PHOTOSHOOT | Goddess of the Sea

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Beauty / Fashion / Photography

I have to admit I feel extremely embarrassed yet unusually excited to post this. Anyone who knows me knows that I am always, without fail, the one behind the camera. I’ve never had my picture taken properly – that means, not including cellphones or pictures with people I love or taken on holiday. I’ve never been the one that has to stand there and at least try to look pretty. So when Caterina of Kateidoscope (who took these wonderful pictures with my camera after I adjusted the settings for her) asked me to be one of the characters for her Wild x Tales project (go and check it out!) I went all-out on creating a make-up look that would suit the character of ‘goddess of the sea’.


Cat needed analog pictures for her project but I begged her to take some digital ones with my camera as well so I could use them for my MUA portfolio as well as have enough Facebook profile pictures for decades.

Click any picture to see it full-size!

I have to give a huge shout-out to Irresistible Mewho were kind enough to send me a full set of hair extensions in my chosen colour a couple of months ago. I’ll post a full review of these when I have time to gather my thoughts but, man, it was enjoyable to be able to have long hair for a photoshoot with such a mystical and ethereal concept. My straight-cut long bob would not have worked, so these were an absolute lifesaver.


My actual hair, y’all

The colour match is so perfect you can’t even tell it’s not my hair in the first pictures; unfortunately, after a while, my own hair got really wavy and frizzy with the sea breeze and the extensions did the opposite and lost their curl, which is absolutely normal and expected since I didn’t use any hairspray.

I didn’t even use the full set they sent me! I think I only used about half the wefts included in the package, they were really really easy to put on and even easier to curl (I wish my own hair curled that easily) and they were an absolute lifesaver for this shoot and absolutely the star of the show.

Let me know if you would like a video tutorial on this editorial make-up look which was an absolute joy to plan out and create. I had never used gold foil or… ever glued anything to my face really, but it was easier than I thought. Please sound off in the comments, or the Facebook page, or tweet me if you’d like to see how I put this together.

Extensions: Irresistible Me Silky Touch in “Chocolate Brown”
Dress, headband & necklaces: H&M
Choker: Lovisa
Eyelashes: Eyelure 101
Makeup: MAC Warm Neutrals palette, Makeup Geek eyeshadows, MAC lipstick in “Bronze Shimmer”, Bobbi Brown lip pencil in “Bobbi”, Bobbi Brown lipgloss in “Canary”, MAC pigment in “Gold” (on the lips), Benefit Ka-Brow!, Chanel blush in “Golden Sun”, highlighter from Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow + Becca “Opal”, Kat Von D Shade + Light palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in “Luminous Bronze”

Photography: Caterina Petrucci (not me for a change!)
MakeUp, Hair & Styling: Ines Veiga Pena (me, as usual)

You can get the gold foil for very cheap on Amazon (the lightweight kind, not the heavy, hard kind used for arts and crafts) and it sticks to the skin with eyelash glue (you can use regular glitter glue, but since I knew it was very windy and I was using big chunks of foil I didn’t want to risk it). Comes off if you rub slightly with a good waterproof make-up remover, so no need for fancy professional stuff.

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The Author

24-year-old Portuguese girl. Bilingual English, fluent in Italian. BA in Fashion Communication. MUA with a proper diploma! MA Creative Media student. Globetrotter and shopaholic, can't seem to be able throw away menswear magazines. Has a serious mental problem when it comes to buying photography books and is working towards being a part of the fashion industry.

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