Tom Ford has been at it again, creating high glamour, super sexy products that make you want to Collect Them All. It might take you awhile though with his latest lipstick collection called Lips and Boys – which features 50 (50!!) miniature lipsticks in a dazzling array of colours. From violets to perfect nudes, golden metallics to classic reds this collection has literally any colour that a girl could want. And why boys? Well they’re named after men that have inspired Tom Ford in his life, which is super-cute I have to say. And about the only reason I would wear a lipstick called Collin.
How cute is this exclusive Lulu Guinness bag for the Great Ormond St Hospital Children’s charity? Lulu Guinness has partnered with Clinique to raise money for the Kiss It Better charity (which was set up by Carmel Allen for children with cancer), and has created 10 of her ‘Izzy’ satchels in a Limited Edition pink that retails for £550, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. Each purse is hand signed by Lulu, making it a real collector’s item, and it also contains ALL of the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which I’m a little bit obsessed with at present.
I’ve been a huge fan of Lulu Guinness and her beautiful purses and accessories for ages, and I had the pleasure of doing her makeup in London for an event a few years ago. Let me tell you, this is a lady who knows red lipstick! She’s a fabulous woman and I’m not surprised she’s involved with such a great charity.
So if you like beautiful handbags, Clinique Chubby Sticks (AND WHO DOESN’T?) and helping sick children in need, consider buying yourself a belated Christmas present. Available exclusively from the Clinique website for the month of February. Be quick, as I know these won’t last long.
I’m currently obsessing over orange. Lipstick, to be precise, although I am partial to a good orange eyeshadow (or blush for that matter) on occasion too.
Flicking through the new Paris Vogue I saw this gorgeous image from a beauty shoot with Diane Kendal (who I love, love, love) and shot by David Sims. Dripping with gloss, as orange as a tangerine or a Mexican sunset it’s sexy, 70’s and like a modern spin on Guy Bourdin – another hot reference point this season.
So I’ve been beefing up my orange selection of shades in my kit in hopes of busting out a few titian tones on shoots early in the New Year (bring that on, is all I can say).
- MAC Morange – ah, such an old faithful. If I could only carry one orange, it would be this one.
- Illamasqua Flare – Lighter than Morange, but still a neon bright burst of citrusy goodness
- MAC Vegas Volt – I love the off-ness of this colour and have used it on an early 60’s inspired Marilyn Monroe shoot for its sick Technicolour properties.
- Revlon Carnival Super Lustrous Lipstick – Quoted as “Neon orange bitch lips” in the press (which if that isn’t a name to make you run out and purchase, I don’t know what is), this is the lip that Gucci Westman created for the Rag and Bone Spring/Summer 2014 runway show. Mix Mischevious Matte Balm, which will be out in January, and the yet to be released Carnival and you’ll be good to go do what Neon Bitches do.
- MAC Orange Lip Mix – A classic, opaque orange.
- Chanel Excentrique Rouge Allure – all the gorgeousness you expect from a Chanel lipstick, with a bright tangerine hue which is gorgeous with a tan.
- Tom Ford Wild Ginger – hot orange, like only Tom Ford could do. Also an honorary mention to Tom Ford True Coral which is another bonkers salmon pink that I adore. Think Norma Desmond on acid and you’re halfway there.
- Laura Mercier Tunisian Moon – this is another subversive orange. Grace Kelly would have loved this.
- NARS Heat Wave – an intense orange-red. Also new NARS Short Circuit Cinematic lipstick from the Limited Edition Guy Bourdin collection also bears checking out. It’s described as Fire Coral – ‘Nuff said!
And to get you even MORE in the mood for some disco under the mistletoe, here’s the BTS ad campaign for the extremely gorgeous NARS Guy Bourdin collection for Holiday with the lovely Toni Garn showing us how to do lips and eyes right. (The redoubtable Diane Kendal is weaving her makeup magic on this video as well – let’s just say it’s a Diane Kendal kind of day.)
Since nothing says Christmas like glossy orange lips (well at MM HQ, anyway),I’d like to say Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all my lovely readers. I’m so ready for 2014 I can’t tell you! (2013, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out).
So whether you ring in this New Year with golden eyes, luxe lashes, cat eyeliner or the most fluoro of orange lips, have a fantastic break and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Ring-a-ding-ding!
Revlon you naughty minx you – you just keep on bringing out new and lovely products I have to find room for in my kit.
I’ve only recently had a kit clean out and made space for your Just Bitten lip stains and the Lip Butters (pretty much all of them), and now you have revamped your Super Lustrous lipsticks, and I’ll be needing space for those as well!
