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Gallery Update - Step into Spring!

Blog - 28th Feb 2011 - Comments 90 - Read →

This shoot I worked on for Glamour magazine really got me excited for Spring as I had the chance to showcase some of the best new season’s make-up trends.

As you can see from the images, there are going to be lots of bold beauty colour statements this Spring with bright colours on eyes, lips and nails. I especially love this lilac, smoky eye look – using pretty, candy colours like this in a smoky wash feels really modern. For lips theres a choice of nude, super bright (think shocking raspberries and neon pinks) or 70's style red 'n' glossy - the choice is yours!

There’s also a huge focus this Spring on skin – this understated honey-bronze look is really pretty and, if you’re not a massive fan of bold, coloured make-up, it’s a great, subtle way to get your make-up Spring-ready.

I hope you like the looks – and that they get you geared up for all the Spring beauty trends!

Ps - its all the same girl but doesn't she look different with the different hair and make-up looks?

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Quick Pick-Me-Up Make-Up

Video - 25th Feb 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

The past week or so has been one long round of parties and dinners to celebrate the The British Film Academy Awards, Elle Style Awards and London Fashion Week. As someone who doesn’t drink much ordinarily and likes an early night this recent merry-go-round has really taken its toll on my skin. After a very lovely and glamorous, but particularly late, night at last weekend, I decided to do this ‘pick me up’ make-up look in an attempt to perk-up my skin – and my mood!

Using some lively, cool tones of silvery grey and lilac (a universally flattering pep up shade) around my eyes I then lifted my tired and dull-looking skin with a great pink blush. A pop of colour on nails, like this amazing yellow from the forthcoming Chanel summer collection also gives you that immediate feel-good factor!

I hope you like the look – as you’ve probably already seen, colour is a huge trend for Spring so inject some colour into your make-up bag now – and hopefully it will perk you up just as much as these pretty pastels did me!

Gallery Update - Helena Christensen at the ELLE Style Awards

Blog - 24th Feb 2011 - Comments 46 - Read →

I’ve been lucky enough to work with stunning Helena Christensen many times and had the pleasure of seeing her again last week when I made her up for the annual ELLE Style Awards. Helena is probably one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever met and looked amazing with this dark, smoky eye. We kept the look a bit edgy and rock n roll by adding some smudgy glitter all over her eye, and then teamed it with her trademark pink cheeks and glossy lips.

Here’s a list of products I used to achieve her sexy look:

Make Up For Ever - HD Foundation (I mixed a few shades to match Helena’s gorgeous olive complexion)

Chanel - Blush Duo Tweed Effect - Tweed Fuchsia

Dior - 5 Couleurs Designer Eyeshadow Palette - Smoky Design

Bobbi Brown - Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner - Black Ink

Max Factor - Xperience Mascara - Black

Suqqu - Eyebrow Liquid Pen - 02

Laura Mercier - Lip Glace - Glistening Sand 

Gallery Update - Annette Bening for the Baftas

Blog - 18th Feb 2011 - Comments 46 - Read →

Over the years, I’ve made up lots of actresses for the super glamorous Baftas and its always really exciting. This year I was very happy to be working with the extremely gorgeous and effortlessly chic American actress Annette Bening  who was nominated in the best actress category (along with her co-host and friend Julianne Moore) for the ‘Kids Are Alright’.

Annette, like me, likes to keep her skin looking very natural with a dewy radiance  (pretty easy to achieve with her flawless complexion).  She had a number of dress choices, but settled on this stunning white Marchesa gown after a unanimous vote from all of us who were there. So I decided to team it with a classic red lip as I felt it perfectly complimented the dramatic simplicity of the dress.

Product-wise, It didn’t take much to make her up as Annette truly is a natural beauty with so much class and elegance. I love her wit, intelligence and, as you can see from the pictures, her absolutely amazing figure – ooh what I’d give for those upper arms!

Chanel – Pro Lumiere Foundation – 40 (with a dash of 60 mixed in)

Chanel – Blush Duo Tweed Effect – Tweed Rose

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Concealer

Chanel  - Poudre Universal - Translucent

Suqqu – Eyebrow Pen - 02

Bobbi Brown – Longwear Gel Eyeliner - Chocolate Shimmer

No7 – Stay Perfect Trio Eyeshadow – Cappuccino

Max Factor – Experience Mascara - Black

Make Up For Ever – Individual False Lashes

MAC Pro – Longwear Cream Lipstick – True Red 

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A few of My TV Highlights

Video - 15th Feb 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

I thought I'd put together a few of my favourite bits of the three series I worked on of Channel 4's show 'Ten Years Younger'. I had an amazing time working with the women who appeared on the show and became very fond of all of them. I received some very touching letters after the series ended thanking me for helping them to look and feel better which I treasure ...they still bring a bit of lump to my throat! Hope you enjoy watching.

All clips courtesy of Maverick TV and Channel Four.

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K.I.S.S. Valentine's Look

Video - 11th Feb 2011 - Views - Comments - Watch →

To find out what the K.I.S.S stands for you have to watch the film, its one of my makeup mottos!

As I say in the film, this is a look that I can imagine the beautiful Vanessa Paradis wearing for a romantic Valentine's Day date. The heavy, flicked eyeliner paired with a red lip is a classic look, but can easily be given a modern feel - try using a creamy lip pencil like I do in the film for a sexier, more nonchalant feel. Teaming a soft base with pretty pink blush also keeps the look girly and romantic.

While this look is simple, it's definitely sexy too -- I hope you like it, and wish everyone a very happy Valentine's Day!

As the No.7 eyeliner was a limited edition, you could try one of these alternatives:
Bobbi Brown - Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - Denim Ink
MAC - Fluid Line - Waveline

For more nude eyeshadows that are good for socket shading, read my post here.

For more powder blushes I like, read my post here.

Osman Backstage

Blog - 7th Feb 2011 - Comments 67 - Read →

Just as we are gearing up for the next bout of fashion shows taking place this month, I took a bit of time to reminisce about last seasons shows (which showcased the Spring looks you’ll be getting ready to wear now!) when I was sent these brilliant pictures from backstage at the Osman Spring/Summer show I worked on last September.

Osman is a fantastic talent who is flying high and set to go even further this year! I’ve worked on his show for the past 5 or 6 seasons. I’m a huge fan of his work – his clothes are beautifully minimalist, but he is also (like me) a huge lover of colour. I have to take all of this into account when designing the make-up look for the show, and this look – flawless, glossy skin, teamed with a pop of bright yellow at the inner corners of the eye – seemed the perfect compromise between colour and minimalism, and a great reflection of his work and style.

To make all of my gorgeous model’s skin glow, I managed to persuade Suqqu Gankin massage therapists Tziana and Sze Wan to perform Gankin massages on the girls before I applied their make-up. And not only were the models completely in heaven, but their skin was absolutely glowing!

Take a look at my Backstage Secret Beauty Weapons blog post which I posted shortly after the show to see the girls at work, and to find out where you can download a free step by step guide to doing a Gankin massage on yourself.

I used very little base on the models skin, just enough to really enhance their natural features. I made this bright yellow by mixing Suqqu eyeshadow with Fardel white paint and daubed it just at the inner corner of their eyes. To add a modern futuristic feel to the skin I used Suqqu's highlighter palette to create a strong pearly highlight on the high point of the cheekbones and brows were natural, lightly powdered and brushed into shape. Lips were kept pale and neutral to keep all the focus on the eyes.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of yellow, you could try out a similar look using any other bright, summery colour.

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