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Jordan Dunn

Right Now: Electric Blue

Of late I’ve been cruising on YouTube for obscure 80’s hits – one hit wonders and bad Australian songs have been featuring prominently. So today when I came across a CLASSIC Australian pop song (prompted by hearing a delivery man playing it in his truck yesterday – you know it’s fabulous music when that’s where you hear it!) the epic “Electric Blue” by Icehouse, I just knew I had to introduce it to all my MM readers. Or re-introduce it for those lucky enough to remember it first time around (c 1987).

Obviously the first thing you notice about the video is the lead singer’s hair, or mullet. I can tell you right now from all the YouTube-ing I’ve been doing that mullets were a key part of 80’s Aussie music. Uncanny X Men, Wa Wa Nee, Pseudo Echo – all the (supposedly) hot boys at the time had a delicious, bouffant and flowing back section and preferably a neat groomed (and highlighted, if you really wanted to impress the ladies) fore section. Forget business at the front, party at the back – it was party at the front, a nightclub at the back and a full on  rave all over.  Looking at the men in these videos it’s a wonder Aussies managed to reproduce at all and all the women didn’t run away screaming overseas. ANYWAY…

I digress. The reason I’m introducing you to this classic piece of vintage Australiana is the return of 80’s blue shadow and liner, except it’s being worn with a 90’s grunge sensibility. Since the whole natural grunge makeup seam has been pretty much mined to exhaustion over the last few seasons, during this season’s shows makeup artists are bringing back flashes of block colour and liner that were also a mainstay of 90’s makeup.

Pat McGrath put a sky blue on a few of the girls at Prada this week in Milan and Lucia Pieroni did a gorgeous electric blue liner at Giles in London. Which harked back to the 80’s. So it’s a post-modern, modern look if you will, that looks totally fresh. Here’s my picks for the best blue liners and shadows to give you a bit of colour-blocked 80’s/90’s/now goodness. Mullet optional, but not recommended.

 Best Blue Eyeliners

  • NARS Kitty pencil – a gorgeous electric blue
  • MAC Hi-Def Cyan Chromagraphic Pencil – used on the Giles show by Lucia Pieroni last week, this is pretty much the perfect blue
  • Bourjois  Regard Paillete in Bleu Etincelant – Sparkling eyeliner basically, but it sounds so much nicer in French! This is a gorgeous metallic bright blue liner. New to my kit this week. I love this and can’t wait to give it a workout.
  • Essence 2 in 1 Kajal pencil in Destination Sunshine -  the colour is a slightly off electric blue. It’s a bit of a weird colour which is why I like it. Essence are a German brand and Europe’s biggest selling range apparently, but new to me. At a bargain price point, I have to say I’m impressed with the colour pay off.
  • Barry M SuperSoft Eye Crayon in Matte Blue - Barry M. Always. Another bargain too.
  • Illamasqua Eye Pencil in Debonair – delicious bright blue with great pigmentation
  • TopShop Makeup  – If liquid liner is more your thing, TopShop do a deep blue liner called Yonder which looks quite delish.

Best Blue Shadows

  • NARS Outremer – amazing cobalt blue. Incredible
  • Illamasqua Victim  - is a full-pigment intense azure blue, and one of my favourites
  • Illamasqua Sadist – matte cobalt (cause you can never have too much colour blocked cobalt)
  • MAC Electric Eel - a total classic
  • MAC Freshwater  - if you don’t want your electric blue without a bit of sheen. I’ve had it in my kit forever, but right now I’m channeling a matte finish.
  • MAC Deep Truth  - a beautiful dark navy. Because sometimes you need to take the electric down a level, to well, normal.

 

PS: What’s with the clothes in 80’s videos?  Sweatshirts, singlets, a jumper that their nan knitted them – really it’s like most of them rolled out of bed that day and just pulled on whatever was in their washing pile. In the dark. The 80’s, truly the decade that style forgot.

Lulu Guinness Clinique

Right Now: Lulu Guinness and Clinique set

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.

Available exclusively at www.clinique.co.uk and House of Fraser

orange lipstick

Right Now: Orange is the New Everything

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).

Kit Classics

  • 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!

Alexa-Chung-Eyeko

Right Now: Alexa Chung for Eyeko

How cute is this tutorial from British It girl, Alexa Chung? She’s paired up with Eyeko, the super-cool makeup brand to create the ultimate eyeliner pen and pitch black mascara. So if you’ve ever envied her signature cat’s eyes, you now know where to get them from. Although you might also need a little bit of luck – the range sold out on the first day at Selfridges in London, and there was such a crush to get a glimpse of the star that they almost had to close down the store. That’s a seriously successful beauty collab right there!

 www.eyeko.com

Balmain Nail polish

Right Now: BeautyMart have the Balmain Paris Nail Couture Collection!

I’ve discovered the most delicious new nail polish collection, from the house of Balmain in Paris. I’ve been a fan of their clothes ever since Olivier Rousteing became the house designer in 2011. Three nailpolishes in all that I think are so

chic, so beautiful, so perfectly chosen – like everything at BeautyMart, who stock them, which if you haven’t heard is just about the hottest beauty destination in the world right now.

BeautyMart is the brainchild of Millie Kendall (yes, of Ruby and Millie fame – what a great beauty brand that was!) and Anna-Marie Solowij, who has been a beauty journalist for twenty years. Six of those years she was Beauty Director at Vogue, so she’s no slouch in knowing great makeup and skincare when she sees it. In short, these two know their stuff. So they pulled together all their favourite, fool-proof beauty products and created BeautyMart. It’s at Harvey Nicholls, in Shoreditch (bien sur), and now online. They stock all kinds of makeup and beauty deliciousness, cherry picking the best of Paul & Joe, Bourjois, TopShop, Revlon, Illamasqua, Homeoplasmine, Japonesque, Barry M, to name a few – I’m getting a bit breathless just typing it.

