Behind The Scenes on the August Beauty Shoot

ELLE's Beauty Director takes you behind the scenes

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By Emma Strenner

If you've got this month's issue you'll see our summer story with Maybelline New York's UK Director for Make-Up and ELLE favorite, Sharon Dowsett and photographer Enrique Badulescu.

We shot this in February, out in Tulum, Mexico. It was a welcome escape from snowy London. It may look idyllic but these stories are hard work. Call times of 4am to get the perfect light and we are constantly on the move, especially, waiting for the perfect natural light to really work with the natural beauty of the skin and make-up.

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Senior Fashion Editor Natalie Wansbrough-Jones added her magic touch with the perfect palette for the looks, the Prada one-piece has to be my favorite in the story, and we were blessed with beautiful weather.

Now go and get your copy of August ELLE to see the beautiful shots in their full glory and get some summer make-up inspiration. Even better why not subscribe and get a free Bourjois make-up set worth £33?

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Capturing the first light

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My favourite shot in action

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It's hotting up!

Tulum wakes up

Where the magic happens

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Sharon in action

Cocktail after a long day

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