Draw the Line - Graffiti Graphic Looks for Vogue
I recently worked on this creative editorial beauty shoot for the November issue of Vogue Italia with super-talented photographer Michael Baumgarten. The story was inspired by graffiti artist tags, with a little bit of Serge Lutens, 80's club and music culture and some other art references thrown in for good measure. I did some research beforehand, but not too much, as I didn’t want to be too influenced by other peoples' work and wanted to feel free on the day to create and scribble whatever came into my head.
Everything was drawn freehand as I simply couldn’t find stencils that looked anything like the shapes I had in mind - and I didn’t want to make my own stencils as they would then restrict my movements.
To draw, I used a variety of liquid and gel eyeliners each with different brush and nib sizes. For some of the thicker lines I used Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner as the tapered edge proved useful for changing from thick to thin with just a change of pressure. I also used Mac Liquid Eyeliner in Boot Black and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink as they both dry to a really good, matte texture (Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner and L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza are both great high street liner options).
My Mayr mask must-haves
If you subscribe to my newsletter you will have already had a first look at this post last week (if you don't, sign up here for more exclusives). I’m just back from a week at the Mayr health retreat in Austria - I’ve been so busy with work recently and had been suffering from migraines so I jumped at the chance to spend some time out there.
It was also the perfect excuse to treat my skin to different masks as, for once, I had lots of free time. I don’t know about you, but my skin changes from day to day - one day it’s oily and the next it’s dehydrated. I packed different options so that I was prepared for any skin eventuality! I also knew that I would be splitting my time between the original Mayr centre in the south of Austria, near the Italian border, and the new centre in the north where I would be outside in a cooler climate, going on lots of walks and mountain hikes, so I was able to mix and match my mask routine according to what my skin craved each day.
Have a look at the ones I brought with me below…
Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask
If you have sensitive skin or skin that tends to go red in cold weather, this one’s for you. I used it after my hikes at the north clinic - the all-natural formula is rich in probiotics that are designed to soothe, strengthen and lower stress levels in skin (just what I needed) and can quickly calm any redness or inflammation.
Phytomer HydraSea Thirst-Relief Rehydrating Mask
Drier skin will drink up this creamy, moisturising mask - it’s another one I used when I was in the north clinic and spending lots of time outside. It feels deeply hydrating and quickly plumped up my tired skin.
Garancia Bal Masqué des Sorciers Purifiant
This mask is great for all skin types but especially dull, oily or combination skin. Think of it like a mini peel - you can feel it fizzing as it forms little bubbles that disperse oxygen to boost circulation for a hit of radiance. It’s really easy to use and works in a matter of minutes (just rinse it off when the bubbles disappear), perfect before an event for instant glow.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion
Sheet masks are one of my skincare obsessions. They’re perfect for travelling - easy to pack and quick to use. This hydrating, hyaluronic acid-packed formula came into its own the morning after I (accidentally) slept with the heating on and windows closed and my parched face needed moisture, quick! It was the first time I'd tried it and it gave me a visible face lift after one use! (for morning puffy face, you could keep it in the fridge to reduce facial swelling in minutes)
Perricone MD Chloro Plasma
I packed this to give my combination skin a deep cleanse. The creamy mask contains chlorophyll (an antioxidant that’s great for skin) particles which burst as you massage the mask onto your skin - I like to spend a while massaging with this one. You can tell all the particles have delivered their chlorophyll when the mask goes from pale to deep forest green. It sets like a classic clay mask and helps to tighten pores and balance oil without drying out your skin
Alpha H Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Mask
If your skin is congested or dull (or you’ve just had a string of long days and late nights, like me), I like this glycolic mask as it exfoliates, smoothes and brightens tired complexions quickly. It does contain essential oils so not suitable for very sensitive or reactive skin - although this is balanced with soothing manuka honey.
Sisley Gel Express aux Fleurs
This hydrating mask is one of my all-time favourites so it often makes its way into my holiday skincare kit. I put it on in the morning and leave it for three minutes (or longer if I have time). If I'm following it with make-up I'll wash off completely or, if I’m having a day off, I just tissue off and massage any remaining gel into my skin.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and what your must-have masks are in the comments below...
My Pro Kit - Eyebrow Products
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A quick film showing you some of my favourite brow products. These powders, pens and pencils are essential for perfecting the brows of all models and actresses I work with. They are the ones I trust, rely on and use time and time again. What brow products do you swear by?
The lip colour I am wearing in the film is Urban Decay - 24/7 Lip Pencil in Jilted.
Classic Polished Nude
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This tutorial features all the classic elements of the perfectly polished nude palette... polished brows, defined eyes and a great nude lip. It’s a subtly sexy look that’s extremely versatile. Adapt to suit your skin-tone, occasion and personality.
Thanks to Monique for being so lovely, you can follow her on instagram here.
The nail varnish I'm wearing is Rimmel's Salon Pro - Happily Evie After
Radiantly Healthy Fresh Spring Makeup Look
Post winter skin needs life breathing back in to it and this radiantly pretty Spring makeup look is perfect for putting the fresh healthy bloom back. x
Makeup Tips for Redness and Rosacea plus a Simple Statement Makeup
Lots of you requested a video featuring make-up tips for covering Rosacea and facial redness. With my gorgeous model Danni we discuss how best to deal with these issues and, as Danni had a special appointment after the filming, demonstrate that no matter what, you can still wear a red lip! Viewers with Rosacea, let me know what works for you. X
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In the intro, I'm wearing a Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pale Pink with a touch of Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom.