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Getting Creative: Fantasy Self-Portrait & Makeup

Hey Everyone, Yesterday I felt in the mood to do something creative, If you didn’t know photography has been a love and hobby of mine for a very long time. One of my dreams has alway been to mix my love of makeup, fantasy and photography together to create something magical. A few years ago I did that through my self-portraits which I found a great way to express myself and my feelings through creating.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

I haven’t done this in a long time because I just had no inspiration or I did and didn’t know what to do with it. This was also at around the time that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I was just feeling tired and like my brain couldn’t formulate ideas into something that I could work with. I still feel that way and that’s why I haven’t done any in so long because I haven’t had the energy to do it.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

The way I create my self-portraits is often very time consuming, coming up with ideas, putting together an outfit, doing makeup and that’s all before I take a picture. From there I will set up my background, lights, camera, etc, then start taking pictures. I usually take quite a few with posing and then If I want to composite I will take some of my dress or skirt in various movements on a slow shutter to composite in later.

Then I have to edit it all together which can take anywhere from an hour to several. You can see why its been a while it takes up alot of time.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

Anyway, yesterday I actually had a stroke of inspiration and decided to sit down do my makeup and set up to take some photos for the image I had in my mind.

My makeup was inspired by makeup artist Kimberley Margarita, I find her work really inspiring she is incredibly talented and I love her aesthetic.

Makeup for Untitled by Erin Applebee
Makeup For Untitled by Erin Applebee

My concept was a darker version of a previous artwork ‘The Painted Lady‘ that I had done a couple of years ago but also mixed with the concept of one of my very first self-portraits ‘Strangeness & Charm‘.

The Story Teller Collection – The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady by Erin Applebee
The Painted Lady by Erin Applebee

Strangness & Charm

Strangness & Charm By Erin Applebee

This was one of my very first self-portraits so its not great but I wanted to share it anyway, you can check out my original Inspiration for Strangeness & Charm on my old Photography Blog. I wanted to take some of my original ideas and turn them into something new.

Here are some closeups of the makeup. I was really inspired by Kimberley Margarita‘s makeup looks, I really love the way she uses colour and that’s what I was inspired by. I wanted to grunge mine up a bit because I like that painterly look and because my makeup skills aren’t anywhere nearly as good as hers.

Makeup for Untitled by Erin Applebee

Makeup Details

Base: White Cream Paint set with a translucent powder

Contour & Eyes: Morphe 35B eyeshadow palette

Eyes: Specter from the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow palette

Liner: Schwing Black Liquid Liner by The Balm

Lashes: BYS Cosmetics

Brows: Burgundy Gel Liner from Inglot

Highlight: Pink Duo-chrome Highlighter

Lips: NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies

Image Editing Details

I used Adobe Lightroom CC & Photoshop CC to edit my image.

I used the Topaz Labs Glow, Impressions & Texture Effects Photoshop Plugin’s to create a glowy painterly look.

For colour I used a combination of Photoshop Curves & Actions (Midsummer’s Dream & Twilight) by Fine Art Actions.


I may add some smoke action in the bottom of this image but for now I really love the way it looks. It was nice to spend my day doing this and it reminds me of why I love it so much, I love telling stories and doing that in a visual way like this.

What is your favourite way to be creative? let me know I alway love seeing how other people love to express their creative side.

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Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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