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My Face Mask Philosophy & Some of My favourite Products

Video - 26th Feb 2014 - Views - Comments - Watch →

I love a good face mask and rather than use one three times a week, I’ve been known to wear three in one day! In this film I talk about my face mask philosophy and cover some of my favourite products for all skin types. Masks that plump, moisturise, thoroughly clean, absorb oil, add radiance and generally condition the skin. I hope this film encourages you all to love and enjoy face masks as much as I do. 

To make your own masks, at home for free, check out my blog post on 'Kitchen Cupboard Beauty' here. 

Also in my 'Beauty Regime for Long Haul Flights' film I feature some great hydrating masks. 

The nail varnish I am wearing is Priti NYC Polish - Magic Man and the Lipstick I am wearing in the poster is Giorgio Armani - Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick - 503 x

London Fashion Week A/W14- Alice Temperley and Matthew Williamson

Blog - 21st Feb 2014 - Comments - Read →

Beauty breakdowns for two more shows I designed make-up for...

The first show of day two was Temperley London. The collection was beautifully ornate, with folk-inspired embroidery with a lot of textures and layers. For the make-up I wanted to do something that would contrast with the collection.  The final look was a blue eye with attitude! Graphic, modern and minimalist with a 'boxy' blunt shape.

Here’s how I created the look:

Although the look was all about the eyes, the skin was really the star of the show. To create the fresh faced glow, I started with Bionic Moisturiser and then applied  Sunday Riley’s effortless breathable tinted primer all over the face. Next I used their Liquid Light foundation mainly onto the T-zone and for extra coverage and concealing. I finished skin off using concealer in a shade darker than the girls skintone to very subtly contour, working into the skin and blending.

For the electric pop of colour on the eyelid, I used Kryolan’s BL.10 Aquacolour. To create the boxy shape I started a third of the way across and, with the girls looking straight ahead, took the liner straight out bluntly.

Underneath the eyes, I used a vibrant royal blue pigment, letting it drop down a little  from the waterline and then blended to create the bottom of the square. I wanted it to be really abstract and not perfect.

Finishing the eyes off by curling the lashes and using The Influencer mascara in Midnight Sapphire, a rich, deep navy blue just on the top lashes completed the eye look.

Brows were kept glossy and groomed with a brow gel. 

I used the beautiful (Sunday Riley’s Modern Lip Colour in Mona Lisa) a great Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve-y peachy lip. It's a sheer colour so suited all skin tones in the show.

So that was the look -  a graphic and young make-up with a minimalist feel.

For a wearable blue liner long, watch my film Beach Makeup Brights Tutorial 

London Fashion Week A/W14 - GRACE

Blog - 17th Feb 2014 - Comments - Read →

My first show this fashion week was the debut collection of GRACE at the baroquely elegant grill room of the Cafe Royal Hotel.  The launch collection consisted entirely of black dresses and some really great girls including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Suki Waterhouse and Sam Rollinson to show them off to perfection. The make-up look of the night, was pared down luxury - a modern take on a chic red lip.

Here's how I did the make-up.


My foundation of choice for this show was Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua as I wanted skin to look polished but very natural.

Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate palette was then used to subtly contour.
I applied my current favourite highlighter, Lancome's Eclat Miracle to cheekbones, top lip and corner of the eyes.  I like it because it's not overly shiny and blends seamlessly into the skin.


Eyes were gently shaded to look defined but not as though they were wearing eyeshadow.  Depending on the girls skin tone, different natural shades and tones were used.

Eyeko were sponsoring the make-up for the show and I was very happy to try out some of their brand new, yet to be released products.  Starting with brows, I used their new Liquid Brow Pen which is perfectly subtle and long lasting. Great for filling in any gaps and enhancing natural brows. Launching end of April.

Lashes were curled and a coat of Black Magic Mascara slicked through upper lashes only.  I then applied Eyeko's new corner false lashes which are really easy and fool proof to apply and give a really pretty, natural elongated look to the eye.  There are two types to choose from in their new 'Lash Wardrobe' (see pic below). Launching end of April.


For lips, I used Mac's Ruby Woo to stain and then added darker red shades on the top to create a lived in feel. Finally blotting to a stained, slightly worn off effect,  no lip pencil was used to keep the edges soft. 

Minimal products, maximum effect - just the way I like it!

Whats you favourite minimum product, maximum effect look? 

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How To Wear An Orange Lip - Keira Knightley Red Carpet Look

I had sooo many requests to do a tutorial of Keira Knightley's Orange Lip look from the UK Premiere, so here it is!

