When approached with the theme of youth, Sarah and I were drawn to the idea of our own somewhat misspent youth, and the beauty, potential and carefree nature of wild young teens. We took inspiration from candid street photography and images of real teen girls, as well as films like Kids and 13, and the whole idea of what it means to be young, wild and free.
Skin work was kept incredibly minimal, after moisturiser I applied barely-there traces of Mac’s Moisturecover and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealers, I then applied Mac’s Shine Mixing Medium to high points, and clear gloss in some areas to really emphasise and exaggerate that idea of young, plump, dewy skin. When not using a particular shade of blush I pinched the girl’s cheeks to bring out their natural, youthful blush tone, and layered up lashes with four plus coats of Diorshow Pro Black for that overly generous mascara look so favoured by teenage girls.
Brooke – Inspired by the typical smoking-behind-the-bike-sheds school girl, I applied purposefully messy coats of Diorshow mascara in Pro Black, making a feature of any “mistakes” above and below the lashes. I filled the waterline with my absolute favourite long-lasting kohl, Rimmel’s Scandaleyes in black, and applied a layer of Mac’s Shine Mixing Medium to the lids and inner corners for added dimension. I wanted a just snogged look to the lips, so applied Hourglass Lip Stylo in Visionary, a sheer brick red tone, pushed in with the fingers, blended out and smudged beyond the natural lip line.
Hannah – The classic bad girl liner. I drew out the desired bold, winged shape with Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, then layered it with Mac’s Liquidlast Liner in Point Black for a blacker than black plastic sheen. We also added a cheeky pencilled on beauty mark for good measure! Lips were lined and filled with Mac’s Chestnut pencil and Paramount lipstick, finished with a juicy layer of their clear Lip Glass.
Brooke and Millie May – The 6am sunrise at Glastonbury look, fresh, raw skin with the aforementioned pinched cheeks and mascara to start… I then applied a simple layer of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream (as we were only going for very temporary glitter!) and finger-pressed a messy/pretty layer of Disco Dust’s fantastic biodegradable mixed size chunky glitters in Gold and Silver to upper and lower lids. Lips were given a healthy sheen with Clinique’s Heaping Hazelnut Chubby Stick.
Millie May – Another take on morning-after-the-night-before beauty, Smashbox’s Always On Gel Pencil in Fishnet was smudged into the lashline, then Mac’s Platinum Pigment was pressed over Vaseline allowing it to move and crease. I emphasised some of Millie May’s freckles with Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette, softened with the finger, then gave the lips a generous few layers of Mac’s Girl About Town lipstick, straight from the bullet for that imperfect, innocent application, making sure to use enough to mess up that cigarette filter!
Brooke – Another take on bad girl makeup, I personally went down this heavy black eye route in my own teenage years, and took further inspiration here from the likes of Alice Glass, and Kaya Scodelario’s character Effy in Skins. Blown out, black, matte shadow surrounding black kohl and heavy mascara are the focus of the look, I used Bobbi Brown’s black Longwear Gel Eyeliner to create the eye shape and finished with a layer of my favourite black shadow from a now discontinued YSL palette.
Millie May, Hannah and Brooke - The girl gang. I wanted to use the same look on all three girls here, and found Marc Jacob’s Lip Crème in Editrix to be a perfect deep red and universal lip colour. Along with their mascara and liner from previous looks we kept it simple here, bringing out the girls’ cheekbones with Fenty Beauty Matchstix contour sticks in shades Amber, Mocha and Espresso.
Millie May - The typical moody teen. If you can’t wear an equally dark and moody lipstick when you’re a teenager, when can you? After applying a Vaseline smudged layer of Laura Mercier’s Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Espresso along lower lashes I chose a deep chocolate brown lip shade, Marc Jacobs Lip Crème in Mahogany for Millie May, a nod to the 90s, and added a peachy blush in Bobbi Brown’s Calypso Coral Pot Rouge low on the cheeks to complement that popping yellow 90s T-shirt.
Hannah – This shot was all about showing off that aforementioned youthful skin. I added a luminous peach glow to Hannah’s cheeks with a generous application of Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skinstick in Chili Mango. Lips moisturised with Lucas Papaw Ointment were layered with a little Mac Kinda Sexy lipstick, a neutral rose shade, pushed into the centre of the lips with the finger for a subtle pink flush.
Julie Provis at Hart & Co.
Kristyan Hearts Low at DLM using Mac Cosmetics
Michelle Tran at Hart & Co.
Abra Kennedy using Oribe Germany
Christabel Draffin @Emma Davies Agency, using MAC Cosmetics