Make up for beauty photography is a lot different than special occasion make up where the focus is usually airbrushed flawlessness, sculpted brows, contouring and lashes for days. I’m lucky to get approached by talented MUAs regularly but there are a few things that I look for that influence my decision to work with someone.
Makeup is an art form on its own, and as photographers, we all know how important it is to work with a good makeup artist. But some artists take their craft to a new level and turn it into amazing optical illusions. Serbian makeup artist and skin illusionist Mirjana “Kika” Milošević is one of them. She uses makeup to transform herself into stunning optical illusions. Most of them are dark, weird and creepy, but there are also many of them which are funny and amusing. But they all have one thing in common – they all look fantastic!
Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Veronica Ershova are known for some brilliant optical illusions. They have recently published their latest project titled Humiforms, which turns models into familiar objects using only makeup and simple props. Thanks to Veronica’s marvelous makeup and Alexander’s photography skills, the illusions were made entirely in-camera, and the final black and white images are truly striking.
Freckles are one of those strange things in life. Many who have them try to hide them. Many who don’t absolutely adore them. Sometimes, though, you get a subject in front of your lens covered in freckles and extremely proud of them. That’s the ideal situation for a photographer who loves freckles.
Photographer Mathieu Stern’s on the side of loving them. And if you saw his recent UV video, then you can see why. Sick of Photoshop tutorials that create bad and obviously fake freckles, he has come up with a more practical solution. Switching from weird lenses to weird makeup, he uses watercolour paints and a toothbrush to create freckles on the subject’s face that actually look extremely realistic.
Photographer Amanda Chapman has been giving Halloween the proper treatment since 2012. The project called 31 Days Of Halloween started when Amanda’s husband was diagnosed with Cancer and Amanda was looking to give something positive for the family to focus at.
Her definition of “something positive to focus at” was 31 Days Of Halloween – a month where Amanda shot a different self portrait with full makeup as a character from one of her favorite stories.
A couple of months ago we shared with you the original 100 Years of Beauty video, showing the changing hair and makeup styles common among white women in America between 1910 and 2010.
Following the huge success of the first video, which received 20 million views, Cut.com has created two more videos. The second video in the series depicts popular beauty among African-American woman in the past century, and the third video, which was just released, gives us a glimpse of the vast changes that took place among the women of Iran.
Timelapse photography is useful for things other than making moving landscapes and watching fungi grow. It’s also a great way to condense 10 different decades of hair and makeup styles into less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee. Such is the case with the fun little timelapse video project by Cut Video. The clip features Nina Carduner playing the part as the fashionista as she has her hair and makeup done to match the styles that were most popular spanning over the past 100 years–10 generations of looks in total. The hair and makeup part is all timelapse, so you can get a behind the scenes look, but Carduner also poses for each look, allowing the time to really take the look in.
The clip has recently started going viral, so if you haven’t already watched it (or you want to watch it again), there’s no better time than the present…[Read More…]
For most of us, the hardest part about committing to a portrait project is coming up with new and creative photos day in and day out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for pro photographer, Amanda Chapman. Since 2012, Chapman has been partaking in a 31 Days Of Halloween project where she dresses up in different makeup and costume every day for the month of October. Once learning her husband had been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Chapman desperately needed an outlet and a project to ease the mind’s of her and her family. As October of the same year rolled around, she started doing different makeup every day and posting the photos to her facebook page.
Though she had no formal training in makeup, in fact, she had only done it a couple times in the past for Halloween costumes, her Tim Burton inspired looks grabbed the attention of her fans while simultaneously giving her family something fun to look forward to each day. [Read More…]