Loving the look of the new Illamasqua campaign, and the saturated colours in the new collection! That new glittery Shattered Star nail polish looks right up my alley as well.
It’s a very feminine, quite girly campaign for Illamasqua and it’s nice to see them going in a softer direction for a change. Plus the lipsticks will still have their insane pigmentation that they’re renowned for, so I can see more additions to my lipstick kit in the future.
It’s that time of year again when all the models and makeup artists and hair stylists and designers and backstage photographers all congregate to show us what we’ll be wearing in the coming months. New York kicked it off on the 6th of Feb, and here is a fab video of Behind the Scenes on the Jason Wu show.
Renowned in previous seasons for having strong red lips or gold glitter on eyes, this year it was stripped back minimalism at its best. Makeup artist Diane Kendal created a look that paired beautiful skin with a masculine brow. One of my favourite hairstylists, Frenchwoman Odile Gilbert, was on hair creating an undone, messy chignon. Modern luxury at its best.
Happy New Year, y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful break over Christmas and 2014 has started the way YOU like – whether that’s with a bang or with an easy slide into the new year (not with credit card debt, a pile of stuff you need to re-gift, and an extra 5 kgs comprised of Lindt balls, champagne and ham. That’s not what we’re looking for. At all).
It is a new year but we ARE NOT going to talk about the New You – please refer to this amazing post from ThandieKay.com as to why not . It’s self-love not self-hatred, healthy eating, not diets and being happy in your skin that counts in 2014.
However we ARE going to refer to the new Isabel Marant Spring collection for what effortless, lush skin, perfectly groomed (but simple) brows and lips look like, along with possibly the best collection to stride down last season’s catwalk. Because, quite frankly, with those clothes who needs piles of makeup?
And PS if you DO have a habit that needs changing (I for one have decided I need more straight up and delicious salads in my life, every day), I’ve discovered the app Little Bit to help you make sure what you want to do each day gets done.
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!
J’adore the new video from NARS for the upcoming Fall collection, with Toni Garn sizzling as a 70′s vixen. It’s so Eyes of Laura Mars, I just love it! (I defy you to find me a makeup artist who doesn’t love the 1978 film The Eyes of Laura Mars – if you haven’t seen it, you must! Faye Dunaway plays a high-fashion photographer who’s haunted by visions and it’s heaven for the clothes, makeup and sets. An absolute camp classic).
Here’s the NARS video for your enjoyment (and I can’t wait for that new collection to get here):
And some 70′s inspiration from The Eyes of Laura Mars:
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…