Inspiration - Christine Keeler
Of all the publicity shoots I did with it's leading lady Hayley Atwell in the run up to the release of Captain America this summer, these are definitely my favourite. Throughout the press campaign, I consciously avoided the 1940's make-up she wears in the movie (not that she doesn't look good in a red lip ...she totally rocks it!). Actresses need to be seen as distinctly separate from the characters they play otherwise they can look as though they are playing themselves, so I stuck to lots of modern smokey eyes, natural fresh looks and Christine Keeler-inspired make-up looks in these images.
For those of you that haven't heard of Christine Keeler before, she was a model/party girl in the early 60's who became involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the decade. In 1963, at the height of her infamy, Christine posed for a set of photographs which went on to become some of the most iconic and defining of that era.
I find this moment in beauty history especially interesting, as make up was in a real transition from the grown-up, lady-like sophistication of the 50's to the big eyed, bambi look synonymous with the 60's. Christine's style is a great example of this period. Hayley wasn't as scantily clad as Christine in this shoot, as it was for September Glamour, but nonetheless, I think Hayley successfully captured the mood of the 60's starlet.
Who are your favourite icons of this period?
The Hottest Fashion look for nails this Fall/Winter - The New French
After paying very little attention to my nails during the last few summer holiday weeks they were right out of shape and looking distinctly "meh". I badly needed a nail make-over and who better to put an emergency call in to than British nail supremo Sophy Robson. Her uber cool handiwork can be seen in all the glossiest magazines as well as strutting down the runways of Giles Decon, Louis Vuitton, Top Shop, House Of Holland, Vivienne Westwood, Ungaro, Loewe, Stella McCartney, Antonio Beradi, Roland Mouret and MANY more. Phew, see what I’m saying ...she is totally MAJOR when it comes to creating THE nails of the season.
Lucky for me, Sophy and I have worked together a lot over the years so she gracefully rose to the challenge of sorting my claws out.
The result: THE manicure for fall/AW - The New French. As Sophy points out, it’s a million miles away from the hideous footballers wife/glamour model staple of previous years ...this is cool, current, modern and chic. Its not about the colours or the fact that theres a coloured tip, what makes it new is the shape. A slightly pointed, oval nail with the smile line mirroring the shape, staying thin at the tip tapering right down the side of the nail (like a gentle V shape). Sophy chose beige and navy for me, which I loved, but you can do it in any of the great new Autumn /Winter shades around. Like wise the top coat ...I went for super shiny, but it would look equally fabulous with matte.
Sophys website and blog
Sophy on Facebook
Easy Glowy Bronze 'n' Kohl Look
A laid back look for summer evenings with the focus on natural glowing skin and a simple kohl eye. Great for when you don’t want to look too try-hard and haven’t got a lot of time. Quick, easy make-up which looks great in that early evening summer sunset light.
Gallery Update - Turkish Vogue
I've been a bit slack about updating my gallery recently hence there's a bit of a backlog to get through now so, first up...I'm really pleased with these new images as they are really colourful but incredibly clean and chic at the same time. Beautifully shot by Turkish photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu, a London based photographer with a penchant for the very English business of a Devonshire cream and strawberry jam scone in the afternoon (my waistband expanded enormously during this shoot!)
Turkish Vogue launched 1 year ago and has a great feeling of newness about it... I like the way it's dared to use three fresh new faces (and minimal copy) on the cover instead of the usual celebrities or well known models.
The Eldridge speciality of flawless, luminous skin was the order of the day - hope you like!
Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's Inspired Make-up
For more Audrey Hepburn inspired makeup, click here for my tutorial on her 1950's look in the film Funny Face.
Especially for those who requested this tutorial, this video is also a bit of fun for anyone who wants to dress up as Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's for a costume party or channel a little of her spirit for a night out. The fact that I've had so many requests for this look shows how the legend and the appeal of Audrey in this iconic film lives on and on. No-one else before or since has been as graceful, chic and downright gamine as her... she really took sophisticated glamour to a whole new level of stylishness!
Her make-up look was created by Wally Westmore, a big Hollywood Make-up Artist at the time with many great films under his belt. Interestingly enough he was one of 6 brothers who were all Hollywood Make-up Artists - that must have been an interesting house to grow up in!
Audrey's look in the film was ultimately one of fresh, youthful beauty. Her skin looked glowy, natural and very fresh at all times. The pink blush on her cheeks changed in intensity from scene to scene depending on the situation but was always a pretty pink bloom. The same with her eye make-up which was pretty minimal and ranged from brown liner and very little shadow for the day scenes to more depth for the evening and party scenes. Throughout the film, false lashes were absolutely key and helped to further emphasise her incredible doe eyes. Her eyebrows in this film were a big departure from the previously seen very dark and heavily drawn on ones. To compliment her lighter hair Wally kept her brows much softer, lighter and more broken up than we had seen before. Still naturally thick of course but much less at the forefront of her look ... this made her liner, lashes, and therefore her eye shape, the most noticeable and defined feature on her face.
Audrey never wore lip gloss always favouring a classic matte or satin lip which was very much in keeping with her classy, sophisticated image .. ditto bronzer. So to stay true to Audrey, ditch both of these items when recreating any of her looks...it'll make it look vulgar and Audrey would never stand for that!
I've done this type of look on hundreds of models and celebrities throughout my career but never on myself so this was fun for me to do too .... hope you like my Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired look!
Make-up for the beach was a big no no a few years ago, but now with incredible advancements in cosmetic technology it's become super fashionable. Genuinely waterproof formulations, particularly for eyes, open up a whole new world of beauty possibilities. This video gives a few pointers on general beach make-up and focuses on some of the yummiest brightly coloured products around this summer.
Sometimes its just about doing whatever it takes to feel confident especially in the first day or two of a holiday. I always feel a bit self conscious the first day on the beach wearing a bikini so covering a big spot on my chin can really make a huge difference to how I feel!
As I say in the video it's all about skin protection, choosing the right textures and having fun!
Make-up Tips From Behind The Scenes (plus 'Add One Thing')
This short film contains footage of a beauty shoot I did featuring models from 3 different age groups. The pictures were to illustrate a feature on beauty products for different age ranges. The girls had to look absolutely fresh and glowing.. almost like they had just had a facial and the make-up needed to reflect this.
In addition to this, we had to shoot a party picture but only had five minutes to change the make-up. As my philosophy on day to night make-up has always been 'Add One Thing' I felt a bright pink lip was definitely the way to go. With lighter nights and warm evenings there are a lot more opportunities to go out after work in the summer. When you are changing your make-up from day to evening at work and time is limited, I suggest following my 5 top tips tips for a 5 minute spruce up:
- Take cotton buds and some make-up remover to work.
- Use them to clean up the area underneath your eyes as this the area of your make-up which tends to get the most wear throughout the day and the first place your face will show signs of fatigue.
- Re-do under-eye concealer and touch up any areas of your face that need it (re-conceal any spots or blemishes that are showing)
- Choose one thing to turn you make-up from day to night! This could be a great lip colour, a striking eyeliner, a quick smoky eye or a stronger brow etc. By choosing to only add one thing you will have the time to do it properly - a perfectly applied eyeliner is more effective than tons of extra make-up slapped on all over without thought.
- Add your one thing and do it well. For example if you are adding a red lip, apply it beautifully with a lip brush.
Go out and have fun!