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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


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.

Gisele Bundchen Paris Vogue


Video: Subjective: Kate Moss interviewed by Nick Knight about Mario Sorrenti

I’m sorry to do this to you because I may well be taking hours out of your life by telling you about this incredible series of videos from famed British photographer, Nick Knight. They are interviews with models to show the history of contemporary fashion photography through their eyes, and after watching quite a few of the Kate Moss videos so far I’ve found it’s an amazing behind the scenes look at some of the world’s most iconic fashion images. 

Block out some time, because I warn you, they’re addictive!


In My Kit – Liquid Gold

So these days I’m a little bit married to my skincare favourites – it takes quite a bit for a new entrant to muscle its way into my makeup kit. You have to test it, first on yourself, then on a few shoots, then on a few more and most of the time they don’t make the final cut.

Not so Alpha H’s Liquid Gold, which I’ve been using more and more lately. It’s a liquid glycolic acid skin polisher, which I’m starting to swear by as part of my skin prep on jobs. I first came across it some time ago through the UK makeup artist Kenneth Soh

Models always look like they have amazing skin, don’t they? Well I’ll tell you a secret – they often don’t. That’s what makeup is for! Quite often models have the same skin concerns that the rest of us do – spots, hormonal breakouts, hyper pigmentation, excessive oiliness, excessive dryness, rosacea – you name it, makeup artists have to deal with it. One of the trickiest things is when a model doesn’t take good care of her skin and it’s all weirdly dry yet congested, and a big part of the problem is that just don’t exfoliate enough.

Before Liquid Gold I’d use a YSL or a Dermalogica scrub – I’m talking a full facial with hot water, applying the product, buffing it off and then clearing all the product off to leave baby soft skin beneath. This works really well but does take quite awhile, which so often you don’t have on a hectic day’s shoot. Now I keep a bottle of Liquid Gold in my skincare bag, and actually pretty much everyone who sits in my chair these days is getting a quick buff over with it on a cotton pad. It takes off the dead skin cells, leaving the nice juicy new skin cells ready for makeup. And yes, it gives you THAT glow.

So skincare bags get ready, there’s a new product in town.


1960's stewardess

Fly the Friendly Skies

Just a quick Public Service announcement – I’m off on a working holiday to London this afternoon, so my posting schedule is going to be…well pretty much nonexistent for the next couple of weeks.

But never fear, I’m going to be scouting and scouring the makeup counters (and pharmacies) of London to make up for it. New products will be purchased, and you can be sure that there will be some fresh new brands investigated in my absence. (Because what’s the point of going away if you can’t spend hours cruising makeup counters?)

See you in a couple of weeks!