Elements Series – Phoenix (Fire)

Update: I have finally got around to finishing this series so I thought that I would reshare this post so that I could post all the posts in succession of each other. I decided to re-write/ edit this post to add more information, imagery and to fit in with my vision for this series. 

Elements Series - Phoenix (Fire) | Life of Dahlia

In Today’s post I will be resharing with you my image for Fire, I renamed this image ‘Phoenix’ as I wanted to name all my image something that represented the elements they were inspired by but without using the obvious names.

This was the first Element that I started with because It was the first one I was really drawn to and could come up with a concept for. I really wanted to go for something dramatic but a little bit rough around the edges, so a lot of texture.

I had thought about redoing this concept to fit in with my other image but I really think this just fits well for the concept so I decided to leave it as is.

Elements Series - Phoenix (Fire) | Life of Dahlia
Photo and Makeup by Erin Applebee

Phoenix (Inspired by The Fire Element)

Elements Series - Phoenix (Fire) | Life of Dahlia
Photo and Makeup by Erin Applebee


This look kind of put itself together I had no real idea what I wanted to do when I started, I just went with what felt right at the time. I knew that I wanted to use a lot of red in this look but I also wanted to add in elements of black and gold in there as well.

I decided to include lots of texture so I decided to create a wing shape that went all the way out toward my hairline and add some texture with the blending out around my eyes to represent flames.

I wanted to add in some gold, to add a pop of brightness to the inner corner and then brought it up to the eye to create some texture on top of the red. 

I added in the little black dots as if the fire was burning and it was soot or ash falling on my cheeks, I really wanted to use a flicking motion to get a more random effect but, unfortunately, I just couldn’t get that to work so I decided to just do small dots instead.

For the lips, I decided to add in some similar colours to the eyes, I was originally going to do a nude so that the eyes were the focus but it looked incomplete so I decided to match the lips to colours in the eyes instead and I really like the way it came out.


I really wanted all the looks that I created for this series to stand out on there own, I wanted them to incorporate and represent their own elements. For fire, I decided to go with a more editorial look as I wanted it to have texture and colours that represented the Element.

I’m so happy with the way this look came out, I have been really struggling lately with finding inspiration and being able to execute it into something original. Its been a long time since I’ve created something that feels like art, I think I just need to realise that maybe my art is changing and is different from what I imagined it to be.

To create texture in my image I used a homemade tutu that I had made up for photo shoots, I just thought that the colours would go really well and it would help with the flame look I was going for.

Video Edit Walkthrough (find all credits at the bottom of this post)

The Photographing & Editing Process

After creating my makeup look and taking some photos, I imported my images into Lightroom, from here I like to narrow down the photos I took before importing anything into Photoshop. Lightroom allows me to find the best image and make some basic changes before getting into the deeper editing process.

For this image, I didn’t have to do a lot of editing (you can see my editing process in the video above), I mainly had a few tweaks and add in some of the tulle into one area to give a more symmetrical look.

In the video above I show two images I edited for this element, I mainly did this so that I could share them on Instagram. 

I’m so happy to be able to share all my images from this series with you. I will also be sharing everything on my Instagram pages, I’m excited to share it there and see all the series together.

Instagram: Beauty: @ erinappbeauty, Personal/Art: @ erin_applebee

Until next time, I hope you have a lovely day.

Image Credits:

Photo featured in cover image is by Tucฤƒ Bianca on pexels.com, Photo featured in Featured Cover Banner by Vlad Bagacian on pexels.com

Video Intro Image Credits:
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian

Video Music Credits: Meadow by Density & Time

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