Carlo Longo and Flaunt Magazine Bring Us to Another World
The world of fashion offers a dichotomy. It allows us to show ourselves as we are, while at the same time presenting our idealized version of how we see the world. It is both authentically expressive and aspirational in one, which is why it’s so effective. It’s transportative while also bringing us closer to ourselves. It helps us bring us closer to the world we need. Flaunt Magazine’s editorial “When They Told Me I’d Never Be Allowed To Leave This Place, I Rejoiced” plays on these themes, and with makeup by Carlo Longo, brings through the energy and passion of these ideas.
The shoot includes fashion by Hermes, Givenchy, and Proenza Schouler, but draws its strength off the otherworldly quality of the scenes that are set. Presented entirely in black and white on sand dunes with water, sky, and reeds as the background, the contrast of high fashion with the weathered location is stirring. The looks are equally soft and severe, and Carlo’s work fits right in. Bold shadowed eyes pop off a subtly touched face. In an atmosphere as specific as the one created for this shoot, Carlo’s design is exacting, showing us what we need to see and letting the rest speak for itself. It implies the inner life of the model and her experience, without giving us too much information. We’re offered the tip of inspiration, but maintain the crucial element of mystery.
What do you see?
Carlo Longo Flaunts It
Makeup can accomplish many things. It can highlight the features of a face, or cover what no one wants to see. It can add fun colorful elements that would otherwise be absent, or it can smooth and simplify. Like any artist, Carlo Longo has breadth in his makeup work. He’s able to catch any emotion, and tell any story. But Carlo’s signature is intimate intensity.
All artists collaborate, but unlike other disciplines a makeup artist uses a human being as a canvas. The collaboration isn't just implied, it is inherent. For his latest story with Flaunt Magazine, Carlo got to play off energy that was already there. His model, Heidy De la Rosa, came ready to turn up the heat, and Carlo focused and intensified it. Using rich tones on the lip, and a light hand on the rest of her face, what pops on Heidy is her eyes. Their focus, drawn away from the male model in the shoot, tells a story of a woman with other intentions and focus. It’s a chase.
The story of every relationship is the story of a chase, but it has to match the context. Artists like Carlo bring that context directly into a story, filling it out, making it more powerful. And making it more fun.
New Talent Carlo Longo's Makeup for Flaunt
Bernstein & Andriulli newcomer Carlo Longo designed a beauty look based on radiance – "a sort of luster that evokes richness of a downtown/uptown girl" – for Flaunt's May issue. "It was all about the skin having an opalescence and reflecting light," Longo said. "I didn't apply any powder because it dries up the skin; instead I used a lot of La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra cream and the Japanese foundation Cosme Decorte [#302], which has a high resistance to humidity and provides incredible coverage, so you never look overdone. There's a sheen to it that mimics the shine of natural, makeup-free skin."
Longo elongated and rounded model Kelly Mittendorf's brow with Anastasia Beverly Hills' Perfect Brow Pencil in Taupe – "her face has sharp angles and I wanted the eyes to appear softer" – and contoured her cheeks and eyes using Prescriptives Sunsheen Bronzing Trio, Diorshow Extase Instant Oversize Volume Mascara, and a Shu Uemura eyelash curler. "I like this chiaroscuro effect that turns out nicely when you keep skin dewy and wet," he noted. "You can see where the light hits and where the shadow hits, and it creates such a strong contrast." Chanel Aqualumière Gloss in Rosace on lips marked the finishing touches.
The makeup artist was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Italian parents and raised on the coast of North Italy. He is the nephew of Vincent Longo, seasoned celebrity makeup artist, and was inspired by his uncle's profession to master his own creativity and broaden his horizons. He left home at 17 to manage Vincent Longo Cosmetics at Selfridges in London.
For the past decade, Longo's worked in New York City as product development manager at Vincent Longo Cosmetics and traveled the world for clients like Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, L'Officiel, Brooks Brothers, O: The Oprah Magazine, Self, Martha Stewart Living, and V Magazine. He has a talent for accentuating beauty and creating unique looks that enhance individual preferences and styles.
Photographer: Oli Kearon
Stylist: Long Nguyen
Hair: Joey George
Model: Kelly Mittendorf