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Video: Pat’s Diner

With the NY shows about to kick off today it seemed fitting to post this great video of the Queen of All Things Catwalk, Pat McGrath, and the launch of her new 8 piece makeup collection (which came out in December, but I had other fish to fry then). Called Pat’s Diner, the launch was held at a Brooklyn Diner and then jammed full of models, celebs, all round club kids and Insta-girls and boys, and Pat and her team let the makeup fly.

I’m loving the trend for fuller makeup at the moment (although no, this does NOT include extra contouring), but bright lips, bright eyes, all at once and at any time has made makeup more fun than it’s been in years. Pat’s latest makeup offering, Phantom 002 (following on from Gold 001) are deeply pigmented eyeshadows in fuchsia, cobalt, gold, cranberry and black, plus 3 brushes.

Now I just can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on this season’s shows…

www.patmcgrath.com

New Year, New City, New Kit!

 

I know I’m late getting back into it, but I do have a great excuse as I moved back to London over the Christmas break. After spending most of December packing many, MANY boxes of magazines and selling various vehicles and generally getting organized, and then the last few weeks in London buying furniture (and a LOT more warm clothes), I finally feel like work is calling again.

So I’ve not been that focused on beauty or writing or makeup or anything very gorgeous at all (packing boxes and trips to IKEA really don’t count in that category.)

Until I went to sort my kit out to get back to work, only to discover that I feel like it needs a revamp. I have everything I need but I do have that new beginnings feel to the year, craving change and improvement. I’m even bored with my bags and my palettes, which really do need a periodic refresh to keep you on your makeup toes.

Enter My Kit Co from James Molloy, which I found out about over the Christmas break. James is a wonderful makeup artist who I met years ago on the shows when he was a MAC International Artist, and over the last few years he’s gone from strength to strength. He’s a really lovely person as well, and I was excited to see he’s launched his own makeup bags and palettes for when you have a makeup kit crise like I have been going through.

My Kit Co has a full range of brushes which I’m keen to try (because as all makeup heads know, you can never have enough brushes, amiright?) AND magnetized palettes with a clear lid so you can see what’s in there and have room for many, many shadow or blush options. Then the piece de resistance and where James has been particularly smart, is the range of clear bags that you can fit the palettes into. Possibly only makeup artists will understand how exciting and groundbreaking that is, but after years of stuffing makeup palettes into toiletry bags, wash bags, stationery bags, padded post Paks, makeup bags of all shapes and sizes that don’t hold things properly so they all jumble around and break, James had me at hello when I saw his kit bag collection.

There are lots of other bag options in his range, and the ones I particularly like are clear and flat and stackable to conserve space in your suitcase. They also have lovely thick durable wipe clean plastic, which is ideal for those inevitable makeup spillages (since James has spent literally years of his life travelling the world doing the shows, this is a man who knows how to pack a kit. LIKE A BOSS.)

How to pack a kit

So this January it’s not about getting fit, or losing weight or paying off your credit card or detoxing from sugar. It’s about having a kit that would make Pat McGrath and her army of Japanese assistants weep with envy. (That bit is probably pretty strictly for Makeup Artist Goals For 2016 – most of the general population would probably be better off detoxing from sugar/quitting alcohol/taking up running than buying palettes and makeup bags).

*Full disclosure – I’m also obsessed with James’s dog, which is the cutest teacup Yorkie called Dillon. You can follow James (and Dillon! Now you know why they call me a dog stalker) on Instagram here @jamesmolloymakeupartist and @mykitco

Or shop on line for a pristine new kit here www.mykitco.uk

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Secret Weapon: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Did I ever tell you that one of the great quests of my life has been for the best black eyeliner? Sad I know, but it’s true. I thought I had tried them all, finding some I liked more than others – from Stila to MAC, Bobbi Brown to Maybelline, NARS to Laura Mercier. I’m an equal opportunity black liner lover but it does need to deliver. Because none of them had quite the inky darkness that I craved, I kept testing out new ones, looking for a black that could audition for a Tim Burton film.

Until I tried the new Kat Von D liner. It is, quite simply, and hands down, the best black liner I have ever tried. Kat von D is pretty new to the makeup game, coming from a background as a tattoo artist and a reality TV star (not the way to my hear generally, but she has won me over after testing out her liner and some of her lipsticks, which are also fab).

