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First image from a modeling photoshoot for Crimson Chain Leatherworks (and makeup close up) - I did not make this outfit, but was asked to wear CCLW's hand made leather pieces and accessories. Having seen their pieces up close, I knew what great quality they were and I love this company's design aesthetics. I am also wearing a winged jetpack which was a collaboration between us (my <a href-"[link]">Steampunk wings and CCLW's leather and metal work).

Photo by Brian Boling
Makeup and styling by me
Model was me
Leather by Crimson Chain Leather Works
Bodysuit by BEBE
Belt by Ralph Lauren

Makeup-wise, I went for a harder & edgier look, using Ben Nye red pigments to create the bold extended eye shadow, and MAC and Sephora brand shadows (3 shades) to my eyes, from highlights to the blackest black color. MAC and Sephora both make great black shadows and I highly recommend them. For this look I "overdrew" the eyeliner (MAC Fluidline) to the inner corners of my eyes. It's usually something I only reserve for very staement-making makeup. I finished off the eyes with thick false lashes and bold eyebrows.
For my lips I used dark brown eyeliner pencil to contour, a dark red lipstick, a brush to blend the color to the lipliner, and gold shadow pigment for highlight. My blush is Bare Minerals.

I'm sure I'll get lots of "Oooh photoshop" comments, and I just want to say, for the record: Anyone who does professional photoshoots and makeup understands how much good lighting and good makeup can achieve. (I use a variety of products to even out my skintone, tame under eye darkness, shade bone structure etc, before I apply any color to my face.)
Photoshop can enhance the intensity of the colors, shadows and highlights and is perfectly integrated into the process of Photography. Photoshop is used in not only in fashion and people photography, but commercial products, landscape, architecture photography etc.
When it comes to people photography, there is a difference between a convention snapshot, candid portrait at a party etc. and a professionally set up fashion, glamour or cosplay photoshoot, where the objective is to create a beautiful image and strive for Perfection.
I also want to point out that digital artists use Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs to create fantastic images, why would photographers who shoot digital not be allowed to use Photoshop? Many traditional artists who paint on paper will scan in artwork and finish them in Photoshop, tweaking the lines, combine pieces from various art pieces and correcting the colors. I see Photography being no different.

So, take it or leave it, but thanks for reading.
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Asmodeus623 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG sooooo beautiful!!!
HeroNate Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I imagine my Raven character looking similar to this. Very nice look for hair and make up. It really accentuates the form of the face to larger than life.
CuteAkemi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
B e a u t i f u l ! <3
rpost61 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
The makeup work is exceptional in this series... and again... love the hair style.
hiroshi1234 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BigSaturday Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
i love this Steampunk Exotic Asian beauty combo, the make up gives it a comic book kinda element to it
TheLadyOfBlack Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the make up!
LinweLossehelin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I love the way you do your make-up! Ah! Super awesome! <3
shermanowney Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your very pretty
AxelDuel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Honestly Photoshop or not, it just amazes me that you make your own costumes epically worthy of Hollywood and beyond more so beyond, because Hollywood had had some real dog shit costumes. You keep displaying that cosplaying girl!!!
Liq88 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Nice boobs as hell. Rly good work!
fireyfreedom Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful, I really love the make up, especially your lips. Well done you.
Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Always nice to see something from you when I log on. The outfit is fine, and as usual, you 'inhabit' the character. However, the make up seems to be a bit much to me. It makes your skin look waxy, and you have such a wonderful skin tone naturally.

Faiaisu-chan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
it just accured to me that you should cosplay Ivy from one of the Batman movies. You remind me a bit of her :D please please PLEASE for this lil girls dreams :3

ty. u look astonishing in this
RAWR-keikz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
makeup is absolutely GORGEOUS!!
DXLVII Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
EricJ562 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Adernol Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
You look a lot like Asami in Legend of Korra in this picture. I really like how the face here looks like it came from an animation or something.
Djangoligist Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, Just Beautiful.
VerfickterBastard Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
WOW! I love that steampunk look :D, I love steampunk. And the colours B-), and the model is very sexy :)
THA-MASKED-ONE Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
That's cool -- love the color. Can I see this outfit form a different angle please? I can't see if the bust part is connected to the trench coat part or even if it's a trench part in the back to begin with. Is it like a trench part in the back? Is the black part separate altogether or connected to the black part? The torso straps make it hard for me to discern it all -- especially from that angle. I really like this one & I'd like to see other angles if you could.
Retrubutionist777 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Could you do a tutorial of how you did the makeup for this? It's gorgeous!
Jucee1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
JulietTaylor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read
I agree
I'm a huge gan of you yaya ^_^
silkentracker Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
straycat-74 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
no one can Photoshop beauty to your level
it is either all natural, or it isn't there to begin with
0nSilverWingsX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Beautiful. :heart:

I see Crimson Chain's work when I go to cons, and it is truly amazing stuff. Unfortunately I can never really afford anything, unless I decide to splurge a bit on something small in the future.
MaineKaiza Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
the-fallen-one3 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: :heart:
JoeoftheMasks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another beautiful photoshot from you thank you for sharing and keep up the great art!
hopesong Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
darkside-ky Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Man, I would give my eye teeth to give you costume ideas.
Cuzzer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
dam o.0
Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
with or without photoshop you are still the queen of cosplay <3
Curadh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I am always amazed at how much you shapeshift with each costume. Wonderful!
Pleasure-FOTO Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Great picture, woaw ! !

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Justicex Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Props to the makeup artist. I usually hate heavy makeup unless it's really done well and it's done excellently here. Loving the whole look and the expression on your face really suits the "character" the outfit is projecting. Lot's of amazing talents involved in this piece!
Prue84 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
The eye makeup is amazing, Yaya. :)
heartdisk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
UchihaItachi34 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
yeowza almost thought it was painted! looks good though :)
Munners Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally stunning
EdgarSandoval Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Digital Artist
wow! Very nice!! :D
One-village-idiot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
huh, cool. Something about this shot throws me off. The makeup changes your face to the point that, if I hadn't seen that this was under your account, I'd have thought that this was a different model. I wonder if the angle helps too?

Still, its a cool effect.
ZanshinKyo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
As amazing as this shot it, I have a hard time recognizing it is you, Yaha. I have never seen you look so unlike yourself, but I still like it!
cbot1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sweet mercy o_o

We need to get you on a Harley ASAP
Antimatter-Radius Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alot of good points made. And a great cosplay also
Australis1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Why do so many people bother you about Photoshop anyway?

I don't get it.
MysteryFanBoy718 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Kickass costume and makeup.
AngelCostumes Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So your argument in the use of Photoshop for "costume photography" is that it's okay because the "professional" world uses it...the world of modeling and products/marketing. An industry built on selling things to both young and influential people via lies and manipulation.

Sounds legit.

Also, why is the photo so grainy for being at ISO 100?
Ultraviolet-Oasis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Because of the eyes... :love:
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