These are gorgeous. They are moisturizing, go on like a dream and are nice and pigmented. For those of you who think you need to buy NARS or Chanel or Dior to get a great lipstick, think again. These are right up there with the more expensive ones. I also like the comprehensive shade selection, which runs the gamut from bright fuchsia to amazing reds to early 60’s pinks (that will be coming out to play in an upcoming beauty shoot) and rich wines and berries, perfect for the cooler weather.
The lipsticks come in 48 colours,in Australia and with lovely actress Emma Stone (my new girl crush) as the spokesmodel, I’m totally sold. Although I am cross that they have just bought out ANOTHER range of fab lipsticks called Colorstay Ultimate Suede that I have yet to try but word from the blogosphere is they are ace. At this rate I’m going to need a Segway just to carry my lipsticks!
Every year Chanel do incredible events for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, around the world. Here’s a lovely video from London a couple of years ago, with two of my favourite people, makeup artist Kay Montano and lovely British supermodel, Daisy Lowe, getting into the spirit of the evening:
Chanel is also renowned for launching special, liimited edition products for the occasion, and this year in Sydney is no exception. This Thursday, 6th September, will be the launch of Les Twinsets de Chanel, created exclusively by Peter Phillips, Creative Director at Chanel Makeup. Les Twinsets will be available exclusively at The Chanel Makeup Studio, Myer, Sydney City for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out.
There are three unique harmonies in the range, matching lips and eyes like a twinset – resolutely feminine.
ROUGE ALLURE VELVET and LE VERNIS:
- LA PROVOCANTE & PROVOCATION: a unique Autumn plum shade.
- L’INFIDÈLE & INFIDÈLE: an intense pink with a burst of energy.
- LA DÉLICATE & DÉLICATESSE: a refined expression of beige to play on the
- natural side of sophistication.
This is the perfect excuse to indulge in a bit of Chanel lipstick and nail polish action – like you ever need one of those.
So you would think that with two full palettes of nude lipsticks, that would be enough. I thought so – or I’ve been trying to think so as I’ve been trying to use the products I have instead of madly cruising for new ones (a girl can, unfortunately, only carry so much makeup). However! Now I’ve found the new Burberry Lip Mists, and all bets are off.
When one thinks of Burberry, one thinks of trenchcoats, London, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley (well I do anyway). The Burberry makeup range won’t dress you or take you to London but it may take you that little bit closer to Rosie’s look – OK, well some of the way anyway. They do some of the best nude lipsticks I’ve ever found. Lots of nude lipsticks actually make you look dead, by stripping too much colour out of the lips, which can be great to pair with a strong smokey eye but quite frankly, is just not that flattering on most people. What works better is something that enhances the pigment you have in your lips, which is why the Burberry lippies are so great. There is a plethora of natural shades to choose from, so you can find something that makes you look gorgeous, instead of Night of the Living Dead nude.
I am loving the Lip Mist in 213 Field Rose right now, as it IS the colour of my natural lips, but kicked up, ooh maybe half a notch. It’s quite creamy and not too sheer so it sort of fills in the edges and makes my lips look fuller and well, dare I say it, a little bit pouty. Not quite Rosie territory but getting there. I do love a lip product that you can just whack on without thinking about, and this is one of those – effortless gorgeousness.
Burberry Beauty is available from selected David Jones’ stores in Australia.
This is the finish I’m obsessed with for lips at the moment, the Jelly Lip. I’d love to say it’s a name I created but it’s actually a term coined by the world’s most prolific makeup artist, Pat McGrath, who was asked during the last show season to name her top trends. Jelly Lips was one of them, and I have to say I’m hopping on her bandwagon for this.
I think Jelly Lips perfectly reflects a woman’s ideal lip right now – juicy, shiny without being too glossy, making your lips delectable and kissable like little flowers drenched with dew. What your lips look like in your fantasies basically.
Jelly Lips are softly tinted and beautifully hydrated, not at all the scary gloss finish of the early Noughties when a passing breeze would shellac your hair into your (plentifully applied) MAC Lipglassed or Lancome Juicy Tubed lips like a fly in amber, whipping sticky shiny hair strands across your cheeks. (Which was possibly not the sexy effect you were going for).
Jelly Lips is a look that’s created with a new type of lipstick that a few of the cosmetics houses are now doing – it’s basically a cross between lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick. They aren’t too sticky, nor too drying and they use super reflective pigments to give EXACTYLY the amount of sheen you want. It’s the perfect lip for summer as it’s so easy, and its best complement is glowing skin – especially with a lovely (faux) tan. They’re even great for the beach as you can just toss them in your bag and go.
