|Makeup by yours truly, Bee Wade. Photographer: Ahmad Barber Model: Sara Naomi|
Twenty-seven weeks ago, I posted this to my Instagram:
As a makeup artist, my gigs mostly consist of weddings. Although it brings me much joy and really good money (not going to lie lol), lately it just hasn’t been doing it for me. I find myself trying to get through day, and I have to stop myself from breezing through a party of 9. To be clear, I love doing makeup no matter the occasion. However, I would like to have more control over the way I express myself to the world with my art. During bridal consultations, the bride will tell me how she wants to look on her big day. I then turn her vision into a reality, in my own way of course, but the bride sets the mold. Every now and again someone comes along and says, “GO FOR IT! Do whatever you feel.” Little do they know my mind is in the middle east and what I really feel like doing creatively would not go with the location/theme or culture of the wedding.
Atlanta based Photographer, Ahmad Barber is one of the few that inspired me to give more of myself to art. Despite the fact that I low key stalked him, emailed him, attended an event where his work was being featured, and continually like and express my love for his work on social media he gave little ole’ me a chance to work with him. The featured imaged above is what we created. It’s what I was talking about 27 weeks ago. This…THAT is what I want to do.
I must admit. As someone who couldn’t wait to be free artistically, I struggled during the shoot. I had to un-fleek the brows and pretty much stop making everything so perfect (as I would normally do for a bride). I remember at one point I got so irritated with myself trying to go back into that box that I used a blond brow tint and brushed the models eyebrows in the opposite direction. Making them look textured, and clumpy. The complete opposite of ‘on fleek’ eyebrows. It was gorgeous! Check the photo below…
|Clean Beauty! Makeup: Bee Wade Photographer: Ahmad Barber Model: Alexandria Aurelia|
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