It isn't often I have the opportunity to do hair and makeup for a ballerina! Gwen was not only a beautiful model, but she is also incredibly sweet + kind. Together with Heather McKinney, photographer from HM Photography + Boutique, we created this airy, romantic shoot that captured perfectly the effortless beauty of this woman and her life-long passion for dance.
For the makeup, I prepped Gwen's skin with a thin layer of Ole Henriksen's Sheer Transformation Cream to hydrate + energize her complexion. Next, I applied Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to smooth any dry areas and give the foundation something to adhere to. I custom mixed a few foundation shades and concealers from Bobbi Brown to give her flawless base. Everything was set with my favorite translucent powder from Laura Mercier.
After filling in her brows, I went to work on defining Gwen's beautiful teal eyes. I used MAC eyeshadows in Naked Lunch all over the lid and Satin Taupe through the crease and outer corners to add depth. I smudged MAC eyeshadow in Embark along her lash line before lining with Maybelline gel eyeliner in Blackest Black. A few coats of mascara and individual lashes and her eyes were done.
I finished off Gwen's makeup look with a light contour powder and a dusting of Too Faced Chocolate Soliel bronzing powder to give her skin a subtle glow. I used MAC Pro Longwear blush in Rosy Outlook on her cheeks and swept BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop along the high points of her face and inner corner of her eyes. Everything was set with MAC Fix Plus. On Gwen's lips I used Rimmel's lipliner in East End Snob and MAC Angel lipstick.
Since Gwen's eyes and body were really the focus of the shoot, I kept her hair soft with loose curls and some teasing along the crown for volume. I think the end result is absolutely gorgeous. Heather captured her so elegantly and I love how her eyes really speak to the camera.