Stacey Whittaker Takes a Deep Dive with Bold Makeup

(Jarrod Photography)

Retro meets modern in this exquisite collection from makeup artist Stacey Whittaker seen exclusively in American Salon. “The idea for the shoot originated after seeing a resurgence in vintage on many runways,” says Whittaker, who was recently named Best Makeup Artist in Scotland at the Fife Retail Business Awards. Whittaker let her creativity flow, employing retro bathing caps to cover the hair as well as explosive, bright pops of color to enhance and play up facial features. “My use of colors, which may traditionally clash, really conveys a sense of freedom and demonstrates that the conventional boundaries can be blurred to create a new version of beautiful,” she says.

Whittaker used plum shades on the lids and underneath the eyes, creating a clean finish at the outer corners. She then applied pink liner to the lash lines and waterlines to tie the look together.

After applying dark khaki and gray tones to the eyelids, fanning them out to create a grunge effect, Stacey Whittaker dragged a red kohl liner along the lower lash line to cover the bottom lashes.


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To create a seamless look, Whittaker packed purple shadow onto the lids before buffing out the edges. Pink liquid liner along the lash lines gives the perfect finishing touch.

Whittaker applied cobalt blue liner to the waterlines before blending it out with a blue shadow to diffuse the color along the lower lash lines.

Once Whittaker painted jade green shadow across the lids for a dense effect, she lined the eyes in lime green to soften the look and play up the eyes. 

Whittaker first created a vibrant red lip, then picked up the blue undertones with shadow on the eyes. After smudging blue kohl liner along the lower lash lines, she swept reddish brown shadow across the lids, blending it toward the brow bones. 

Photographer: Jarrod Photography   

Fashion Styling: Stacey Whittaker

Models: Colours Agency