Now that summer is drawing to a close (and I spent an indecently decadent summer holiday lounging pool-side in the South of France), it’s time to start thinking about la rentrée (which is what the French call the return to school and work in September).
I’m thinking of clothes for the cooler months and also makeup looks that can work from Fall to winter and into the Christmas season which will be on us before you know it. So this season Burberry’s makeup look went off-piste – over to the glitter side, to be exact. With glam-rock influences, Burberry Beauty Creative Consultant (and mega makeup artist) Wendy Rowe added some sparkle and shine to a traditional smoky eye.
Long time MM readers will know that I love Burberry makeup, AND I love glitter so this particular new iteration of the Burberry Beauty brand was always going to be right up my alley.
I know beauty blogs don’t generally have extracts from kid’s TV shows (but if you wanted a regular beauty blog you wouldn’t be reading MakeupMole!)
I absolutely love this super-cute video of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o speaking to Sesame Street’s Elmo about skin. What skin’s purpose is, and how important it is to love the skin you’re in. Such an important message and one I have been thinking about often since arriving back in London. In London the model scene has expanded exponentially in the time I was away – so many new agencies and exciting new faces, and I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few in my chair recently.
From the palest Irish boys with milky skin and wind-chapped cheeks, to the delightfully freckled and naturally red-afro’d model Coral Kwayie at Nevs Models – she is half Ghanian and half Scottish, hence that amazing colouring – there are so many incredible faces here from all around the world.
Recently I’ve loved doing beauty shoots with girls with skin like honeyed amber, and fashion shoots with boys with the darkest, most beautiful skin. We all don’t look the same, thank God, and now fashion seems to be finally embracing this. The makeup companies are also following suit, introducing deeper and more inclusive shade ranges of their foundations and concealers for all skin tones. From Clinique and Lancôme to L’Oréal and Sleek at the drugstore, darker skin and mixed race skin tones are finally getting a lot more choices at the makeup counter. My favourite go-to brands that cover all skin tones (and have done for years), are Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, Becca and NARS.
Lupita and Elmo – what a combo, and what a message. Beauty via Sesame Street. Who knew?
I think we all know I’m quite partial to a good supermodel at MM HQ, especially the real 90’s originals like Cindy, Tatjana, Eva, Karen Alexander, Nadja and Helena. I love this BTS video of master photographer Peter Lindbergh’s new shoot for Vogue Italia with them, simply titled “The Reunion”.
These are women now turning 50 who are still extraordinarily beautiful physically, and have a light in their eyes and a presence that only a life well lived can give you. I love that you can still see the texture of their skin and they haven’t had their character and every wrinkle retouched away. They’re supposed to look like women, not girls. More supermodels please.
With the NY shows about to kick off today it seemed fitting to post this great video of the Queen of All Things Catwalk, Pat McGrath, and the launch of her new 8 piece makeup collection (which came out in December, but I had other fish to fry then). Called Pat’s Diner, the launch was held at a Brooklyn Diner and then jammed full of models, celebs, all round club kids and Insta-girls and boys, and Pat and her team let the makeup fly.
I’m loving the trend for fuller makeup at the moment (although no, this does NOT include extra contouring), but bright lips, bright eyes, all at once and at any time has made makeup more fun than it’s been in years. Pat’s latest makeup offering, Phantom 002 (following on from Gold 001) are deeply pigmented eyeshadows in fuchsia, cobalt, gold, cranberry and black, plus 3 brushes.
Now I just can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on this season’s shows…
With the merry-go-round of the international shows starting in New York again yesterday, it seemed fitting to have a look at fashion shows past – check out this video I found of Cindy Crawford from her 90’s TV show, MTV’s House of Style (the greatest thing EVER for those with a love of fashion history and/or supermodels).
It’s from the 1991 Giorgio di Sant’Angelo show with all the supers, and what struck me is THEY DID THEIR OWN MAKEUP. It’s quite amazing seeing the biggest models in the world, at the time and arguably ever, and they’re just cracking on with their own makeup and body moisturiser. Different times indeed.
I’m sorry to do this to you because I may well be taking hours out of your life by telling you about this incredible series of videos from famed British photographer, Nick Knight. They are interviews with models to show the history of contemporary fashion photography through their eyes, and after watching quite a few of the Kate Moss videos so far I’ve found it’s an amazing behind the scenes look at some of the world’s most iconic fashion images.
Block out some time, because I warn you, they’re addictive!
