By: Asha Tanielle
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing makeup on the beautiful curvy actress Anna Maria Horsford. Anna has a vibrant personality which makes it impossible to get hung up on the fact that you've watched her on television and the big screen for the last few decades. In case you are not familiar with her work, Anna played "Thelma" in the sitcom Amen and "Dee" in the Wayans Brothers to name a few.
We met up at the studio of world renowned photographer Donn Thompson in Harlem, New York City. Donn has photographed just about everyone who is anyone from super models to actresses such as Kimberly Elise and Eartha Kitt.
After we all got situated, I began my assessment on Anna. She has warm mocha hued skin that looks the same way it did in photographs from ten years ago...flawless! She has large beautiful eyes with defined lids, high cheek bones and full lips....a makeup artists dream!
Since the photoshoot was for headshots, I decided to stick with neutral tones on the eyes while still using light colors on the lid and deeper tones in the crease to give the eyes definition and make them "pop". I used a warm red-orange blush on the under side of her cheeks to give them a nice contour and I popped "sweet as cocoa" blush from MAC on the apples of the cheeks to warm up her face and give it a bit of a bronzy appearance. For the lips, Anna said she either prefers very light (nude) shades, or deep dark shades. I went with a deep burgundy lipstick and a chestnut liner since fall is approaching.
When I was finished with the makeup, I handed Ms. Horsford a mirror and she smiled and said "I love it"...music to my ears! Then it was time for the magic to happen.
The actual shoot was surprisingly quick. Anna is a seasoned pro at posing and getting a variety of different angles. Her modeling skills coupled with Donn's magnificent lighting and artistic eye made this shoot a hit!
* Look out for Anna Maria Horsford this fall on BET in the new show called "Reed Between The Lines" starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Photo taken by Brittany Waller, Makeup Artist assistant
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