|L-R: A grumpy blogger's lip swatch, Attempt number 1,|
Attempt number 2, Test photograph
1. Taking the lip swatches
Having never really done many lip swatches before, I soon realised there was a reason! You wouldn't think it would be so hard, but after the fifth or sixth swatch your lips are starting to get chapped and gross from applying the lipstick and then wiping it off, followed by another and another and another. Your lips start to get stained with for or five different lipsticks which changes the colours of the others and it just gets all too hard! Taking the photos of my lip swatches took me forever.
2. Editing the lip swatches
The next part was to crop the photographs and then assemble them in the grid, numbering them and circling the numbers. This isn't terribly difficult, just once again very time consuming.
3. Determining which photo goes with which lipstick
So the next issue was trying to figure out which lipstick went with which photograph. Sure, some of them are obvious but others not so much. In the end I actually had to take some new photos because I just couldn't figure out which was which!
4. Photographing the lipsticks
This really shouldn't have been so hard. I needed them arranged so that you could see all of them at the same time, so I had to use a brick for a tier. The brick was filthy and covered in dirt and dried concrete so it was a real challenge to get the lipsticks to balance on the top. I then found that the background was too busy and was interfering with how the lipsticks were displayed so I had to get a cardboard box to stand in the background. That was hideous so I invested in some wrapping paper as a background. The weather was quite hot so all my lipsticks started melting when I was trying to photograph them. Of course, because that wasn't enough, then the wind decided to pick up and blow half of my lipsticks across the garden (thank God all but one had the lids on!). And then, you won't believe this - the battery ran out and memory card was full. Everything was against me. Everything.
So as you can see, writing that post was hard work but worth it in the end because I think it turned out beautifully! I hope you enjoyed both the Summer Lipstick Wardrobe post and this behind the scenes look!