Just when you thought there couldn’t POSSIBLY be anymore room in the world for another beauty brand, along comes the new Gucci Beauty range. And I have to say, it’s got me intrigued.
Part of the Procter and Gamble stable, it is thus under the aegis of mega makeup artist Pat McGrath who is the Creative Director (and also helped create the Dolce and Gabbana range, which is another P&G brand). And you know if it’s got Pat McGrath’s input, it’s probably gonna be pretty damn good.
This is the beautiful new Gucci campaign video starring Charlotte Casiraghi (of Monaco, don’t you know – and Grace Kelly’s grand-daughter. Apart from being supermodel gorgeous, she’s a champion horse rider. And a royal. AS YOU DO).
Gucci get extra points for using my favourite Sia track of all time ‘Breathe Me’ in their first ad. And I for one can’t wait to get my sticky paws on that red lipstick. High-octane glamour – what else would you expect from Gucci?
The shows are in full-swing at present, and so far it’s been a great season, both makeup and fashion-wise. New York has done nude and amped up natural in a zillion different ways but still managed to keep it interesting, and London has provided the colour and excitement as always. Nu-rave girls, neo-punk, and some blown out gothic glamour have all strutted down the catwalks, and this week it’s onto Milan.
One of my favourite makeup artists Pat McGrath has already done quite a few shows and as always has provided some beautiful looks. Here’s a BTS video of the amazing rock-star glitter eyes at Anna Sui in New York last week. So simple, so clean and yet so beautiful. This is runway makeup at its best.
It couldn’t really be more Burberry if it tried – Kate and Cara sitting on a giant perfume bottle, in classic Burberry trench coats. Despite not being able to appreciate the perfume one iota (due to scrambled olfactory senses after the birth of my son – my sense of smell has never gone back to normal, such a bummer), I can still appreciate two British supermodels being gorgeous as it rains perfume. Sigh. If only life were like that.
In fact stuff the supermodels and the perfumed rain, I’d settle for one of those Burberry trench coats.
I LOVE this video that came out a little while ago, featuring a galaxy of the current crop of top models and makeup by i-D’s new Creative Director, Isamaya Ffrench. It’s pretty much a makeup artist’s dream featuring a riot of glitter, face painting and everything from baby oil to metallic body paint. The things that make us salivate like a kid in a candy shop.
Isamaya is quite an amazing young English makeup artist (she called herself a “painter and decorator” on Instagram, which is pretty damn cute). Originally a dancer with the super-creative Theo Adams Dance Company in London, she became a face and body painter, and has since moved into high fashion where her creativity is put to good use with the likes of photographers like Nick Knight and Rankin, as well as Vogue and Dior.
Check out her website
Follow her on Instagram
And PS I’m just a little obsessed with her eyebrows.
Oh ScarJo – she really must be the sexiest woman alive, no? I mean she looks like THAT, and her voice is enough to make you follow her anywhere, to the circus, to war… to the Dolce and Gabbana counter to look at their new creamy eye colours! I love all these creamy eye colours that are coming out from Chanel and Tom Ford and Armani, and now D&G – they’re such a quick, easy option for a smoky eye. I never leave home (well for work, anyway – I sometimes leave home without them) with my Chanel Ombre d’Illusions. So I’m curious to see what Dolce and Gabbana’s are like.
Anyway in the meantime feast yourself on Scarlett’s voluptuous take on Marilyn. (And Pat McGrath on makeup).
Sorry everyone – I’ve been meaning to write a post the last couple of days but I’ve been distracted prepping for a big beauty shoot I’ve got on next week. So to keep you occupied, I thought I’d post this video of a beauty shoot in action – the amazing photographer Camilla Akrans (one of my favourites) shooting 60’s beauty with Wendy Rowe (yes, Burberry’s Beauty Director and an MM fave) on makeup.
I promise I’ll be back next week – and a warning: There will be glitter!
Andrew is a super-talented makeup artist who I was fortunate enough to assist in London, and it was always a fun day together. Teddy boys and Keith Haring, Edwardian beauty, 90’s fashion and Japanese samurai shoots (in an abandoned pub in the East End!) were some of the memorable jobs I helped him on (and let me tell you, what Andrew doesn’t know about creative, amazing makeup isn’t worth knowing.) Plus he’s just a lovely, lovely guy.
I have loved seeing Andrew go from strength to strength each season as he has signed on as Dior’s first UK ambassador and is now Beauty Editor at Rankin’s Hunger magazine. Plus he creates stuff like this:
NARS have really been nailing their campaign images lately – gorgeous, colour saturated images with beautiful model Toni Garn (who is also, FYI, Leonardo di Caprio’s current squeeze) fronting the images. This girl can take some serious makeup, and the images for Summer 2014 don’t disappoint with pumped up pastels and the sickest chartreuse eyeshadow I’ve seen in years. Oh, and that incredible fuchsia lip!
Garren on hair, Diane Kendal on makeup, Francois Nars behind the camera. All glamour, all the time. And I need some more summer-y makeup colours for my kit (my brights selection has me totally bored at present.)
And on a side note I’m thrilled that NARS has finally shifted their packaging away from it’s long-time black rubberised matte coating which looks super cool but goes crunchy in a hot climate. As in, the rubber seems to get melty. So yours truly has been investigating on the internet if it’s cleanable as I got sick of hacking up and decanting perfectly good NARS. I’ll be testing out some Dettol wipes which apparently work to get them clean. I’ll report back on the success of my clean-up operation – I know you makeup heads out there love that stuff.