Hey!

A few weeks ago (actually it was around Valentine’s Day), I had the opportunity to work with Jannelle on a photoshoot to create a poster for her Valentine’s Day belly dance show.  I did her makeup and costume styling.  We wanted to keep the look very ethereal and soft as the show was a tribute to beauty and amazingness of women.

The costume was stunning!!! Huge tuille skirt, off-white satin top with crystal chains draped across the top.  I loved this look!  Of course it was very sexy but at the same time very goddess-like and almost angelic. Costume came from Bellydance America.

For the makeup, I wanted the look to still be arabic, but I did not want any harsh lines.  The look needed to be soft with a hint of colour to provide some contrast with all the white.  I used a light champagne-brown pigment (M.A.C. Cocomotion pigment) with MUFE’s # 58 applied to the outer corner of the eye.  This was soft, light application of #58 using M.A.C.’s # 224 brush.  Created a tight line of black eyeliner very close to the lashline, and winged out slightly.  I lined the lower lashline only halfway, then added lots of mascara.  This created a softened version of the khol-lined eyes that Middle Eastern women have made famous.  I applied M.A.C. Face and Body foundation in C4.  This gave a light, air-brushed finished that I loved.  On the cheeks, I used NARS Crazed blush.  For the lips, I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip  Tar in Demure, which is a fuchsia pink with purple.  I mixed the lip tar with M.A.C.’s clear lip glass.

Here’s the final look!

Model: Jannelle Cortes, makeup & styling: Nerissa A., photographer: Pepper Negron

This was also the first time working with photographer, Pepper Negron, who hails from New York.  This man is amazing!! Wonderful to work with, very easy-going and what I liked is that he has his own style and that he really appreciates the female form.  He made Jannelle feel very comfortable and helped create some amazing shots!  He also gave great direction which brought out the best in the model. Definitely check out his work here and here.

Hope you enjoyed!

Laters!

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An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.