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Bex Gunther
Beau Derrick
July Issue
Makeup 
Beau Derrick
Hair 
Mustafa Yanaz
Photographer
Bex Gunther
Stylist
Marisa Ellison
Other Credits
Model: Kira at MSA Style Assistant - Tiara C Mosley
Reviewed By
Beau Derrick

Cracked leather trench coat, PVC dress with ruffle collar, and leather lace up platform boots, DROMe Floral earrings, LELE SADOUGHI Circle necklace, ISLY NYC

Slim fit blazer and pants, ROBERTO CAVALLI Silk triangle bra, FLEUR DU MAL 14K Gold plated hoops, JENNIFER FISHER Suede strappy heels, ALEXIS GAMBLIN Cotton metallic socks, OZONE SOCKS

Crushed velvet dress, TIBI Lucite hologram earrings, ISLY NYC PVC penny loafers style wedges, AGL Fur and crocodile leather bag and leather flower bag, NANCY GONZALEZ Painted metal bag with cage-like design, ANNDRA NEEN

Quilted silk jacket, silk dress, and quilted silk pants, MIKHAEL KALE Lucite earring and wrist cuffs, ISLY NYC Leather strappy wedges, MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH

Silk sheer long sleeved top with frayed silk details, MIKHAEL KALE Silk pants with front drape detail, HELLESSY Oversized rose gold hoops, TUZA jewelry Velvet strappy heels, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Silk mini dress with zipper at front and ruching detail at skirt, ELLERY Silver plated oversized, abstract shaped earrings, EDUN Nylon socks, FALKE Metallic strappy heels, ALEXIS GAMBLIN

Colorful Streets: With the overall feel being "A striking beauty on the go in NYC streets" I decided to keep the makeup perfectly imperfect with a monochromatic focus.

White: 

I wanted to play up the eyes by creating big dreamy eyes inspired by a kitten. Since she was wearing all white, I chose black liners (MAC and MARC JACOBS) to draw the desired shape first then went back in to fill. I also added lashes, however I purposely inserted them towards the middle of the eye (slightly behind the pupil) and allowed them to extend downwards on the outer corners to create the illusion of bigger, dreamier, innocent kitten eyes.  The skin was left transparent with a focus on "Real Skin" using MAC BARELY THERE collection. Lips balmed with Pawpaw ointment. 

PINK:

I decided to keep the lashes in the same position throughout the entire shoot, only changing the eye makeup. I was inspired by an octopus and an Acid trip... I wanted it to look as if the makeup was melting/dripping away with the day. I created this effect by priming the entire eye with MAC prolong wear eye primer. Then I created my desired shapes using my Marc Jacobs Highliner Pencil (pink shade) I went with a more peach blush just under the cheeks and towards the chin to add warmth and soft drama. Lips were balmed and in the center using that same pencil from the eyes, I created an ombré stain in the center. 

Yellow:

For this look again the skin was left transparent using MAC'S "Next To Nothing" Collection. Adding a luminous/reflective effect with MAC strobe cream in PEACH, and Madina Shine Stick. Once I looked at the wardrobe and hair, I new immediately that I wanted to do non traditional underliner. I used a yellow-gold eyeshadow from MAC in reflects golden. Then I framed it off in a cran-red highliner pencil from Marc Jacobs Beauty. The lips were nude with highlighted Cupid's bow and in the center of the lips. 

Blue:

I wanted to give off overdone glam.. the skin was a medium luminous silk texture using Armani. Blush in a peachy tone dusted heavily over cheeks from Givenchy. The liner was Mac kohl liner in Blues, I used the same navy pencil to create the perfect beauty mark on the face. On the lips was Spice lip pencil by MAC, with a shimmering glossy peach from Givenchy. 

Red:

Red is my favorite color so creating this look was super fun. I wanted her to be a blushing devil, with big sexy enticing eyes, obnoxiously rosey cheeks, and blood red lips. I used a Russian Red by Mac on the cheeks to create the desired imperfectly perfect blush, same on lips and around eyes... around the eyes I took it away and left the residue which was super sexy. Clear gloss overtop of lips.

Purple:

For the eyes I used the L'Oréal colour Riche pocket pallet in the purple shades. 

Followed by purple highliner pencil from Marc Jacobs . I wanted each eye to be different shades of purple, darker eye and the opposite light. Skin left transparent using MAC BARELY THERE COLLECTION, lips balmed with highlighted Cupid's bow. 

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