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.
Sorry for the lack of posts last week but it’s been school holidays and I’ve been looking after my son. I don’t post about it much as it’s not beauty related – in fact it’s the opposite. Peanut butter sandwiches! Amusement and water parks! Picnics with mums and bands of children! So sometimes my beauty radar is a little – well let’s just say focused on other things.
However this great video from Style.com last week caught my eye as it’s fabulous footage of Linda Evangelista being all gorgeous and supermodel-y back in the day. And really, no one works it like La Evangelista.
I was delighted to hear that lovely American model Kate Upton has been signed by Bobbi Brown as the new face of the brand (and I also have to confess that I’m more excited to see her new campaigns than more of Katie Holmes. I find her underwhelming I’m afraid). One of my favourite models for one of my favourite brands, yes please!
Kate has that real original 90’s supermodel vibe to her, reminiscent of Cindy and Claudia back in the day. She’s helped bring big boobs back into high-fashion, and being of the larger busted persuasion myself, I’m very grateful that she’s helping make big boobs look chic and glamorous, and not porn star.
Great call, Bobbi Brown. Kate Upton looks like the kind of girl who’d be a laugh to hang out with – and I’d definitely buy makeup from her.
Here’s how versatile Kate Upton is – her real self, with Bobbi Brown:
And a BTS video from her first big Italian Vogue shoot by Steven Meisel, the classic femme fatale:
Now THAT’S what I call a model.
Aah Karl – such a genius. Only he could create an entire Chanel SUPERMARKET (complete with aisles and aisles of divine double-C products) to showcase his latest Fall collection. This is a fabulous look at the show with an interview with Karl and commentary from the fash pack on how social media is changing the landscape of fashion shows. As always, Karl is ahead of the field and right on the money.