I've filmed it in three levels, so whether you're a newbie and want a wearable day look, a fresh take on a much brighter orange or a vampy, red carpet look, this film will help you to embrace the Orange lip trend!

I also mentioned my 'Individual Fake Lashes' film, to watch it, click here

And if you want more of how I created Keira's look, I go into detail in my blog post here

On my nails I'm wearing Jessica's Nail Colour in Sweet Breath 

David Bailey's Stardust

Blog - 6th Feb 2014 - Comments - Read →

I first met Bailey in a professional capacity when I did make-up on a couple of his shoots many years ago. I got to know him better socially after I met my husband with whom he shares a long history and friendship. Every time I see him he has me in stitches with his subversive sense of humour and dark wit, he's as sharp as a tack with a tongue to match. I sat next to him at a dinner last week and in between telling me about his new exhibition he made hilariously inappropriate comments about the other guests. I laughed so hard I cried all my make-up off!

One of the most iconic, ‘take me as I am’, cheeky East End photographers, he captured the Swinging Sixties like no other, taking unforgettable images for the worlds of Fashion, Rock 'n Roll, Entertainment and East End Gangsters. From The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy to Micheal Caine, The Kray Twins, Kate Moss and Jude Law...his gallery of famous faces, both beautiful and brutal, is limitless.

He began his career in 1959 as an assistant to pioneering fashion photographer, John French. By the age of 22, in 1960, Bailey was already shooting for British Vogue himself, with a reputation of being a bit of lad. Devilishly handsome and with boundless energy, every model wanted a piece of him! Bailey's enigmatic character was film director, Antonioni's inspiration for the fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, in his classic 1966 film, Blow-Up. In one year, he shot over 800 pages for Vogue, taking inspiration from Picasso with his rule being that there are no rules!

His exhibition fills the ground floor of the National Portrait Gallery (making it the largest photography show the gallery has ever done), with nineteen different sections including portraits devoted to fashion, entertainment, his travels and his wife, the astonishingly beautiful Catherine Bailey. Devout fans and connoisseurs will be over-the-moon at the inclusion of previously unseen images too. The exhibition has been structured thematically, with iconic images hung next to lesser-known portraits, representing the idea that we are all made from, and return to, ‘stardust’.

I was invited to the private view a couple of nights ago and for me the most interesting image is the Self Portriat of Bailey lying on his army bed during his national service in Singapore (above). Taken three years before he became a famous photographer. Note the Picasso above his bed - if you think about this in the context of that time (1957) soilders usually had pin-ups over their beds so this was such a cool and edgy thing to do. Marking himself out as a man of great taste (he was married to Catherine Deneuve for chrissakes!), an aesthete with a starry future ahead of him.

BAILEY’S STARDUST, sponsored by HUGO BOSS at the National Portrait Gallery, London

The exhibition starts on the 6th February and is on until the 1st June. However, if you can’t make it the book 'Bailey’s Stardust' is available to pre order from amazon here

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Fresh Faced Beauty Makeup with Sophie Dahl

Video - 31st Jan 2014 - Views - Comments - Watch →

Check out Sophie Dahl's wonderful website

A quick and easy to achieve fresh faced beauty makeup look, great for this time of year particularly good if you're looking and feeling tired. X

The nail varnish I am wearing is Nails Inc in Porchester Square. and the lip gloss I am wearing in the introduction is YSL's Gloss Volupte in 202

In the film Sophie and I talk quite alot about concealer and for more tips and information, I have made two concealer films - An Introduction to Concealer and a Tutorial on Concealer  I hope they are helpful .

Winner of My Trailer Competition

Blog - 31st Jan 2014 - Comments - Read →

Last week on my Facebook and Google+ I announced a fun little competition to name all the models and celebrities that appear in my Tutorial Trailer.

As always, I love the effort you all put in - I hear there was some serious stop, starting, pausing and rewinding of the film!

Without further ado…the lucky winners with the most correct answers (each picked at random) are…

1. Flavia Zacar

2. Georgiana Gia 

3. Emily Lupton

Congratulations, you’ve each won some makeup goodies. Keep an eye out for a message from me.

