Sophie Harley

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sophie Harley


Last week I had a client shoot -  Sophie Harley,  A creative jewellery designer to the star's.  I was honoured to collaborate with such a talented artist and was in heaven when I stepped into her amazing workshop studio in London.

Sophie Harley is celebrated through out the world for her exquisitely designed handmade jewellery. Sophie has a huge following including Joss Stone, Jerry Hall, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Kate Beckinsale and Naomi Campbell with recent features in the James Bond Films, Casino Royal and the Quantum of Solace.  You can image how extremely excited I was in being asked to design the hair and make-up on a high fashion/creative shoot  showcasing her incredible new collection.   The team involved was creative Sophie Harleyphotographer Jo de Banzie beautiful model Katy McGee who i've had the pleasure of working with a number of times. Stylist Vintage Couture by Jane Bourvis, plus not forgetting myself for the hair and make-up designs.

We had two looks to create during the day, therefore two different changes of hair and make-up was required with timing and preparation essential.  The first shoot was on location which was a very dreamy soft look and feel with a big bridal dress.  The make-up was kept quite soft with the focus on the eyes.  I used a very heavy silver paint from Charles Fox and then added lilac/purple eye shadows, Mac/Shu uemura to create a more smokey effect to the eye.  I applied lots of individual eyelashes which always works well on camera and blocked half of Katy's eyebrow using Cini-Wax. The silver colouring was carried form Katy's cheekbones through the hair using a silver hair spray giving a more interesting look and feel to the make-up.Charles Fox

The second look was on location in a studio with a back-drop of brick stone.  The look and feel was very golden/warm and extremely expensive.
I blocked the eyebrows with Cini-Wax Charles Fox and brushed through with clear brow mascara on the eyebrow until flat (making sure the hair was going in the same direction).
I created a really heavy smokey black eye using MAC Black track blending from the lashes to the socket, also blending the the smoky eye using camouflage pigment by JackyMac and then added the gold leaf onto of the eye shadow and up on the brow bone, using more camouflage pigment to blend in everything and soften the look.  I finally added highlighter in the inner of the eyes using Pearl by JackyMac and highlighted the top of the cheek bones in the same way, adding silver hair spray through the hair and silver face paint by Charles Fox under the cheek bone.  Lips were a  little bit of a MIX using  Limecrime "Styletto" and "D'lilac and MAC Cyber, to get the perfect deep colour.

It was such a fun day shooting. Jo de banzie worked her creative magic with the camera, Katy is always a joy to work with and I think between us we show cased Sophie new collection really well. xx

Gemma Sutton

Gemma is the founder of Gemma Sutton Hair and Makeup

She lives on the Surrey Hampshire Border with her Partner Olly and son Spencer x

Gemma loves one thing more than being a part of a bride’s special day and that is spending as much quality time with Spencer as possible, where she has curated an enviable Instagram for him! xx


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