Behind the scenes on Mario Sorrenti’s shoot Le Sauvage for the June/July Paris Vogue 2013 issue
This is pretty much the ideal summer video. Shot in St Barth’s with uber mannequins Anja Rubik and Andreea Diaconu, one of my favourite makeup artists, Aaron de Mey providing the all-over tan, James Pecis, an MM fave, on the undone hair and photographer Mario Sorrenti creating ultimate beach babe looks. I love the 80′s ELLE-ness of it, it’s just gorge.
And with complementary ear-worm too – I can’t get this song out of my head.
*which for the uninitiated stands for Really Not Safe For Work, But Gorgeous
I fell in love with this video when I saw it a few weeks ago, on the brilliant new website www.neverunderdressed.com (a fabulous mash up of fashon, beauty, pop culture and just all round cool stuff). Enjoy Daria Werbowy, face of Lancôme on the rooftops of NY just looking effortlessly gorgeous and wearing nothing but the new Lancôme foundation, Visionnaire. This is how skin should look – touchable and like there’s nothing but a Spring breeze and some sunshine on it (and some Daria genetics probably help too). Rock on.
I was very excited to hear that one of my favourite makeup artists (and mentors), Florrie White, is now NUDE Skincare’s brand ambassador. Florrie is an amazing makeup artist and has quite the celebrity clientele, working regularly with Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emily Blunt, Rose Byrne and Kate Bosworth – how’s that for a cool crowd of clients?
She has magical hands and would always choose exactly the right blend of skincare to address what her client’s skin required, unfailingly achieving a beautiful, hydrated skin as a base for her lovely makeup. I’m not surprised she is now working with NUDE as they are a wonderful luxury organic skincare brand, and perfect for Florrie’s effortless, cool aesthetic.
Nowadays it feels like every week there is a new “organic” or “natural” skincare range being released as people increasingly are becoming aware of the toxic nature of many products which we put everyday onto our biggest organ, our skin. But as NUDE started back in 2007, they were one of the first to market in this area. Synthesising all natural ingredients to create truly luxurious and effective skincare (and the packaging to match) wasn’t easy, but founder Brian Meehan insisted that they get it exactly right. Cult products from the range include the Perfect Cleansing Oil and the Radiant Day Moisturiser.
I can’t wait to see more of Florrie and NUDE Skincare!
Cara Delevingne is my favourite model at the moment, and it seems I’m not alone. In just one short year she has bagged herself a Burberry contract as well as being the face of Burberry’s new fragrance, covers of British Vogue, I-d and Love magazine (where she looks divine in red lips, naked in the bath), and was considered to be the star model of the last catwalk season. And now she has also bagged a beauty campaign for YSL beauty, for their new Babydoll mascara. We definitely haven’t seen the last of Miss Delevingne.
I had some nice comments on the blog lately that reminded me how good the Dior Addict lipstick range is. This made me think about Dior Addict, which led me to my slight obsession with Dutch model and out-of-this-world gorgeous gal, Daphne Groeneveld. Here’s her very cute new ad for the brand spanking new Dior Gloss Addict. Another product on my list of things to check out at the makeup counters…
Jourdan! Edie! Cara! Karlie! I love this behind the scenes video of all of the ‘Burberry Girls Model Brigade’ getting ready for their turn on the catwalk at Burberry’s most recent show. The beauty collection is called ‘Trench Kisses’ and features new Kajal eye pencils, new lippies and glosses as well as some heavenly nail polish colours (I’m lusting after the polish from the show, appropriately called “Oxblood”).
Burberry Beauty Creative Director Wendy Rowe was working her magic on the model’s faces and hair maestro and all round lovely, lovely guy Neil Moodie was on hair. Dream Teams were made of this…
Sorry for not posting much lately. I’ve been on a major deadline for the new magazine I’m now beauty writing for, and with makeup and beauty writing my dance card has been pretty full.
I did see this lovely video at the weekend though – another beauty stand out from the shows last season was Peter Phillips’ silver glitter eye at Chanel. Beautiful, big chunky glitter on the lash line and liberally sprinkled into lashes is fashion magic of the finest kind. Get your pixie dust on!
Sidenote – the new Chanel cream blushes out later this year look TO DIE FOR. As in, I may need to book my funeral and prepare my wake because those have just stilled my beating heart.
Look I have to be honest – I’ve not been very excited by the hair and makeup trends coming down the runways during this last season – and since the shows are now in their final week in Paris, there aren’t that many chances for my socks to be rocked off by some amazing inspiring new looks. It’s all a bit ‘Meh’ so far. The notable exceptions for me have been:
- the punk eye at Versace (thanks Pat McGrath)
- the 40′s sepia eye at Rochas (Lucia Pieroni referencing Lee Miller, be still my beating heart)
- Gucci Westman’s work at ODLR and Antonio Berardi – that lush red mouth, yes please!
- Diane Kendal made last season’s navy eye feel even fresher thanks to glitter and super bright pigment at Thakoon and Jason Wu, respectively.
- Dolce and Gabbana’s show, with makeup by Pat McGrath that was inspired by Sophia Loren and Byzantine art. This translated as rich wine lips, a heavy flick of cat eyeliner and beautiful, matte skin – which I think is the main takeaway from the shows. Ladies, get your powder puffs ready – it’s going to be a matte-tastic year.
Here’s Pat McGrath in action at the Dolce show, talking through the look: