it was down to 5 of us! we were to compete live in toronto during the luminato festival in toronto. jugdes included:
Kakuyasu Uchiide; International Director shu uemura
Janice Price; CEO Luminato
David Teeter, Divisional Vice President Cosmetics, Holt Renfrew
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director, Elle Canada
Janna Johnson, Beauty Editor Elle USA
Alexander Keller, Vice-President Luxury Division, L’Oréal Canada
Jehanne Simon, Marketing Director shu uemura
we had 30 minutes to create a look with makeup and brushes that we had never used before. it was intense, but such a great experience. the highlight of my night was meeting international director kakuyasu uchiide.
10 of us were left in the competition and our last video challenge was a birds of paradise theme. the look that i created was inspired by the golden back tropical bird using shu uemura’s sunset gold palette – which i love to use for my bridal clients!
as a “wow-factor”, photographer mark darren mui and i came up with the idea of using two models for the photo. i wanted to use janice wu’s younger sister, stephanie wu, and have her nestled into her older sister like two birds in a nest. this was my submission:
to watch the creation of this look. The video was created by talented videographer Teddy Chau.
5 contestants were eliminated after challenge#1; 15 of us moved on to create the tribal jungle look for challenge#2. Using shu uemura’s blue morphorium palette we were to create a look fit for a jungle queen. I was inspired by patterns from creatures of the jungle. This was my submission:
photographer mark darren mui added a royal crown onto our lovely jungle queen, janice wu.
my photo was used on holt renfrew’s website for shu uemura:
it all began in april 2011 when my aunt sent to me an article in a chinese magazine advertising shu uemura north america’s first ever national competition; the theme of the competition was mystic nature. contestants were to submit one photo reflecting the theme and shu uemura would select 20 finalists to compete. i submitted this photo:
my idea was to contrast the cold winter snow with the sunkissed bronze summer face. photographer mark darren mui did a fantastic job in capturing the look: