My First Photoshoot After Graduating with The Academy of Make-up...

Posted on July 16 2015

Our Graduate Jenna Clayton studied our Pro Course in January 2015 and has gone on to be an extremely talented make-up artist. She talks through her first professional photoshoot after graduating with us and what products she used to create the end result”
I was so lucky for my first test shoot experience to be such a lovely, relaxed one, and one that the images from are always commented on and requested in other shoots I do.
The brief was a milky bath shoot, and the photographer Chelsi Donaldson pretty much let me have free rein with the makeup look; what a dream! The model Anna had had a spray tan a week or so before, so I did panic a bit as it was looking a bit patchy and I wasn't sure how best to get the look I wanted without caking her face to make it even. Luckily I had picked up a fantastic RCMA Foundation Palette that saved the day.


RCMA Foundation Palette,, £55

It has several types of gorgeous pigmented cream foundations that you warm up on the back of your hand, and apply with a brush or beauty blender and it has great coverage without looking too heavy. I started by prepping the skin as normal by cleansing and moisturizing according to her skin type, and I'd decided on quite a dewy look with a bright pop of red lips to add some drama, and defined eyes.
As it was my first shoot I'd say that I was incredibly slow and meticulous - now I've built confidence I know that shoots rarely require as much prep or priming, and while you want it to look perfect, less is more! It took a while to get the skin to look as I wanted it to, just due to the spray tan as Anna's skin was flawless. For the eyes I made them quite dark and moody using neutral browns and black from the Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay and highlighting the inner corners of her eyes, and using wispy Eco Tools lashes that I'd picked up for £1.50 in Boots! On the lips I lined using a MUA lip liner in red, filled them in, then went in with the star of the show; Lady Danger lipstick by MAC. It's an orange based red so I thought it would be a nice contrast to the coolness of the milky bath. I then highlighted the high points of the face using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, and did just a touch of cream blush in Lillium by Stila, and while she was in the bath I used Ben Nye's Neutral Set powder just where she needed it.
MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, MAC, £15.50


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, SpaceNK, £33


I'm really pleased with the outcome, but if I were to do it again I'd just use a cream eyeshadow on the eyes and blend out, instead of worrying too much about layering eyeshadow, as the shoot was over in 15 minutes!


Photographer | Chelsi Donaldson
Hair and Make-up | Jenna Clayton
It is coming up more and more often that make-up artists are expected to do hair, just like Jenna had to for this shoot. If you are a natural at hair then that is great but if not, we would always recommend to do one of our hair courses to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities and also have another great skill under your belt!
You can find more images of Jenna’s work here:
Instagram | @jennaclaytonmua


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