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Sant Elia ‘Taken by the Sky’ Resort 17 Campaign Shoot

They say sharing is caring, so I’m going to share one of my favourite campaign shoots. Bringing someone’s collection to life and creating imagery that captures the essence of the designs is in my opinion, what a campaign shoot is all about. I recently had the privilege of being asked by Stephanie from SE by Sant Elia to design the makeup for their resort 17 collection, “Taken by the Sky”. A collection that is all about “1970s boho luxury with an effortless twist, European vintage glam and free spirits, reinterpreted into modern and relevant shapes” this is what we created.













This was shot in a motel that looked like it had been The team behind this shoot comprised:

Photography: Jason Henley // Stylist: Jana Bartolo // Hair: Nathan Cherrington // Makeup: Sonia Allen // Model: Pauline from Chic Management // Creative Direction: Mother Father PR

I loved so many pieces of this collection and my wish list kept growing as the day progressed! I asked Stephanie who she had in mind when she was designing and she told me that she wanted to create a wardrobe of wearable yet show-stopping occasion pieces, that were luxurious and flattering on the female figure.

“The collection has a touch of cheekiness, it’s for a woman who likes to get noticed but doesn’t take herself too seriously”.

My favourite from the collection was the The Edge of Seventeen jumpsuit while for Steph it was the lace co-ord pant and top set from the “Bird in Flight” story which only just last week spotted being worn by Ally from Substance Style Blog to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.


Photography by Sebastian Petrovski and image courtesy of Broadsheet Sydney.

For the makeup I created a look that I like to call “undone glamour” which took influence from the 1970s but is wearable for the modern woman. The skin was creamy and glowing, the cheekbones illuminated, the eyes were metallic golden amber with lots and lots of lashes and liquid liner. Brows were groomed and defined while lips were a mix of pink and brown lipstick blended with Egyptian Magic balm.


For the skin I used the Hylamide SubQ Anti-age serum for that lit from within glow, the Natralus Pawpaw Lip Butter to prep and condition the lips and the Jane Iredale Pommisst Hydrating Spray to refresh the makeup throughout the day. For the complexion I used the Touch In Sol Feels Like Honeymoon Primer for the most wonderful surge of moisture, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and the Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer to brighten under the eyes. For the lips it was the Avon Luxe Lipsticks in “Nude Citrino” & “Diamante Rosa”  mixed together with some Egyptian Magic balm for that perfect cream texture.

You can follow the SE by Sant Elia label on Instagram or get in touch via the website.

I loved being part of this campaign shoot and I hope you enjoyed reading how it all came together.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the products used or how I worked with them. Now I’m off to do some shopping!


© 2016 Sonia Allen MakeUp.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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“Peaches & Cream” Fashion Editorial

Earlier last week we had our latest fashion editorial “Peaches and Cream” published in Culture Magazine.


From Culture Magazine


LEFT- Jayson Brundson silk shirt / Georgia Alice dress / Natalie Marie bracelet / Vintage Earring stylist’s own.  RIGHT- Natalie Marie bracelets / Gail Sorronda blouse.

LEFT- Alice McCall Playsuit / Kirt Geiger Pumps / Millicent Darling Custom made Earrings.  RIGHT- Gail Sorronda Blouse / Dyspnea sheer flares/ Natalie Marie Jewellery

LEFT- Alice McCall playsuit / Kurt Geiger pumps / Millicent Darling custom made earrings.  RIGHT- Gail Sorronda blouse / Dyspnea sheer flares / Natalie Marie jewellery.

LEFT- . Alice McCall Bell Sleeve top / Alice McCall Pencil Skirt.  RIGHT- Georgia Alice Jumpsuit / Penny Sage Vest / Terry Biviano Pumps / Natalie Marie Bracelet.

LEFT- . Alice McCall bell sleeve top / Alice McCall pencil skirt.  RIGHT- Georgia Alice jumpsuit / Penny Sage vest / Terry Biviano pumps / Natalie Marie bracelet.

The shoot was lensed by Natasha Foster who also built the set. Our wardrobe stylist was Jessie Frost who took influence from the 1970s. And Bella from FiveTwenty Management brought everything to life.

I worked on hair, make-up and nails and here’s a breakdown of what I did.


I worked with Bella’s natural texture to keep her curls looking full yet “undone”. I prepped the hair with Fudge Sea Salt Spray and Pump Up mousse, blasted dry with my hairdryer and set with Fudge Membrane Gas and Head Shine.


Tools of the trade and the final result.



Filed into a squoval shape, were painted using Mecca Cosmetica’s Volumina (two coats) and I applied the Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat for extra shine. I LOVE this top coat, really does what it says and I use it myself always!  Dries really fast too which is always a bonus for those of us who are also impatient.


Images courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica and Sally Hansen.




My focus was on creating a beautiful creamy skin texture, strong brows to balance Bella’s curls and to use a colour palette that complimented the muted 70s feel of the shoot. I opted for gold and brown tones to work alongside the set backdrop and to work alongside wardrobe.  I used MAC paint pots, contour powders, highlighters and brow products.


I drew influence from Jerry Hall in the ‘70s and you can view my moodboard of inspiration images here.


Image courtesy of superseventies.tumblr.com

Et voila!


If you enjoyed reading how this editorial came together, you may also enjoy other behind-the-scenes posts here.

If you would like to know more about the products used or have any questions about the editorial, please leave your questions below.  Hope you enjoyed the post.


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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