Liam Dunn Makes the Drama Real
We caught up with Liam Dunn while he was on set with Russell & Bromley shooting their upcoming spring collection, but it’s winter now, so we got to chat about his last shoot with them . Liam’s been working with Russell & Bromley for a while, and their creative relationship has been an evolution. When it came time to shoot winter, they wanted to go a little more sophisticated, a little more mature, but with a rough edge. So Liam put the model’s hair up, without being too clean about it, and gave her a cat eye. “A modern, sexy eye, to be a bit more grown up,” Liam explains. “I wanted to give her more of an edge, and a bit of drama, which is why I opted for that shape.”
But, it isn’t just the shape. Liam’s hair and makeup fits into the larger composition of the image. From the set, to the lighting, to the apparel, everything must be considered. “I definitely take into account the color palate from the season,” Liam says. “There was a lot of black and grey because they’re doing winter.” By adding the edge and drama, Liam was able to ensure that the model didn’t get lost in the strength of the looks. But she still needs to look natural. That’s why there’s so little other makeup on her face. “I don’t generally like to put a lot of heavy cover,” Liam says. “I like the skin to read in a real way.”
By keeping her skin looking natural, but adding that edge, Liam is able to bring out the sophistication within the model with just a few well placed strokes of color and line. The model stays who she is, but the version they all needed her to be.