Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Vogue Covers – British and Beauty.

And I'm back! I know, I know I have been away again and I am truly sorry for this, but it is just what happens when I have a tattoo. And that was my subtle way of telling you guys that I have had another tattoo, hint hint ;0)

So for the last 3 weeks I have been getting tattooed for 6hrs straight, recovering from this ordeal, making hubby clean and moisturise said tattoo (because I cant possible do this my self because I am delicate and somewhat like a child). But this is not the only thing I have been doing on my 3 weeks of blogging leave, I have also bought a house, engaged in some over time and generally kept my normal life going. Yep it's been busy!

However I am now back with a vengeance and I have lots to show you. Today I am going to start with the other two photo shoots that I did with the lovely Gemma McAuley.

The first is very apt for this memorable Diamond Jubilee (for those that may not be aware The Queen, Queenie, Betty, Madge, HRH has been on the throne for 60 years! Wowsers is all I can say!). So with a nod to the monarchy we took a very stylised Vogue cover and put a quintessentially British spin on it.

The Vogue cover we took our inspiration from was the August 1939 Autumn Forecast. This was chosen for it's strong colours and, in my mind, it is the epitome of vintage styling!

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And here is our version. We went with the same colour palette and we kept the pose as close as possible but we included the addition of some iconic British symbolism. Well who doesn't love some tea and cake, and an excuse to wear your finest jewels?

So on to the make up. As this was already a classic vintage look I didn't want to stray away from this too far, so I went with a simplistic red lip and black flicks. Gemma actually loved this make up so much that the next day she went out and bought some red lipstick and liquid eye liner so she could recreate it at home (which to me is the ultimate complement).

Product List

Smashbox Photo Finish light primerGraftobian HD foundation in Enchantress + Temptress mixed
Carmex lip balm
E.L.F Hi Definition powder
NYX – light pink and red shimmer blusher (no names)
NYX medium/dark contour powder (no name)
MAC Phloof – highlighter on cheeks
Avon Supershock Gel eyeliner – Black, tight line
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Clinique High Impact mascara – Black
OCC Lip Tars in Stalker
NYX Lipstick – orange/red (no name, in a palette)
Ardell eye lashes

The next and last Vogue cover we recreated was the February 1945 edition Beauty and Brides. 

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Every time I look at this cover The Wizard of Oz springs to mind for some reason. For this shoot even though i did the make up, I was not there when the photo was taken so it was a complete surprise for me when I received the picture, and I have to say it is lovely in it's weirdness. Now I know nothing about photography but I'm guessing that Gemma was lying down for this picture and as the whole theme of her project is self portraits then I'm guessing this picture was an utter nightmare to take! Hubby thinks our version looks like a Victorian death photo and i think I'm going to take that as a complement ;0)


On to the make up. I went for a wash of green all over the eye lid, from lash to brow and I have to admit I used loads of different products on the eyes until I was completely happy with the colour. However all this faffing is not needed if you already have a colour that you are happy with! The rest of the make up I left quite natural to give a fresh, clean look, as opposed to drag queen which it could have easily gone (disclaimer, I generally love a bit/ a lot of drag queen but just not for this shoot).

Product List

MAC Face and Body – Mix of C1 & C4
Carmex lip balm
E.L.F Hi Definition powder
NYX – Angel blusher
MAC Phloof – highlighter on cheeks
Yaby Eyeshadow – teal, light lime green, light grass green with sparkles (no names, in a palette)
Gosh Effect Powder in meringue
Bourjois loose eye shadow in white Clinique High Impact mascara – black
NYX Slim Lip Pencil – 839 dolly pink
Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Rouse

So there you have it. I hope you have enjoyed our short delve in to the Vogue archives and our own 'Ode to Vogue'. If you have seen any looks you like here, past or present why not give them a go. And if you would like to see more of Gemma's work take a look below.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gemmamcauleyphoto

See you VERY soon, promise.

Stacey x x

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