How I created DJ Meg Ainsworth’s forest makeup design

When I was approached by Matt Lee, the photographer and brain box behind this forest shoot, he said go wild!!  Which, as a makeup artist, is the most exciting and thrilling words you can ever hear from a fellow creative.  Matt also trusted me and my work which was deeply flattering, yet I still felt the pressure to make his project come alive.  I decided early on to follow nature and keep along the deep browns, ambers and soft yellows found across The New Forest – which was to be the backdrop and inspiration for the shoot.

So here is how I did it!  I started of by creating a deep brown smokey eye using ambers and peach toned eyeshadows to soften any harsh edges.  I slightly extended the shadow out of the corners of the eyes to give that dramatic look and then lined the eyes in a black/brown mix of eyeliner and shadow.  Finishing with a flick of mascara and applying a thick set of eyelashes.  I then applied a bespoke foundation mix I had made especially for Meg and filled in her brows to a natural colour and shape.  Using bronzer as both a contour and blusher I finished Meg’s look with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk x

Photography Matt Lee | Hair Bridal Hair in Hampshire | Makeup Frances Moore MUA | Flowers Meadowfolk | Wedding Gown Ruth Milliam | Model & Accessories Meg Ainsworth