Bristol Body Painting – Crowning Glory

Inspired by The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…I wouldn’t call myself  a royalist, but I was swept away with all the celebrations with this momentous occasion. So here is my tribute to Queenie. The idea was to create a look for guest going to a jubilee garden party, as long as the rain stayed away! A second look a rock chic style for the evening.

 

I choose to design a crown effect for the front of Annabel as this gave a perfect bodice shape, then continued onto the back with the bodice effect. Enhanced with a bit of bling of course using diamond gem shapes, pearls and highlighted with gold shimmer paint. Stylish bunting, delicate patterened dollies, 2 union jack flags and a paper tablecloth all completed the very ‘haute couture’ outfits!

Huge thanks to Clare Watkins who helped me with the styling, Amanda Thomas www.amango.co.uk capturing the gorgeous model Annabel who allowed me to paint her.  All had to wait patiently for almost 4 hours – hair and make-up took me 45 minutes. It was fantastic to watch everthing come together. (Click on images to view larger).

Body painting never seizes to amaze me. I’m currently working on more body painting projects. Also this year, I’m looking forward to have a body painting exhibition to help raise funds for forget-me-not appeal in memory of the beautiful Laura Willmott  www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Townsend2/ABC  raising awareness and funding for ABC Anorexia & Bulimia Care. Watch this space…

Bristol Based Fashion Shoot

Loved working on this shoot with the talented Sophie Davies and gorgeous model Jess, from Room3 Agency.  Sophie’s vision was using quirky & vintage props to suit Uncle Sam’s American Vinatge Clothing, Park St. Bristol. Make-up was kept quite simple, eyes softly defined but edgy using a dark plum lipstick.  Unkempt hair, loosely pinned away from face. These amazing pair of antlers were shipped over from Amercia especially for the shoot. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the process!

Check out Sophie’s page for more images:

Flickr: Sophie.Davies‘ Photostream

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Short film – The ISDEC Code

Trailer for The Isdec Code Starring Derek Fowlds from ITV’s Heartbeat.

One aspect I love about my work is the variety it gives – the opportunity arose to be Make-up Designer for 8 cast for a
festival short film, The Isdec Code. From creating cuts and brusies, natural to de-aging! Assisted in costume which I also enjoy being involved with.

A reservoir near Bristol was just one of the unusual locations chosen for one of the scenes. Shot in the cold winter months, it certainly had its challenges, but working with an experienced crew and a strong cast made it all worthwhile.

The Isdec Code is a thriller involving members of an anti-terrorist department who are on the trail of a new and deadly enemy. Produced by Stewart Mackay and David James – Directed by Stewart Mackay – Screenplay Martin Kirby.

Here is a link to Red Button Media where you can read more about the making of the film. Visit the photo gallery showing behind the scenes, cast, crew and locations: http://www.redbuttonmedia.tv/isdec/

Vintage style for Autumn/Winter 2012

Autumn is definately here. A few new snazzy garments to my wardrobe always helps to perk up the winter blues. A 1940?s twist to hair and make-up, compliments the vintage style purple maxi dress which is just one of the many beautiful dresses you can find at Anusha. Colour palette for make-up: warm greys, rich purple and a touch of antique gold. I love Mac ‘ Dark side’ lipstick, for sultry lips. Rich plums/ blood reds are colours to look out for the party season.

For more images from the shoot, visit my fashion portfolio or click on the link: http://www.anusha.co.uk

Claudia Lucia goes Vintage Halloween

Trick or Treat?

You may have just noticed a touch of vintage influence throughout 2012 – from fashion, crockery to festivals and dance. So, as a treat for Halloween I went all vintage too. I wanted to create a chic but haunting look. Photographer Sophie Davies captured the mood beautifully. Her guidance to position us in the correct posture worked perfectly.

Colour palette of rich purples, plums and deep reds – just a few trend colours for this autumn/winter. White base is always ghostly, adding a touch of webbing effect and spidery eyeliner flicks. Hair was set in heated rollers. I even convinced to make-up my partner who usually shies away from the camera – slicked 1930’s hair, soft shading around eyes, cheeks and over accentuated edgy eyebrows.

Styled from what we found from our wardrobes, we put together outfits for an evening out. My tailored, velvet trimmed ‘Van Allen’ jacket is a great hand-me-down, courtesy of my Mum who thankfully kept it from the 1970’s – now that’s pretty vintage!

Sophie Davies Photography – www.flickr.com/photos/78775865@N05/

Make-up fit for a Queen – Diamond Jubliee Tribute

I teamed up with my colleagues at Clifton Photographic Company, creating our own queen for the day, LMT. For make-up, I wanted to achieve a soft 1950?s style; began with a full coverage foundation, perfect for photo shoots.  Applied soft tones for eyeshadow, MAC ‘haux’ and ‘vanilla’ with a bit of ‘nylon’ for touch of  shimmer. Dark brown kohl eye pencil was applied for eye shape definition, then redefining with L’Oreal eye gel.


A white kohl eye pencil applied on the water line to open and brighten the eye. A smudge of mid-brown eyeshadow along the lower eyeliner, also used for the all important brow definition.  For that English rose complexion, mix of fresh peach and pink blusher.  Finishing off with model owns Chanel red lipstick – fit for any queen! (Hair created by Sophie Moore).

Spring/Summer 2012 – Anusha Boutique

Spring time at last! Working with the team at Anusha is always exciting.   The make-up and hair styles  chosen for the new collection were soft, fresh and contempory to complement the beautiful, feminine clothes and accessories. More images to follow or click on at Anusha:

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