Monthly Archives: April 2015

Geometric Emily

“A concise mix of strong lines, bold hues and a whole lot of mood changing coats to fight off those winter blues.”
Spook Magazine 15th April 2015.

Our shoot got published at Spook Magazine earlier last and I’d love to share some of what we created.

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The Dream Team:

Photographer- Natasha Foster, Stylist & Set Designer- Jillian Boustred, Model- Emily from The Agency, Hair Stylist- Josh Anderson from Toni & Guy Parramatta, Make Up & Nail Design- yours truely

Natasha and Jillian built the set:

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From this initial sketch design…

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To this…

We decided on a clean aesthetic for the make up and hair to work with the geometric lines of the set design and clothes sourced.

I got creative with the nail design.  Thank you Emily for not smudging!

Nail Design by Sonia Allen Make Up

I did these badboys freehand!

And my make-up brief was creamy skin, strong highlight & strong brow.

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Jacket by Alice Walter, top by ASOS, pants by Gorman, shoes by Topshop

Until we got to later on when blue eyeliner was applied to the lower lashline and a metallic tint added to the lips.  I increased the shading on the eyes too to balance out the graphic liner.

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Top by Ellery, jacket by Rosie Franco, skirt by Topshop

Josh’s work on hair was phenomenal.  Take a minute to appreciate!

Josh Hairstylist

Can never have too much spray!

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Top by Anna–Marie Gruber

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Top by Anna-Marie Gruber, trousers by Gorman

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Check my nail art skills here! Top and skirt by Anna–Marie Gruber

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Top by French Connection, jacket by Emily Martin

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Trousers and top by Jillian Boustred, jacket by Rosie Franco, shoes by Gorman

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Jacket by Bul, top by Country Road, pants by Chosen

Which is your favourite shot?  Are you feeling winter ready?  Let me know if you have any questions about the make up design or products used.  I’m only too happy to share.

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Love in Masquerade

Question:

What do you get when you combine gorgeous models, a breathtaking backdrop, a hardworking team and some couture?

Answer…

This.

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Insert love heart emoji here.  (Gown, belt & feather shrug from The Babushka Ballerina, earrings from Samantha Wills).

This “Love in Masquerade” shoot was published on the One Fine Day blog earlier this week and they gave us a great write up.

This was the team (minus Mel and Josh and Elisia).  So really only 2/3 of the team.

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It’s not a myth, models are really tall.

Models were from The Agency:

Dora...

Dora… (Lace cropped top & tulle skirt by The Babushka Ballerina, ring & earrings by Samantha Wills)

Ryan...

Ryan… (Three piece suit & shirt by The Black Label, tie by Crane Brothers and pocket square by Belancé store)

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Ali… (Gown by White Runway, shoes and earrings by Izoa and ring by Samantha Wills)

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And Spencer. (Navy tux jacket and shirt by The Black Label, cuff links Belancé store and bowtie stylist’s own)

Our photographer was Chrissie Hall who is both a fashion and wedding photographer.

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Orla Molloy from Elevate Styling had the huge task of styling this shoot (she was also my gorgeous assistant at One Fine Day).  She sourced fashion from The Babushka Ballerina, Samantha Wills, White Runway, The Black Label, Belance Store, Izoa and Crane Brothers.  Full list of fashion credits are here.

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Spencer wears suit by The Black Label; Ali wears sequin gown by White Runway; Dora wears wedding gown and feather shrug by The Babushka Ballerina; and Ryan wears black tux jacket by The Crane Brothers, shirt by The Black Label and bow tie by Belancé.

Mel from Oak & Linden did the floristry, prop styling and table setting.  Indeed a woman of many talents.

Special thanks must go to Written by Hand for the calligraphy and chalk signage, Vintage Patina for the props and Laduree for the home fragrance and for the macaroon tower.

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Exquisite table decorations.

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And a sumptuous table setting using jewellery from Samantha Wills because, well.. why not!

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Had to resist the urge to put this mask on so many times…  Or spray that Laduree home fragrance…

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This is how it all came together.

Josh from Toni & Guy Parramatta worked his magic on hair as always.

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Hair magician. (Gown by The Babushka Ballerina, earrings by Samantha Wills)

This shoot was the birthplace of our on-set selfies.

