Be Inspired and Then Educated

I love sharing about quick styling and photography transitions, so here’s another one for you. Be inspired by the images, and then continue reading on for the breakdown.

I used only one model. I did her hair and makeup once before arriving on location, and then tweaked it two additional times within the 1 1/2 hour time span. I shot all of the photos in the same small parking lot/alley, all within a 30 yard range from each other.


I wanted the first shots to have a prim feeling so I kept it neat. I like the way this beautiful ballerina baby doll looks in contrast with the urban background. To accomplish this look, first prep your hair piece. Use inexpensive synthetic extension hair, the type that is curly, and take the time to break up the curls, but don’t use a brush. Keep the rubber band in the middle of the extension hair (just the way it is in the package). Have someone hold the hair at the band while you take each of the curls one by one and separate by dividing the curl shapes into smaller pieces by hand. Start the model’s natural hair with a high pony that is placed into a bun, then attach the synthetic extension hair by placing and securing the band just under the base of the bun. Direct the hair laying toward the forehead. Make sure the synthetic hair is secure at the base. Now loop the hair over the bun and secure the ends under the back of the bun.


This look was created Using TIGI Fair Cream Foundation, and powdering all of the face with TIGI SHI SHI powder. Use the angle brush to apply wax first, then apply the power over the wax (powder color will deepen when it hits the wax). Then TIGI Brow Sculpting Duo in Brunette.

Create a light smoke screen of TIGI Feisty over the lid, blending all the way to the brow. Apply one set of false lashes. dust the apple of the cheek with bright pink red from the TIGI VIP palette. The lips were created by  utilizing the “lip tip” technique using TIGI Decadent Lipstick in Luxury. Luxury is an intense red lip color, but when used in the type of application you can control the color to make a stain.

Use a lip brush and apply a small amount of lipstick to the center of the mouth where the lips touch and blend away.

A Few Changes, a New Look

Next look was done with some quick touches to create some variation from the fully primed look that we started with. All I did was loosen the curls from the bun. Then with eyeshadow I placed a wide sweep of color from the TIGI VIP Palette just under the eyes. So simple, but the impact is powerful.

Last but not least, I took the hair down and divided it into 3 sections with an asymmetrical parting in the front. I gathered the hair from each section into 3 high ponies, and wrapped each section into a knot (when you try this, place the knot as high as you want the hair to set).  I took the same extension hair from my first photos (three bundles of it), and attached it by the bands, to the 3 section knots, and used my fingers to back brush and arrange the hair the way I wanted it. For make up I lined the rims of her eyes with TIGI Perfect Pencil in blue. I detailed the VIP shadow  to mimic running makeup.  This look was really fantasy/dreamy to me. When I detailed the shadow I was intentional in the placement of color. I was hinting at the feel of long lower lashes in water blue. The last touch to this look was a hint of glitter

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