Makeup Artist Diary: Drozdzik Lookbook Photoshoot

Ilona Drozdzik & Sonia Castleberry

Ilona & Sonia doing last-second touch-ups on the model.

I had the wonderful task of doing makeup for the upcoming lookbook from clothing company, Drozdzik. I already had the joy of working with the designer (Ilona Drozdzik), photographer (Marilia Destot), and hairstylist (Sonia Castleberry) in the past, so it was like a big ‘ole family reunion on set! Keep reading, and I will share with you how the day went!

We started the day by reviewing what the shot schedule was going to be, and how much time we had for each look. Because of the enormous amount of “look changes” we had to get through in the 9-hour window of time, we decided to go with just one hair and makeup look; no changes. To make them suitable for all the looks, we went with a clean look for both the hair and the makeup.

Given what we went over, I decided that I would keep the skin very clean, with no bronzing, just slight contouring under the cheeks and on the temples. For the eyes, I decided to do a little shading on the lids with a contour color, then finish with mascara. For the lips, I would just keep them plain and bare.

Makeup Before & After

Head-on Before & After

Makeup Before & After

Left-side Before & After

The shoot went splendidly! We ended up shooting all the looks with two hours to spare, which is extremely rare! Here are a few pics from behind the scenes…

Victor Applying Concealer

Foundation on… now concealing…

Model on the set.

Model on the set.

Ilona & Sonia giving the model touch-ups on the set.


Below, I will share the tools and products that I used for this look…

MAC Beauty Blender Cozzette NARS Makeup Brushes

The Tools

[ ] Beauty Blender Pro Sponge (not yet available)
[ ] Cozzette #P340 Round Foundation Brush
[ ] MAC #168 Large Angled Contoured Brush
[ ] NARS #13 Large Dome Eye Brush
[ ] Cozzette #S150 Cylinder Setting Brush
[ ] Cozzette #P355 Stylist Lip Brush


MAC Whip Hand Primer Lucas Papaw Muji Toning Water

The Skincare

[ ] MAC Studio Moisture Cream
[ ] Whip Hand Set The Stage Makeup Primer
[ ] Lucas Papaw Ointment
[ ] Muji Light Toning Water


Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Nivea Creme MAC Face Body Tom Ford Shade Illuminate

The Face

[ ] Estee Lauder Maximum Cover – Very Light & Medium Deep
[ ] Nivea Creme
[ ] MAC Face & Body Foundation – C2
[ ] Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate – Intensity One


YSL Loose Powder Kevyn Aucoin Sculpt MAC Colour Base Brow Set Skindinavia Spray L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Everything Else

[ ] YSL Poudre Sur Mesure Semi-Loose Powder – Sand
[ ] MAC Cream Colour Base – Vintage Rose
[ ] Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder – Medium
[ ] L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – Carbon Black
[ ] MAC Brow Set – Girl Boy
[ ] Skindinavia Moisture Lock Setting Spray

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Victor Amos
Editor-In-Chief at Pro Beauty Blog
Victor Amos is an editorial makeup artist and lifestyle editor in New York City. His work has graced the pages of Essence, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Martha Stewart Brides, Fitness and many more. As a beauty expert, he focuses on educating emerging professionals on the ins-and-outs of the beauty industry. Victor is also a lifestyle editor for World Bride Magazine, where he writes about travel, technology, food, and culture.