Make-up for the new Nars Cosmetics Film
Have a look at this very cool interactive film I did with super talented director and animator Quentin Jones for Nars. The film features all 8 shades of their delicious new Satin Lip Pencils and the interactive journey means you decide which direction to go with the make-up. The 6 minute director's cut, linear version above takes you through all the various looks without interuption but if you want to see the interactive version too visit narscosmetics.com.
It was a really great project to work on not least because of the two mega babe models - musician Sarah Ruba from über cool Canadian electronic band 'New Look' and fashion designer/stylist and style icon Catherine Baba... I'm crazy about these gals. I absolutely love this video and find myself getting lost in the journeys and dreamy moods.
Have a look and if there is one look that you absolutely LOVE and would really like to see as a tutorial, let me know. Whichever look gets the most requests, I'll make! X
The Bespoke Fragrance Experience
Ever fancied creating your very own fragrance? Something so unique, so ...you? Some of you may remember that as part of my Christmas giveaway I offered a chance to do just that. As it's something I haven't personally experienced, I asked the lovely winner Anna Mason to let me know what it was like. Anna descibed it so well I asked if she would consider being my first guest blogger so we can all hear about it. Thankfully she said yes and here's how she got on:
"When Lisa held her Christmas 2012 giveaways I was tuning in to her site each day. She was offering amazing makeup sets, nail polishes, body creams, make up courses….all really lovely, I’m sure you remember. However I was really excited the day she was offering the bespoke Floris perfume.
You see my excitement was such because I had been looking for a replacement to my favourite perfume for a couple of years. My favourite perfume was Grosellina, part of the Aqua Allegoria range by Guerlain. Sadly they discontinued this a few years ago. I was lucky because I managed to source a few bottles from a pharmacy in Menorca when I was on holiday. This meant that I had a stockpile but of course eventually my stockpile dwindled.
I had tried many other perfumes some of which were beautiful. The problem I found was this; people would say ‘oh you smell lovely is that so and so?’ and then name the perfume. Or they would say something like ‘oh Shalimar really suits you!’ It does, Shalimar and many others do suit me, they are right. However what I really wanted was a scent that was unique to me. You see when I wore Grosellina no one was ever able to identify it, it became my signature scent and that’s exactly what I was after; my new signature scent.
Perhaps you can now imagine my excitement when Lisa contacted me to let me know I had won the bespoke Floris perfume giveaway. I was over the mood. It had never occurred to me to have a perfume made especially for me. I was delighted and very excited.
A few days later my beautiful invitation arrived from Floris, gold and embossed, just lovely. I rang, made my appointment and booked the date in my diary. The day arrived, I caught the train, negotiated the tube (not that easy when you live outside London!) and found Floris on Jermyn Street. Everything was seamless, you know how it is when everything goes well? No jams, jumped on the right tube, exited at the correct exit and clapped eyes on the street name immediately, no hitches, no problems, straight there – just perfect! I knew then that the experience was going to be amazing.
Yellow mascara?? Really? Could you? Would you? I'm not sure about that one either but everything else in Chanels Summer Butterfly collection has got my heart all a flutter. The highlight of the collection for me is definitely the wild and wonderfully striking waterproof mascaras in Blue Note (Electric Blue), Aqua Blue (Light Blue), Lime Light (Vivid Turquoise Green) and Zest (Bright Yellow). They are all completely opaque in colour and have been designed to wear over black mascara to create a flash of dazzling colour but I think the electric blue shade Blue Note looks rather amazing on its own. Blue mascara hasn’t looked this good since 1982! The idea is to apply black mascara, then just tip the ends of the lashes with the colour of your choice. You may not be bold enough to wear them everyday but they could be the perfect summer holiday fling.
The other highlight for me is, of course, the nail polishes, I'm wearing Bel-Argus in the pictures but I'm equally facinated by the rich metallic teal shade, Azure.
There are also six 'Fresh effect' cream shadow sticks in various butterfly hues which feel very cooling on contact with your skin. Its nice to see such a bold and colourful collection which you can play however you like. For the look I created with the collection (below) I used Cream Eyeshadow Sticks in Jade Shore (all over my upper eyelid), Pink Lagoon (along the lower lashes) and Cool Gold (to highlight at the inner corner and brow bone). I applied black mascara and tipped it with Blue Note mascara and finished things off with Bel-Argus polish. The full get the look video will be available soon on Chanel Make-up Confidential.
Coloured mascara is a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it, where do you stand?
Glowing, Youthful Make-up Look for Mature Skin
I'm often asked how to do a really great day look by ladies over 50. The main questions are usually how to make skin look even and glowy without emphasising lines and how to get eye definition without a harsh end result. Here I demonstrate techinques on 64 year old Yvonne to help achieve a modern, defined and natural look. So whether you are in this category or you'd like to help your mother (It is Mothers day in the UK next week!) or Grandmother do her make-up, hope you find it helpful X
Molten Silver and Rose Gold - Luxe Grunge at #LFW
Osman's collection was inspired by Narnia with lots of white, clean lines and metallic touches so I wanted to create something modern but with an ethereal, magical edge.
For skin I used Mac’s Face and Body foundation to give a very natural, not too done, 90’s look. I then applied Becca’s shimmering skin perfector to cheekbones and concealed any dark circles and blemishes using Clinique airbrush concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflague. A little contour added definition, I used Tom Fords Shade and Illuminate.
This look was ALL about the eyes which were embellished with a swish of Eyeko’s new Metal Liquid Liners (launching mid May). I used 'Platimun' along the upper lash line - which went on as smooth as molten silver and stayed put like you wouldn’t believe - and 'Rose Gold' along th'e lower lashes. Both caught the light gorgeously. Next I curled upper lashes and applied Skinny' Mascara in Black. To complete the eye look I coated the tips of the lashes in the Platimun Metal Liner – this gave the eyes a really beautiful, shimmery and ethereal quality - perfect for the catwalk.
The Make-up look at Matthew Williamson
Matthew’s inspiration for the collection was the Northern Lights - and as you guys know, I actually saw them recently so I felt surprising well prepped! The clothes were gorgeously embellished with lots of amazing colour combinations and beautiful embroidery.The set featured an iceberg type sculpture which changed colour throughout the show going from neon pink to orange (the girls were caught in a magical snowstorm in the finale too!)..... so overall there was quite a lot going on. With this in mind, my idea for the make up was to have it almost as if, from the neck up, it was like looking at a sepia photograph... neutral, desaturated tones and natural definition. Similar to when you do an instagram picture of yourself, maybe when you are not wearing any make-up, and put a special filter on that instantly sculpts and shapes your face giving it a wonderfully even tone. Even if you don’t look like you have any make-up on, it makes everything look that extra bit gorgeous!