January 15th, 2019
How To Create Glowy Make-Up, with Hair, Outfit and Lighting to Match
Hi there, I’m Danielle, a student at Brushstroke Make-up School. I’m in my 2nd year now and, together with my class, I’m working on a series of projects for my final assessment. This is about how I planned, rehearsed and carried out an editorial look featuring glowy make-up.
The brief was to create – from scratch – a complete look for a fashion shoot within a set time limit. As well as the make-up and hair, it meant I had to think about the kind of outfit and lighting I’d want to use. When I finish my Brushstroke make-up course, I’ll be looking for trainee roles, so this kind of project helps me understand how a team works together to create a single look. My friend, Cara Bevan, kindly agreed to be my model and this is how it went.
Planning The Glowy Make-Up Look
I love the early days of putting a look together, sifting through pictures and stories, collecting ideas and gradually building my own vision. Planning the various stages was also important to ensure the day would go as smoothly as possible. This included practice runs which, as you’ll see, saved me a lot of stress.
Glowy make-up is the look of the moment, but I wanted to do my own take on it using two central themes: monochrome (as in single colour) and diamanté. The single colour was pink and the diamantés followed a pattern rather than being randomly applied. These two themes also made it easier to transfer my look from paper to Cara’s face, creating a look exactly as planned was also part of the brief.
I collected my glowy make-up ideas – drawings, cuttings, snapshots and notes – in a large, traditional notebook which seemed more real and easier to understand than keeping it on a phone or tablet. As well as being part of my portfolio for my final year on the 2-year Make-up and Hair BTEC course, it will also be useful to have with me when I’m going for interviews for jobs.
The Monochrome Glowy Make-Up
Actually, I started with Cara’s hair, putting some Hot Sticks in so that by the time I’d finished the make-up, her hair would be a mass of soft curls.
Next, I cleaned and moisturised her face in preparation for my glowy make-up look. First off, I applied M.A.C Strobe Cream to help brighten the skin, followed by a colour-matched foundation. I used a liquid foundation for light coverage and to ensure it worked well with other products. Then, I stippled on the highlighter to help set the foundation – I wasn’t using powder so a solid foundation was even more important. I didn’t use my favourite highlighter this time because it gave a very patchy effect in an earlier practice session. Luckily I had the time to find one that worked well.
I had spent time carefully selecting and matching the pink I wanted to use, so it was truly a monochrome look throughout – eyes, cheeks, lips. For this reason, I used blusher on Cara’s eyes to ensure a true match.
Using tweezers, I started applying the diamantés at the inner corner, working round each eye in a curve, then diagonally up towards the forehead. I worked on both eyes more or less at the same time, switching back and forth to complete each section or line before moving on. That way I could ensure the pattern matched on each eye and the overall look reflected the face chart.
The Messy, Up-Do Featuring a Big, Curly, Top Knot
I wanted the hair style to work on its own, but more importantly help frame my glowy make-up look – a relaxed style, featuring a wispy bun on top was the plan. But when I rehearsed the look it was too messy, too bedhead, so I went back to my search engine and magazines. I also had to bear in mind that Cara has naturally curly hair. It’s also very thick so straightening it, in the timescale, was out of the question just in case it went frizzy. Anyway, a relaxed curl was still my preferred style for the overall look I was creating.
Then I found a picture of Rita Ora with a messy, up-do featuring a big, curly top knot – it was exactly what I had imagined in the first place.
Taking the Hot Sticks out, I loosened Cara’s curls, gently massaging to help break them up. Then, pony tail positioned on top of head, a few curls clipped into position – and it was done.
The Complete Glowy Make-Up Look
A Chanel ad in a copy of Vogue helped me decide on the costume – an ice queeny, wintery impression. My own fake fur coat was perfect – more of a prop really. I then used the same strobe, highlighter and blusher on the exposed areas of Cara’s shoulders and neckline.
Finally, the brief wanted me to think about the kind of lighting that would complement my glowy make-up look. I recommended a softbox to diffuse and reduce any harshness as well as some natural light to really highlight the glow I’d created.
What Did My Glowy Make-Up Editorial Project Teach Me?
I’m really happy with how my glowy make-up editorial project turned out. It taught me lots of things but these four stand out in my mind:
- Learn how to recreate a look – exactly. Whether you’re following a designer’s vision or keeping on top of continuity, being accurate is absolutely key.
- Think ahead and rehearse. Do your homework – from what kit you need to exactly how you’ll create a look. Don’t just leave it until the day itself.
- Understand how products behave in different circumstances – and don’t expect to be able to fall back on your favourites.
- Don’t panic but do focus – and get good at time management.
Finally, thank you for being my model, Cara.