issue five : a feast for gluttony
The third instalment of our UNTAINTED X MASTERED feature
Makeup artist, Fiona Eustace and session stylist, Laura Chadwick used only edible ingredients to achieve the various looks for this exclusive beauty editorial about the self-destructive behaviours of gluttony and the emotions they inhabit.
Do you desire me as I desire you?
The very thought of you fills me with pleasure...
And not being able to have you fills me with dread.
You are my addiction. Everything I crave.
It feels like a sin just wanting you
even though I know I will regret the very taste of you.
Edible Hair Styling Products
Raw organic Shea butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Organic sea salt and water to make a salt spray
Aloe Vera gel
Edible Beauty products
Dr oetkar food colouring
Dr Oetkar cocoa powder (as powder)
Doves Farm flour as powder
Organic coconut oil
Cake glitter as highlighter
PHOTOGRAPHER: EDUARDO FUICA
ART DIRECTOR: ALESSANDRA MONACO
MAKEUP ARTIST: FIONA EUSTACE
HAIR STYLIST: LAURA CHADWICK
FASHION STYLIST: EMILY EVANS
MODELS: ALDONA, ESTELLE & DAVID W @ NAMED MODELS
UNTAINTED X MASTERED BRIEF
The brief set for the Makeup:Mastered alumni was to create a beauty editorial of 4 – 6 images around the theme of: “A Feast for Gluttony” and create the looks using only edible ingredients/products.
They were asked to use what was already in their kits and kitchens in order to step outside of their comfort zone & experiment with makeup unconventionally.
The objective was not to buy more stuff, but use up what we already have and begin to think differently about the ingredients in our beauty products.
READ ABOUT the creative team's APPROACH TO THE BRIEF, AS WELL AS THE CHALLENGES they eached FACED.
Fiona's response to the brief
I loved getting this brief. I love a challenge and I love researching different aspects of makeup. We really do use a lot of chemicals on our bodies and faces. This only became more evident the deeper I delved into my research. This fired up a passion in me to try and swap my makeup within kit to more organic ones.
The biggest challenge was how the products reacted to the models faces. The food colouring did move around a lot and was very sticky. This did mean that during the shoot there was A LOT more checks than any other shoot, as I didn’t have the confidence the product was going to behave as I was used to.
Having said all this I absolutely loved this shoot and the final looks. I can’t actually believe that all this was achieved using edible products from my baking cupboard.
Laura's response to the brief
When I read the brief for 'A Feast for Gluttony', I felt really excited. As someone who is very conscious of the enviromnent, leading a vegan and eco-friendly lifestyle, this really appealed to me. I wanted to use completely natural, raw and edible alternatives to products, that would still give great results.
I've been researching natural raw alternative products for a while now and use a range of organic oils on my own hair and skin as an alternative to mainstream chemicals. As everything you put on your skin and scalp is absorbed into your blood stream, I am very conscious of the possible long term effects synthetic ingredients could have on our health.
I made a salt spray with water and sea salt to give a textured effect with hold, inspired by the way your hair feels after being in the sea. I used unrefined organic olive oil to give shine and sleekness in place of serums, and I used raw organic shea butter and an alternative to wax as it gives good hold and moisture to the hair. I feel there is always an alternative to chemical products in Nature and I'd love to see more organic, raw products on the market as people become more conscious of their health and the environment.
Alessandra's response to the brief
The collaboration with Untainted Magazine has been the most challenging and exciting so far, in my career.
Working with edible makeup on set and being asked to use what we already had available in our kitchen is a challenging request, considering the beauty editorial.
Therefore, my first consideration of the brief was that this was setting boundaries to creativity, instead, it opened to all new possibilities and new ways to approach the set and the concept: being creative with restriction is the best way to be creative and find a solution.
To give the edible makeup and hairstyle the starring role, for the concept I focused on the self-destructive behaviour of the subject affected by gluttony, and choose not to use food but the beauty of the emotions triggered by it.