I dare you not to dance when you hear the new version of CHIC’s disco classic, “I’ll Be There”, which has been directed by famed photographer duo, Inez and Vinoodh – and if you’re a fan of Paris Vogue as I am, you’ll know their work from every recent issue of the magazine. (This month has an absolutely gorgeous 70’s disco spread in it, so they’re on a bit of a roll with that theme).
The incredibly lovely model Karlie Kloss provides the eye candy and I also dare you to not enrol immediately in an abs class at your local gym after seeing her floor-based disco moves. Trying on sequinned mini-dresses never looked that good.
Can I just say whoever came up with this is a genius. So, so clever, and one of those why didn’t anyone think of this before items? It’s a palm-sized mat of corrugated rubber that you use when you wash your brushes, and it’s a life-changer (well it is if you wash about 500 brushes a week. You know who you are!)
Being a makeup artist, you get to clean brushes. A lot. As in, after every single job. We all have different ways to do it – using soaps or special alcohol cleansers, drying on radiators or in the sun, hanging off the edge of tables and using special organic shampoo or conditioner when you want to give them a bit of extra love. No matter how you do it, it always has to be done, and done well, since dirty brushes are a health hazard, make you want to gag, and as the French say, c’est pas possible.
So anything that makes your brush-washing life easier is PRETTY damn exciting let me tell you, and in hundreds of years of brush washing, nothing has come along to make it easier, apart from armies of assistants.
Basically you whack the Sigma mat in the bottom of the sink, wet your dirty brush and tromp your dirty brush down on it. Give it a 2 second wiggle and it’s clean. I’m not kidding. It leaves your brushes softer, cleaner and speeds up the process by I would say conservatively, about 30%. When you have 200 brushes to wash after a 14 hour day, they are precious seconds that could be spent sleeping! And you can use your usual shampoo or soap concoction on your brushes as normal. The mat has 7 different texture areas on it to get the dirt out of every brush, from synthetic to natural fibres, from big brushes to your tiniest detail or liner brushes.
And if you’re assisting right now and brush washing pretty much IS your life, you need to buy one of these before you finish this post. You can thank me later…
PS Holy crap! It costs $32 which is an awful lot for a piece of rubber. However if you valued out the time you save by shortening your brush washing time, it would quickly pay for itself. Just think of it as a yoga mat for your brushes.
Also strangely the only one I can find online is a large mat, whereas the one I have is a mini and is perfect for cleaning all my brushes. Let me know in the comments please if you find a link to where you can get the mini!
I’m loving this exclusive new beauty series on Net-a-Porter’s The Edit from celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano and gorgeous actress Thandie Newton. Since Sunday was International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate it than with a couple of the coolest feminists I know?
Net-a-Porter is obviously the most gorgeous fashion site on the internet, and The Edit is their online weekly fashion magazine. (Can we also please talk about the ridiculously amazing Porter magazine for a moment? It’s currently the most beautiful fashion magazine in the world, to my mind. It’s the only magazine I buy in hard physical form anymore, as all my regular subscriptions I now buy on the iPad. My bookshelves are positively groaning under the weight of ancient Numeros and Paris Vogues, and there came a time when I had to go digital. Possibly the time when my husband said he would divorce me if he had to move five massive bookshelves full of magazines again? It might have been around then.) There’s just something about Porter magazine – every shoot and every page is consistently so beautiful that I just can’t resist it. But I digress!
Kay Montano and Thandie Newton are not only close friends, they have worked together for many years and Kay has been responsible for many of Thandie’s greatest makeup hits on the red carpet over the years. Thandie is no slouch in the makeup department when left Kay-less however, busting out a gorgeous prune smoky eye on her own for the Oscars a couple of weeks ago. So between them, what they don’t know about makeup basically isn’t worth knowing. They have made a new series of films for Net-a Porter’s The Edit to demystify and reveal the truth about creating beauty perfection.
From assisting Kay I know both of them well enough to say that I can’t think of two better women to empower you through makeup – brilliantly intelligent, erudite, funny, and they really do believe in female empowerment, whether it’s through makeup or loftier ways.
Since they know as much about concealer as Stephen Hawking knows about particle acceleration (although not sure how they’d feel about being called ‘The Stephen Hawkings of makeup’?) they can seriously teach you a thing or two. Plus it’s a great excuse to log onto Net-a-Porter’s beauty section and see what’s new. You know you’re always going to find some tasty beauty treats when they have brands like Hourglass, Chantecaille, RMS Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Ellis Faas and now Illamasqua on their beauty roster.
You must also check out Thandie and Kay’s brilliant blog, Thandiekay.com. This week’s post is a look at the current increase in diversity on the catwalk and the best beauty read I’ve had in awhile.