A face from outer space: Charlotte Church's EP design

 Charlotte Church EP 2 cover photo

Charlotte Church EP 2 cover photo

Back in 2013, Charlotte Church released 3 EPs with a brand new musical direction, breaking away from being Wales' once-operatic-angel and stepping into tough new boots.

We were commissioned to create the EP photography and artwork for this provocative, sit-up-and-listen sound.

For the EP Two, Charlotte was very clear about wanting a spacey face. The whole works, of course - nebulas on her nose and constellations on her cheeks. We booked in Christine Bateman, Boy George's make-up artist (as if we'd ask anyone else!) and away she went.

It all started with a blue base.

Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes

Then the natural swirls you see in galaxies were stroked in with brushes and Charlotte's face became a glitter magnet.

Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes

Along with darker shading and lighter speckles, sequins, crystals and metal studs were glued on to the skin to add that extra sparkly effect. One last mirror check and it was time for the all-important shot!

Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes
Charlotte Church space makeup - behind the scenes

How can you tell when a make-up artist is good? When everyone thinks the final image is a complete Photoshop job, that's when! In fact, we darkened the edges a bit and added a smidge of extra sparkle, but the rest is pretty much all blue paint, glitter and night sky magic.

To see more 'behind the scenes' fun from this EP and the others, click here to check out what we did for Charlotte's underwater shoot and how we sewed up her mouth for the 'silent but deadly' look.

Interested in booking a photoshoot or other work with us? Contact us and let us know!