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Swedish Union Magazine for “Performing Arts and Film”

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by Tallee Savage

This is a photo session I did with my sister Amanda and her hubby Björn. The photos have been used for promotion of Independent Kostym who has the largest collection of costumes for professionals in Scandinavia.

The photo of my sister is now featuring on the cover of the latest issue of the Swedish Union Magazine for “Performing Arts and Film” (Teaterförbundet för scen och film) among other photos and projects we have done together and including a big interview with her. You can read how she and her colleagues work in a fabulous place that have dressed the Scandinavian Film and Theatre Industry since the 1930’s. How Independent kostym offers both rental and manufacturing of the costumes for film production, television, theatre and corporate events. With over 1,600 square meters in Stockholm. The staff has experience and knowledge on costume history and costume design and they are experts on realizing the ideas and visions brought upon them for all kinds of productions. Amanda tells you more about her work as a costumiere and life at Independent Kostym. It is in swedish folk… Thank God for Google Translate :D

Click here to read the article (page 18) >>>

Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Stylist: Amanda Martinez
Graphic Design: Mattias Savage




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Lotta Sjöström (Vice Vd)
Amanda Martinez
Angelica Tibblin Chen
Ann-Sofie Berggren
Dorothy Christensen

Avant-garde fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Tallee Savage

I had very little time to be innovative for this photo session. But I wanted to get an Avant-garde fashion feeling to it. With the make up being a central part of the look. The photos are taken on the 9th gathering of “Smålandsträffen”. Visiting our friends Jörgen & Boel Lundh.

Photo, Make up and Styling: Tallee Savage
Costume Styling: Amanda Martinez / Independent Kostym
Model: Boel Lundh  



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1930’s Fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by Tallee Savage

The devastating stock market crash in 1929 was severe and the great depression which followed persisted throughout major parts of 1930’s and affected all western industrialized countries. Widespread unemployment, near halts in industrial production a huge percent of decline in stock prices. But strangely enough the economic crisis did not stop people from going to the movies to see the big stars. Maybe this was a way to flee the depression for a few hours. This decennium has nostalgically been stamped as “The Golden Age of Hollywood”. With popular genres like gangster, western and social realism films. Stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Zarah Leander, Ginger Rogers, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich are the contemporary style icons. The film’s significance for beauty care was ravishing and grand. However a lot of beauty expertise emigrated from Paris to Hollywood  and the fascism advent and mass unemployment were reflected in fashion and colors. The cosmetic industry flourishes. The “Snow White” pale skin lost status and tanned did not anymore mean that you where a “country girl” or had to work outdoors, it now meant that you had affordable times spent on the beach and in nature. 1930’s look was healthy!
This is a collaboration I did with Tifa Högberg from the magazine “Min Boudoir”, my sister Amanda Martinez from Independent Kostym and the beautiful model Angela Eldh.

Amanda is a very talented stylist which I have done a numerous of projects with. Here she explains about the fashion, styling and couture:

Amanda-30-tal“In costume history I have a number of favorite eras but the 30’s is absolutely one of my dearest. I am simply crazy about the Glamour years and what follows here is just a brief on some of all the wonderful things that went on in fashion. Creators adapted to the crisis in various ways, for instance by using the cheaper and improved easy-care materials that were now at hand.  Despite the harsh economy, 30’s fashion is actually characterized by glamor and elegance – largely inspired by luxury and flair that swept in from Hollywood through the big screen.

The 20’s boyish look stepped out of the picture and women’s silhouette now returned to a more feminine shape, still slim but with bust and waist back in their right place.  The ideal figure was tall and slender and by using pliable fabrics, adding frills and applying draping and bias cutting techniques designers obtained the wavy, smooth and figure-embracing lines pursued. Skirts reached down to mid calf, were often tightened over the hips and flared at bottom”.  //Amanda Martinez

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Some 1930’s characteristics: Butterfly arms, the tie detail in the neckline and the asymmetrical
closure of the blouse. The wide flapping pants and of course the hat – nice and elegantly tilted.


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Halter necks and backless garments were highly in fashion, especially in evening wear.
For our session I chose a shimmering gown that exposes the models pearl string adorned back,
another classic and simply enchanting detail often that was often seen in this decade.


Some brief information on the make up fashion:

Eyes of the 1930s were defined, but much more modestly than the previous decade.  Apply eyeliner in black or brown to your upper lid and a very fine line along the edge of your bottom lid.  Don’t go all the way around the eye. The typical eyebrow look of the 1930s were thin, arched brows, well-defined, extending toward the temple. If you don’t wish to change your brow shape, you must at least make sure that they are well-kept and cleanly plucked.  Brush them gently into place with a brow brush, if you have one.  You may also dress them with petroleum jelly or olive oil for a shiny effect.  If your brows are pale, darken them with a pencil.

