• 9.27.13

    Elisa Flowers's Seven Deadly Sins

    Makeup artist Elisa Flowers doubled as beauty editor for Creem mag's seven deadly sins feature. "It was such a great challenge to take on both roles," she remarked. "I submitted a storyboard to the editor, Katerina [Simonova] and we went from there. I picked the entire crew and proposed how we would frame each shot."

    For the opening photograph, Flowers wrote the capital vices – wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony – on model Dominika K.'s back with an eyeliner pencil, prefacing the beauty looks she created to correspond to each. In the image for pride, Flowers used face lift tape to pull up Dominika's eyebrows. "Our original idea was to have her pose opposite a mirror, lifting her eyes with her fingers – like an older woman might do to appear youthful for an instant," Flowers said. "Then, we thought, 'How cool would it be to tape her eyebrows?' And the tape is usually an element that's hidden, but we left it visible."

    Wrath called for M.A.C. Pigments atop a cream base. "I wanted her to look extremely angry, but I didn't want to show it in her facial expression; I wanted it to come through with the makeup," Flowers explained. "It was a bit tricky because I wanted some of the skin to show – which is where there's yellow – and I wanted it to have a dried pigment feel, as well. It had to be balanced." She chose a brown palette for sloth, and a clay mask for envy to portray Dominika "as so envious that her face is cracking."

    Though the shoot is conceptual, Flowers pointed out that the dark lip seen in pride, lust, and sloth is a fall trend. "Select a color and texture that is wearable for you – think vamp, not vampire," she suggested. "I recommend NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga or Hang-up by M.A.C., which is a more sheer formula."

    Photographer: Diana Scheunemann
    Photo assistant: Pete Norman
    Stylist: Sabine Feuilloley
    Hair: Mara Schiavetti
    Manicure: Mar Y Soul for Chanel
    Model: Dominika K. at New York Models

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