Subscribers to Harper's Bazaar got this stunning copy with Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover for the May 2013 issue. When I opened my mailbox and saw it, it took my breath away. A fresh, beautiful image with a nod to the 60's (ok, a big nod) and executed perfectly. Gwyneth looks radiant and so elegant, perfect for a spring cover.
I love the creaminess of this makeup look. The skin has color but it is still very fair. There is little to the makeup, it isn't fussy or complicated, but there is still makeup there and it still makes a statement. The lashes are doing all of the heavy lifting, and make you zone right in on the eyes. The lashes are the only black on the page other than the Harper's Logo and type, which is a lovely anchoring for the image. Everything else is light and fresh and ethereal, and I love everything about it!
Please note: I did not work on the original images in these posts, only the recreations (for full credits please see the bottom of the post). These pictures are culled from my inspiration library. They are go to images for me, pictures that make me want to grab my makeup brushes and start painting!
Our model, Amanda Mondale (represented by Wilhelmina models), has beautifully classic features and was a true pleasure to recreate this image with. (Once in a blue moon you get to work with someone with skin like Amanda's. It is flawless. Radiant. Not a pore or mark or blemish... it feels like you're cheating when you get skin so perfect). Even with skin this amazing, I still used foundation. More so that there is something for the rest of the makeup to stick to than to even out skin tone or cover anything. There is a time and place for a no foundation look, but this wasn't it.
Recreating this look requires a bit of product to blend other products into. That said the application was very light, and I used a brush and Beauty Blender to thin out the makeup as much as possible. After applying Got the Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation in Light 3, I used the That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer down the bridge of the nose, along the tops of the cheekbones, and under the eyes adjacent to the sides of the nose to provide a luminescence to the skin. For the cheeks I used Just Pinched Instant Blush Cream Blush in Peachy on the cheekbones and buffed it into the skin with a brush.
After setting the foundation with Set Things Right Loose Powder in Light, I used a concealer to lighten the brows. Amanda has dark blonde brows and Gwyneth's were a bit lighter and thinner. Using concealer is a great way to take the focus off of the brows. I took a spooly and coated it with cream concealer, and then brushed it through the brows - brushing back and forth to make sure all of the hairs are covered - and then brush them up to set them.
Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint (which is a cream blush) in Peachy and Cheeky to Save the Day Anti Acne Concealer Stick in Light, mixing it on a palette to warm up the color.
The more pink/peach the concealer you use to conceal a brow, the better. The warmth will cut the ash of the brown out of the hair, which is what can make the brows look kind of grey. I added a tiny bit of
For the eyes, I used a mix of three eyeshadow colors. First I applied I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Sugar Sugar from the lashes up towards the brow bone. Then I applied I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Tiki from the lash line up to the crease, blending up and out, and smudged a little under outer corners of the lower lashes. A little I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Biscotti in the inner corners of the eyes added the highlight. For the liner I used No Place To Run Eyeliner in Foxy Brown right along the lash line, smudging it until there was no line of demarkation. After curling the lashes I used Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black, three coats, on the top and bottom, letting it get a little clumpy to replicate the 60's feeling of the look.
To match the lips in the Harper's picture I mixed Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Sweetie Pie & Luxe Champagne together.
I really do love doing these looks. it's so fun for me to recreate the work that inspires me, using products I love to work with. I hope you enjoy reading the breakdowns and find them inspiring as well! Now get out there and start painting those faces!
photographer: Andrews Stiles (www.andrewstiles.com) / model: Amanda Mondale (wilhelmina models) / hair: Jen Blanchard
Got the Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation in Light 3
Save the Day Anti Acne Concealer Stick in Light
That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer
Set Things Right Loose Powder in Light
Just Pinched Instant Blush in Peachy
I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Biscotti, Tiki and Sugar Sugar
No Place To Run Eyeliner in Foxy Brown
Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black
Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Sweetie Pie & Luxe Champagne (Luxe Champagne was a limited item)
HARPER'S BAZAAR CREDITS:
photographer: Daniel Jackson
makeup: Emma Lovell
hair: Malcolm Edwards