So real-life Ariel Traci Hines recently did a photoshoot for Lime Crime, advertising their new mermaid-themed eyeshadow makeup palette, Aquataenia. Of course it’s glittering and shimmering and all my other favorite words, not to mention “reminiscent of a mermaid’s tail under the moonlight” which is really how everything should be. Traci sent over some of the gorgeous photos from the shoot as well as the following explanation of how Lenia, star of my very own novel Mermaid, inspired her (I will note that while the beauteous mermaid on the cover of Mermaid has red hair, the actual mermaid in my book has “hair the color of the moon and scattered through with pearls”… What can I say, the woman on the cover of my first novel, Rain Village, doesn’t look like the character she’s meant to represent, either!).
Isn’t this stunning?
“Once Doe, the creator and founder of Lime Crime, told me she wanted me to model as a ‘moon mermaid’ for this, Lenia immediately popped into my head! I told both Doe and the designer of the costume, JoEllen Elam, about Mermaid, and used Lenia as inspiration when modeling this new mermaid character! Lenia has served as inspiration to me for a while, and it was a little bit of a dream come true for me doing this, because as soon as I read Mermaid last year, I dreamed about doing a photoshoot as a silver-haired moon mermaid, in shades of ethereal white. I had actually just gone back blonde when I read the book, and it made me feel a lot better about the big change! This is my real hair in the photoshoot, and though I am now back to Ariel-red, my old self, it was really fun exploring a different type of mermaid-persona with this project, and taking on a new personality and new look for a while to bring this new Lime Crime Mermaid to life! I hope you like the result!”
“We also brought the Lime Crime mermaid to IMATS, the big makeup show in Pasadena, CA this year and it was a grand success! The palette sold out at the show, and everyone wanted to take a photo with the moon mermaid!”