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Ever wondered how much work goes into getting the perfect cover shot? We joined the Boots Health & Beauty magazine team behind the scenes on the shoot for the March/April issue cover...
Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor
Published February 2009
The idea: ‘It’s our spring cover, a time when we start getting excited about the new season. We wanted to capture how we all feel on that first really warm day of the year,’ says Health & Beauty art director Darren Siveter.
Where: A downtown Manhattan warehouse studio overlooking the Hudson river.
The photographer: Fernando Milani, a Brazilian photographer based in New York, whose credits include beauty shoots for Marie-Claire, Elle and InStyle as well as ad campaigns.
The model: ‘We wanted a natural, fresh, radiant girl,’ says Acting Beauty Editor Emma Calder. ‘After a hectic casting, Monique, a German model living in New York, really stood out. She’s striking with beautiful skin but she still looks like the girl next door.’
Getting ready: Monique arrived at 9am on the day of the shoot and the make-up artist, Lucky (who was making up designer Donna Karan for a party straight after the shoot) started working on her eyes straight away. Meanwhile, a manicurist buffed up Monique’s nails as her hands were in shot. ‘Attention to detail is vital on a cover shoot,’ Emma explains.
1. Create a flawless, model-like perfection look with Myface Mymix Foundation which has been professionally mixed and matched by experts according to skin tone.
2. To create golden, spring-like eyes apply No7 Shimmer Eye Palette with its tones of silvery mink and golden bronze.
3. Finish off eyes with classic Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black.
4. Bourjois Effect 3D Lip Colour in Rose Symphonic will give your lips a peachy sheen.
5. Finally, Benefit Georgia will leave your skin peachy, warm and vibrant.
Hair: Monique’s hair was kept natural with soft, loose waves.
The clothes: An embroidered, white, sleeveless blouse was chosen for the cover shot. ‘You actually don’t see much of what a model’s wearing on a cover but this top blended in with the light background,’ says Emma.
The result: A cover shot that reflects radiance, natural beauty and a real feeling of spring.
Writer: Lucie Tobin
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