GEORGINA GRAHAM

EXAMINING ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL

Editorial for Flair November 2012. I was the makeup artist on this shoot with the amazing Ms Catherine McNeil (who recently made a most welcome return to the world of fashion after her sabbatical, which makes me question can fashion people take a sabbatical? How is that even possible unless you are a Supermodel such as Cat!)  Photographer: Katja Rahlwes, Fashion Editor: Sissy Vian & hair: Alessandro Rebecchi. We shot this in a McMansion in the South of France owned by Oligarchs, deciding rather than shoot indoors we would stick to the outside of the property to catch the gorgeous blue sky & bright sun of the Mediterranean, or you can choose to read between the lines there & try to imagine the rather spesh interior decor. My beauty inspiration was a little tongue in chic(!) as I referenced Stephanie of Monaco in the 80’s & early 90’s. I wanted to emulate that expensive beautiful but spoilt Euro look that is all about luxurious inherited  jewels & personal style, travelling with monogrammed trunks & being invited to Summer on yachts. Basically people who use the Seasons as a verb eg: I Summer in St Tropez & we Winter in St Barts. Umm hmm. It worked well with our clothes & location & the overall makeup is chic & understated as everything else was quite bling. I wanted to enhance Cat’s natural beauty so I spent time on skin care, prepped it by using oils such as This Works face oil for a face massage, then did a super minimal base as foundation is never good in heat/humidity. Have you tried the new Armani Maestro foundation? It’s rather mega, I am a little in love with this product. I lightly  contoured cheekbones try Tom Ford Shade & illuminate, I always talk about it for a reason; it is simply brilliant. Lastly I did smudgy sexy feline eyes in shimmery taupes & a soft smudgy black pencil for an exaggerated sex kitten eye. Try MAC’s Satin Taupe & Smolder Eye Kohl. My top tip is use a slightly blunt pencil to draw an elongated line along the top lash line use a pointed q-tip to drag it up & out of the corners in to a little cat eye. Use q-tip or a finger to smudge. If the sun melted the makeup a little it only added to this languid sensual look. Curl lashes & add lots of mascara try MAC’s rather brilliant Haute Naughty black mascara for a single wand with double thickness and length affect. It is the double rainbow of mascara. Lips are natural with a gloss try this collagen one by Dior for that “I don’t have a trout pout these are my natural lips”  Please watch this video  get in the mood with me & appreciate Stephanie of Monaco. I wish our UK Princess’s had a little of her fabulosity, but at least our Prince Ginge of Las Vegas makes up for it. 

Angelica Huston in The Witches. Happy Halloween. 

New WorK: ‘Indian Summer’ Nadja Bender by Katja Rahlwes for Purple Fashion No.18

We shot this is a James Bond style house in the South of France and this was a shoot where all my makeup tricks & techniques were tested. I tortured Nadja by bleaching brows, dying them back, layering tons of mascara, putting on and changes of different eyeshadows, red glossy lips, hot pink lips. I used every cosmetic brand that I had in my kit & the overall mood was sexy and languorous, my kinda shoot. 

 

New Work: ’Glitter’ Eniko Mihalik by David Dunan for Vogue Italia October 2012

This was shot in Villa Necchi, Milan where the film I Am Love takes place. Yup, we all role played Tilda & ran around the house wearing rather unsexy blue plastic shoe shower caps to protect the parquet floors… I worked with Tom Ford Cosmetics using products that created a high shine or a metallic finish for a luxe modern golden age Hollywood cinematic mood to the makeup. 

Happy World Zombie Day. Click here to find out about taking part of this undead fabulosity. Hope you are enjoying The Walking Dead tv show as much as me. 

Happy World Zombie Day. Click here to find out about taking part of this undead fabulosity. Hope you are enjoying The Walking Dead tv show as much as me. 

New Work: L’héritière with model Nadja Bender photographed by Katja Rahlwes for Numéro #137 October 2012. For makeup i decided to do flawless matte skin and red glossy lips and I alternated between green or pink eyeshadows on the eye and I used all MAC Cosmetics. 

Robert Palmer: Addicted To Love. 

The Gentlewoman fashion story photographed by Katja Rahlwes, styled by Jodie Barnes, Hair by Alessandro Rebbecchi & our model is LoulouIt was a night shoot in the streets of gay Paree, so many freaks were out on the streets that night and not just us! For skin care & makeup I used all Tom Ford Beauty. I used the traceless foundation stick  & patted the Illuminating Primer over the foundation in highlight areas for that silver screen magical skin, that I’m sure by now you know I love to bring a cinematic touch to my work always keeping the woman beautiful whilst adding mega glamour. I used shade & illuminate to contour & highlight setting it with a light dusting of translucent powder concentrated on the t zone. The brows are combed & I created smoky blown out eyes in purple using the crushed amethyst eye quad or in some shots a brown using cocoa mirage eye quad & added a lot of the extreme mascara, I do really mean a lot and wiggled that brush at the root for extra volume & a va va voom lift. The lips are just red red red glossy gorgeousness & I used Scarlet Rouge and Cherry Lush with a clear gloss on top. The last 3 images above were my beauty references & are typical of the type of maximalist eternally chic glamour that I love. Drum roll please: We have Paloma Picasso, A Robert Palmer Addicted to Love video girl and Isabella Rossellini as Lisal in Death Becomes Her.  Please check out this blog and tell me I don’t share all the good stuff?! http://friendsofleisl.tumblr.com/ 

Do you know Tame Impala? You should do. Aussie Psychedelic rock and they are on tour now. See where here. Read the review and interview here  They are bringing out a new album Lonerism. Yipee. The video above is my favourite song Elephant & i love the trippy visuals. 

