“I recently worked on this creative editorial beauty shoot for the November issue of Vogue Italia with super-talented photographer Michael Baumgarten. The story was inspired by graffiti artist tags, with a little bit of Serge Lutens, 80’s club and music culture and some other art references thrown in for good measure. I did some research beforehand, but not too much, as I didn’t want to be too influenced by other peoples’ work and wanted to feel free on the day to create and scribble whatever came into my head.
Everything was drawn freehand as I simply couldn’t find stencils that looked anything like the shapes I had in mind – and I didn’t want to make my own stencils as they would then restrict my movements.
To draw, I used a variety of liquid and gel eyeliners each with different brush and nib sizes. For some of the thicker lines I used Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner as the tapered edge proved useful for changing from thick to thin with just a change of pressure.”
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