We are honored to work alongside Sharon Becker of SB Beauty, the uber-chic makeup ingenue who created the innovative hair and makeup look for our Bushwick beauties last year. This styled bridal shower shoot was featured by 100 Layer Cake. Sharon created an individualized vision for each girl complimenting perfectly the schoolhouse nerdy chic aesthetic crafted by stylist, Molly Hartman of Glitter and Rye. Sharon explains, "I knew that we had to create a modern vintage look, embracing the bright lip of the past but in the new, vibrant, almost neon colors. Hair had to have shape, but softer and more human. Just like with a wedding party, all of our models sported different looks for the shoot, and I had fun with each one."
Sharon told us about how she began her career and what moves her: "I ran into my career by accident, as often happens in NYC and creative fields. I found that I get paid for my love of product and color, and ability to translate the needs of a creative director or bride into reality. It's not just makeup, though - I create relationships because I'm friendly and fun, and I want everyone I work with to feel comfortable and enjoy the experience. The uninitiated may think that my work pops out of my imagination, and it can, but only after preparation. I discuss a photo shoot storyboard and timeline, examining a photographer or stylists' inspiration, as well as a bride's inspiration - it's always a personal vision. My own inspiration comes from everything around me, like a Raphaelite cheek, cherry blossoms, Mick Jagger's sneer, and especially the people in NYC."
Sharon wanted to give our brides some words of advice, "It's so important to hire a professional makeup artist for your photo shoot or wedding. First, it's a matter of perspective, and almost no one has perspective on how they really look. Cameras shoot very honest portraits, so you want to look rested, fresh, and showcase your best features. For the same reason, you want a professional photographer who understands lighting, and can capture moments that the rest of us don't see. When you hire a professional, you know the job will be done right, and you can relax and enjoy the experience!"
We always enjoy working with this makeup maverick, and are excited for our New York area brides to experience her greatness.