The Balmain Paris Nail Couture collection funnily enough fits with my perfect nail wardrobe, which has been classic red (Chanel Fire or Pirate), black (Chanel Black Satin), or nude (Essie Ballet Slippers) which I’ve been sporting pretty consistently for years. Plus it has a matte Top Coat to give your nails just the right finish. So here it is, in one gorgeous coffret, from the achingly cool and reinvigorated House of Balmain – the ultimate red, black and nude polish to take you wherever you need to go. Which in my case is going to be straight to BeautyMart, as soon as I land back in London.

thisisbeautymart.com

Right Now: Lara Stone is the new L’Oreal Spokesmodel

I was thrilled to hear this week that Lara Stone, one of my favourite models, has been signed by L’Oreal. Following in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer, Milla Jovovich and Laetitia Casta (along with a bevy of celebrities), Ms Stone with her fabulous gap toothed smile and one of the coolest editorial modelling careers on the planet is perfect to give an edge to the venerable French beauty house. Here’s her first video for the brand.

 

Neal’s Yard Organic Eyeshadows

Right Now: Neal’s Yard (Amazing!) Organic Eyeshadows

So today is a red letter day for me – or rather yesterday was. I wore eye makeup. Um, what the what? I hear you ask? That’s not exciting, that’s just normal. Well maybe for all you lucky people out there with well behaved eyeballs, but for me over the last two years due to an auto immune disease I haven’t been able to wear it. As in, at all. As in one swipe of mascara, or eyeliner, and my eye feels like someone is scratching it with ground glass, and I want to rip it out. So for the last two years I have patiently sucked it up, put on more blush, made my skin as radiant as possible (thank you, Bobbi Brown BB Cream), and ensured that my eyebrows were groomed to within an inch of their lives. Apart from the odd foray into red lipstick, that’s been it. And just FYI, I look like an egg without eye makeup (pale and blonde, even my eyelashes are fair).

Until yesterday! That’s right, I have finally found an eye makeup I can wear. So all you sensitive souls who struggle with chemical additives in makeup and skincare need to listen closely. Neal’s Yard. It’s an English organic line that started with skincare (all the way back in 1981 when anyone who was into natural products was considered to be a total beardy weirdy), and they now have a makeup line. All of their makeup has been created using the finest natural ingredients, and most of it is so pure you could quite literally, eat it without having ill effects. Kay Montano sent me some of their eye makeup to try when I explained my egg-faced predicament, and hallelujah! It works. I used their Cocoa and Wild Plum eyeshadows mixed together, smudged along my lashlines and applied it wet at the roots of my lashes to make a non-irritating eyeliner. No mascara (we’re not there yet baby), but let me tell you, that little bit of eyeshadow made me feel transformed. I had eyes! That you could see! That are actually quite blue when I put eyeliner on! And it felt life changing.

So thank you Neal’s Yard for your lovely, edible (OK not really but it’s very reassuring to know you almost could), wonderful makeup that even the most sensitive of eyes can wear. And thank you Sisley, for your gorgeous Eau Micellaire liquid which has currently booted my Bioderma Crealine off my bathroom shelf (never thought that would happen, EVER), and took off every skerrick of eye makeup, without any eye irritation whatsoever.

Thank you Kay, for thinking of me and, as always, being the ultimate beauty resource.

And thank you to makeup in general for reminding me of the power that a lick of colour, a few strokes of powder can wield. That eyeshadow did a lot more than just bring out my eyes – it raised my spirits and gave me hope there is life after autoimmune.

www.nealsyardremedies.com

Skin Couture

Right Now: Stimul8 Mask by Gr8ful Skin Couture

It’s been a loooong time in between mask uses for me – as in I think the last time I used one, Bridget Jones’ Diary was on at the movies and Beyoncé was still in Destiny’s Child. Definitely before I had children, that’s for sure. Having kids will do that to you – radically cut into your self-care and pampering time, that is! So given that my son is bigger, and I’m not getting any younger, let’s face it, I thought my skincare routine should pick up a bit.

Enter a fabulous all natural 100% vegan mud mask from the US called Stimul8, by Gr8ful Skin Couture. I love that it’s a natural alternative to some of the more, ahem, chemical anti-agers out there. It’s mud! All natural, and vegan, and it’s converted me back to mask use again.

The first time I used it, it was WARM – I have no idea what’s in that mud but it’s like chilli for your face! It doesn’t hurt but you can definitely feel a tingling whilst it works its magic. Rinse it off and your skin looks fresher, brighter and more rested. The best thing to do is use for three days in a row to make you look as young as you did when Bridget Jones was around (I’m talking pre-Facebook, so that’s pretty young). Although I’m still not one of those natural pampering types who loves getting her bath on, I liked the effects of this mask so much that I intend to do it again. And soon. And not leave it quite so long in between masks that Beyonce can have a whole solo career. And get married (to one of the world’s richest and most influential rappers, no less) And have five Number 1s. And get 11 Grammys. And have a sold out world tour. And star in three movies. And sing for the President. And have a baby. Damn, what that woman can do in a decade! The least I can do is make time for a mud mask.

But I digress. As it’s a dark mud it’s too messy for clients at work, but I don’t want to let it out of my bathroom anyway. Now for more time to relax with a glass of wine and some Skin Couture…

Check it out at http://gr8fulcouture.com/

PS I also love this product as it doesn’t test on animals, and every component is derived from plants – even the lactic acid she uses is sourced from sugar beets and cane sugar. It’s nice to know that choosing natural products doesn’t mean skimping on performance.