Happy first week of summer!
Now that the temperatures are rising and staying that way for a while, we decided to cool off indoors by photographing beautiful Allison Ponthier, courtesy of The Dragonfly Agency.
This session showcases bold pops of color, nature, and a fresh dewy take on this season’s trends for color.
In creating this look, I imagined what it was like the first time eyes were laid upon a rainforest native.
Imagine an explorer, weary of traveling, escaping near death in unknown territory. He sailed for weeks to look for a rumored land of gold, gems, and cities of gods.
In his dreams, he dreamt of what people of this land looked like. Where they dark? Where they tall? Did they shave? Where they adorned?
As he journeyed further inland and cleared the bush with his machete, he hears the soft and angelic humming of a concubine. He approached slowly and peeks through the lush green leaves to reveal a tribal princess looking for fruit.
Along with her is her best friend. A magical creature that shifts color. They are so in tune that he changes as her emotions change.
This editorial was especially neat not only because there was a live chameleon on set but I got to showcase fresh pops of color. **Please note that no animals were harmed during the course of this session**
The skin was cleansed and was moisturized with 6 drops of Pré de Provence Argan Oil. A blend of MAC’s Gloss Texture with Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Tinted Moisturizer was buffed onto the skin for a highly polished effect. Fix+ was misted onto the face to “set” the high gloss look.
Faux freckles were flecked on with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Brow Gel. 3 different shades, 20, 25, and 30 were used to create small, dimensional, and believable specs.
The look was topped off with a coat of electric blue mascara and matching manicure.
Lips colors in poppy, coral, creamsickle, electric purple and hot pink created a beautiful contrast again a clean canvas and foliage. This also coordinated when the chameleon changed colors. It inspired me to see this creature change his coloration with adjacent colors.
The hair was braided with a strong center part to show off Allison’s beautiful oval shaped face. The hair was saturated with Bumble and Bumble Gel for hold and shine. The hair was secured at the base of the ear and a fishtail braid was constructed. The elastic was hidden with thin straps of leather.
Enjoy the cover and the editorial spread!
Hair and Makeup: Walter Fuentes of WAFU Artistry | http://www.wafuartistry.com
Photography: Lalo Torres | http://www.lalotorres.com
Photography Assistant: Roberto Inetti
Muse: Allison Ponthier, Rango the Chameleon