Photoshoot: Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

I mentioned in my latest YouTube video that I was going to a photoshoot, prompting many a question about what exactly I was getting up to! I’m so excited to share a few of the photos with you in this post.

My boyfriend’s dad is a fantastic photographer and he wanted to take some dark, gothic, fantasy-style photos for his online portfolio. I was more than happy to lend a hand, and after making myself up into a creepy-looking china doll/Georgian lady/Marie Antoinette, I was ready to strike a pose or two (or 200!) – feel free to click on any of the photos to view them larger!

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

Dramatic Gothic Make Up Photography

I had the most amazing fun, not only doing the make up (which involved lots of black, pink, glitter and crazy false lashes!) but observing the photography side of things. All the little tips and tricks which combine to make an awesome picture is really fascinating, and I feel like I learned a thing or two!

Here is a quick run-down of how I achieved the look. I started with GOSH’s X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in Porcelain as a base. I then went in with some black eyeshadow on my lid and blended it into my crease. I used a pink to create an awesome glow around the entire edge of the black. I added some purple glitter at the very edges of the eyes which was gorgeously dramatic in the photos. I used a black MAC Liquid Eyeliner to create the heart and the outline of the pursed lips, and used the Sleek Lipstick in Mystic to fill in the shapes. I used some black eyeshadow to dramatically define my cheekbones – VERY dramatically!

Thank you so much to Mark for taking the photos – if you want to check out some more of his work, visit his Flickr HERE.

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Kathleen
    September 19, 2011 / 11:41 am

    Those look really cool! My fave is the third one. 🙂 Oh, and nice hair!

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you, I like that one too 🙂

  2. September 19, 2011 / 1:52 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous! 😀 The makeup you did is awesome! And your dress looks really pretty! You could be a gothic model.

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:23 pm

      Ahh that is awesome, thank you 😀

  3. Hayley
    September 19, 2011 / 3:41 pm

    reminds me so much of Emilie Autumn, beautiful x

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:24 pm

      Wow, that’s an amazing compliment! Thank you 😀

  4. samantha
    September 19, 2011 / 5:02 pm

    beautiful 🙂
    and I love the way they made this look all eerrie !

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:24 pm

      🙂 I love the eerie-ness too 😀 thanks! x

  5. Sarah
    September 19, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    Cool photos:)

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Jasmin
    September 19, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    Oh my god, absolutly GORGEOUS!
    I love those pictures.
    You’re soo beautiful.
    I love you. xx

    • September 19, 2011 / 5:25 pm

      Aww Jasmin you’re so sweet – thank you 😀

  7. September 19, 2011 / 6:11 pm

    This looks like so much fun, the pictures came out so well!

    • September 20, 2011 / 9:42 am

      Thanks Holly 😀 x

  8. iliana Farinha Pita
    September 19, 2011 / 6:50 pm

    Beautiful work done with your hair, the photos are very beautiful, you look beautiful and interesting: D, if it became something better … just mention that her face looks a little more pink than your neck tone. But I have loved to, a session gothic pink and tender enough.

    • September 20, 2011 / 9:43 am

      Thank you!

  9. September 19, 2011 / 8:21 pm

    Yaaay! Beautiful pictures!! <3 The picture I loved the most is the one that you're holding the red rose! Oooh, gorgeous!! <3
    Hair and makeup are stunning!!

    • September 20, 2011 / 9:43 am

      You’re so sweet, thank you 😀 x

  10. Sheena
    September 20, 2011 / 8:23 am

    Wow, you look absolutely gorgeous. Looks like it was a lot of fun creating this look. Beautiful pictures.

    • September 20, 2011 / 9:44 am

      Thank you Sheena 😀 x

  11. KymB
    September 20, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    You look so magical and totally awesome in all the pics! They’re so dramatic, but so beautiful and just so stunning!

    • September 20, 2011 / 2:00 pm

      That is so sweet! Thank you 🙂 x

  12. Lyzzie
    September 20, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    Omg!! You should do a tutorial on this makeup!!! I think lots of people would LOVE it!! I know I would!! Pleasseee?

  13. Anna
    September 20, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    Wow, the pictures are really cool and I love your hair and make up!

  14. September 20, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    i LOVE the 3rd shot! gorgeous 😀

  15. September 20, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    hey chyaz this is really a comment completely off topic but i was really needing to tell how much of an inspiration you have been to me i really coulnt of click ed on a better youtuber! you have really made me who i am today in beauty and given me loads of self confidence! thank you chyaz!!!

  16. September 21, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    the black and white one is what struck me.

  17. Future Abbey Dawn Model (NRGx4)
    September 23, 2011 / 2:09 am

    Totally gothic (in a good way)!

  18. Chana
    September 24, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    I looove the first one <3 <3

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