I heart Maila Nurmi aka Vampira

I heart Maila Nurmi aka Vampira

I was asked by the folks at Mixte magazine specifically super talented & most beautiful  Art Director in Paris, maybe the world Ms Aude Delerue to do a makeup beauty story. I wanted to do a modern Punk Japanese mashup that was sexy & had luxe high fashion elements. So I came up with a little mood board referencing some real punks, Sarah Moon images & the 1982 film Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Staines (watch it if you haven’t seen it) I also looked at images of traditional Japanese Geisha tons of classic & obscure images. I think that the Punks & Geisha have a lot in common, ‘What?’ I hear you say, well they both obsessively take time to apply their makeup almost in a meditative state that is full of ritual & meaning. The makeup is used as a mask or protection like beautiful armour. Makeup concept was so simple I had a minimal palette of white, black, red with hints of fuschia & cherry blossom pink. I wanted to do a semi sheer white foundation base or in other images just really clean super modern skin using no makeup base just products that left a very high shine, red liquid liner, black liner stretched out like punky spider legs, Guy Bourdain-esque red glossy lips, a matte black eye using black paint and half of it  turning in to a black gloss eye. The makeup was done fast & spontaneously in true punk spirit. All makeup that I used was by Makeup Forever . The talented team that worked on this project: Photographer: Mr David Dunan, Stylist: Mr Sebastian Kaufmann, Hair Mr Halle Brisker & nails by Ms Michelle Class who created a beautiful cherry blossom nail that she painted on the day freehand nearly killing us all with the acrylic paint fumes, burnt nostrils all around. The models is Ms Josefien Rodermans. The title Wild Zero comes from a bonkers Japanese punk rockers killing zombies film that I saw & loved, great soundtrack. Watch the trailer here. The last bottom 6 images are a random selection from my mood board.

These images are of real punks in California in the 1970’s from We’re Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy. Buy the book here or I’ll spit in your face. 

One of my favourite things to do when I have a day off in London, or any city in the world is to visit a beautiful museum that gives free lectures by experts in art/furniture/architecture. Recently I went to an excellent lecture on Madame de Pompadour at The Wallace Collection. London’s The Wallace Collection is a true gem & I am happiest sitting in the lecture hall or even the tea room filled with genteel retired folk wanting to see some exquisite Baroque art like the image above by Jean-Honore Fragonard called The Swing. See the clueless husband pushing his beautiful wife to try to amuse her as she amuses her lover who reclines on the ground whilst looking up her skirts. Ooh La La those saucy Frenchies. 

One of my favourite things to do when I have a day off in London, or any city in the world is to visit a beautiful museum that gives free lectures by experts in art/furniture/architecture. Recently I went to an excellent lecture on Madame de Pompadour at The Wallace Collection. London’s The Wallace Collection is a true gem & I am happiest sitting in the lecture hall or even the tea room filled with genteel retired folk wanting to see some exquisite Baroque art like the image above by Jean-Honore Fragonard called The Swing. See the clueless husband pushing his beautiful wife to try to amuse her as she amuses her lover who reclines on the ground whilst looking up her skirts. Ooh La La those saucy Frenchies. 

I heart Jessica Lange

I heart Jessica Lange

This is a fashion story called Escape From Paris that I had the pleasure to work on for the Purple magazine issue 18. This was photographed and styled by the rather amazing Camille Bidault-Waddington & the model is new face Vanessa Axente. We did escape from Paris for the day in a fashion bus & we shot this on the outskirts in Alfortville which is a busy residential area with a strange mix of sprawling urban modern mass housing, office blocks & shopping centres with mock tudor private houses, the extreme & varied contrast of architecture is interesting & a little bizarre. I created a very minimal makeup keeping it clean with the odd romantic or graphic element to work with the clothes & our environment, using just skin care by Jurlique, minimal base by Laura Mercier. I added elements of tobacco coloured cream colour on the eye or odd pops of blue in areas such as eye lid, under the eye or in the brow. I  used nude paintpots by MAC and cream pigment by Illamasqua with blue eyeshadow & pencils by Shu Uemura . The overall makeup mood  is minimal yet makes a romantic & subtle statement. The images in the shoot remind me of a modern urban Cathy from Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights. I strongly recommend you see this film interpretation by the brilliant Andrea Arnold. See the trailer here