For a glossy daytime look, you can apply a very small amount of petroleum jelly or olive oil to the eyelids (to match your shiny eyebrows).  For a more alluring evening look, I like a light, shimmery shadow paired with a dark gray or brown eyeshadow.  However, there were many shades of shadows in the ’30s, ranging from green, blue, violet, orchid, and brown.  Eyeshadow was applied from the top eyelid up toward the eyebrow.

24165047-jabM6Photo and Make up: Tallee Savage
Costume stylist: Amanda Martinez
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym
Hair: Tifa Högberg
Graphics: Mattias Savage
Model: Angela Eldh
Published in: Min Boudoir #5

1920’s Fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by Tallee Savage

The 1920s fashion is my favorite era in so many ways. I love the beautiful materials like; feathers, lace and pearls and the whole assertive attitude that came with the young women of the time. Fashion was celebrating youth after some dark years during the first world war. The attitude to make-up also made a dramatic and revolutionary change. Before this, it just wasn’t “proper” for girls to wear make up. Sales from make up multiplied in Paris, London and the U.S.A and reached ladies from all societies. Harmful chemicals like lead and mercury were removed. Leading innovators were Max Factor,  Maybelline, Elisabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.

Savage Beauty, Independent Kostym and Min Boudoir Magazine did a collaboration that covered the look of the 1920’s until the 1950’s. It was published a few months back in “Min Boudoir # 5”. If you are interested in the retro, burlesque, vintage fashion and lifestyle of this era, this is a good magazine to pick up. I did all the make up and shot all the photos for this project. My sister Amanda Martinez was in charge of the costume styling to get the perfect and accurate look of the decade. Here is the english and un-edited version, showing more pictures from our project. Next week we will cover the 1930’s!
/// Tallee Savage

The 20’s was a dynamic decade and in fashion trends we find a range of contemporary currents and expressions reflected; everything from jazz and Art Deco to archaeological finds in the Orient and above all – social change.  Particularly women’s fashion underwent drastic changes as garments were now designed to allow their bodies to move freely, drive vehicles, play sports or dance the night away. The ideal figure turned straight, with no emphasis on either bust, waist or hips and the extreme figure shaping corsets were finally abandoned. Skirts exposed more of the legs than ever before – for a short period even the knee caps!
The 20’s was also a decade of both economic expansion and great social inequalities. While diverse classes were now embracing the same fashion, clothing materials and exclusivity still differed and thus made the wearer’s economic status distinguishable.
///Amanda Martinez


The daywear outfit is an elegant but casual 2-piece made of sheer, graphically patterned and embroidered fabric. Bell shaped caps pretty much dominated hat fashion throughout the decade.

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Ready to enter the night club in a see-through dress with extensive sequins embroidery, rows of pearls, silk covered legs and tilting plumes giving the whole appearance a cinematic shimmer!

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1920’s Make Up:

Face: Pale base and cream or ivory powder to the skin. The model was to look like a porcelain doll. In the middle of the 20’s the skin tone reverted to a more natural face color.

Eyes: A dark and dramatic look, with black smeared eyeliner liberally and heavily applied, topped with dark grey, green or turquoise eyeshadow to get the “smokey eyes” look. Emphasis lay in the middle of the eye to get a perfect round shape. White or off-white eyeliner inside the eye to enlarge optimally. Lots and lots of mascara! In those days mascara came in a block form and needed to be heated up and applied with a stick or wand. False eyelashes were popular!

Eyebrows: In the beginning of the 20th century eyebrow were “normal plucked”, to eventually thin-out considerably and had a high round shape with a bevel finish. Inked with black or brown eyeliner and sometimes downward sloping.

Rouge: Apply to cheeks in a circle! Rose colors at first but around 1925 orange colors were more popular.

Lips: Deep red, burgundy, plum, raspberry or dark orange tones depending what year of the 1920’s. To get a “bee-bitten” lip-look you need to apply the lipstick like a “cupid bow” exaggerated on both upper and lower part of the lips, but stops qutallee-signite dramatically before reaching the corners of your mouth. Light colors on the mouth was less flattering in the 20’s.

