Is this possible with makeup? I'd like gray skin tones for one of my next projects.
Almost all of my work is done with little to no post processing. So using GIMP (I won't pay for or ever use Adobe products) isn't something I want to have to do. I'd much rather get the model's makeup, the lighting, and the setting set right and take photos that way.
I don't have a MUA in my area. There is one in Providence, RI I really want to work with. She's a long way off and getting her here is expensive. I'll have to find one locally who I can meet up with and get ideas worked out.
The photo was taken in color. The eye makeup still comes through as color. It's pretty close to looking like a B&W photo though.
I'd like to do mine as a full body shoot. What I have in mind for the clothing is a gray dress with varying degrees of gray for shoes, stockings, maybe gloves...things of that nature.
Irises I'm not quire sure how to handle yet. Maybe gray/blue eyes?
I may be able to get hair to come out looking desaturated by playing with different reflectors. Black hair might be cool.
To me (and what do I know), the most dominant part of that image is this very pronounced blue cast, which I think is unlikely to have been done with gels, and even more unlikely to have been done with makeup. If you color correct that image for the whites of the eyes to be neutral (not perfect but a rough approximation), the image comes out as a normal color image that's a bit desaturated.
Substantially changing a model's skin tone while maintain a "natural" look requires a considerable amount of makeup skill. Finesse and mad blending skills are needed or else the look will come across as a face paint. A deft hand in post editing is also a must.
Kryolan greasepaint will work like a charm. I've used it for two shoots and it goes on wonderfully, with very opaque coverage, and I managed to get a great look out of it despite being ahem, challenged when it comes to application. Go for it.