‘Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity’.

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder…   It’s been a while since I last blogged so I thought I’d get back into the swing of it with a brand new shiny banner I created in InDesign (you like?) and a portfolio update. I’ve also been busy creating a new website purely for my portfolio viewing purposes for potential new clients, you can view that at http://www.mariebruce.com It’s a very simple minimalist design so that it doesn’t detract from it’s main purpose – and i’m super happy I managed to do the whole thing all by myself! I feel so grown up.

Now onto the good stuff. Let’s get re-aquainted shall we?

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A quick test with the stunning Eydis from Elite London. Photographed by Chris Nutt. I wanted to have some fun and experiment with different lighting, colour and textures and we were sent beautiful new face Eydis for the occasion. Eydis has gone on to feature in one the of the new Lisa Eldridge for Elle tutorials as well as various other editorials – she is destined for big things and with brows to rival Cara Delevigne it’s not hard to see why!

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Another beauty test with lovely Eliza also from Elite London. This was shot by the ever talented Marco (www.marcomajocchi.com) who is the king of beauty photography. Eliza had beautiful skin and need very little coverage. I kept the focus on her eyes using browns and golds taking the colour right up to her eyebrows. Healthy Mix foundation was used to perfect Eliza’s skin.

 

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You may recognise the set up of these images from a previous post where I got to go to Southend for the day. These images have recently been published by C-Heads magazine – http://www.c-heads.com/2013/12/05/lucy-anderson-and-steph-taylor-by-rosaline-shahnavaz-for-c-heads/ where you can see the full story!

 

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A couple of images from an editorial a couple of months back. Our model was Julia @ Joy (SA) and Storm (LON) who was the sweetest thing. The shoot was quite experimental and involved lots of psychedelic elements, 60’s vibes and British brands. The full story can be seen at: http://issuu.com/imute/docs/imute_magazine_issue_no.4

 

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Another editorial shot by  Benjamin Mallek ( http://www.benjaminmallek.com) in collaboration with Primitive London. Our model was lovely Cara who had gorgeous skin which I made luminous using Chanel Vitalumiere. The full set can be seen at: http://umagmag.com/2013/11/cara-lewis-benjamin-mallek/

 

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A couple of images from a quite beauty shoot with photographer Polly Hanrahan.  I just wanted to play around with shapes and textures and glitter. Nothing too thought out, just having some fun and seeing where the mood takes me!

 

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Two stunning images from Marco again, with Tamara and Viktorija at Elite London. Nice natural makeup was applied here to these beauties. From memory I believe I used sheered out MAC full coverage on Tamara (left) and Chanel Vitalumiere on Vik (right). The full set of images are all so beautiful with couture styling by Ricardo M Chiacchio.

I think that sums up most of what I have been doing the last few months in a nutshell.

For more makeup related goodness you can visit me on Instagram @mariebruce which I regularly update!

Oh yes, and I chopped all my hair off! What do you think?

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The amazingly talented Ky’Cut Wilson @ Percy & Reed was the mastermind behind the new do. Highly recommended!

I will also be doing a charity raffle in the new year to raise money for ‘Scope’ where I will be selling tickets to win a hamper of makeup and beauty goodies. So far the hamper contains several NARS products including some limited editions, my favourite mascara, some Nails inc goodies and an eye shadow palette. Once I am happy with the amount of products in the hamper I will be giving details of how to buy raffle tickets in the new year!

For now it’s cheerio, I will hopefully be updating a bit more regularly over the winter months as things become a little quiet on the work front so stay tuned!

Marie x

 

 

 

‘My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water’.

Recently I was part of a very exciting shoot which took place on a boat on the canal in West London. One thing to know about me is I LOVE boats. In fact, one of my many aims in life is to get my skipper license so that I can sail my own boat one day. So yeah, love the things.

I was lucky to be in the company of so many talented and creative people that day. The owner of the boat, a ridiculously cool cordwainer who makes amazing accessories from leather was the perfect host, sailing us to various locations for the shoot, telling us about the history of the canal and the grand surrounding buildings. We sailed through the picturesque Little Venice and eventually moored in Camden Lock where there were hundreds of folk out drinking along the waterside and the rooftop bars – watching us as we captured the final look of the day and wrapped up.

Some behind the scenes I snapped during the day. How adorable is the husky we had for company?

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We had a male and female model on board (literally) and I was Hair & Make up Artist for the female model, Lera. Although I didn’t get a snap of Lera pre-hair & make up I have managed to find a pretty natural shot which I’ve sneaked from her book. Here is the lovely lady.

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Lera had gorgeous eyes and really full lips – a dream to work on basically! I decided to use Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in a mix of shades 51 and 53 until I reached Lera’s perfect skin colouring. There were three looks required for the whole shoot, but only slight variances, nothing too drastic which required me to change the whole look completely.

As this shoot was for submission to a magazine I’m not allowed to share the final images online however I can show you some of the beauty images that were pulled out for me to use for my book.

Look #1

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This was the first look where I used some golden shades from my MAC palette to create a golden brown defined eye. Unfortunately the harsh sunlight took away a lot of the shimmery golden-ness from the eyes but I’m kind of loving the rusty effect it has created. On Lera’s lips I used a couple of shades from my Kryolan lip palette and slicked my Tarte LipSurgence over the top for some added colour and shine.

Look #2

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Here in look two I upped the ante a little, with some stronger contouring (although not visible in this image) using my Dainty Doll blush in 003. For lips I removed the first layers of products with Bioderma Crealine H20 on a cotton pad, smoothed over the foundation and concealed around the mouth area before lining with MAC’s ‘Redd’ lip liner. I filled in Lera’s lips with Russian Red, also by MAC and patted an orange coloured lipstick (Kiss Me by Sleek) for a subtle 3 dimensional look. How luscious do our models lips look here?!

Look #3

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And finally look three. I used a mix of deep reds from my Kryolan palette to create this deep glossy red shade and brightened Lera’s eyes using my favourite highlighter Luna. I can’t wait to share the final editorial when it comes out, not long now!

Which is your favourite look? I think mine is the last, teamed with those wavy glossy locks I created with my straighteners!

Over and out.

Marie x

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