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A few weeks ago I shared with you some images from my professional portfolio which were taken from a recent Beauty shoot with model, Caitlin Burles.
FYI, Caitlin was a stand-in for Gal Gadot on the Wonder Woman film. Pretty cool huh? 

During the shoot my makeup assistant, Yasmin Lovece, kindly filmed some behind the scenes of the makeup and I filmed some of the products used. So this week I edited and uploaded the footage for those of you who are interested in seeing how these looks came together.

Enjoy! 
 

STROBING

 One of my favourite shots from last Thursday’s photo shoot with photographer, Martin Higgs, and model, Kerry Ann.

Credits: Photography - Martin Higgs
Makeup - Shonagh Scott aka ShowMe MakeUp
Model - Kerry Ann
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

So, the latest ‘trend’ hitting the makeup industry is Strobing!
It’s not actually anything new or unseen, it is in essence just highlighting, but on an extreme level.
I personally don’t think this isn’t a flattering technique to opt for on a daily basis, particularly if you’re of an oily skin type. Within an hour of applying your makeup you’ll be looking so slick people will be able to see their reflection in your complexion.
I think highlighting is more complimentary when you adopted the mentality of 'less is more’. A small amount of glow on holiday when you have sun-kissed, golden skin can be so beautiful!
Also, for those of you who are pale, it can look so pretty on. But remember to strategically place the highlight: high planes of the face, such as the cheekbones, brow bone, tip of the nose, cuspids bow and a little on the chin.

The extreme strobing effect, such as on my model above, works amazing for photo shoots - provided the photographer can get the lighting right.
You want to create a soft dewy glow, not an over exposed beam of light that can be seen all the way from Space :)

 I have used all Natasha Denona products to achieve this look.

METALLIC & PEARL

Last week I shot with photographer, Martin Higgs on a new set of beauty images. We used to shoot together a lot, creating OTT beauty looks using mediums such as paint, treacle, prosthetics and Fullers Earth, to name but a few.

We thought it was time we got together again and produced some stunning work to update our portfolios.

I’ve seen this blown-out lip look trending recently, so I knew I wanted to recreate it within one of the 4 makeup looks.
I combined metallic pigments with Pearl pigments and used them in a variety of ways to achieve different levels of glow to the skin, eyes and lips.

On the décolletage I mixed the pearl pigment with water and painted it onto the chest, shoulders and neck. I knew once the water dried it would leave behind the pigment in an even finish.

For the eyes I mixed the metallic pigment with a mixing medium and layered it over a cream coloured eyeshadow. Then, I gently feathered a touch of pearl pigment mixed with a clear body gloss to the very centre of the lids so it would catch the light. 

I also added this same mix to the Cupid’s bow of the lip and to the centre of the bottom lip.

The rest of the bright colours were cream eyeshadows blended over the foundation which hadn’t been set. This means the product had some slip and made blending the products a dream!

The team:
Makeup - Shonagh Scott (Me)
Photographer - Martin Higgs
Model - Caitlin Burles
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

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Avant Garde MakeUp - Behind The Scenes! 

So last week I posted the images from my recent shoot with photographer, Martin Higgs. One of the last makeup looks I created was this cracked desert-style skin look, and it received a fantastic response across my social media platforms. So when I told everyone that I had filmed a ‘behind the scenes’ of the makeup, there was a massive buzz of excitement. I spent yesterday editing the footage and uploading it to my channel for you all today! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating. 

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Last week I worked on a photo shoot with two of my favourite creatives, photographer, Martin Higgs, and hair stylist, Kasia Fortuna.

Our model, Sri Nujella, wasn’t a model as such, but a professional woman who wanted some creative images of herself to look back on and say ‘that was me’!

We started off with some regular beauty images, and then we moved on to creating these two stunning photos!

The two main products I based the looks around was the Black glitter, and the Rose-Gold leaf.

Makeup Artist - Myself (Shonagh Scott)
Photography - Martin Higgs
Hair Stylist - Kasia Fortuna
Model - Sri Nujella
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

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METALLIC

I recently shot with my friend and photographer, Martin Higgs, and model, Caitlin Burles. I created 4 makeup looks on the day, this being the last of the set. I love how this particular image captures Caitlins’ natural beauty but still has an element of ‘pow’ with the metallic lips and chest. 

How-to: 
I used Mehrons metallic pigment in ‘Rose’ mixed with water to liquify it, and I used a large makeup brush to apply the mixture to the neck and décolletage.
* If you want more of a glossy finish you can mix the pigment with something like a clear body gloss or glycerin.
I wanted more of a muted glow which is why I chose water as my mixing medium, although I did add a touch of MAC’s clear gloss to the centre of the lips so it would catch the light. 

For the skin I kept it relatively simple; I brush on some of the new ‘BECCA Backlight Primer’ all over the face - it gives you that ‘glow from within’ look. Note, I had previously cleansed, toned and moisturised Caitlin’s face prior to this step.
Over the backlight primer I worked in Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge, and set the centre of the face with MAC’s ‘Mineralise Skin Finish Natural’ in ‘Medium Plus’. 
I filled the brows in following her natural shape, and used a soft brow powder for this as I didn’t want anything too defined. 
Using MAC’s Sculpt powder and an angled brush by ZOEVA, I softly sunk the hollows of the cheeks to add some shape to this area.
On the top of cheekbones I used a ZOEVA fan brush to sweep over this beautiful Purple toned highlighter from the new ZOEVA ‘Winter Strobe Spectrum’ palette. You may also notice I have also added a subtle amount of the same product to the inner corner of the eyes. This highlighter worked so well with the Rose coloured metallic pigment. 

The team: 

Makeup - Shonagh Scott (Me)
Photographer - Martin Higgs
Model - Caitlin Burles
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova

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Inspired By A Summers Evening Sunset!

I had a great response to my colourful image from a recent photo shoot with photographer, Martin Higgs.
We setup a camera to capture some of the makeup in action! This video is part 2 (look 3 from the shoot), if you missed part 1 on my avant garde creation then scroll down a few posts! Here is a quick run through on how to create this colourful look.

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I’ve uploaded a tutorial on my “Journey To Venice” makeup look I created for a shoot I did with Martin Higgs, Zarah Walker and Stefka Pavlova. 
Check it out  

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Getting Creative...

So it’s been a little while since I’ve had the chance to really get creative with makeup, as I’ve dedicated a lot of my time this past year to my channel - sharing with you all my professional makeup tips & techniques, more or less face-to-face rather than just on here, on Tumblr, in writing. 

One of my last posts shared a few ‘behind the scenes’ mobile images of makeup I created from last Thursdays’ shoot with photographer, Martin Higgs
But I decided to keep the last look ‘hush hush’ as I wanted you all to see the final result in it’s full HD, colourful, cracked glory!!! 

So…… Here it is!!! 

As discussed in the previous post, I have filmed a lot of the makeup in action from this shoot - so make sure you are subscribed to my channel to see when that goes live!
I will list all the products I used to create this wonderful piece of Art in the description bar of the video - on my channel. 

Credits: 
MakeUp - (Me) Shonagh Scott aka ShowMe MakeUp
Photography - Martin Higgs
Model - Kerry Ann
Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova 

Tree Frog Inspired makeup creation.

Martin Higgs often gives me challenges when it comes to makeup - this being one of them! So after receiving some tree frog images from Martin, I came up with this look!

I used some coloured pencils as the base of these bright colours. Then I layered brightly coloured eyeshadows and then finished off using my Dinair Airbrush over the top to create this look.

*Model - Hannah Nicholls

*Photography - Martin Higgs

*Makeup - Me

*Retoucher - Stefka Pavlova