Photographer Simon Ackerman creates a beautiful expression of bare skin and bare beauty in this exquisite portraiture shoot. Rather than the apparel that covers the body being the focus of the shoot, Ackerman draws attention to the body on which that apparel would sit, and the beauty of the face. Model Michelle Hicks’s soft creamy skin, ocean blue eyes and lips withholding unspoken words, create focus and are defined as where the true beauty lies.

The delicate addition of a low rolled hairstyle studded with flowers – created by Darren Bay – is symbolic of the delicacy found in the curve of the natural female form. Meanwhile, the beauty look by Lindsay Cullen is a picture of blushing femininity that mirrors the colours of the petals.

For steps on recreating the makeup look, read on after the break.

orange gold beauty look

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Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman
Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman
Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman
Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman
Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman
Hibiscus by Simon Ackerman


This look uses a beige/neutral base and a gold pigment. Lindsay applied ‘Ricepaper’ eyeshadow by MAC on the brow bone and OCC pigment in ‘Flicker’ at the crease.

Line eyes at the top of the lash and bottom waterline with a brown liner to compliment the gold tone. Lindsay used ‘Coffee’ eyeliner by MAC.
Take an eyeliner brush and swipe just above the top lash liner with an orange/gold shimmer such as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) ‘Mimosa’ pigment.

orange gold beauty look

Finish with two coats of mascara (for the shoot, Full ‘N Soft waterproof mascara by Maybelline was used).


Frame your face with a heavier brow using an angled eyebrow brush and the same brown eyeliner applied throughout the brow.


This look compliments the golden hues of the eyes with a coral-peach lip. Lindsay mixed Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) lip tars in ‘Interlace’ palest crème peach and ‘Trollop’ pinked coral.

Finishing touches.

To finish off the look, give the cheeks a rosy-bronze flush. For the shoot, Lindsay used Chanel blush in rose bronze and Laura Mercier bronzer on the apples of the cheeks.

For more of the shoot by Simon Ackerman ( featuring this soft, earthy beauty look by Lindsay Cullen (, click on the thumbnails and peruse the gallery.

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