The mother of all maternity shoots – How Elle created the look.

It’s no secret that we love all thing’s beautiful – so when the email came in from this expectant mother to be to create the makeup look for her upcoming maternity shoot we jumped at the opportunity. Lauren is a beautiful, blonde, 34week, expectant mother to be and we just love everything about her hip style and attention to detail. Then of course there is her photographer – our uber talented friend Hannah Gilbert!

Lauren’s beautiful light filled home was the perfect setting for the first half of the shoot – with light flooding into her crisp white bedroom with the most perfectly styled bedding to the elegantly styled side tables to the gorgeous hallways which we used to capture images with her fur baby Lou Lou (we seriously wanted to take her home). We then set out to a local forest where we were thrilled to find a field of beautiful pink lilies – and rows of gorgeous pine trees. Well let you be the judge after you see the images but we think it was perfection!


But now, lets get down to business and find out how Elle created Lauren’s makeup..

Firstly, I wouldn’t go anywhere without the perfect primer – lately I have been loving Yves Saint Laurent’s “Forever Youth -Liberator serum” it glides on smoothly and plumps and refreshes the skin for a flawless base. Then, moving onto the base – I can’t go past Makeup Forever Ultra HD, for Lauren who had a light spray tan I mixed shades 128 and 117 – I always customise and mix my foundation’s to get the perfect base, not as in mixing up as one, but rather using different shades on different areas of the face. fFor example, when applying coverage to the highest areas of the face (cheek bones, bridge of the nose) I would use a lighter shade like 117 and then blend out to a darker shade like that of 128. I find this helps to build a more natural and glowing effect, as naturally the face will pick up and reflect lighting in different ways – I know you would of all seen those scary ladies who are attempting to ‘Contour like Kimmy K” but I promise you this is not what I am getting at – but simply just giving definition and highlight where its needed.

IMG_1663 Makeup time

For Lauren’s eyes I used a base all over the mobile lid of Iaetus from the Kat Von D Shade and Light eye palette and blended (make sure you blend ladies) shade Lucious into the outer corners and Solas under the bottom lash line. Then switching over pallets to the KVD Monarch Eyeshadow Palette I made her eyes pop with shade Vanish on the very middle of her mobile lid and Telepathy on the inner corner. To create depth to Laurens lashes, using a black pencil in shade Onyx from Napoleon Perdis, I worked the product into a firm angle brush and worked into Lauren’s top lash line – I didn’t want create a perfect liquid line, more just to give depth to the eye and her lash line. My go to mascara right now is Volume Effect from YSL – it is a beautiful deep black and I love it as it drys really fast, and holds curl well from your eyelash curler – yes you need to curl your lashes ladies!

Lips: Jeffree Star – I’m Nude
Bronzer: Tom Ford Bronzing Powder (Trust me it’s worth the splurge)
Cheeks:  Charlotte Tilbury – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cream set. I used the beautiful peach colour, had Lauren give me her cutest smile and worked into the apples of her cheeks with my finger to give her a fresh, dewy glow.
Lashes:  Model Rock – Medium Knotted Individual Lashes

IMG_1649 The Look

Lauren is featured through out the shoot in our very own Amanda Barden Mascato Lace Robe – which is available for purchase from our very own online store. We couldn’t think of a more perfect outfit to stroll through a forrest in and we’re sure you must agree.
We even got crafty and had a go at creating our own flower crown – we’re certainly not claiming to be the next thing in floristry but were more than happy with the results! Its’s seriously so much fun!

Ladies if you have any makeup questions what so ever or maybe you want to book your very own maternity shoot, please always feel free to send us an email or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook – We are always here to help!
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I will leave you now to peruse the images from the day…

Laying pretty

Amanda Barden lace gown

Those EyesAll white everything

IMG_1670 IMG_1669 Black and White

IMG_1680 IMG_1685 A sea of pink

Amanda Barden Bridal