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The Makeup Artist on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Valli O'Reilly - Makeup Chat

Blog - 1st Dec 2014 - Comments - Read →

When I interviewed Bafta and Oscar winning Makeup Artist Valli O’Reilly for my ‘Makeup Moments’ series (click here to read it), she also chatted about her favourite products to use on set and on herself, as well as her new skincare venture. After years of working very long hours on film sets here are the products she really rates:

L.E. What are some of your favourite products?

V.O. I use a lot of Lancôme products on myself. There’s one called Black Coffee Kohl that’s like a brownish black. The pencils are soft but they are still firm enough to drag and smudge. Sometimes I’ll put it underneath the top lashes.

L.E. And what about Mascara?

V.O. I go between Lancôme and Rimmel. I think Lancôme are pretty much the best but I also really love Rimmel.

The Rimmel one is in a black tube with a yellow lid. I like the extreme black, it’s so black and what’s also good about them is that they’re cheap.

When I'm making people up for a job I’ll buy a whole bunch of Rimmel and just say “Keep this”, I can’t use those disposable mascara wands, they’re horrible for applying. I do sometimes use them for combing out the lashes and combing removing excess mascara but that's it. 

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Dinner Date Makeup

Video - 19th Nov 2014 - Views - Comments - Watch →

A casual chic makeup that doesn't look too try hard, perfect for a dinner date. Follow me on instagram here. X 

Nail Polish Favourites with Mega Manicurist Lorraine Griffin

Blog - 7th Nov 2014 - Comments - Read →

I’m extremely lucky that I get to work with some very talented, inspiring and lovely people on shoots. I feel privileged to work alongside the best hairdressers, photographers, stylists and manicurists in the business and watch them work their magic. I'm a big believer in team spirit -  a good mix of vision, energy and hard work can produce really special results.

One of my favourite names to see on a call sheet is manicurist Lorraine Griffin. You may not recognise her name immediately but you will most certainly know her work. Responsible for the beautiful nails in many of the biggest campaigns and on the pages of the most iconic glossy magazines, everything from Vogue to Gucci. She’s also works with celebrities such as Madonna, Beyonce, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyongo, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, Kylie Minogue and Kate Winslet... to name just name a few! Lorraine has really great taste when it comes to nails and her work always looks really classy and timeless.

Last time we were working together (for the forthcoming Gucci campaign), I asked what her favourite Autumn/Fall/Winter nail colours are this year and here are the swoony shades she picked along with notes on each…

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Effortless Red Carpet Smokey Eye – Day-to-Night Look Starring Laura Carmichael

Video - 30th Oct 2014 - Views - Comments - Watch →

Following on from my recent Downton Abbey makeup tutorial - which if you haven’t seen you should see first – click here to watch it or see below. I’m developing the look into a modern Red Carpet Smokey Eye. It's the look I created on Laura for the London Film Festival. A sexy, undone smoky eye to transform your look from day to night.

The Tom Ford lipstick is available from the 3rd of November and is a limited edition shade. A similar drugstore shade is L'Oreal's Color Riche in Eva's nude, (it's not as pigmented).

In the intro I'm wearing Maybelline's Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Infinitly Fuchsia.  

#MakeupMoments - Off With Her Head!

Blog - 27th Oct 2014 - Comments - Read →

For the latest in my series of 'make-up moments' from history we are visiting the set of Tim Burton's epic, Alice in Wonderland. 

This fantastical film follows 19 year old Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) on her journey to the strange and gloomy underworld of a truly Burtonesque, gothic wonderland.. Here she tries to restore the White Queen to her throne by slaying the Jabberwocky - a dragon-like creature controlled by the terrifying Red Queen.

And it’s the cruel, irritable “Off with his head!” Red Queen played brilliantly by Helena Bonham Carter that I want to focus on. With her outrageous personality, tiny body and gigantic head, bright blue eye shadow and heart shaped lipstick pout – she's grotesque and larger than life in every way.

The makeup for the film, was designed by uber talented Valli O’Reilly, whose IMDB page is a testament to her incredible  body of work. Valli has deservedly received an academy award as well as a BAFTA (awarded for best hair and makeup in Alice in Wonderland.)

I loved chatting to Valli, she's fascinating and so full of energy, Here's an insight into her world and work on this extraordinary movie ...

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Downton Abbey Inspired Makeup Tutorial - Starring Laura Carmichael

Video - 15th Oct 2014 - Views - Comments - Watch →

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This film is a makeup treat; with inside info from the Downton set and a flawlessly natural look that’s perfect for everyday ease and brides. X

In the intro I'm wearing Maybelline's Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in Infinitly Fuchsia

Below I'm developing the look into a modern Red Carpet Smokey Eye. It's the look I created on Laura for the London Film Festival. A sexy, undone smoky eye to transform your look from day to night. X 

 

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Bold Winged Eyeliner (also a great look for hooded eyes)

You can adapt and tailor this bold, graphic black liner to suit your taste... for example, use brown or grey shades to make it less Intense and more wearable.

With huge thanks to lovely Beth, follow her on instagram here

The lipstick I am wearing in the introduction is Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet in L'exuberante

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