Pike Place Market (feat. Aidan !)

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Welcome to post #1 of our senior project adventure! These photos were taken a while back, but we never got around to posting them. So here it finally is. For this post, we thought it would be fun to visit one of Seattle’s most touristy locations, Pike Place Market. We did this with the help of our stylish and lovable friend, Aidan. This populated market is full of bright colors and quirky stores, both of which fit Aidan’s unique brand. Despite bumping into people, eating, and bugging Aidan about his love life we still managed to get a few photos from our adventure.

Chris’ Outfit

Jacket: Yeezy wool bomber jacket

Top: Black turtleneck

Bottom: Reworked Levi’s jeans

Shoes: Vans Sk-8 Hi

Aidan’s Outfit

Top: Blue flannel w/ white t-shirt

Bottom: Thrifted Paco denim

Shoes: Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith

 

Julian

Good evening, readers! For today’s post, Chris and I have put together a little something special with the help of our wonderful friend and freelance makeup artist, Julian. We have wanted to do a shoot centered around makeup for a long time and Julian finally turned our dream into a reality. However, this became so much more than just a shoot. Julian shared a lot about his makeup journey and helpful tips.

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How did you get into makeup: I think I started in fashion. I had a mentor in fashion, he’s a stylist. So I did some stuff like, I designed a dress when I was ten and it was worn to the Grammys. And then from there I just started playing with makeup. Makeup had been put on me for shows and stuff since I was like three because I did ballet. And after that, there was just a peak of like everything merging together and my interest was just kind of sparked. And so I went down to Sephora, bought two shades of purple lipstick and my life began.

What are some of your favorite products: My favorite eyeshadows are probably from Anastasia like the Modern Renaissance palette. The packaging is terrible it gets on everything, but these are some of the softest shadows ever. For highlighters, I actually met this woman, Danessa Myricks, and she’s just a powerhouse makeup artist and really paved the way for a lot of colored women in cosmetics. Anyways, she’s amazing and has loose highlighters. They are the most blinding and buttery things. Another one I really like is Dior show mascara. And then everything Kat Von D makes.

What are your opinions on current makeup trends: Ew. Yeah no, but I think a big problem is that girls see other girls on social media, like those makeup videos literally have face filters on them. It’s so unrealistic and awful. Also, the products they use are all sponsored everything is sponsored and it’s things that won’t look good in real life. If you’re going to be doing tutorials it should be for the betterment of peoples confidence which I don’t think is happening on social media.

What is the best advice to give to someone who is just getting into makeup: Do it for yourself. Always. Too many times I’ve not followed that advice. The minute you don’t like it, stop it. Don’t think you’re going to make any money on social media. And again stay true to yourself. The minute you start to gain a tiny following you are going to be asked a bunch of questions that you do not need to say yes to. This is going to sound dumb, but I’ve been asked to do things from reality TV to sponsored posts and I say no to all of them. If I’m going to be real, people can send you things but it should never compromise your dignity and it should always be to make up happy and a better person. Like at one point Instagram was too much for my health, it’s stupid, but why should a social media site be doing that to you? It should be just fun. If it’s for art go for it.

What is the hardest part of doing other peoples makeup: Them. *laughs* You always have a second opinion, a second person watching you, a second person who is skeptical. I started out when I was like what, 12 or something. And I had to convince people that I wasn’t just playing with paint, you know? So it’s like a lot of just working with the person, but it helps me a lot with business skills, finances, communications, and reassurance. I think in any field freelancing is always a good thing to practice and it has taught me so much and really bettered my skills.

Do you think it’s hard to gain credibility as a makeup artist at such a young age: Oh my god yeah. Like again I used to have to convenience people that I wasn’t playing around. People who took a chance on my made the biggest difference. And that comes from having parents that are awesome and being very proud and showing your work off. I started just sketching because I was like who cares that I’m like 10? If I want to do it I’m going to be doing it. And it happens, people give you respect and you can say fuck you to the people who didn’t. It was really really hard but for a while what I had was my age. People are fascinated and that’s what I had for a while was like “I’m young and doing this”. So you really want to capitalize on that and anyone who doesn’t want to believe in you for your age isn’t evolving as a person in their thought process.

Where/how can people reach you: My email is on my Instagram if you want to find me (@julianwolfstoller) I hate people treating me like anything else besides a kid on the internet so literally DM me.

After the interview, we jumped right into doing my makeup

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The set up!

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Started by doing my eyebrows.

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Then he put some concealer under my brows and on my lids.

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He then applied a light brown to my corners and crease.

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Then went back into the corners with a darker color.

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After that, he put more concealer on my lid to mark where the next color would go.

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Sparkles !

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Once my lids were complete, he applied some foundation and concealer.

