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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

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


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.


Reese Witherspoon

In My Kit – Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

These might be the greatest thing since sliced bread – actually way better than sliced bread since they are perfect, shimmery molten eyeshadow sticks of exactly the colours that you want, and best of all, they’re gluten-free!

I’ve become obsessed with these of late. They are a lightweight cream eyeshadow that just has the most perfect texture. They’re in a thin stick form, so not only are they extremely lightweight (which you are SO GRATEFUL for when you have 40 kilograms of makeup to lug to work each day), but the shape of the tip is absolutely perfect for creating dreamy highlights around the eyes. There is a reason that all the top red carpet makeup artists are using them on their celeb clients you know! Mai Quynh used them on Chloe Moretz at Cannes, as well as Reese Witherspoon at the Golden Globes.

They also come in a great range of colours and are a lovely base for a smoky eye or perfect as a shimmering accent. You can use them as a shadow or as a liner as well, so they’re just right for everyday life as they do double-duty and are even small enough to fit in an evening bag, if you need a quick retouch.

There are now 23 shades available, and since Laura Mercier is, well Laura Mercier, they really are gorgeous, flattering colours for every skintone. These suckers are fast, also. For when you have literally two seconds to do your makeup (and a toddler may or may not be dragging themselves up your legs trying to get to your makeup because the best thing EVER is a toddlerin your makeup) they are literally just swipe, smoosh with brush or finger and go.

And did I mention they’re gluten-free?

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks




In My Kit: Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld

So Karl Lagerfeld’s cat has a makeup collection. And it’s amazing. First off, you need to meet Karl Lagerfeld’s actual cat, Choupette (can we just have a moment to reflect on the genius play on words? Chou in French is a pet name – like ‘darling’. Our lovely French au pair Julie in London used to call my son “mon petit chou”.) So Choupette is already a dangerously cute name for a very cute cat. And THEN Mr Lagerfeld has spliced that with a bit of loveliness from the brilliant Japanese makeup company, Shu Uemura, and you have Choupette’s new makeup line, Shupette. Let me reiterate, a makeup collection based on a cat. Which combines my two favourite things in the world, makeup and small fluffy animals. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

The collection even has Karl Lagerfeld’s drawings of Choupette/Shupette on it (although we don’t buy makeup for the packaging. Do we? Do we??) It’s the new Holiday collection and the campaign images have been shot by Karl, with needless to say the gorgeous Choupette and the also not too shabby Josephine Skriver.

I’m currently in love with the cream blusher Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in 02 which is burning a hole in my kit and jumping out on every job lately – it’s gorgeous on clients for the red carpet and equally at home flushing cheeks on beach shoots. It has a transparent, weightless finish which I’m sorry, leaves my beloved Stila creams in the dust, making them look positively heavy and old fashioned (sorry Stila – I do love you. And I haven’t really permanently gone off your Convertible Colours – it’s just your place has currently been usurped by Shupette.)

There are three colours in the lip and cheek trio – a bright candy pink, a sheer red and a deep fuchsia pink. They are so beautiful, providing a transparent wash of colour that just lifts the face. For those in colder climes they will give your winter pallor that holiday glow, and for those in Australia, I can tell you right now that pretty much nothing looks better with a tan.

Here’s a video of the very cute Choupette-cam so you can have a look at the life of the world’s most pampered kitty. And yes, it’s guaranteed that her life is more glam than yours.

And behind the scenes of the impossibly cute campaign

Daria Werbowy

In My Kit: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Glow

I think by now you might have figured out that I am not a drugstore gal. Of course there’s always some stuff there that’s worth checking out (like mascaras, and lipsticks, and the odd nail polish). Although there are loads of good drugstore products – with the economic heft of global cosmetic giants like Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal they’re always going to be on top of the new technology,
so lots of their stuff is great now. And if you let me loose in a French pharmacy, well that’s a different thing entirely. I’m practically in there with a bulldozer, ripping up Crealine and Embryolisse and Honeoplasmine, not to mention Evian and Avene Water and La Roche Posay everything. (Get your hard hats on boys, she’s coming in!)

But drugstores in Australia, not so much. Do you want to know why?
Because Australian drugstores have missed the memo on why people shop there, and that reason is price. It’s supposed to be cheap fellas. Mascaras in Australian pharmacies cost $27 (L’Oreal), Revlon eyeshadow quads are $25, Max Factor lipgloss is $20. I know all my US readers are passing out right about now – products cost about 4-5 times more in Australia than in America. For the exact same thing. So you know what? I often figure I’d rather spend the extra amount and get a premium product for a bit more (OK quite a bit more – Chanel quads are about $100. But it’s like, you know, Chanel. HELLO.)

So the other day when I checked out Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Glow, needing a new lip balm with SPF for my poor model who was going to fry the following day at the beach on a 31 degree day beach shoot, I was very pleasantly surprised. The price was right ($3.60 – jeez, I can’t even get a coffee for that these days in Sydney), and the product was a surprisingly good dupe for Dior’s Lip Glow, which is currently on my wish list as it’s just a gorgeous rose hued lip balm. And I think we all know YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY OF THOSE.

So in my kit it went and it kept my lovely model’s lips moisturized and sun protected and with just the perfect amount of twinkly sheen, all day long. So the next time you want a coffee, get a Baby Lips lip balm instead. It will last a whole lot longer than that caffeine.

maybelline baby lips lip balm