New Beauty Breakdown – LFW Issa show Spring-Summer 2012

Hot Like Rio!
Makeup by Kay Montano

The inspiration for the gorgeous, glowing makeup at the Issa show at London Fashion Week this season was Bo Derek in ‘10’. It was a super sexy, vibrant, colourful show (complete with Ana Beatriz in full-on carnival headdress and costume) and the makeup made the girls look like Ipanema goddesses. Here’s what Kay used:


  • MyFace MyMix foundation


  • Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder


  • Revlon SkinLights in Warm Glow on the tops of the cheekbones


  • NARS Laguna to contour, shade and sun-kiss the girls


  • Stila Convertible Colour in Poppy


  • Chanel Eyeliner pencil in Brun-Ciuvre smudged into lashline and on inner rim of eye
  • Chanel Ombre d’Illusion in Illusoire
  • Chanel Inimitable mascara in Noir


  • NARS Easy Lover gloss

Video: Kay Montano Rule Breakers for Because London

Woo-hoo! Celebrate good times, come on dah dah dah dah dah dah – OK so Kool & the Gang is not quite the same when you write it down, but you get the gist. Mega London makeup artist, Kay Montano is doing more fabulous how-to videos for Because London. This one is a homage to Debbie Harry and a time when glamour met punk met disco met – well let’s just say some rules were meant to be broken!


Alexa Chung, Harper's Bazaar Australia

New Beauty Breakdown: Alexa Chung for Harper’s Bazaar Australia

Makeup by Florrie White

Alexa Chung is a bit of an MM fave as she’s lovely, cool, has the wardrobe that everybody wants and she’s rather gorgeous as well. Here’s a beautiful shoot she did in Paris recently as a Chanel Cruise exclusive for the Australian edition of Harper’s Bazaar, shot by Angelo Pennetta. Known for her lovely cat eyes and signature flicked eyeliner it was a bit of an exciting day since she agreed to wear a bright lip. I think she looks phenomenal!

I have a breakdown from her regular makeup artist, the wonderful London-based Florrie White who reveals what she used on an impeccable summer day on the lovely Alexa:


  • Decleor Sun Expert – it was so hot in the magnificent Parisian garden. Alexa did not complain while I hid in the shade guzzling cold water!


  • None – she has perfect skin and I love her freckles.


  • Chanel Long Lasting Concealer only under her eyes.


  • Due to the heat and the clean skin I just used Givenchy’s Mister Matte to control any shine.


  • MAC Cream Blush in Cheery and Cherche


  • MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Chanel Ilusion d’Ombre Emerveille, Epatant, Illusoire, Mirifique used individually and/or mixed together, blended and changed around throughout the shoot.


  • MAC Pro Lip Mix in Orange


  • Dior Vernis Underground 824

Here’s a gorgeous behind-the-scenes video showing Florrie at work:


Rachel Weisz The Observer - makeup by Kay Montano

New Beauty Breakdown: Rachel Weisz on the cover of the Observer

Makeup by Kay Montano

This was a shoot that originally ran in Spanish Vanity Fair, and it popped up again on the cover of last weekend’s Observer magazine in London (together with an interview with Rachel about being the new Mrs Bond. I can’t imagine that it’s that difficult, can you?)

I thought Rachel looked incredible in these pictures so I asked Kay for a breakdown. Here’s what she used:


  • MyFace MyMix foundation in F2


  • Jurlique Rose Powder on the T-zone


  • Chanel Rose Temptation blush


  • MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow
  • Bobbi Brown Black Gel Eyeliner
  • Chanel Inimitable Obscure mascara in Noir


  • MAC Hue lipstick

Rachel Weisz for Vanity Fair - makeup by Kay Montano