The 1960’s themed shoot was great fun although sadly we didn’t get to travel to the beautiful Salerno (we were stuck in a studio in Camberwell) but we certainly got into the spirit.
The client wanted to go with a variation on a typical mid-sixties look for the hair and make-up and so I spent a few days prior to the shoot researching the period and putting together mood boards until we came up with a look that they were happy with.
For the female model I prepped the skin thoroughly using a Whamisa Cleansing Water, followed by the Almond Soothing Facial Cream from Weleda. I followed this with a little Twelve Beauty Rapid Eye Treatment and Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton HD Facial Oil.
I used Inika Pure Primer followed by my favourite base, the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation before going over any blemishes and shadows with my trusty Viseart palettes – I also used this palette to add a little shading to the sides of the nose, under the cheekbone and the socket line.
I brushed the brows through and then went over them with a brow powder creating a more sixties shape, filling any gaps along the way. I then set them with the Lavera Brow gel.
The focus of the make-up was the eyes, in particular the socket line so I kept the eyelids pretty neutral with just a wash of a creamy toned shadow from Couleur Caramel (I can’t remember which one). I ran a mixture of browns from Couleur Caramel through the socket line plus a little Bark shadow from Odylique.
I tight-lined the eye using the Lavera Liquid liner and then ran it along the lash line, blocking the ends at an angle. I also added the Benecos Pencil Kajal in Black to the upper waterline. I coated the lashes with a black mascara (again I can’t remember which as I have a few in my kit) and clumped them together using a pair of tweezers (an old 1960’s trick). I had some Louise Young Cosmetics 1960’s style lashes lined up but on the day the client decided not to go with false lashes sadly :(
On the cheeks I applied a little Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Happy to the apples of the cheeks to give an underlying glow and then once I had powdered the face (I can’t remember which powder I used) I applied a little Couleur Caramel Powder Blush.
Finally on the lips I used a nude lip pencil from Lavera and then went over that with Madeira Lip Crayon from Bite Beauty (I think now discontinued). Personally I would have chosen a more matte shade to make the colour more authentic however it is my job to delivery what the client wants and a slight sheen wasn’t unheard of in the sixties (usually created using vaseline!!)
On my male model I prepped the skin and then applied Couleur Caramel Velvet Primer to mattify the skin, covered any blemishes and shadows with my Viseart palette. I applied a little cream base to the skin to even out the complexion and tided the brows.
I then set the skin using the Jane Iredale Beyond Matte HD powders and then applied bronzer to the skin to give that sun-kissed Amalfi glow!
So I think that was everything (probably forgotten something!), now for the commercial itself… Enjoy :)
P.S. The album is now available from shops (including Sainsbury’s) if you want some easy listening sixties classics – no obligation mind you, I’m not on commission! ;)
Imagery: (1,3) Courtesy of Universal Music (2) LJS – OMUA