“Beauty is a pleasure to everyone, Fantasy and imagination is something we all have” – Maria Furla, Medusa Gorgona Photography.
This collaboration has come together through simple email on Purple Port – a collaborative website to photographers, models and makeup artist. Browsing through casting calls I was looking for inspiration and to add something different to my portfolio, something I have not done before, a challenge. So when I came across casting call from Maria Furla from Medusa Gorgona Photography, I could not have wished for a better team of creative women to work with.
The theme of the shoot was red, dark, sultry gothic fantasy style with strong makeup look and luxurious rose dress and accessories. It was amazing how four people that have never met before could collaborate together in such synergy to achieve a beautiful result.
The shoot took please at the beautiful home studio of Medusa Gorgona Photography Studio where she had every details for the shoot starting from the jewellery to the nail art to her own designed accessories and head pieces to beautiful back drops.
After picking up gorgeous Emily aka Gingerface Model from the local train station we went straight to the studio and straight into hair and makeup.
As soon as I saw the beautiful rose dress by Maria LeFaye, golden head pieces by Liv Free, futuristic hand crafted head piece and one of a kind flowers by Assistant Helena Krausson aka Florissima Bella, I knew what look I needed to create. The beauty and drama was already there, I just had to translate it into makeup to complement and enhance the beautiful feature of Emily and accessories.
We decided to crimp Emily’s hair to create more volume and drama to complement the grandness of the head pieces and keep it simple with some pins.
I started with the eyes followed by base. For this look I used a lot of gold, black and copper shades blending them together to create soft cats eye look. Starting with Arbonne eye shadow in Blackout to define the eye and create feline, cats eye shape, shading the socket and blending with copper tones from the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, finally filling the socket with gold eye shadow using wet eye shadow brush for intensity. Finishing the look off with exaggerated winged eyeliner using Arbonne liquid liner and defining it with glitter eyeliner in the outer corners (Maria’s own). Finally applying extra long false eyelashes to dramatise the look.
For the base I used Arbonne primer all over followed by Liquid foundation. I used darker colour foundation to add contour and finished off with bronzing powder and setting with setting powder. For the lips I used black eyeliner all over entire lip. My top tip after finishing any look is to use Arbonne RE9 regenerating toner, it helps to set the makeup and prolong the longevity as well as keep your skin moisturised.
I love this look as it can be transformed into an evening or special occasion look, perfect for Christmas and New Year parties, by simply muting the intensity and opting for nude lip. Get in touch with me to find out how to recreate this look yourself and come back soon for more posts and next I will be showing some simple eyeliner techniques.
Finally, after hours of shooting on beautiful Sunday afternoon surrounded by candles and smoke machine and being absolutely awed with the results, Maria aka Medusa Gorgona Photography has put our work forward to the Surreal Beauty Magazine. Well, you can imagine our excitement when we found out that our work will be published! Here is the full article available for your pleasure and few behind the scene videos, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is why I am so passionate about working with women. It brings me huge pleasure to see every woman shine beyond her belief. So it has been a huge pleasure to work with these incredible ladies to create this beautiful fantasy.
Assistant Helena Krausson aka Florissima (and Hat designer)
Behind scene photos & video @medusa.gorgona.behindthescene