24165047-jabM6Photo and Make up: Tallee Savage
Costume stylist: Amanda Martinez
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym
Hair: Tifa Högberg
Graphics: Mattias Savage
Model: Christina Moberg Segura
Published in: Min Boudoir


Queen Louisabeth I

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by Tallee Savage


Gustav Vasa, Reformation in Sweden, the Church of England gets separated from the Pope and the Catholic Church, The Portuguese arrived as first Europeans to Japan, Ivan IV (The Terrible) becomes Tsar of Russia, Queen Elizabeth I accesses the throne of England, English-Spanish war was fought, Nostradamus publishes his prophecies, William Shakespeare writes “Romeo & Juliet, Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo works on the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, The Castle of Gripsholm in Sweden is completed, Christopher Columbus dies, Magellan sets out on history’s first leagues round the world, war, plague and witch-hunts. There are plenty of miseries and exciting stories to read about from the sixteenth Century (1500s).

But what about fashion? What did it look like over that century? Renaissance fashion ranging from the 1300s to the late 1500’s varies quite a lot depending on what year and what country it is. The Italians and the Germans were leading in fashion during the first half of the 1500s and the Spaniards during the last half of the century. The easiest way is perhaps to say “Tudor / Elizabethan era” in which the Spanish & French fashion still makes it self most characteristically in these pictures. With round rigid collar, cart-wheel ruffs, wide arms and multi-layered skirt to show her virtue.

During the Renaissance it became very fashionable to dye ones hair auburn and fair skin to show that they did not work or spend time outdoors. Cosmetics was also very popular among the wealthy. Elisabeth I wore Ceruse, a smooth white powder made from lead (causing lead poisoning). Vermillion was used as rouge on cheeks and lips.

The model for this project was obvious to me. Not because she has all the model attributes that you can wish for. But because of her charisma. I was looking for attitude and “eyes” for this shoot. The fact that Louise does not like to smile in pictures came very handy on this session. Thank you Louise, this came out exactly as I imagined and planned it!

Special thanks to my sister and Independent Kostym in Stockholm for the professional costume styling and props. The pictures here are taken against a grey background with a beauty dish and two strip lights as illumination. Last but not least,  thanks to Mattias for the perfectly fitting graphic work on Queen Louisabeth.


Model: Louise Ekroth
Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage
Costume Stylist: Amanda Martinez / Independent Kostym

Cat in ruffled collar by Shauna Finn ………………. Queen Elisabeth I (1533-1603 • Reign: 1558-1603)

My Tribute to Charlie Chaplin (Yes, it’s ME!)

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Model 40, Movies, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Tallee Savage

When I was a little girl I used to watch Charlie Chaplin movies together with my grandfather. He brought so many laughter to me as the “Little Tramp”. He is one of the film actors I admire the most from the early classical Hollywood era. And I still love him,  because he wanted to bring about a radical change in contemporary society where he saw the misery of exploited people. You can see this throughout all his films, how the Little Tramp communicates the message of human freedom and always has a positive outlook on life in a world full of chaos.

Charlies personal life and career was full of scandals and controversy. His childhood has the type of deprived childhood that one would expect in a Dickens novel. Still after huge success he had an “un-millionaire” way of living and I quote his words “The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury”.

In the 1950’s Charlie was scrutinized for his support in aiding the Russian struggle against the invading Nazis during World War II, and the U.S government questioned his moral and political views, suspecting him to having communist ties. In 1952 when he traveled home to England for the premier of “Lime Light”, he was denied reëntry o the United States. The goverment had no evidence to prove that he was a threat to national security. Now, talk about paranoia : (

I think that without Charlie Chaplin, movies would not be as big as they are today. He was not just “bigger ” than anybody, he was gigantic and I think it is doubtful if any other individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings…specialy when they needed it the most through Wold War I , The great depression and the rise of Hitler. It came natural to him to lash out both imperialism and Fascism… but carrying out his mission he would always put on the costume of a “clown”.

Now and then my whole family sits down in front of the TV and we have a Charlie Chaplin weekend. Some classics are: “The Kid”, “The Gold Rush”, “City Lights”, “The great Dictator “, “Limelight”

This photo session here is my way of showing my admiration for Charlie Chaplin. Yes, it is actually me in the pictures, he, he, he. I feel a complete and utter amazement at the genius of this great man. To me his gift is immeasurable and timeless and his legacy will be enjoyed forever.

Model: Tallee Savage (me)
Photo and graphics by: Mattias Savage Wilmenius
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym

A little something I wrote about Charlie in Swedish.

