behind the look

Lucy Gibson

Makeup Artist

May 2019

Takes us through her dreamy punk Beautiful Blood editorial!

With beautiful, flawless skin always a must in her looks, make-up artist Lucy Gibson always brings a fresh look…which is just one of the reasons we loooove her! With a client list boasting Marie Claire, Stylist and celebs like Vicky McLure, it’s no wonder Lucy is our MUA of the month! Check out her dreamy punk inspired look for Beautiful Blood!

Can you tell us a bit about the shoot? This particular look was one of six created with photographer Mateusz Sitek for alternative beauty magazine Beautiful Blood. The initial concept was a beauty story loosely based on the punk aesthetic, we jokingly named it Pretty in Punk to begin with! I had rough ideas of punk elements I wanted to incorporate into the looks, but once I sit with my model, that vision of what we’ll create together always comes more into focus. We chose Bee as our model as we loved her quirky adorable smile and unique doe-eyed look.

What products did you use to create the looks in this editorial? As with any look I will always prep the model’s skin first and foremost. I like to use as little makeup on the skin as possible, and similarly will often balance a bold eye look with a very natural nude lip, so prep here is equally important. I’ll always use Dr Lipp to really saturate the lips, allowing it to sink in before giving lips a gentle scrub with Kiko’s Pure Clean Scrub and Peel exfoliating wipes, then reapplying for a final boost of moisture. I’ve always hated flavoured and chemical-tasting lip balms, so Dr Lipp’s super rich but all natural formula is perfect for my kit and my clients (and my own makeup bag).

Amazing! Dr.Lipp is also great for cheekbones and eyelids for that added glow!

The main focus and nod to punk beauty in this look were the acid bright shades (from a since discontinued Urban Decay palette), applied over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, framing a kohl rimmed lash and waterline with purposefully over-applied lashings of black Diorshow mascara.

What was it like on set that day? Shooting with Mateusz is great fun, and magazines like Beautiful Blood allow full creative control for both artist and photographer. We shot in daylight at Mateusz’s home, the camera never more than a foot from Bee’s beautiful face. Mateusz is wonderfully trusting of the makeup artists he works with and allowed me to have total freedom, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon of laughter and creativity.

If you weren’t a Makeup Artist, what do would you be doing? I adore my work as a makeup artist and cannot think what I would rather do, although I suppose any alternative career would still need to involve creative pursuits, a baker or a florist perhaps, or a travel writer would be an absolute dream!

Who would be your dream client? I’ve been lucky enough to work with dream clients of mine, including Lea Seydoux and St Vincent, although other dream faces would include Lily-Rose Depp, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Adwoa Aboah… a mixed bag!

May 2019
May 2019

What is your best beauty advice? In terms of beauty advice, I always struggle to give one tip. But I do believe there is no right and wrong way to do makeup. I’m not a fan of the current trend of makeup so heavy that it erases and hides a person’s features. I believe it should be about whatever makes the individual feel beautiful, but working with their natural features, not against them. If your chosen makeup look is full on 80s glam, go for it, and if your chosen look is moisturiser and slick of dr lipp (why not add it to your eyelids and cheekbones for added glow), then that’s just as fabulous!

The full series of images from this shoot can be found here.