Photographer: LIU YICHUAN
Model: Noemie Van Effenterre
Makeup artist: Wooncheon Jeong
Han Shangqi @shangqiqi.han
Hairstylist: Han Shangqi
MAC COSMETICS, MAKE UP FOR EVER, NYX
This beauty series was taken in Paris in January 2018. The style of model Noemie Van Effenterre gave the photographer many inspirations. So the photographer made a new beauty gift for the new year with this international team.
This series was inspired by sci-fi concepts, especially the recent theater hit Blade Runner 2049. The film brilliantly uses visibility and light to show a ruined world. It returns audiences to the dark and beautiful vision of a dystopian future created in the first film while advancing both the story’s original themes and its science fiction aesthetic.
In regard to this, the photographer took a twist and made them look closer to contemporary aesthetics, creating a balance between futurism and modern classics. The use of metal accessories further enhanced this balance but also contrasted with the feminine silhouette of the model, also adding a touch of cyberpunk, one of the main aesthetics of the film.
A range of warm colors – apricot, red, orange – were applied in the make up to echo some of the splendid futuristic scenes in the Blade Runner film (the gauzy atmosphere of post-dirty-bomb Las Vegas for example), which unlike other sci-fi films mostly based on cold and dark color tones, largely used these warm colors.
The film is also heavily influenced by Asian culture and aesthetics. The last look, therefore, got part of its inspiration from Japanese geisha style. Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses. Their wide skills include performing various arts such as Japanese classical music and traditional dance, witty games and conversation, traditionally to entertain male customers, but also female customers today. In modern times the traditional makeup of apprentice geisha is one of their most recognizable characteristics. And the team made some changes and creations based on Geisha make up, especially the lip makeup and hair.
So in Japan, as the home of cyberpunk, is an important source of inspiration for many of the photographer’s works.
In this series of beauty shoot, the two makeup artist (Wooncheon Jeong and Han Shangqi) used professional makeup brands: such as MAC cosmetic, NYX, Make up for ever, Hudabeauty, Nars, Chanel etc. They mix Asian make up technics and European makeup technics together to create a future and universal style. For example, the lips are filled in using a small brush. The color comes in a small stick, which is melted in water. We have changed deux hairstyle, the first one a straight ponytail with fringe, a simple hairstyle and a metal hair accessory constitute a sense of future. The streamlined form of hair made the photo more dynamic. Another hairstyle is three updos asymmetry which makes a triangle form. So it took 3 hours in total for the delicate makeup and hairstyle.
For the photographer, makeup art is one of the most important ways to express fashion trend. In our modern times, the mix of imagination and essence of traditional culture is always a method to create new fashion. In photography, photographers use lights to write their ideas. The harmony of make-up, hairstyle, light, and color of ambiance creates the soul of this series.