I have a bad habit of shooting projects and then forgetting about them before I have a chance to share them. BHUUUT, since Halloween is coming up, I finally have the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorites. Back in August, my niece and I shot this series inspired by several of Selena's most ICONIC (*JoAnne Voice) looks.
PHOTOSHOP SLAY 101
Selena perfected the contour before it was even a thing. So I knew from the start I was gonna want to try to recreate her classic beat in my photos. I do all my initial batch editing in Lightroom, then bring them into Photoshop for final retouching. After playing around with several different tools - the spot healing tool, the clone stamp and various filters, to name a few - I found my way to the dodge and burn tools. I'm not 100% on their exact functions, but basically, the dodge tool slowly lightens areas and the burn tool slowly darkens them, one shade at a time. Finding the correct brush size is key when airbrushing on makeup. Too small of a brush and your contour will be harsh and look cartoonish. Too big and theres no real contour, just patchy color. Once you figure out what size brush you need, go slowly, over the same areas of the face you would lighten and darken in real life. Adjusting the brush size as you work will help your airbrushing look more realistic. I personally feel like I took the contour just a it too far in some of these, but I'm not too used to that look anyways, so I'm not the best judge. Either way, it was a helpful skill to learn and I'm pretty happy with it for my first time.
All of these looks make great last minute costume options. The 'Amor Prohibido' look will likely be the hardest to recreate. We got lucky finding the blouse and jacket at a thrift store last minute. But i did find similar tops later at Forever21 - and they carry an eclectic variety of clothing styles so that would probably be a good place to start when trying to recreate an iconic celebrity look.