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The White Queen – Behind the scenes hair and make-up

We’ve had so many wonderful comments on Kirsty Mitchell’s White Queen pictures in Wonderland, and I thought I’d share some of the behind the scenes pictures of the hair and make-up.

Please click HERE for more pictures, and a description on how everything else was made.

The Queen’s hair and make-up was heavily based on Elizabeth 1, the look had to be very sculpted, regal, and intricate to echo the rest of her outfit (made by the photographer herself!)

Here was the main make-up influence:  

The hair took many days of playing around to figure out what would work best, the texture had to be intricate, but after having a go at plaiting, the hair just didn’t seem right.  I remembered doing a basket weave on hair years ago, and after a whole afternoon of work, here are the results: (pardon the picture quality!)

Hair detail

Mock-up of hair

The hairpieces had to be positioned onto model Ashley’s head on the day, after I made small pincurls in her fringe.  You could also see the base of the make-up here:

I then built up the make-up with deeper colours and added more contrast to keep the look dramatic.  Ashley has the most amazing icy blue eyes, and they just popped against the white liner (MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Pure White) and deeper, earthier shading (MAC Eyeshadow in Copperplate).  She is quite fair, but I wanted to make her skin paler by mixing white body paint into a light foundation.

The hair had to look quite frosted, and I remember using a LOT of white hairspray to get the texture and colour right.  I used a lot of padding to bulk out the hairpieces as her hair was quite short, then wedged the crown in the middle.

It was an amazing experience creating this look, especially since it has been so much work to get everything ready for the shoot (the costume and props took months to create!)  The pressure was most definitely on for the hair and make-up to be spot-on.

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What I’ve been up to recently, and a request…

So it’s been a while since my last post (sorry!) but I just thought that rather than posting something that has been said before in other beauty blogs, I had to work on what people actually WANT to see.  (Feel free to rant, babble, spill your dreams in the comments!)

Ok, so there are BIG THINGS happening in the near future, all will be revealed soon!  In the meantime, why don’t you check out the sneak preview of the Rock n Riot shoot I did with Rock ‘n Roll Bride?  A full list of suppliers and more about the day of awesomeness will be released soon, but here is a iPhone pic I took:

In similarly exciting news, I’ve been asked to do the make-up for Jasmine Star‘s UK workshop in July!!!  For those of you who don’t know, this amazing photographer has taken the world by storm with her workshops on branding, and for the first time, she will be in London for an inspiring day, sharing her experiences and helping other photographers improve their brands.

This has been published in the July issue of Photo Pro Magazine.

Some of the people who will be involved:

Kat from Rock ‘n Roll Bride, who organised the event,

Wedding Magazine, who will be styling the photoshoot, as well as featuring it in an upcoming issue,

Severin of the Hepburn Collection,

One Marylebone,

Pollen Nation,

The Recipe,

Great Hire

I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing project, and can’t wait to share my experience!

 

Ok, so here’s what I need from you…

I have already asked on twitter earlier what people would like to read on a wedding hair and make-up blog (things that haven’t been repeated over and over again!) Now is your chance to help build the blog into something useful for future brides… so…. GO!!!

 

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