Lisa Loves - The Worlds Most Expensive Lipstick?
I've been meaning to get my mitts on these for a while. Serge Lutens is the iconic make-up artist, photographer, fashion and jewellery designer, art director, perfume creator and film-maker probably best known for his collaboration with Japanese uber brand Shiseido. During his creative direction throughout the 80’s he was responsible for creating some of the most arresting beauty commercials and advertising images of all time.
By the time I started working at Shiseido in 1998 Serge had long gone but his presence and legend lived on. I was lucky enough to visit the archives at Shiseidos headquarters in Tokyo and was totally mesmerized by what he had achieved. I love to visit his salon at Le Palais Royal every time I go to Paris and already collect his fragrances, so his lipsticks were very much next on my wish list. As an avid collector of make-up from all over the world I knew my collection wouldn’t be complete without them.
The lipsticks – first let me say they are VERY expensive $75 (around £50) each and they are approximately HALF the size of regular lippies….a bit like mini lipsticks.
There are 10 shades, six highly pigmented and four sheers. They are incredibly chic and come in a very heavy metal case that is refillable (I have no idea how much the refills are, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!).
I decided against buying a classic red and instead went for Compliment Beige (a beautiful neutral tawny beige), Garde Rose (a ‘to die for’ bright fuchsia which Dita Von Teese had bought the day before) and Poupre Maure (a shade which looks dark berry in the bullet but goes on the richest and most divine cyclamen). I applied Garde Rose immediately straight from the bullet and walked proud and pouting down 5th Avenue in the bright sunshine.
I stopped for a giant bowl of spaghetti with capers, tomatoes and black olives in a lovely little restaurant with tables outside. When I got back to my hotel hours later and without touch-ups, the colour had not moved one little bit.
OK I admit it I also bought a mascara and a neutral lip pencil so all in all I spent the equivalent of the best part of a weekend in Paris but I LOVE it all.
One day I’d like to open a make-up museum, somewhere to house my archives and I think Mr Lutens is going to fit in there rather well...
Soft Coral Make Up
Coral make-up is a big trend for this S/S. Flattering and wearable it works well on all skin tones. From premium to high street, all the cosmetic brands are currently offering great coral tones for cheeks, eyes and lips.
This soft coral make-up look is easy to achieve, warms up the skin and wakes up the face incredibly well. Give it a go!
Loving the Chanel Tattoos but NOT the price?
If you are feeling the Chanel tattoos but not prepared to hand over £49 for them, have a look at Inkwear.co.uk They have some spookily similar designs (they even have the birds) and prices start at a mere £2.99. www.inkwear.co.uk
Red Carpet - Hayley Atwell at the Olivier Awards
I regularly make up Hayley for premiers and events and last week she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier award for her acclaimed performance in 'A Bridge Too Far' alongside Kiera Knightly and Ruth Wilson. Hayley has THE most amazing face and is classically beautiful so she's always a pleasure to make up. Plus, she's a lovely girl and a good laugh, so even better!
Here is the list of products I used to create Hayley's smouldering smokey eyes, glowing skin and glossy lips.
Base - Chanel Pro Lumiere in 30
Under eye concealer - Clinique Airbrush in 04
Powder - Chanel
Benefit creasless cream eyeshadow in Strut - buffed all over lid and into socket and along lower lash line.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey - to blend edges of Strut up over socket line and to highlight at the brow bone.
Mac Technakohl Liner in Graphblack - along water line top and bottom and smoked into lower lash line
Mac Liquid Liner in Boot - To create a good line along top lashes
Max Factor Mascara False Lash Effect in Black
Ardell 'Demi Pixie' false eyelash strip - along top lash line.
Suqqu Eyebrow pencil in Brown '02 - for polished brows
Shu Uemura Matte Pink Blush in Warm Pink M30
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Blush
Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm
Laura Mercier Shimmer Powder in 'Stardust' - Light dusting on to contours.
My purple Smoky Eye Tutorial in UK Grazia's first ever 3D issue
Today the first ever 3D 'Walk-in, Talking' Augmented Reality issue of UK Grazia launches.
Log on to www.graziadaily.co.uk/3d, hold the issue up in front of your computers webcam and you will be able to bring the pages of the magazine to life. Alternatively you can view from your i phone via the Grazia i phone App.
Included in this ground breaking issue is a tutorial with yours truly on how to achieve a fabulous vivid purple smoky eye. Check it out!!!!
Inspiration - A bit of Make-up History
I was looking through my archives this weekend and came across a huge box of the original Nina Ricci make-up and skincare from the early 1990's. I was living in Paris during this period and used to do the make-up for the Nina Ricci fashion shows. When the range launched, I was given several boxes to use backstage and instantly fell in love. At a time when everything was minimal, pared down and either black, white or grey (the height of the Calvin Klein CKOne era) this explosion of colour and overly girly and indulgent packaging was like a breath of fresh air. Nikki de Saint Phalle the amazing French artist/sculptor who created, amongst many other things, the fantastical and brightly coloured sculptures in the fountain outside the Pompidou centre in Paris, was credited with the design. I'm not sure if she actually worked on the designs or whether her work was just the inspiration behind it. The thing I really loved about the range was the structure and colour concept. Some of the products where grouped together in colourways i.e. Les Lavandes, Les Carmins, Les Roses and the colour of the packaging related to the group they were in. The boxes were pink, lilac, lemon and peach and looked very like my favourite café in Paris, Laduree. The highlights of the range were the pale foundation shades (far paler than anyone else was doing at that time). They had one positively ghostly pale shade that had not a hint of pink or peach and was the purest, deliciously creamy and palest shade I've ever seen. The other highlights were the blushers and lipsticks both were highly pigmented and offered the best pinks, roses, cyclamens and reds ever and the wonderful brow pencils. Sadly the range bombed as the consumer was after clean lines and simple design. The range was re-launched in the noughties with clean white packaging and beautiful, quality textures. Luckily for me the unbelievably creamy pale foundation shade survived the re-launch and I used it regularly on clients including Cate Blanchett and Kelly Osbourne. I’ve taken photographs of some of my favourite bits so you can see how bold and bonkers it was for the time.
Individual Fake Eyelashes
This is a beginner's guide to applying individual fake lashes. It's part of a series of two films, the other being a beginners guide to strip lashes. Individual lashes give a very different feel to strip lashes because they are less uniform so the effect is more random, feathery and natural looking. You can achieve different effects depending on how many you apply and which lengths you use. I love using them on my clients and myself and hope these application tips will inspire you to give them a go too. To remove them soak a cotton wool pad in eye make-up removing lotion and place flat over the eye holding firmly for several seconds. This will help to dissolve and loosen the glue. Repeat if necessary and then continue with you usual cleansing routine.