Behind The Scenes: Natural Beauty Shoot

Go backstage at IMAGE Magazine’s stunning spring beauty shoot.

Fed up with winter and craving some spring inspiration, Team IMAGE looked to the work of noted botanical illustrator Wendy Walsh. Having visited her home in Athy, Co Kildare a few years ago for a shoot of a very different kind (featuring her grandson, James Fennell, a noted photographer in his own right, we were beguiled with the artist and her incredible work.

Marrying Wendy’s exceptional talents with that of Yves Saint Laurent’s European make-up artist Fred Letailleur made for an inspired match. The delicate detail in the botanical illustrations gave Fred the ultimate starting point on which to build our beautiful, yet bold looks using YSL’s spring palettes. The result is breathtakingly beautiful, yet utterly wearable make-up that transcends the seasons, making us feel like sunnier days are right around the corner. Best bit of all? There’s no need to fear purple eyeshadow ever again!

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Look 1: Rouge Wet
Complexion: Touche Éclat Foundation BD30, €40; Touche Éclat 1 and 2, €35.
Eyes: Eye Primer 2, €28; Full Metal Shadow 4-7, €29 (launching late May 2015); Dessin du Regard 2, €27; Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils No 1, €32.50.
Lips: Volupté Tint-in-Oil 4 I Rose You, €27; Vernis à Lèvres Pop Water 206 in a stain, €35 (launching April 2015).

Nails: La Laque Tint in Rouge Wet, €24.


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Look 2: Beige Gallery
Complexion As before.
Eyes: Eye Primer 1, €28; Couture Palette 5, €55; Dessin du Regard No 9 turquoise, €27; Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils No 1, €32.50.
Lips: Volupté Tint-in-Oil 3 Undress Me, €27.


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Look 3: Nuit Blanche
Complexion As before.
Eyes: Eye Primer 1, €28; Couture Palette 10, €55; Full Metal Shadow 10 Wet Blue, €29 (launching late May 2015); Dessin du Regard No 3, €27; Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils No 1, €32.50.
Lips: Kiss and Blush 12 Mocha Garconne, €30.


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Look 4: Eau de Rose
Complexion As before.
Eyes: Eye Primer 2, €28; Couture Palette 5, €55; Dessin du Regard WP No 10, €27;
Mascara: Volume Effet Faux Cils No 1, €32.50.
Lips: Vernis à Lèvres No 27, €35.

Make-up by Fred Letailleur, Northern European make-up artist at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Photographed by Andrew Farrar, assisted by Effie Zachou and Richard Kingston, Hair by Michael Leong, Nails by Pamela Laird for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté; Co-ordinated by Jo Linehan. Special thanks to Jennifer Duggan at Beauty Bootcamp;

The March Issue of IMAGE is on shelves now. Get a sneak peek here.

IMAGE YSL from Steve Gallagher on Vimeo.

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