Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Fyrinnae Powder Primer
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
Graftobian Blush in Candy Apple
NYX Stay Matte Finishing Spray
NYX Brow Cake in Brunette
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
MAC Eyeshadow in Soba
NYX Love in Florence Palette
e.l.f. Lock and Seal
Notoriously Morbid in Quiet in the Dark
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Black
Generic Black Feather Eyelashes
NYX Macaron Lippie in Chambord
I had been waiting for this day FOREVER. Let me tell you why.
My friend Emily is a wedding photographer and approached me a couple months back asking me if I'd do makeup for a styled wedding shoot she had in mind. Of course, I said yes right away. Initially, the aesthetic was going to be very delicate and feminine- she had a vintage dress for the model and we talked about very soft makeup. I was really excited for both of us: at the time, this was my first external makeup opportunity beyond my blog, and she was flexing her chops as well as a stylist and photographer. Also, Emily shot the photos for my blog, so many thanks!
However, we had trouble nailing down a model, and after a series of back-and-forth Emily asked if I wouldn't mind doing the makeup and being the model. This made me even more excited. So what, I have a vain streak. Sue me. Anyway, after we figured out it'd just be us two, the vintage wedding idea morphed into a badass Gothic-inspired wedding. We couldn't stop talking about black lace, black roses, black everything. Ideally, the plan was to shoot in a field on a nice-ish day where it wouldn't be too cold and there'd still be snow on the ground. Nailing down said day was a game of weather roulette: it became too improbable. We eventually bumped it back to mid-May, and secured Sunday the 18th as our day.
Once we set the Gothic theme, I was contemplating some possible looks. I knew black lipstick was a must. Around the time I nailed down the general idea of what you see here, I came across this post from a talented Redditor on one of the makeup subs. It was inspiring, and very much solidified the idea at hand. With a few modifications, I customized this look to fit the aesthetic, my facial features, yada yada.
K, so the LAST thing I'll say is this: the morning of the shoot, my man piece and I were out for brunch and passed a vintage shop on the way. Once we left, he happened to notice a dope old school Schwinn with banana handlebars in the window, and we went inside to check it out. I was perusing the racks, and I kid you not, a spotlight from the heavens fell upon the dress you see glimpses of in the photos. IT ALSO WAS ON SALE. I pestered him for 30 seconds to try it on, and lo and behold the damn thing was perfect. The measurements fit me to a T, and it is much more appropriate for a wedding shoot than the original black lace dress I'd offered up. It's in great condition, too. It's got a boned corset and a sweetheart top with a salmon/orange trim. The skirt goes to the floor and swooshes so gracefully. Also, there's a long dangling bow in the back that trails near the ankles. I'M TELLING YOU IT'S PERFECT. I mean, this shit is glamorous. It was made for a ball or some kind of black tie affair. I couldn't believe my luck. I said yes to the dress and goddamn was it the cherry on top of this Gothic sundae.
There will be a fuller set of photos from the actual shoot on Emily's blog and my portfolio site (which is nearly ready). I had a ton of fun doing this with her, and I think more collaborations are in the future. Additionally, we hope to land a spot on a wedding blog! Fingers crossed. If you're interested in Emily's wedding photography (bonus: she and her BF partner up and he does tear-jerking wedding videos), then take a hike into the wildernesses (you'll see what I did there).