Eva Jiang , originally from Taiwan, has a career in make up and styling with almost 8 years of industry experience. Back in Taiwan, she has worked for local celebrities such as Ivy Chen and Angela Chang. She has been featured in magazines such as ‘BRAND’, ‘VOGUE’, ‘Weddings Taiwan (新娘物语)’ and ‘Lady First (女人我最大)’. Eva loves getting to know friends of different cultures from around the world, she has a particular soft spot for the western culture and its openness, that is why in 2012, she made the move to come to Australia. La Bride is so excited to have Eva as our new friend, without hesitation, we’ve asked her to share some of her make up concepts with La Bride’s most loyal readers :)
Q: Eva, can you introduce yourself briefly? What do you like about working in the bridal hair and make up industry?
A: In University, what I studied didn’t have anything that had to do with styling or make up, but I studied a romantic subject, Literature. The romantic in me as a pices loved art from a young age, I was also very sensitive to the feeling of colours. And because I also really loved make up, I was determined to walk down this path and never gave up pursuing styling and make up as a career.
Q: Nowadays, the market in the bridal styling industry is very competitive, how do you stand out from the other make up artists? What is your field of expertise?
A: The biggest distinction I have stems from a western profession work ethic. Allowing the bride to feel like a superstar while experiencing the intricacies of styling and make up. In the bridal market, most still adopt a single make up style, using one set of style to copy them onto the bride. My specialty is not going with the norm, but giving a bride a more modern look, bringing out her own unique beauty and elegance.
Next up, let’s have a look at some of Eva’s work. La Bride has picked out a few styles and invites Eva to explain some of her concepts to us. The following set of style follows an European theme, with a combination of European gown and translucent make up in order to bring out an European type of romance.
Q: What are some of the emphasis of European make up styles?
A: A translucent make up base that gives one the illusion of a see-through skin, slightly heavier blend of earth coloured eye shadows and heavy contours. As a finishing touch, European women like to put on lipstick, any tone of colour will give the whole look a touch of vibrance.
Q: This style of make up features a white eye liner that’s very eye catching. What is the concept for this?
A: This make up uses a matte base, a pale nude colour to match the vintage style gown. Vintage looks of make up aren’t bright or radiant, that is why I’ve used a soft matte base, and for the eyes I lined it with a white eyeliner to bring out feeling of innocence and purity.
Next let’s take a look at works featured in the designer magazine [BRAND]. The following style in the first image, is Eva’s homage to the the famous painting ‘Bacchus’. The subject of the original painting is male, in order to recreate the aesthetic of ‘Bacchus’, Eva forgoes the eyeliner for a blended misty eyeshadow and a droopy eyelashes, emulating the drunken eyes of ‘Bacchus’. The lip colour is highlighted in the middle of the lips to represent the stains of red wine left behind after a drink, matching the colour with the glass of wine in her hand.
Isn’t a career in make up styling interesting? In reality, make up artists have heavy responsibilities. In order to recreate these amazing looks, a make up artist must, not only hone his or her make up skills, but they also must be cultured in the arts, these commitments behind the camera are not easily understood by you or me. That is why here we’d like to give a very special thanks to Eliza Huang Photography for her images and Eva Jiang for her make up styles.
Hair & Make up：Eva Jiang
Photography：Eliza Huang Photography