Behind the Scenes: Laine Ashker’s Cover Shoot

When a photographer and her subject really have a connection, magic can take place. This was the case for Heels Down Magazine’s April covergirl, eventer Laine Ashker, and photographer Emily Finger of Fingerprints Photography.

“From the moment Laine and I started chatting on the phone I knew we were going to hit it off,” said Emily. “We ended up having two days of shooting – one day at an Animal Sanctuary and the other at another location where we were able to incorporate her own birds into the shoot, which we decided would be a better fit.

“During the second shoot – which are the photos you see in the April issue – her birds were super friendly and would hop on my makeup brushes and would help me apply the makeup to their mom’s face. Honestly felt like I was Cinderella with my own personal bird assistants helping me get Laine ready for the ball (her photo shoot). Laine’s mom was also there and she was a huge pleasure to get to know! Laine herself is one of the kindest, funniest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to not only work with her, but to now call her a friend.”

Laine’s feature article in the issue is all about facing down demons in the sport and owning one’s identity, and her photos reflect her authenticity and boldness that have helped make her into the elite international event rider that she is today.

“We went for a bold look that would have a bit of drama and sass while still incorporating a sense of girly and glam,” said Emily, who applied all of Laine’s makeup and helped style her look. “Lainey loves the Kardashians and has such a great outgoing and personality, we thought that this would be an awesome way to bring that out!”

Get the Look: Laine’s Makeup

1. Primer: Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish
2. Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Foundation & Concealer. Foundation was applied with a makeup brush by Morphe (Brush M439 Delux Buffer). I used Mac Fix Plus on the brush to help set the foundation and also make it a little less heavy. Concealer was applied under the eyes, through the T-zone, and underneath the cheek bones below where the counter would later be applied. All was blended out with a damp beauty blender.
3. Bronzer/contour: Kat Von D Shade & Light Pallet. Used with a Morphe brush, contour (the two darker bronze shades) was applied to cheek bones, around outside of face (with Morphe Brush E4 – ANGLED CONTOUR), as well as around the nose (applied with Bobbi Brown Blending Brush). The yellow and orange shades were mixed and applied underneath and on the eye area to set the concealer, as well as through the T-zone (applied with large fluffy side of Kat Von Dee Contour Brush).
4. Blush: Morphe 9B – The Blushed Pallette. Mixed the top and bottom colors on the left and applied to apples of the cheeks.
5. Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Champagne Collection Face Pallet (Applied with: Morphe Brush M438 – POINTED CONTOUR)
Mixed Champagne Pop & Prosecco Pop and placed above blush at top of cheek bone. Also applied lightly through T-Zone, and at top of the brow bone.
6. Lips: Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Lip Liner & Matte Liquid Lipstick

1. Lorac Pro 2 Palette. For base of eyes, I used the top four colors on the left of the palette (Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Nectar,) to create build-up of natural colors and start defining the crease.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette. In the crease, used Hot Chocolate for a warm brown, smokey look. On the lid, used Mac Fix Plus to make a metallic finish with color pink champagne. In the outer corner I used Spirit Rock to darken and smoke out the look. Also used a mix of this color and Hot Chocolate underneath the eye to smoke out the bottom.
3. Eye Liner: Maybeline Gel Liner (applied with Sigma angled liner brush – best $12 you’ll ever spend! BEST LINER BRUSH!)
4. Lashes: Ardell Whispies
5. Mascara: TooFaced Better Than Sex

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