Acquatic beauty

There’s something particularly striking about beauty shoots photographed in watery surrounds. At least that’s the case when they’re beautifully shot, as per Michael David Adams‘ latest work, to bring out the cool azure hue of the water such that it only serves to somehow draw more attention to the makeup rather than detract from it. I guess there’s also the irony that a swimming pool is the place you’re least likely to get made up for: even the most powerful of waterproof mascaras won’t withstand a few serious laps. And so, the fantasy of beautifully applied makeup against the unlikely setting of a pool of blue water visually grabs you and pulls you into its liquid spell.

Mary Irwin did the makeup on Adams’ Le Grand Bleu, with vintage-style swim caps perfectly styled by Don West. One look is a tequilla sunrise of golden yellow and tangerine, mached by blue nails and coral lips. Another is a carvinal of colour with bold blue coloured liquid eyeliner beneath dustings of yellow shadow, set off by a floral swimcap.

water beauty shoot

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams
Le Grand Bleu by Michael David Adams

Inspiration for some summer beauty looks that stand out (in the water or out of it), you can view all of the shoot by Michael David Adams ( at the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for, where she serves as the publication's Editor.