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Royal Ballet Inspired Makeup Tutorial with Roberta Marquez

A fun day making up my friend Roberta Marquez, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet resulted in this dramatic, Bollywood/ Arab/ Classic Ballet make-up mash up! Hanging out in Roberta's predominantly pink dressing room backstage is like being in a little girls dream….. right down to the pink TV and Audrey Hepburn videos. Hope you enjoy it X

Shades used (plus similar, lower priced alternatives)

Dior 5 Couelours designer - Pink Design 808

Chanel IIusion D'Ombre - Fantasme 81 

Dior Show Waterproof Mascara Black 090 a cheaper alternative is Urban Decay - Cannonball Waterproof Mascara Black.

Bobbi Brown - Lip Liner - Ballet Pink

Chanel's - Le Blush Creme De Chanel - Affinite 65 

Laura Mercier - Secret Camouflage - SC2

MAC - Eye Kohl - Fascinating

L'Oreal - Glam Shine 6h - Forever Nude 103

To follow Roberta on Instagram @robertabailarina and sign up to her website

My 'Zero Make-Up' Holiday Skincare Essentials

Blog - 5th Aug 2013 - Comments - Read →

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve worn any kind of make-up - I haven’t even curled my eyelashes, which is unheard of for me! Whilst I do have similar days at home, I don’t ever carry on for this long.

I arrived at the original Mayr Clinic in Austria 12 days ago for my annual detox/re-charge and decided to not bother with the small but perfectly formed bag of make-up I’d packed. During the detox process you have days when you feel and look absolutely dreadful and in previous years I’ve worn a little make-up, mainly eyelash stuff, to cheer myself up– but this year I thought I’d have a complete make-up detox. I’ve tried to keep my skincare routine simple too (for me) and after basic cleansing morning and night, here's what I narrowed it down to:

During the day:

After cleansing I have been using Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail with a shot of B12. I thought this would be a good thing to pack as during the first week of the detox process you look like death warmed up. I suffer the effects of sugar deprivation including headaches, sleeping badly, feeling generally horrible and looking like a zombie. This product contains B vitamins, brown algae, ginseng and 12 amino acids in addition to one of my all time favourite ingredients, hyaluronic acid which helps skin look immediately fresher and more plumped. The other thing that attracted me was that it’s non greasy and feels just like water, perfect for my oily T zone in baking hot weather. I just poured it into the palm of my hands, rubbed them together and then smoothed and gently patted it in all over. I’ve used it after every shower and swim too.

Indoors I’ve stuck to just using the Complexion Cocktail but whenever outside (I’ve done at least 3+ hours hiking a day since I’ve been here….argh!) I’ve added my all time favourite holiday facial sunblock Institut Esthederm's Photo Reverse. Whilst I don’t think this product gets rid of existing pigmentation it definitely prevents it developing and increasing and stops any new pigmentation forming. I’ve used it for 10+ years and still balk at the price but for skin like mine that’s prone to moles, pigmentation and general brown spots, it’s been a lifesaver. The consistency is a bit greasy for my oily-ish (in summer) skin to be honest but I don’t care. I’m much more interested in the long term benefits than looking perfectly matte on holiday. During the summer in the UK when I’m working, wearing make-up and going in and out of the sun, I don’t tend to use it….. but for holidays and trips to sunny countries its essential for me. I apply it to my face, neck, chest and the back of my hands (prevention is better than cure!) and re-apply every 2+ hours. It ran out today – thank god I’m leaving tomorrow!

On my body outdoors I’ve been using The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream in SPF30 - WHICH I STUPIDLY FORGOT TO INCLUDE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH! It’s a natural mineral sunscreen with good old titanium oxide and zinc oxide plus micronized minerals and soothing ingredients like Aloe and Rose Hip (it smells lovely). It also contains nourishing Shea Butter and Calendula. It needs a good massage on application as it’s quite thick but once on I have found it to be perfectly sweat proof on my long hikes.

