Bea Sweet's Out of This World Glamour
Inspired by a shared obsession with late 60’s sci-fi, Bea Sweet and Carlijn Jacobs have joined forces to celebrate an otherworldy glamour. Exploring colours and textures from industrial metallic materials, it is a beauty both retrofuturist and ultramodern. Makeup artist Bea Sweet shares her inspirations and tips.
Beauty Papers: What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
Bea Sweet: Barbara Stanwyck’s eyebrows in No Man of Her Own (1950).
BP: What was the idea or the inspiration behind your shoot for Beauty Papers?
BS: Carlijn Jacobs and I had a bit of a thing for the late 1960’s obsession with sci-fi & so together, we concepted women of the futuristic realm. We both enjoy surrealist and ultramodern beauty with a twist of darkly beautiful fiction.
BP: How did you approach the make-up?
BS: Always technically but simply.
BP: Tell us one of your favourite make up techniques.
BS: Putting eye shadow on top of a lipstick, the under layer of lipstick acts as a primer in the same way you’d paint a wall, it gives a colour base and something for the pigment to stick to.
BP: Current kit hero product?
BS: NARS Eyeshadow in Baby Jane, a vaudevillian of a colour much like its namesake, the ideal sky blue & packs a strong punch.
BP: What is your favourite black?
BS: Vanta black, which is impossible without carbon nanotubes. So the next best thing, is Burberry’s Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black 01, it’s retractable and waterproof which makes it pretty resistant to everything, it applies thickly which I like so it’s solid & vehemently opaque.
BP: What is your favourite red?
BS: MAC Russian Red Lipstick. A delicious blue-red, a truly reddened red, a fresh cut red.
BP: What does the word glamour mean to you?
BS: I understand “Glamour” to mean to have an appeal that goes beyond a “like”, it’s got something you want, admire or aspire to. It appears to be effortless, but that’s probably faux, it pretends to be accessible, but that’s probably also faux. It’s something a bit untouchable, ever-so slightly out of your reach & something you dream of being like, but can’t quite imagine yourself being there, so you’re impressed by it. Glamour is something impressive.
BP: What is your first memory of glamour?
BS: My mum’s Stratton powder compact (refillable) and Revlon push-up lipstick. The lipstick was always a cold tone.
BP: What is the future of glamour?
BS: Glamour can take a moment in time and make it timeless. The future of glamour has the power to freeze-frame.
BP: Living, dead, real or imaginary … who has the best make-up look?
BS: Skin from Skunk Anansie in the “Carmen Queasy” music video from the year 2000 by Maxim (The Prodigy).