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'Fade Out' Is The Project That "Stomps On The Cookie Cutter Definition of Beauty"

If redefining beauty was our 2018 mantra, then stomping on the old definition of it is our M.O. for 2019. Below, Milk fam Z and Andrew Boyle go on a photographic journey to discover the many ways in which we can express ourselves through makeup and visual identity. 

Z and I collaborated on a zine project for XYZ towards the end of last summer after we had met backstage at the Gypsy Sport show back in February 2018. Z hit me as one of this current NYC tribe that stomped on the cookie cutter definition of what beauty has been. I wanted to try something a bit more unexpected and away from the freestyle shooting I usually work within. Z was more than up for this, which is important for me; having someone in front of the camera who just wants to hang out and let me create a story as we go.

Colleen Runne served as the makeup whiz on this one. She’s a true artist in both beauty and on paper, and a massively successful practitioner in the beauty world. We met back when I was a photo assistant and thankfully she has a lot of patience for my wanting to mess around, and she responded perfectly to me wanting to go to some darker corners for this story, utilizing a hands on sketch book approach that moved from simple, to applying to surfaces that obscured Z’s face.

Check out the full project in the slideshow and vid above. 

Photographer / Video: Andrew Boyle

Makeup: Colleen Runne at Brydges Mackinney using Milk Makeup

Model: Z

Shot at: Ruby Bird Studio, Brooklyn

Stay tuned to Milk for more modern beauty.

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