Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Photoshoot: run: reality.exe (2018)

Fact: Every alternative teenage girl has a go at modelling at least once.

I am not an exception to this rule. I did a bit of modelling from around 17-18 and stopped to pursue my business. I've done the occasional photoshoot since then if the opportunity arose (see my High Priestess photoshoot) but recently I've picked up more modelling work, which started with winning a photoshoot with Violet Studio in Sheffield. After this, I started taking on more modelling work and creating shoots as I found it a great creative outlet to concentrate on other than my business. Sometimes I get a little burnt out because I work so hard on my business, and even when I try to take "breaks", they still relate to work somehow, like answering emails or promoting on social media. However, coming up with concepts and putting together a story to shoot is a great way to focus creativity elsewhere when I need a break, since fashion and styling comes second nature to me.

I'll post the Violet Studio photoshoot photos at some point but one of my more recent shoots was a Cyberpunk shoot titled "run: reality.exe". I told you I'm on a Cyber kick at the moment! It's a realistic look on the not too distant future, inspired by the upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077, where the sun burns a little brighter due to global warming, and surroundings are bright and eye catching to distract from stressful city life. In this concept, I race around the city, thriving on city life and getting into mischief. I wish I had the props or Photoshop skills to show myself zipping about on a hoverbike! Maybe that could be another shoot following on from this one?

cyberpunk photoshoot
I really like how carefree and at ease I look in this photo.

cyberpunk girl

cyber goth
This photo was shared on Japanese fashion online magazine The Comm's Instagram for their Cyber issue.

cybergoth photoshoot
I totally found this pixelated effect by accident and I'm so happy I did!

Model, hair, make-up, wardrobe, styling and editing is all done by me, and photography was done by my friend (@ohhoneybe on Instagram).

Top is stocked by my brand 8th Sin and the skirt is from Aderlass.

If you'd like to work with me, get in touch on Purpleport where you can see my full portfolio and references: Laura Moriarty

What do you think to this shoot? Do you like Cyberpunk or Cybergoth style?


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Multitasking Beauty Products Whilst Travelling

As I do a lot of travelling for pleasure and work, I often have to make the most of the space in my suitcase and be conscious of weight, size or liquid volume limits. Of course, buying travel sized products or decanting products into travel containers is one way to help. Another way is by using one cosmetic for multiple purposes so here are some ways to multitask beauty products whilst travelling!

Compact foundation

A face cream with no SPF can be used for both night and day use.

Moisturising toner in a spray bottle can be used in place of products like MAC Fix+ and other refreshing mists, and can be used on your eyeshadow brush after you've put eyeshadow/pigment on it to increase the pigmentation.

Mix your regular coverage foundation with your moisturiser to create a dewier BB cream type product to wear on casual days. You can also put both products in a contact lens case, one side for the regular coverage foundation, one for your new BB concoction.

Use lipstick as a cream blusher, but be conscious of it containing shimmer or glitter depending on the look you want!

Pink Lipstick

If you do take blusher along, it can be used as eyeshadow and when combined with brown eyeshadow in the crease, can make for a lovely romantic look.

Use matte brown eyeshadow for contour, eyebrows and eyeshadow.

Use highlighter as your inner corner eyeshadow/highlight. You can also pat it onto the centre of your lips to make them look fuller.

Mascara wand

Mascara can be used as eyeliner if applied with an angled eyeliner brush, and can be used to tightline (darken the waterline of your upper eyelid) by pressing down gently at the roots of your lashes as you apply mascara.

Depending on your skin type, you may be able to skip face powder all together and just use setting spray or nothing at all. You can also use setting spray after putting eyeshadow/pigments on your eyeshadow brush to strengthen the colour (giving you multiple shade options), which you can't do with face powder!

Are there any more beauty products that can be used for more than one purpose? Let me know in the comments and I'll add them with your credit!