although this is a 70s cover I feel that it is very 80s in style. Definitely an incite in to what the future would hold for make-up and fashion, and ultimately what I have come to expect from Vogue.  

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So we decided what we would like to do for our recreations is keep the pose and the feel of the picture as similar as possible and create the modern twist with make-up and styling. Over all what we would like to achieve is “an ode to Vogue”, to pay homage to the masters of style and creativity that have stood the test of time, and are still to this day at the forefront of fashion.

And here is our recreation.

I am very happy with our first try. I think the pose is very similar (but cropped closer) and I love the strength in the face. As you can see I went with a bright lip and kept the rest of the make-up very minimal to bring this up to date. The lip was actually pink on the outside and orange in the middle and vivid neon. We also kept the hair similar (neither of us are good with hair, it’s why I have mine cut short lol) but when looking at the pictures I have realised the parting in the hair is on the opposite side of the head, school boy error!

Product List  

ANEW Skin Transforming primer
MAC Face and Body – Mix of C4 & N5 and a little white
Tesco Soft Focus – Highlighter on the cheeks
Carmex lip balm
E.L.F Hi Definition powder
NYX – Angel blusher
NYX medium/dark contour powder (no name)
MAC Phloof – highlighter on cheeks
Rimmel Colour Mousse – 006 Get Fresh, all over eye lid
Avon Supershock Gel eyeliner – Black, tight line
Clinique High Impact mascara – Black
OCC Lip Tars – Beta (neon orange) & Anime (neon pink)

I absolutely love the neon pink on Gemma’s skin and I am currently talking her in to getting a similar shade for every day wear!

Our next photo shoot is tomorrow and I am so excited! So keep a look out for more posts soon.

Stacey x x 

If you would like to check out Gemma's work click the links below.



  1. I think you hit the nail on the head! I love masculine dressing- its so enpowering and structured.
    Thankyou so much for your lip stick dilemma help- ill def try it so Thankyou for taking the time to explain it- I wish I was better with make up and beauty but it's not something I've ever really taken the time to get right- I really need to though :-)

    1. Thanks for the message back hun and for having a sneaky peak at my blog. For the record I think you have your, what I like to call Rock Chick look, down to a tee! I love a bright lip my self so know what a death toll it can have on the lips. If you ever need any help and advice with any thing cosmetic related feel free to give me a shout and I'll do my best to help. x