Charlie Chaplin skänkte filmen innehåll, form och framförallt karaktär. Han var den förste som funderade ut en komisk sekvens, lade ihop komplikationer och sedan drev situationen till dess logiska spets. Idag känner de flesta till vagabonden Charlie men de är inte bekanta med hans filmer. När jag var liten tittade jag ofta på hans filmer tillsammans med min morfar i Chile. Han var så rolig och hans blotta närvaro berikade min själ. I böcker skrivna om honom och i hans självbiografier kan man läsa om hans fascinerande liv. Från elände och förnedring och en uppväxt likt den Charles Dickens beskriver i Oliver Twist till en majestätisk triumf. Jag tycker hans verk borde vara självklara inslag i kulturorienterade ämnen i skolan och min yngsta dotter på nio år håller med. Hon ska därför ta med några av Chaplins filmer till skolan och visa i hennes klass. Ett mästerverk som “Diktatorn” tillhör enligt min mening allmänbildningen. Men min favorit är nog “Chaplins pojke = The kid” och” The Gold Rush”

My grandfather Onofre and I in Santiago, Chile, 1972. One of my biggest role models and inspiration in life.

The authentic Charlie below:

Here you can watch some scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s movies:

This scene chokes my heart and makes me cry every single time. The music he wrote was also very emotional and powerful.

And what about this scene, doesn’t it make you smile?

A small part from the movie “City Lights”:


Princess Fiona

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by Tallee Savage

Anybody who has seen the animated comedy film Shrek will recognize the fabulous Princess Fiona. That was cursed to live as a ogress at sunset and human by day. She’s the best “kick-a” princess that’s ever been!  My daughter Elizia can personate just about anybody. Even a ogre princess with black belt karate skills that farts and bulges with no pardon. Being a little ogre herself, she has a hard time sitting still and the green make up was all over the bathroom. Nevertheless, we had plenty of fun doing this shoot.

Model: Elizia Savage
Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage Wilmenius
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym

Elizia is extatic about her new look. Lots of laught while doing the ogre make up.


Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by Tallee Savage

This is work from an artist from Västerås called Garip Jensen. He came down to Stockholm to photograph two models. Lina Backlund and Mary Mayhem. Photo shoot took place in our studio and I did the make up. My sister, stylist Amanda, had thoroughly picked out the outfits for the occasion, from Independent Kostym. Not much to say here besides that Garip was a really nice guy to work with and I look forward to see his finished work on these digital visualizations.  It’s best for Garip himself to explain his art. Read below!

The result of my digital visualizations is part of a process to create the art I really want to see. They are, as I see it,  idea sketches of what I can see as a big “classical” oil painting in the end – reference materials to my painting. They are not finished until its time for an exhibition about five years from now somewhere suitable, probably in America, France or England… Time will tell. When its time to create the original painting I choose one of the best sketches (in my opinion of course) or maybe I create a combination of several sketches, and as always I change details until I’m totally satisfied with the result.

The way I express myself in paintings now is a result of many decisions along the way that’s all part of who I am or what I am more or less. Its passion, fantasy, beauty in several ways, and lots of contrasts that I love to play with.  I’m longing for the result of the big exhibition and I hope to see you there when its time :)

Garip Jensen  //

Model: Mary Mayhem

Model: Lina Backlund

Some published work

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Model 40 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by Tallee Savage

Me modelling in the magazine Cinema. The ad is for Independent Kostym one of the largest costume warehouses in Scandinavia. They have every fantastic unique creation you might be looking for to rent for theater, photos, film, commercial, masquerade and private parties.

Photo: Göran Magnusson – Styling: Amanda Martinez
Hair: Sarahmaria Ahrenius – Graphics: Mattias Wilmenius

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Adina Savage on the poster for The Swedish Championships of Make up.
A competition in Stockholm held by SHR (Sveriges Hudterapeuters Riksorganisation = The Swedish Skin Therapist’s Association). The theme this year was princess wedding.
Photo: JenHell – Make up: Tallee Savage
Syling: Amanda Martinez – Graphics: Mattias Wilmenius

Rosetta modelling for the cover of swedish magazine nolltvå. – Photo: Ryan Garrison


Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by Tallee Savage

Lena Neogard Thomander is a beautiful woman and an adorable person as you can see. Also a very talented and cool drummer to add to it.

Lena is mostly known for her three years as a member of “The Railers”  from the TV-show “På Spåret”. She has played or toured with numerous swedish artists such as Markoolio, Charlotte Perrelli, Nanne Grönvall, Anne-Lie Rydé  and Lady B Goode.

The tour with Nanne Grönvall continues this fall and goes on until christmas with the last show in Båstad. She is also a member of The Moneypennies and Country Rox and is just about to take part in a family entertainment show on Swedish television.

This is the work we did with her for her promo pics. We have plans to work again soon.

Make up: Tallee Savage
Photo: Steff Granström
Wardrobe: Amanda Martinez, Independent Kostym
Graphic designer: Mattias Savage Wilmenius

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