So I am sure you all remember Sarah Smyth from our “Transforming Sarah” series, where we take a classic beauty and transform her into several different looks. In case you don’t remember what our sweet, innocent girl-next-door looks like, here is a picture to remind you all.
Sarah came up with the idea of doing a “bad girl” or “rockstar” theme shoot during our previous 1920’s shoot. She said “Nobody ever sees me as a bad girl. I wanna show some edge.” So Jonathan Cruz, our talented photographer along with our all-star team– hair designer Trish Ay, wardrobe specialist Sara Rakhshandeh, and yours truly as makeup artist…. All of us got together to turn our sweet innocent Sarah into a rockstar. Jonathan took a few photos of the process for your enjoyment.
First our celebrity costume stylist Sara picked out the costumes for Sarah. Then, came hair and makeup. I always start by prepping the skin, so that I have a clear canvas to work with. I prefer using a foundation brush to apply the base because sponges tend to soak up the makeup and are not very enviromentally friendly. In this case I used Bed Head #2 fat-free (cream base) and Estee Lauder #2 concealer under the eyes.
We had a time crunch, so as usual we double-teamed on the hair and makeup. Sarah just sat back and watched herself transform. Trish put black and purple extensions in Sarah’s hair to give her some length and some edge. I chose to do a dark black heavy smokey eye on Sarah give her that dramatic cat-eye effect. After about one hour of makeup, back-combing, teasing, hair extensions and lashes….Voila… Sarah looked like a whole new girl.
For Sarah’s smokey eye I used Elizabeth Arden “Smoke” on Sarah’s eyelids and Mac “Carbon” around the entire frame of her eyes. I lined the rim of her eyes with Lancome “black coal” liner and applied false lashes. To counterbalance Sarah’s dramatic eyes I chose to give her a pale lip with Revlon “Nude” lipstick and a clear gloss to finish the look.
Lets take a look at Sarah’s after shots.
Not so innocent looking now, is she?
Towards the end of our shoot we decided that Sarah was looking too flawless to be a real rockstar so we had her start to cry, we messed up her hair and makeup and put her in her final costume for the day. She was a real trooper…it was a cold day out and she didn’t complain once. I think she was so into her character that she didn’t even notice how cold it was. All in all, it was an incredibly fun day we all had together, and it was a thrill for me to work alongside such talented and gifted artists.
We hope you guys enjoyed following along as much as we enjoyed doing it. Remember our team is up for any challenge, so if there is a look you want to see Sarah transformed into please leave your comments.