Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pop Art | Lucy's Magazine with Ten Photos

The "Pop Art" editorial is out today in Lucy's Magazine.

These photos are new to all of you but very, very, VERY old to me; these were taken almost two years ago but they have finally been released to the public today. This is one of the hardest things about working with editorials: the wait is dreadful but to see your work in a new publication makes it all better. Unfortunately I don't remember every single product I used, but I wrote down the few things I could remember below. 

So here is "Pop Art" for your viewing pleasure!

Photographer: Ten Photos

Retoucher: Samantha Hylla

Model: Clara Rae

MUA & Hair: Andrea C. Samuels

For every beauty editorial, I tend to be very hands on and very much a perfectionist with my work. Sometimes I plan out mood boards and sketch a few ideas so I can show the photographer and the team what I plan to do. I decided to try something completely new so I did not sketch or plan these looks out at all. I did find inspiration photos to mimic but I didn't even look at them once I started working with Clara. Deep, deep, down inside my soul I was scared to just let go but it felt liberating to just grab a random color and work with it. Working this way gave me a new appreciation for art. At this time, Clara had a new haircut and was just about to move to New York City, so I fed off her energy and created what I wanted.

For this first look, I played with my NYX Lip Palette in "Sweet Oranges". Although NYX is seen as a 'cheap' product to most people, this palette packs a punch; these oranges are really bright! I wanted the colors to pop and I also wanted to keep it simple by not adding blush or eyeshadow. I absolutely love how this came out and I really love the way Ten Photos experimented with different lighting to highlight her face.

For this second look, I always wanted to try blended colors on a models' face so it looks like a cloud of different shades. I had nothing like this in my portfolio so I just wanted to play and experiment with the colors I had. I think I was working with Ben Nye eyeshadows, Inglot Eyeshadows, and MAC Blushes; I really didn't think it through, I just grabbed a color and went with it.

The one thing I do remember using was this lip tar by OCC in "Anime". I also mixed this with other glosses so her lips looked like glass.

At this time, I remember Clara's face was getting sensitive and I had to slow down on putting too much product on her face. I opted to keep her lips and face clear and clean so I played up her eyes with new products I just bought. I don't use any of my green eyeshadows, so I just used this moment as an excuse to finally use them. I also wanted to play around with colored mascara, so I used my Inglot Gel Liner as mascara on Clara.

On her lips, I used Inglot AMC Gloss in #546

From this shoot, and many other shoots, I learned a little bit more about myself: I learned that I don't have to plan every single thing out, I don't have to be a control freak, I don't have to be a perfectionist. I can just be the artist I was born to be and paint. 

That is my advice to you as well, don't get caught up in thinking 'this has to be perfect' or 'this has to be a certain way', when it comes to art, there is no such thing as 'perfect' or 'a certain way'. When you get the opportunity to work with a model and a photographer and you have free reign to do as you want, just paint and let it go. You might surprise yourself with the things you can create.


  1. Wow, what an exciting and well-written post! I could actually see your excitement and your freedom to " the artist [you] were born to be..." in each amazing image you shared here. Her lips, eyes, and entire face are truly fabulous! Great job, Andrea and the team! Tailor Linn

    1. Thank you so much for reading my blog, I love you!!