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Next, he did my contour and put on highlighter.

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The final steps included mascara, fake lashes on the outsides of my eyes, and a nice glossy finish on my lips.

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                           before                                                                  after

 

Once again, huge thank you to Julian!! He is a truly talented makeup artist and fun person to work with.

Pop Of Color

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For this adventure, we chose a theme of street art and bright colors. Counteracting the gloomy Seattle weather, we put together playful outfits for Molly that involved interesting patterns and vibrant colors. She focused a lot more on her makeup in this shoot than previous ones with fun lip colors and an orange eye. In her first look, her striped shirt balances out the chaos of her patched pants. Her second outfit was centered around bold pinks that unintentionally gave off a 90s vibe. While Chris stuck to a more simple look, he enjoyed the street art and it added a level of depth to the photos taken of him. Mid-shoot Chris noticed he was getting a parking ticket which caused a brief hiatus. (no worries though, he finessed) This shoot was super enjoyable and we would’ve taken more photos if it wasn’t so cold and rainy, but hey that’s Seattle.

Molly’s Outfit #1

Top: Urban Outfitters striped shirt

Bottom: Zara patched jeans

Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics shade Khlo$

Molly’s Outfit #2

Glasses: Vintage frames with a colorful and reflective lens

Jacket: Thrifted 90s jacket

Top: Kimchi Blue pink crop top

Bottom: Boyfriend jeans

Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics shade Okurrr

Chris’ Outfit:

Jacket: Alpha Industries bomber jacket

Top: Vintage Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt

Bottoms: Thrifted Levi’s

Shoes: Vans Sk8 Hi’s

 

Fall Vibes

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To truly embrace the cold Seattle weather, we took this shoot outside on a fall night. Set in a scenic garden, we utilized the natural surroundings to create a nice backdrop for the photos. To balance the dark palettes, we posed with a variety of flowers and plants. Molly is wearing gold jewelry and natural orange makeup to welcome traditional Fall colors into her wardrobe. Chris sticks to a full black and white outfit (in typical Chris fashion) While we put the outfits together it is clear that the most stylish one of all is Ginger (the good dog)

Molly’s Outfit #1

Top: Chunky green sweater

Bottoms: Black corduroy overalls

Molly’s Outfit #2

Top: Burnt orange sweater

Bottoms: Black jeans

Jacket: Fuzzy green jacket

Chris’ Outfit: 

Jacket: Balenciaga denim jacket

Top: Plain white T-shirt

Bottoms: Black pinstripe pants

Shoes: Fenty x Puma creepers

 

Cozy Sunday

 

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As the season changes to Fall, our style changes along with it. Due to the cold weather, we decided to stay inside for this shoot. Dressed head to toe in sweats, these looks definitely give off a comfortable feel. We tried to match our comfy fits with the atmosphere of each room. We were also in agreement on the beauty of each room so we took some individual photos of the decor as well. We suggest that everyone should enjoy a nice Sunday in every once and a while.

Molly’s Outfit #1:

Top: Thrifted green crew neck

Bottoms: BP bell-bottom jeans

Molly’s Outfit #2:

Top: Yeezus tour T-shirt

Bottoms: Maroon sweatpants

Chris’ Outfit:

Top: Thrifted Seattle Sonics (rip) sweatshirt

Bottoms: Adidas sweatpants

Shoe: Black Puma slides

 

happy halloween – Molly’s costume

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Happy Halloween, friends! For this, we thought we’d share Molly’s Halloween look for this year. This is a modern take on the classic devil costume. We incorporated a corset with a baggier pant to balance the look. We kept it simple with a black and white theme and minimal makeup. The multi-colored pumpkins and corn stock add cozy fall vibes to help set the tone. Everyone eat lots of candy and stay safe this Halloween!

Accessories: Devil horns

Top: Basic black corset

Bottoms: Adidas track pants

Shoes: Fenty x Puma creepers

First Post! – Discovery Park

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This army-themed look was inspired by the local history of where it was shot– Discovery Park! The park itself used to be home to Fort Lawton, an army base that was active in the early 70’s all the way up to 2012. (Peep the yellow buildings that were actually part of the army base!) The park, now run by the city, has lots of attractions including bike trails, and beach views. To accompany this history, Chris is styled in camo pants and a bomber jacket. We were super fortunate to catch the last bit of sun before the weather turns to rain. We’ve learned to bring more clothes to style for different looks and not get too distracted by babies and dogs lol. Overall, this was a fun first place to shoot and we can’t wait for more creative looks to come!

Jacket: Alpha Industries bomber jacket

Top: Plain white T-shirt

Bottoms: Vintage Rothco

Shoes: Nike Air Force 1