Photoshoot: The Sauvie Island Scarecrow

I’m sure it’s obvious that fall is NOT my favorite time of year, and winter is worse. I spend months rampaging at everyone, the moment someone puts a carol on. The usual cozy imagery of the season just makes me grumpy.

So it’s a bit odd how happy I was with these images. They’re just serene, and happy. These were shot last weekend, in the rain, on location in Sauvie Island, Oregon.

Gabrielle Jones models, in her own clothing.   Photography by Mikola Accuardi.  I did hair as well as makeup for this.


Fill in brows with MUFE Brow Correcter #3

La Femme Bisque-highlight

La Femme Taupe-crease/outer lower lid with a FLUFFY brush–this contour should be VERY subtle.  Also, edge a bit of it in around the outer lower lashline.

La Femme Brown-outer corner of eye, smudging inwards along lashlines for a slight contour.

Buxom mascara

Buxom lashliner in Leatherette–thinly line upper lashline, and outer lower lashline  Wing out at outer corner, and strengthen wing at the outer edge of the eye.  Create a swallowtail shape by connecting a second wing, angled slightly down(NOT as steeply curved as the lashline).



OCC Airbrush makeup—prime skin with OCC Primer, spot conceal with graftobian cream concealer(the greenish one), add highlights with OCC Lustre, and airbrush a mix of y0 and y1 on the skin.  Mix Pris and Hush(2:1 ratio) for blush.

OCC Lip Tars—apply NSFW to the lips, and edge Botanical in blending outward from the lips.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spidergirl
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 06:38:35

    Amazing work!

    Just curious about whether you apply the brow-bone highlighter before you work towards crease and lid. And does that make any difference if you apply the highlighter ahead of lid color? The other day I saw a blogger do that. Does that make some difference?


    • dolcearia
      Nov 20, 2011 @ 07:48:42

      Thanks! It depends. Most of the time, I DO apply the highlight as the last step, especially if it’s a REALLY opaque one like Sugarpill Tako, that can actually be the last step in blending and diffusing the top of the crease. With a sticky primer, like UDPP, I usually like it to GRAB the crease color, so I don’t powder it, apply lid color, etc. before working with medium/dark shades.

      If it’s a softer highlight, like this, I usually do it first, so that I can blend it in more, before mucking about with richer colors. Plus, with a fluffy brush, it can take the worst of the sticky out of the primer, to help further soften a darker color added after. Normally I DON’T want that.

      For Gabrielle, I applied it first, and over the inner corner of the lid, since I KNEW that I did not want a strong contour, since she has beautifully shaped eyes, and I knew the eyeliner, lips, and clothes were going to be the focal point of the look. Then, I applied the crease colors and liner, so that it wouldn’t wash out, and flatten her face, in sunlight.

      My average technique for building eyes goes something like this, but it varies with the look desired—Prime, apply the medium shade to wherever the contour is wanted(like the outer half of the lid). Apply whatever shade is going on the inner part of the lid, and blend the two together. Apply the darkest shade to areas where a richer contour is required, and blend into the medium shade. Apply a highlight color to the browbone, and blend into top of the shading, as required. Apply eyeliner to the upper lashline, curl lashes, apply mascara and/or false lashes, touch up liner if needed, or add bits of contouring shades to the lower lashline/waterline(I wait until AFTER applying mascara to finish that, since if the lashes grab a LOT of mascara, it can be too much with a strongly shaded lashline, or they may be short or thin, and I may desire additional depth to create the illusion of thickening them. The lower lashes lay in a much more visible curve than the upper lashes, so you’ll REALLY notice rough spots there, in the contour. Anyways, I usually work the lid, then the crease, then the highlight, rather than a straight dark-light or light-dark progression.


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