And for real life, let’s be honest – these new lipsticks work a hell of a lot more easily than a lip balm, lipstick and gloss. I don’t know about you but when I’m racing out the door with my son’s homework under one arm and my makeup kit under the other, the last thing I’m worrying about is getting my lips pristine with three different products. These new hybrid lipsticks mean you can throw them in your bag and go – you don’t even need a mirror to touch up.
Some of my favourite Jelly Lips products are:
Dior Addict High-Shine lipstick – quite sheer colour-wise but gives the beautiful finish you would expect from Dior. It has a huge range of shades and has a lip plumping effect as well.
Estee Lauder – Pure Colour Gloss Sticks – these are some of the most pigmented options giving a soft burst of colour with a bit less sheen than others. I love Honey Pink for a slick of gorgeous coral.
Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters – Part of the new makeup that Revlon has been bringing out, these are gorgeous and don’t in any way feel budget, although they are a lot cheaper than the prestige options. They have hydrating mango, coconut and shea butters to boost lip moisture. They come in a wide range of colours and give long lasting and hydrating wear. My picks are Strawberry Shortcake and Cherry Tart.
Clinique Almost Lipstick – the original and still one of the best. Invented way back in the 90’s Clinique were so far ahead of the curve on these easy, super sheer lip tints. They have now re-launched the range with new shades and it’s one of the most comfortable ones to wear. My favourite is still the iconic Black Honey shade.
Crème de la crème – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine. I think these are perfection. I love the colours, pinky-grey Boy being my personal current lipstick – and the chicness of Chanel? Well with a lipstick like that there’s nothing to stop you touching up in public. In fact, it should be mandatory.
Perfect lips in an instant? Maybe you want to hop on my Jelly Lips bandwagon too.
I absolutely love this lip colour at the moment – it’s the perfect ‘Your Lips But Better’ colour that I’m always obsessed with finding at MM HQ. You would think it would be an easy thing to find, lipstick that is just the shade you want your lips to be, but it’s harder than it would seem. This is a gorgeous wine colour that apparently was inspired by Bobbi Brown’s ski trip to Telluride, and the colour that the skiiers’ lips would be after swishing down a mountain. It’s neither warm nor cool so it suits every complexion I’ve tried it on at work, and it doesn’t go brown or muddy as some wine or natural lip colours do (hello 90’s dead person brown, no thank you).
You can start with a gorgeous stain, or you can also build it up to a more easy take on the vampy lips that always come out for winter. With my makeup, I tend to do either lips or eyes and not generally both (unless it’s a full on editorial makeup, which is a different thing entirely). Thus if I’m doing a strong eye I need a lip colour that balances the face, beautifying and enhancing what’s already there. And you don’t always want to do a beige lip with a smoky eye – although this little beauty is also great for mixing in with beiges you might own that are too pale, and giving them some life. Versatile and gorgeous – kind of perfect, right?
These are, in a word, awesome. Super pigmented lipsticks in a deep cream formula that you dispense from a small artist tube, and you mix to custom blend your own shades. Amazing, right?
It’s so funny that I don’t blog about MAC more often (note to self, must rectify that). I think it’s because they are such a workhorse brand in my kit that I don’t think about them as much as I should do. Their products are just there, trusty, reliable, ready to be used on every single job. Also I think I overdosed on MAC when I was younger – the MAC counter at Harvey Nichols in London was one of my first destinations back in the 90’s, where I bought my first Spice lipliner – sadly it never looked as good on me as it did on Linda Evangelista – and various shades of dead person brown lippy that were the shizzle back in those days.
Then MAC was the cornerstone of my kit for along time, and gradually I started to phase in loads of lovely new brands and products – Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, NARS, Myface, Dior and Tom Ford and YSL – oh God stop me now! So because MAC was always there, and sponsoring the shows, and just around, I didn’t take so much notice when I used their lovely products in my kit.
But it’s time for me to get my MAC back on, and I thought Lip Mixes are a great place to start. Pretty much every makeup artist I know has these guys in their kit, as they come in – not that many shades, but once you start mixing, there’s no stopping you! Deep burgundy, bright red, pure orange, yellow, black, white, even blue shades mean that you can mix in different colours to create whatever shade you fancy. I love them as they are deep and velvety matte, and if you want to add gloss, well away you go once you’ve painted on your desire shade. Just add a lipbrush and a painter’s beret and voila! Instant Van Gogh (inspirational madness and severed ear not included).