And if you are interested, the correct answers were: 

1. Jagoda Lagiewska from Osman Yousefzada S/S 2010 Fashion Show - London Fashion Week

2. Ming Xi from my Vogue China 2012 and A/W Make-up Trends Video

3. Dree Hemingway in my Behind the Scenes at Matthew Williamson S/S 2012 Show

4. Anja Rubik in my Behind the Scenes at Matthew Williamson S/S 2012 Show

5. Lindsey Wixson in my Bright Eyes, Glossy Lips Feat Lindsey Wixson for Vogue UK

6. Giedre Dukauskaite in my Beauty Shoot for Vogue UK 

7. Cara Delevingne from the ID Magazine Fashion Film

8. Cara Delevingne from the Love Magazine Covers, 2013

9. Edie Campbell from the Love Magazine, 2013

10. Georgia May Jagger from the Love Magazine, 2013

11. Rosie Huntington Whiteley from the Love Magazine, 2013 

12. Alexa Chung for Eyeko, 2013

13. Lara Stone for Turkish Vogue, 2012

14. Liv Tyler for Marie Claire, 2012

15. Katy Perry for Glamour Magazine

15. Emma Watson in my Elle UK Look 

16. Karmem Pedaru Vogue Turkey

17. Cheryl Cole in my Elle Cover Look

18. Jourdan Dunn in Vogue UK 2010

19. Ming Xi in my Vogue China 2012 and A/W Make-up Trends Video

20. Jourdan Dunn Vogue Turkey 2013

21. Kate Winslet in Harper’s Bazaar 2013 with my Baby Bardot Look

22. Kate Winslet for Lancôme Advert 2013

23. Kylie Minogue Elle UK, 2013 

24. Edie Campbell for Love Magazine, 2013

25. Lily Mcmenamy Love Magazine, 2013 

26. Sam Rollinson Love Magazine, 2013

27. Lara Stone for Turkish Vogue, 2012

28. Rosie Huntington Whiteley and One Direction for Glamour Magazine, 2013

29. Mariacarla Boscono in Vogue Turkey, October 2013 

30. Anja Rubik for Vogue Turkey, 2013

31. Kinga Rajzak for Dansk Magazine, 2013 / Paper Makeup  

32. Andreea Diaconu for Italian Vogue, 2013

33. Kate Winslet on Red Carpet, 2012 / Glamorous Red Carpet Makeup

34. Cara Delevigne DKNY Awards, 2013

35. Keira Knightly Red Carpet Makeup for the premiere of Anna Karenina, 2012

36. If you include me! From my 'Easy, Effortless Winged Liner Anyone Can Achieve'

37. Madeline from my 'Acne / Blemish Covering Make-up Tutorial'

38. If you include me! From my 'Make-up Removal Tutorial'

39. Stacha Hicks for my 'Smokey Look for Hooded /Mature Eyes'

40. Yvonne Ellis from my 'Glowing, Youthful Make-up Look for Mature Skin

41. If you include me! From my Flawless & Chic Make-up Look / Keira Knightley Red Carpet Look

42. If you include me! From my 'My Emma Watson Cover Look Tutorial'

43. If you include me! From my 'Cheryl Cole UK Elle Cover Look'

44. Kylie Minogue and me from my 'Kylie Cover Make-up Look – Pinks!'

45. If you include me! From my 'Ultimate Guide to Red Lips Tutorial' 

46. Joanna Halpin from my ‘Baby Bardot’ Fresh Spring Make-up Look'

47. If you include me! From my 'Classic Smoky Eye Tutorial'

48. Claire in my 'Grown Up Girly Look Tutorial' 

49. Jiin Jang from my 'Fresh and Polished Look for Office / Work tutorial' 

50. If you include me in my'Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired Make-up Tutorial' 

51. Svetlana Pavlova as 'Tippi Hedren - The Birds - Hitchcock Heroines Tutorial'

52. Ivana in my Marilyn Monroe - Iconic Make-up Look Tutorial

53. Claudia Devlin in my 'More Biba Fever: Comtemprary Look and Vintage Make-up' and in 'Biba Fever' 

54. If you include me in my 'Old Hollywood Inspired Party Look with Vintage Golds'

55. Helena McKelvie from my 'Wide-Eyed 60’s Lashy Dolly Eyes Tutorial

56. If you include me from my Editorial / Dramatic liner, Lashes and Stars Tutorial

57. Monique Sterling from my 'Trend – Orange Shades. A Simple Look for Olive/Darker Skin Tones' 

58. Meve Zunderdorp in my 'Showgirl / Fantasy Peacock Eyes Tutorial

59. Taii Gordon 'Dramatic Black ‘Cat Eye’ Liner Tutorial

60. Meve Zunderdorp in my 'Trend – Candy Colours Tutorial

61. Aleksandra Gilli in my 'Colorful Glitter Party Eyes'

62. Carolyn Murphy from the 'A-Z of Wink for iD Magazine'

63. Frida Gustavsson in my 'Beautiful ‘Star’ Make-up Shoot, Vogue UK 2010' 

64. Xiao Wen Ju 'A-Z of Wink for iD Magazine'


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