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At least this one is better than the last one Josh…

And I was on make-up design.  I was inspired by the opulence of Phantom of the Opera and wanted to balance the make up with the breathtaking backdrop of the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens (which I highly recommend everyone visits!).

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For Dora I created creamy glowing skin, defined eyes in brown and taupe shades set with false individual lashes and paired with a matte rose lip.

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And for Ali I created a more dramatic look with a bright bold lip, exaggerated lashes and a rosy glow on the cheeks.

And lastly I would like to thank my very good friend Elisia who gave up her time to help on the day.  Couldn’t have done it without you Leash.  Much love.

Hope you enjoyed these images as much as we enjoyed creating them.

What theme/style did you have at your wedding?  What was your favourite styling feature of this bridal editorial?

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You know you’re a make-up artist when…

You’re up at 5am blowdrying brushes that didn’t get a chance to dry overnight before your next job that day.

Dry my pretties.  Dry!

Dry my pretties. Dry!

All your clothes have a make up stain on them somewhere.

And so does your carpet. The bloody unforgiving carpet. I am slowly running out of strategically placed rugs in my place and hope Mr Allen never reads this post.

Guilty dog

I know the feeing buddy.

You feel like your motto should be “heave ho heave ho” from lugging all that kit around.

You notice the beauty in everyone.

Especially when working with brides on their wedding day.   Happy people are beautiful people.

Especially when working with brides on their wedding day. Happy people are beautiful people.

Make up shopping is part of the job and feels like Christmas (sometimes every week!).

MU Shopping

No shortage of these bags at my place.

You work with fun people. All the time!  Musicians, singers, actors, dancers, models, photographers, stylists…. And realise the world is full of talent.

Charles' Dickens House

With Benjamin Von Wong, one of my favourite photographers of all time.

You love what you do so much you never really feel like you work. Except when you have to heave ho.

You have impressive upper body strength.

You double up as a photography assistant and have mastered the art of holding the reflector.

Sonia with the relfector

Can’t fake that enthusiasm

You get to see the best parts of the city in which you live and find out about its hidden gems.

Whether it is rooftops in London...

Whether it is rooftops in London…

Or cliff faces along beautiful beaches...

Or cliff faces along beautiful beaches…

Or a 500 year old house where Charles Dickens used to write...

Or a 500 year old house where Charles Dickens used to write…

 

 

 

Or aboard this UK Navy ship...

Or aboard this UK Navy ship…

 

 

 

Dream Work Locations

Or this party house where INXS used to record…

A good shoot gives you the best high.

You are never completely “happy” with your work and it can always be better.

You find lash glue in your hair at random times.

You have a room in your house dedicated to your kit.

You have a hard time convincing insurance companies that yes, your kit IS worth that much.

The only time you take selfies is when you are delirious on set and want to document how very un-fashion you are.  They never get posted anywhere until you have to update your blog and forget you promised never to let the selfie see the light of day.

So fly.

So fly with Josh, my partner in crime.

Your make up brushes are one of your most valuable and personal possessions. No airport security you may not touch my brushes, I will get them out for you. True story.

I now know how to say "don't touch" in four languages!

I now know how to say “don’t touch” in four languages!

You can look past judgmental people’s judgment of what you do because you know that unlike them, you love what you do, you wouldn’t want to do anything else and you are happy.

You are your own boss. Epic win. For so many reasons.

You walk into IMATS and never want to leave. This truly is your happy place.

Sonia at IMATS

IMATS = International Make Up Artists Trade Show but in my speak IMATS = immabouttolosemymind!!!

You notice everyone’s eyebrows.  More on this here.

You work with so many pretty things!!

Shoes...

Shoes…

Bling

Bling…

 

Shoes & bling

Shoes & bling…  See where I’m going with this!?

You work 80hours a week to avoid working 40hours every week.

You never get sick of hearing “so what’s your favourite product?” because it changes every week.

You play Blendoku instead of Sudoku.

Blendoku.  All about colour theory.

Blendoku. All about colour theory.

There are many highs and lows to being a full time professional make up artist. It’s not always glitz and glam and the uncertainty can be hard at times. For me, I keep chipping away because at the end of the day I know that I am living my dream. And it drives me everyday.

Sonia Allen at Work

What do you love most about your job?  If you’re not already doing it, what would your dream job be?

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