In the evening:

My new obsession is Sunday Riley’s Disrobe Body Lotion which I’ve been applying every evening after my shower. Initially I was attracted to the lactic acid in the ingredients list as it's my favourite ingredient ever but the delicious smell, similar to a lemon meringue pie has also been a huge plus point – when you’re a sugar addict deprived of your drug you’ll do anything! After about 4-5 nights I found my body skin was feeling a lot softer and was noticeably smoother (so much so my masseuse here commented). I can’t tell you how many boxes this product has ticked for me during my time here. First the sweet smell (its made up for all the delicious puddings I’ve missed) and the great results. After 12 nights use, my body skin feels very firm and smooth. The combination of the exfoliating and firming effects of the Lactic Acid, cell renewing Yeast Extract and Phosphate and the moisturizing properties of Shea Butter, Urea and Glycerin (still the best humectant out there in my books) have worked a treat. It also contains something called NV-5 Native American Botanical Base which claims to detoxify and rejuvenate the skin. I must admit I know nothing of that but in this case, I’ll go with it.

I’m not a night cream person, preferring to use either nothing or a serum. For this trip I went back to basics with the now cult Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It launched more than 25 years ago and was revolutionary at that time for its use of skin plumping hyaluronic acid in a large dose. That coupled with its unique texture and innovative brown bottle made it an instant hit which it remains to this day. It had a ‘facelift’ in 2009 when new ingredients were added to bring it up to date and if you are someone who hates the idea of heavy night creams and just want a good, solid, moisture binding, repairing treatment you cant go too far wrong with this.

Finally, my only concession to ‘make-up’ has been glossy lips and brows courtesy of Rodial’s Glam Balm Lip. It also contains hyaluronic spheres (can you see a theme developing here) and rose wax which gives it its delicious scent.

CHANEL - Avant-Première de Chanel Collection

Blog - 2nd Aug 2013 - Comments - Read →

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Here is a short video I made for Chanel using their new Avant-Premiere collection, which features the new more densely pigmented Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks and some great nail polishes. All the shades and names are inspired by Gabrielle Chanels artistic collaborations with the cinema. I'm using the new shade 'Suspense' to create this look. If you are a chanel fan, take a look its a great look for the weekend. Have a good one wherever you are are and whatever you are doing!

Lisa X

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Gorgeous Smokey Eye With Glossy Lips

Video - 25th Jul 2013 - Views - Comments - Watch →

Stephanie loves make-up but rarely wears any as she doesnt feel confident with application. So I invited her to the House of Eldridge for a make-up session and let Stephanie choose the look! She asked for a glamorous, 70's Studio 54 inspired make-up, something that Diana Ross or Bianca Jagger would have worn. I've kept it wearable modern and hopefully perfect for a make-up novice like Stephanie X

For my tutorial on how to apply individual fake lashes click here.

The nail polish I'm wearing is Essie in Ballet Slippers and the lipstick I have on is Clinique's Chubby Stick Intense in Plushest Punch.

Stephanie's Website -


Shades used (plus some similar, lower priced alternatives)


YSL - Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation – B80 and BD60

Nars - Radiant Creamy Concealer - Amande

Tom Ford - Shade And Illuminate - Intensity Two 

Nars - Blush - Seduction


If you're outside of the UK and 17's Instant Glow Bronzing Rocks is not avaliable to you Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil in Bronzer is a great alternative. 


Tom Ford - Eye Colour Quad – Cognac Sable 02 and as a cheaper alternative MyFace's Eyeshadow Trios in Morococo

Make Up For Ever - Aqua Eyes Pencil – Matte Black 0L for those in the UK or where Make Up For Ever isn't avaliable, Rimmel's Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black is a good alternative. 

L'Oreal - Super Liner Gel Intenza - Pure Black 01

Organic Glam - Mascara - Jet Black or another organic alternative is Physicians Formula - Organic Wear Mascara in Ultra Black.



