It’s 8 a.m. on an uncharacteristically drizzly morning in Los Angeles. Inside Milk Studios, there’s a palpable energy as the team comes together for Rose Inc.’s first-ever photo shoot. Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes and hairstylist Christian Wood sit at a table, poring over folders stuffed with ideas and visual inspiration. Photographer Kai Z Feng pulls up a chair to discuss the overall feel he’s aiming to capture—a more personal view of Rosie. RHW, too, has come prepared: her iPhone’s camera roll is brimming with everything from vintage Vogue beauty shots to color combinations plucked from Ed Ruscha paintings.
After a quick bit of discussion (and a second round of matcha lattes) the team settles on the day’s first look: a peaches-and-cream face with a modern twist. “I love this trend of wearing blush high on the cheekbones,” RHW says. With that, she’s off to the hair and makeup chair, where Millie Machado paints a glossy red manicure (Essie Gel Couture in Drop The Gown) as Wood and Hughes get to work. RHW snaps a few Polaroids, swiftly changes into a killer Oscar de la Renta bustier and pink blazer/trouser combo, then steps in front of the camera. Feng brings it all into focus. And that’s when the magic really begins. Here’s how to re-create a little bit of it for yourself.