Collaboration, Cat Eyes and Golden Light / by Kat St. John

Recently while on social media, twiddling my thumbs.....(cause thats what you do when it is slower) I found myself comparing myself to other artists. People were busy, but I wasn't. I was just watching everyone work while I was looking for something to do.
*In reality, they're probably doing the exact same thing I am doing. le sigh*

Sometimes we find ourselves not knowing what to do with ourselves, or maybe feeling a bit "stuck which in turn, can become a "Creative Slump". Determined to keep that from happening, I put my foot down and decided it was time to do something creative.

For the first time in almost a year, I had a free week! A FREE WEEK. No work. What the heck was I going to do with myself?? Well, I will tell you what I did. 

Later that day, I posted on my facebook page asking for a model who wanted to get funky with makeup. (Not even going to lie, I think that is exactly what my post said.)
Maddy chimed in! We worked together on a styled bridal shoot a couple years back, so it was awesome to do something creative, go out of BOTH of our comfort zones while being able to add  new content to our portfolios.
As we began collaborating, we started to see things parallel. It was perfect - maybe even like it was meant to be. We were both aiming for the same things: creative light, playing with color, light and shape. 

First look - Simplistic. Clean and Pretty, just like my subject. She doesnt need much makeup, but we played with a tiny bit of pink from my Mac Pro Palette and gloss. BTW that lipgloss from ABH in "Rio" is my FAVORITE. 
*It smells like birthday cake!*


I decided to start with a more subtle look, since it is ALWAYS easier to go up than it is to go down with makeup.
Her skin is basically perfect, we worked on making it look flawless, which doesn't take much. Skin prep, Concealer, and my very favorite - Neo Bronzer from Kevyn Aucoin. <3

Second look - a little more extreme. We were so inspired by some of the really amazing artists we were finding on Pinterest. This was a kind of "minimalist"eye. We put our own little spin on it with some gel lights in my tiny little studio. Purple is almost always my go-to color to shoot with. And I got to use a fav NARS Velvet Matte Lip (Pussy Control - which....yes, is an homage to Prince).

Side Note: Before this shoot, I happened to order some "Shadow Shields" to try out. I used them when I was a blossoming makeup artist and they really helped when working with the not-so-great products we all work with when starting out. Did someone say "Fall Out"?!

Some folks might argue - "You dont need shields or tape if youre a Pro- Artist".
We Pros use these things all the time! It is a tool, it happens makes our jobs a little easier (can I get an amen?). Particularly when youre working with intense looks and trying to cut down on time. Now, if you are putting scotch tape on someone's eyes, we are going to have a very serious conversation. Shadow Shields are MADE for application on the face! If youre going to "Tape", use products that are made for that. Spend the $10 and get yourself a few!

Again, we really didn't change much about her makeup at all. The only thing we did differently is remove the black eyeliner from her eyes before applying the green cat eye. Which now happens to be one of my favorite looks from this year.

Photos/Hair and Makeup: Kat St. John
Styling/ Wardrobe: Maddy Buckmaster