Can We Talk About Lucky Magazine’s Kerry Washington Cover?
You may or may not know that Kerry Washington is on the cover of the latest issue of Lucky Magazine. The lady is on a roll like butter! However, Lucky Mag managed to accomplish something that is INCREDIBLY difficult, and that is to make Kerry look anything besides flawless.
Anywho, I asked my girl SanTara of The Gorgeous Ingredient to write up something about it because she was so TOUCHED by how they did our boo.
Lucky Magazine came in the mail today and I’m back in my feelings about this cover. Yes, I first saw it online last week but can we talk about it? Please. Let’s!
Our grand goddess of fine, Kerry Washington has graced another magazine cover this month but to our dismay, things didn’t work out too well. Am I being too kind? I’ll let you decide.
When you hear Lucky Magazine, famed photographer Patrick Demachelier and Kerry Washington in the same sentence you think “Whaaaaat?! Oh, this is going to be an epic project.” Mr. Demarchelier shoots fresh and clean with an almost ethereal lighting. He captures beauty effortlessly,
So, what happened here? None of Demarchelier’s covers look like this! NONE! This man shot Beyonce so fierce that TWO publications used the same picture for their cover and no one uttered a word. It’s safe to say that the same thing won’t be happening in this situation because ain’t nobody checking for this layout. Unless, some random prom magazine is doing a throwback to the 90s feature. Who’s to blame? The fool in the photoshop booth to start with.
Since when has Kerry’s bottom lip totally blended into her chin? How, are they going to erase her prominent lip lines? I’m not cool with that at all! Notice, that it only appears that way on the cover shot. These people weren’t even consistent with the photoshop. *le sigh* As a creative in the beauty industry I also suspect that the glam team may have slipped a bit on makeup, styling and art direction. Let’s take a look.
Makeup: My heart goes out to this makeup artist. It’s so frustrating to do a good job and then have it hacked up by photoshop. The highlighting is so ill-placed that Kerry’s laugh lines appear hard which makes her look older. And hold UP!! When did she get crows feet? Again, there goes that inconsistency with the photoshopping. And the harsh line on the end of each eye looks as if she was a victim of the tape technique often seen in YT videos.
It seems like the MUA went buckwild with the concealer but due to Kerry’s poreless face, I’m going to charge the crime to guess who? THE PHOTSHOP finger hustler. Dude, why be so disrespectful to the art of blending? I guess it was supposed to go unnoticed with all of the frost on her face. Ugh! I tip my hat to makeup artist, Fulvia Farotti. Girl, I’m sorry they made your work look all terrible.
Hair: With all of the great wigs and fans in the world, they came up with this Zack Efron mid length musical. Just NO!! The wig looks frozen in time, 1990s to be exact. This type of razor cut is done to create movement so I don’t get why they didn’t let it happen naturally. Instead, they made it a junior Patti “New attitude” hair hat.
Luvvie interjects with: Why do they have my boo-cousin up here looking like she got caught in a windstorm? And not the good kind like Tyra or Beyonce. The kind that’s like “OMG THE WIND KEEPS BLOWING MY HAIR ON MY LIPS AND MY HAIR’S STICKING TO MY LIPGLOSS!” BOOOOO!
Fashion: “It’s Dior.” We don’t care whose name is on the label. The clothes look too old for Kerry. The scarf is there for what? Does she need to keep her vocal cords warm? Singers do that ya know. She looks like she’s dressed for her 10th year class reunion from 15 year ago. Oh, but it’s Dior so we should be cool with it.
Naw! Helen Mirren wouldn’t even wear this Betty Rubble frock (Shout out to our homie Denitria for the reference).
Listen, I’m all for trying new concepts. I can even get with recycling a concept to pay homage and/or to inspire a new take on something. It didn’t happen here. This project looks like a combination of an old (emphasis on old) Cameron Diaz shoot and a blown out shoot of Naomi Campbell. It doesn’t embrace what we have come to love about Kerry. This team managed to botch someone who is organically beautiful in every way. In the words of her Queen Awesomeness “I’m mad on Kerry’s behalf.”
How do ya’ll feel about it?
Luvvie adds: My boo is still flaw-deficient in spite of this. Never forget.
Santara is a 20+ year beauty industry professional who is passionate about living, loving and red lipstick. Follow her on Twitter at: @TheGorgeousBlog.