MAC - Lip Pencil - Chesnut

Nars - Satin Lip Pencil – Palais Royal or a cheaper alternative try Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush.

Pastures New!

Blog - 24th Jul 2013 - Comments - Read →

Last month I resigned my role as Creative Director of Boots No7 after many years. I joined the brand straight from designing and launching a range for Shiseido in Japan, an amazing project as the process started with, literally, a blank sheet of paper. No7 was a different story all together, already a popular and trusted brand with a long history and loyal customer base, I had to approach it sensitively. Luckily the brand was already close to my heart, having seen my mum using it when I was growing up and then as a teenager, saving up my pocket money to buy it myself.

On joining I started writing up ‘blue sky’ concepts and ideas for the cosmetics and skincare ranges and soon a new direction was established. I then began working more on individual product ideas, formulations and packaging. A couple of years after joining, the new re-vamped range launched and one of our products, ‘Protect and Perfect’ received coverage on The Horizon TV show. The brand was catapulted on to the world stage overnight – that was a really crazy and exciting time for us all.

Some of my favourite things over the years have been working with the consultants (who I love!) and designing so many limited edition make-up collections. Above and below are some of my favourites.

I’ll always have a soft spot for No7, it’s a brand with integrity and I’ll miss the wonderful consultants and all the people I’ve worked with at HQ over the years. I’ve made a lot of friends and had a lot of great times and want to thank No7 for giving me so much freedom at times and for trusting me. I feel proud to have contributed to the heritage of this iconic brand.

Now its time for me to move on to exciting new projects. I’m entering a new and very creative phase of my career and I’m really excited about that. I'm feeling very inspired!


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How To Make Your Legs Look Great - Instant Fixes!

Video - 19th Jul 2013 - Views - Comments - Watch →

In my job as a professional makeup artist I'm also responsible for making the body skin of my clients look amazing, particularly legs. Here are all my failsafe products and techniques for doing this.

The nail varnish I'm wearing in the video is Butter London Disco Biscuit and the lipstick is Dior Rouge Nude Lipstick in Sillage 553

The tanning mitt that I use in the video is Superdrug Solait Self Tan Mitt but for those who are outside the UK, He-Shi Tanning Mitt is also a great alternative. 

As an alternative to Prtty Peaushun I mention that you could mix a good firming moisturiser such as Nivea's Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion with your usual facial highlighter to give your legs a beautifying sheen.

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Summer in The City - Heat proof Makeup Tutorial

Video - 13th Jul 2013 - Views - Comments - Watch →

This video is packed with tips and advice for finding and applying long lasting formulas so your make-up really stays put in hot, humid weather.

The nail colour I am wearing in this video is Butter London's Polish in Slapper

Shades used (plus similar, lower priced alternatives where avaliable)


Estée Lauder - Double Wear Light Foundation Shade 2


In the video I used Lancôme - Effacernes Longue Tenue Concealer - Beige Sable 02 or, another great concealer is Estée Lauder - Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer and as I mentioned two cheaper alternatives are Revlon's - ColourStay Concealer and Collection 2000 - Lasting Perfection Concealer


Daniel Sandler - Watercolour Creme-Rouge Blusher - Soft Pink
Daniel Sandler - Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer - Fiji


Maybelline - Super Stay 14hr Lipstick – Stay With Me Coral 430

Soap and Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 3D Super Colour Volume Lip Shine - Fuchsia Ristic


In the video I used Maybelline - New York Color Tattoo 24hr Gel-Cream Eyeshadow - Permanent Taupe 40 but if you have blue eyes, go for a gold shade such as Maybelline - New York Color Tattoo 24hr Gel-Cream Eyeshadow – Eternal Gold  05

Mirenesse - Inside Out 27hr Kohl Metals - Seshat 4


Suqqu - Eyebrow Liquid Pen - Brown 02 or another alternative is Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow

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