Beautiful 'Star' Make-up - Vogue Shoot
A quick look inside the first ever Vogue UK app, my make-up on the incredibly beautiful Jourdan Dunn and a sneaky peak at the 'behind the scenes' footage of my Star Inspired beauty story with gorgeous Frida Gustavsson (a shooting star herself!). I'll be posting the beauty and fashion stills in the gallery section of my website soon. The magazine and iPad App (downloadable from the iTunes Store) are both available now. Hope you enjoy this mini teaser X
Gallery Update - Angelababy for Vogue China
I hadn't heard of Angelababy before I got a booking to do her make-up for for this big editorial for Vogue China but I soon learnt she's a hugely popular model, actress and celebrity in China. She was completely adorable and had a beautiful face for make-up.
Smoky Winged Eyeliner
Please excuse my skin in this film. I had a horrible allergic reaction and very red bumpy skin. I had tried out a primer that my skin clearly didn't like. Its very unusual for me to have an a reaction to make-up, in fact it's the first time its happened. Anyway it's all better now thankfully!
Wasn't really sure what to call this film but as it was a mix of a soft grey smoky eye and a winged liner I decided on this title. I hope you like the look!
Glitter bomb Miu Miu's = shoes for Tanzania
Those of you who follow me on twitter may remember that whilst shopping for a ‘sensible’ pair of summer sandals I bought these amazing sparkly Miu Miu numbers. Many of you reacted to the twitpic with an ‘oooh they look rather gorgeous'.
Anyway I was recently asked to donate a favourite pair of shoes to the charity Shoe Aid For Africa for their on-line auction this Wednesday. I immediately thought of these as not only are they totally cool (check out the zip up the back – love that!!) but I have only worn them once so they are in mint condition, with box and shoe bag in perfect nick too. So if you are (or know of) a small footed - I’m a size 36 - sparkly shoe addict then get bidding!
There will also be shoes donated by a whole host of others including Mel C, (a nice pair of Chanel), Denise Van Outen, Strictly’s Felicity Kendal, Jameela, Pearl Lowe and Scrubs actor Zach Braff.
For every 63p ($1) raised, the charity will send a pair of shoes to children in Tanzania. Did you know that half of all children in Africa don’t own a single pair! Shoes cost more than a month’s salary – approximately 12% of the annual wage in Africa so most people cannot afford this fundamental human requirement we all take for granted.
Spread the word about this auction and help to make a difference – and get a nice pair of shoes whilst you’re at it!
To make a bid on eBay click HERE.
Visit www.shoeaidforafrica.org for more info.
Quick and Simple 60's eye
After doing Madeline's foundation (click here to see the film) , I did a quick look on her. I chose to do a clean and simple 60's eye - inspired by her amazing eyes - a fun look that's not too tricky to pull off. The eye shadow is pretty simple, although the lashes take a bit of practice. If you don't want to wear the fake lashes underneath, then just pile on the mascara - or for more help applying individual and strip lashes see my video on lashes. You can see how, by drawing attention to her gorgeous eyes, it also helps to detract attention away from her skin problems. Of course you don't have to follow a 60s theme, but I thought this was a really fun look for her.
Acne/Blemish Covering Make-up
I've had a lot of requests from people who suffer from acne asking me to film a tutorial on the best way to cover their skin with make-up, so I hope that all of you who have been holding out for it find it useful.
With the help of my gorgeous (and brave to be filmed in super HD with no make-up!) model Madeline, this film shows you how I do it, and follows the way that I used make-up to cover my own acne when I had it in my 20s. It's also the way I make-up any models or celebrities I work with who have bad skin conditions.
One of the most important things to remember is that very few people actually need 100 per cent coverage. When I was in Japan working for Shiseido I designed a range of make-up for the brand which I then had to present in front of all of the company directors. The model that they brought in for me to make up arrived caked in foundation and I really panicked as I presumed she must have really bad skin if she was covering it up so much - I thought that they must have chosen her specifically to test my skills, and the products I had created, to the max!
Yet when I removed her make-up I saw that the only flaws to her skin were some small patches of pigmentation on both cheeks - that was it. Yet she truly thought that she had really awful skin. When I asked her what percentage of her skin she thought that she needed to cover she said 80 per cent, when really it was closer to 20.
This is the same story for a lot of women I have worked with - so many think that they need to cover more of their skin than they really need to. My philosophy is that you don't need to totally mask your face. Instead, I believe that you should concentrate on making the most out of the 30, 50 or 70 per cent of your skin which is great - embellish it with gorgeous blush, clever highlighting and eye-popping colour. Using these techniques, you are detracting attention away from your problem areas and tricking the eye into thinking that you have amazing skin!
It's also important to evaluate and look after the quality of your skin - after all, acne is a passing phase. Again, I've worked with people who might not suffer from acne, yet the quality of their skin has been poorer than someone who does.
When shooting this film, Madeline was taken aback when I told her how good her skin was - while she sees the acne, what I see is skin that's fresh and a beautiful colour with enviable natural luminosity. The way I proceeded to make her up is again the way I would make up the majority of people I work with who suffer from blemished skin, and something that you can emulate in your own routine.
I believe that you should always start off with a light base which really emphasises the beauty of your skin, one that makes it gorgeously dewy and glowing. Try not to worry about the spots - these should be an afterthought to making the rest of the skin look great.
Most importantly, it's really essential that you take time to find the products that work for you, whether that is foundation or concealer, and learn to blend it only into the areas where you need it. Colour and texture of product is so important, it need to blend in seamlessly. Of course this is a lot more time consuming than simply slapping foundation or concealer all over your face, but I think that by doing it this way, and by spending a bit more time on your routine, you can achieve a better and more natural overall look. Plus, your skin is saved from being caked in make-up that it doesn't really need!
After filming this tutorial I managed to persuade Madeline to let me try out a 60s -inspired make-up look on her which I will be posting later this week - make sure you keep an eye out for it and you will be able to see how some gorgeous highlighting and interest around the eyes helps to detract from your problem areas. Of course this doesn't have to be a 60s look, but hopefully it will give you an idea of how this technique works.
I've listed below some suggestions of products that I've found really useful when making up people with acne, so do have a look but remember that they key is to find the products that work for you and your skin.
Lisa Loves - My new favourite primer...that's not a primer!
As the heading suggests, this discovery was a bit of a happy accident. Cicaplast from La Roche-Posay is a brand new product that describes itself as an ‘Epidermal Repair Accelerator’ and is designed to hydrate and soothe the skin following minor dermatological procedures.
However, it’s also great to use if your skin is dry, irritated or flaky and is perfect for anyone with skin conditions like rosacea or acne with inflamed patches – I’ve actually just filmed a tutorial on the best way to use make-up to cover acne and Cicaplast was the perfect primer for really smoothing out my model’s skin.
This product is packed full of super-nurturing ingredients that soothe and protect the skin, fight inflammation and promote skin cell growth. It’s also a really lovely formulation – almost creamy in texture, and melts into the skin, making it a perfect pre-base product for problematic skin.
La Roche-Posay products are available in selected pharmacies and large Boots stores.