Stocked in mega makeup store Sephora, I’m starting to see what the fuss is about with her line. Pigment rich, subversive packaging (reminiscent of another of my favourite brands, Illamasqua), it’s all a bit goth but also surprisingly wearable and has a great range of colours. A committed vegan it’s also cruelty-free, which also ticks my makeup boxes.

Sephora gave me a lovely bag of goodies to test out the other day which I’ve been doing religiously, and this liner is the standout. It’s just so damn BLACK. As dark as the Adams family hall closet, it also is a genius felt tip pen that has a nib that’s hard enough to draw great lines, but soft enough to manipulate around the delicate eye area. So whether you’re a liner novice or Lana del Rey, this one is for you!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow

In My Kit – Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow

Lately I seem to be have been shooting a lot of metallic beauty stories, which is known as General Good Times for makeup artists. My glitter bag has seen more action than it has done in years, and apart from the usual toxic waste glitter explosions (par for the course when dealing with that hazardous substance) it’s been all systems go on high-octane disco makeup.

Secretly I’ve always had a love for metallics – they’re so brazenly glamorous! So having the chance to shoot lots of reflective beauty has been fabulous. In doing so, I’ve discovered a not-new but very amazing range of eyeshadows by Stila called Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadows.

These are incredible – super high-shine, reflective eyeshadows that take a smoky eye to the next level. They have a very fine glitter through them but they have very little fall out, so you don’t end up with all the pixie dust magic under your eyes instead of on top of them (because really, glittery eye bags – who needs those?)

They are reminiscent of the Tom Ford quad eyeshadow glitter shades, but more reflective, and they come in a good range of colours – from Jade and Cobalt to a range of traditional metallic colours. Handy when the looks go from silver to copper to gold and then onto full-on Studio 54 incarnations (as has been the case for me lately).

If you want to go metal, go Stila.

Jerry Hall

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Video – BTS at the Giorgio di Sant’Angelo show, 1991 (Cindy Crawford and Every Other 90’s Supermodel You Can Think of)

With the merry-go-round of the international shows starting in New York again yesterday, it seemed fitting to have a look at fashion shows past – check out this video I found of Cindy Crawford from her 90’s TV show, MTV’s House of Style (the greatest thing EVER for those with a love of fashion history and/or supermodels).

It’s from the 1991 Giorgio di Sant’Angelo show with all the supers, and what struck me is THEY DID THEIR OWN MAKEUP. It’s quite amazing seeing the biggest models in the world, at the time and arguably ever, and they’re just cracking on with their own makeup and body moisturiser. Different times indeed.

Kate Moss Castaway

In My Kit – St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

I’m a little bit obsessed with fake tan lately. I realized recently that I never cover bronzers or tanners on MM. Not because I don’t like them (I love a gorgeous Capri glow as much as the next girl) and sorry to be rude, but it’s kind of boring to write about, don’t you think? Other people might disagree but until now there’s been nothing about bronzers that have inspired me to write a word. I couldn’t even rustle up a haiku on the subject. I have my old favourites and they come out when I need them and that’s it. Case closed.

Until I finally tried St Tropez tan, and now that my legs look –well a little bit more Gisele like than they did a few hours ago, I’ve got to tell you, St Tropez is kind of amazing.

It’s super easy to use, for a start. They even have YouTube videos to help you if you’re not sure about applying it. And I used the also bloody amazing Le Tan application mitt (I think St Trop have one of those too, but mine is Le Tan). It immediately solves the horrible streaky orange tell–tale palms problem which is what I remember usually puts me off self-tanning. So armed with my glove, it’s just a couple of pumps of mousse onto it, and you rub it in. Evenly. And that’s it. Wait a couple of minutes – so none of that needing half an hour to walk around stark naked to let it dry business. Hello 1985 called, thank God those days are over! – and you’re ready to roll. Bronzed goddess indeed.

And best of all, no funky monkey smell. It has a light, pleasant scent that doesn’t waft around screaming look at my newly fake tanned legs! On shoots it’s a godsend as I can do a super fast tan on a model before we start shooting, and then I don’t have to spend my day marinating her in MAC Face and Body Foundation, which is a great, great product and my go-to for body makeup but if you don’t have to spend your day in the sand slathering that on, it’s better, no?

So if you want to tan like Gisele, St Tropez is your best bet. To get her body you’re on your own though.

sttropeztan.com

Gisele Bundchen Paris Vogue

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