In this post I will talk through how I created the hair and makeup for Amber, our model when I profiled Rhonda Hemmingway for The Bridal Series Sydney.
I was inspired by the symbiotic relationships you see growing in nature… The beautiful shapes that vines make when they wrap and twist, the bends of wild ivy growing on trees…
I wanted to incorporate these shapes into my design but at the same time, I wanted Amber’s hair to look effortless. Perfect for a boho-luxe outdoor bride or for brides without a lot of length to their hair as the shapes create interest and the illusion of full hair.
To create this style I had to create a matte texture to the hair to bulk it up, allowing for the structure of the design. I started with the Heat Protection Spray to dampen the hair and spritzed with Sea Salt Spray from mid-lengths (for texture and separation) down while at the roots I massaged in the Volume Mousse (to volumise and hold) and blasted dry with my hairdryer before tonging into loose waves.
Once Amber’s hair had cooled I brushed out the curls and backcombed the crown and sprayed with the Texturising Volume Spray at the roots and a light dusting of the Resurrection Style Dust for added oomph. Twisting and pinning Amber’s hair was a process of ensuring visual interest, placement and hold. I used a combination of interwoven twists and small braids to create the shape. To finish I sprayed some more of the Texturising Volume Spray and away we went.
Amber’s skin had a wonderful natural luminosity which I really wanted to incorporate into the makeup design. I used the water-activated Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator (containing bamboo extract, rice bran powder, okinawa red algae, hyaluronic acid & bromelain) to gently resurface the skin while hydrating at the same time. I followed with Snoxin, a peptide-rich serum that helps with fine lines and the Eysilix eye cream around the orbital bone. After a few minutes, I massaged the the Fillume moisturiser for a gorgeous volumising finish to the skin.
Rhonda Hemmingway’s designs are so beautiful and diverse (there really is something to suit all tastes!) so I knew the makeup had to translate across the different styles of her gowns.
I opted to design a feminine yet bold look with the key being the ability to achieve balance between the shading on the eyes and the colour on the lips. I went for bold matte shades of berry and red for the lips because they made a great contrast against the location where we shot (we all love a bit of drama on editorials!). However the modern bride could use a more sheer textured lipstick to achieve the same balance without the intensity.
My key makeup products from Make Up Forever:
Blush: Using my fingers I gently patted the HD Blush in “Rosy Plum” and set lightly with loose powder. I wanted this to look like a natural flush to the face.
Eyes: The Eye Prime eyeshadow base went down first, followed by eyeshadow shades from the Spring 2016 Palette and a small winged liner using the Ink Liner on the upper lashline for that classic matte finish. For the lower lashline, I smudged some of the Artist Liner in “Iridescent Taupe Grey” and set with shadow.
And it came together like this…
I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new! Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled and behind-the-scenes hair & makeup posts in this Bridal Series Sydney.
And as always, feel free to leave comments and questions below!