I first met a woman who had insane red spiral curls and meticulously applied rainbow eyeshadow, who vamped for the camera with an enthusiasm beyond compare. She was made to be in front of a lens. When we arranged to meet up a few weeks later, the woman who approached was Tracey au naturel, with her own shorn hair and not a speck of makeup. She was still compelling; she was also completely unrecognizable.
Some people change their look with the seasons. Others mourn a breakup with the requisite dramatic haircut, or celebrate one job (employment) with another (dye). Tracey Matthews takes the exercise to a whole new level, radically changing her hair and makeup on an almost daily basis. Her day job is in a downtown firm; in off-hours, she works her makeup magic as a freelance artist.
For one week this spring, Tracey and I met after she’d left work, to document the persona she’d created and presented to the world that day. She’d park her Chevy Tahoe, step into the studio and bam! she was ready, with stories and expressions and infectious enthusiasm. Other than a touch up in the bathroom mirror, what I saw and photographed was how she’d looked since leaving her house that morning for a day in the office. At the end of the session, we always made sure to capture her look after she’d taken off the day’s ‘do.
And now, I introduce to you a self-described Gothic rocker princess, who woke up that Monday morning inspired by pin-up girls and the memory of Marilyn Monroe.
Look: Marilyn & pinup girls
Tip from Tracey: A lighter eyebrow is best when working with a lighter haircolor.