Keira Knightley wearing Chanel

In My Kit – Chanel New Moon

In My Head – The Soundtrack to ‘Babe’

Although right, I admit it – it’s not in there yet. BUT IT WILL BE. I have been waiting for this gorgeous soft coppery shade to hit counters ever since it started turning up on the red carpet (like on the likes of Keira Knightley – see above for some soft buttery eyeshadow deliciousness!)

Chanel’s New Moon is the latest addition to their Ombre d’Illusion line, which I would have to say is probably my favourite line of eyeshadows ever (oh be quiet Tom Ford – it’s a close call but Chanel win this round.) I hestitae to call them creams since they’re a new technology which is really a mousse more than a cream, and most makeup lines now do them, from Maybelline to Armani. But it’s the colours of the Chanel Ombres that make this line so special, and the new Summer offerings, on counter in Oz this weekend, are no exception.

New Moon is the one that I have to have, but I may also pick up Mirage, which is a golden bronze (so perfect for the big beach beauty shoot I have coming up), and Utopia is a soft lavender. And I’m a sucker for a soft lavender since it looks good on every eye colour.

And now for what else New Moon has inspired, which is not very Chanel(but I can’t help it) – it’s the end of the kids’ movie Babe, when the three mice sing “Blue Moon”. Every time I think “New Moon” this is what pops in my head:

 It’s not that chic, but it’s definitely sweet. As long as I don’t start singing it at the Chanel counter, I should be fine.

Andrew Gallimore

Video – Andrew Gallimore for Hunger TV – She’s Like a Rainbow

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 Summer Campaign 2014

Video – BTS for NARS Summer Campaign 2014

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.

Friends

Right Now: How YOU doin’?

So this week is the 10th anniversary of the final episode of Friends. I’ll say that again – a decade since that TV show that epitomized the 90’s FINISHED. Basically what this means is that if you were there to watch the show when it aired on terrestrial TV (I’m talking pre-cable, pre DVD, pre-TIVO, practically pre-clunky video tapes AKA pre-historic) then you are officially old. Old I tell you.

And if you don’t remember it first time around well consider yourselves lucky as this makes you young. But you should still be catching up on it as you will urgently be wanting to reference the style of Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox – the crop top and washboard stomach plus floral shorts trend, the double denim, the fabulous 90’s brown lipcolour that was a staple on everyone’s lips and that is now having a comeback, despite not suiting anyone apart from models. (Seriously you have to be insanely gorgeous to pull that colour off – if you can, more power to you and make sure you’re generous with the concealer as it will show up every tiny bit of redness in your skin).

The shock of discovering that the Friends finale was ten years ago and I remember it – well not quite like it was yesterday, but certainly not as if it was ten years ago, making ME officially old – has made me want to write a post about my favourite products that bring out the Joey Tribiani in me. As in I want to say “How YOU doin?” to each and every one of them every time I use them.

 

MAC Paintsticks

These guys make my heart sing every time I get the chance to pull them out. They are creamy, matte sticks (literally paint sticks) of opaque, shimmer-free colour and they are gorgeous as eyeshadows, blush, lipstick, or you can even use them all over the face as a foundation if it was that kind of shoot/day/party. They are fantastic to have in your kit for any type of avant garde look and play equally nicely when you have to tone it down for more natural looks. The colours are what have my heart – sky blues, cerulean and emerald green, vivid red, an amazing orange. The beauty of these is you can mix them together and create whatever colour you like (similar to the Make Up Forever Flash Case which I also love and has also been a kit staple for many years.) They are eminently decantable and can be used as a cream base for powder eyeshadows or blush as well. LOVE.

Chantecaille blushers in Laughter and Emotion

How gorgeous are Chantecaille blushers? They are super finely pigmented and with just a touch of sheen to them, they give a vibrance to the face that subtly makes you glow. I first used Chantecaille on a show in London and it was a wonderful introduction to the brand as I got to use their Future Skin foundation (still an MM fave) and most of their colour products. I’ve had these blushes in and out of my kit for many seasons as they’re classic and beautiful and just very flattering. Laughter is a gorgeous candy-rose pink (very hard to describe! Let’s just say it’s lovely) and Emotion is a peachy-pinky gold. Apparently they have anti-aging vitamins A, C and E and I guess that’s good, right?

Illamasqua Nailpolish

I’m currently really into nail colours that aren’t quite neons, but definitely pack a punch. Illamasqua consistently make some of the best polishes and colours in the world, so this season I’ve put Collide, (hot pink), Obsess, (vivid Fuchsia), Cameo (bright sky blue), and Lament (bright coral pink) in my kit. It might be winter Down Under but a girl needs to have some colour to cheer her up! I’m also into glittered purple Perseid as a sophisticated evening look which helps work this season’s metallic trend. Gorgeous. For a chic alternative to brights for daytime I love a grey, particularly Essie’s Playa del Platinum.

NARS Corfu Cream eyeshadow

Where to start? This is such a beautiful, bronze-y cream eyeshadow which is lovely on its own or layered under another powder bronze shadow (Lancome, MAC and Illamasqua all have great bronze shadows – forgive me but I feel too lazy to unpack my kit to check the names). On its own it’s a shimmery, twinkl-y wisp of nothing of a shadow which actually ends up being really something.  Perfect for an “your eyelids but better” type scenario. NARS do some of the best cream eyeshadows out there as the texture is sheer yet you can build them, and the colours are amazing. Be warned though – it is a cream and it will move so be prepared to be on shadow patrol throughout the day.

All old favourites, that I use all the time. And not a smelly cat in sight.

Linda Evangelista 1991

Video: TBT Linda Evangelista on Style.com with Tim Blanks

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.

Lan Yu Show - Sydney Fashion Week

From the Front Lines: Makeup Directing the Lan Yu show

Sorry about the lack of posts the last couple of weeks – it’s been super hectic at my end as I was preparing to direct the makeup for my first fashion show at Sydney Fashion Week and then I went straight into a Press junket for a UK actor at the weekend. It’s been a tad busy and put it this way – I never thought I’d be so excited to spend a day cleaning the house and doing washing!

The show was the first fashion show in Australia for China’s most esteemed couture designer, Lan Yu (her incredible gowns show up regularly on red carpets and A-list celebs around the world).

Sponsoring the show was EVOHE, the Australian 100% natural skincare company who have recently appointed me as their Creative Director. I love EVOHE products as they are one of the few brands that I find I can consistently use on my skin, and get results from with no irritation (more posts to follow when I get some more time to write about them!)

The collection was called ‘Starry Night’ and Lan Yu had designed 12 incredible gowns, each representing a different archetype of the Zodiac. The detail and finish of each gown was truly breathtaking, and the brief for the makeup was Universal goddesses. Each model was like a star in the sky, and just like the Universe is completely natural and unforced, so each girl needed to look like the most radiant natural version of herself. It was all about beautiful skin and a very modern, effortless look to contrast with the incredible complexity of the gowns.

In order to do that I gave the girls a facial before the show using EVOHE’s Silica Mask (which is amazing as it plumps the skin and doesn’t leave it irritated or red, so it’s a fantastic start to the makeup). Then I applied the EVOHE Mineral Powder foundation anywhere the girls needed it to give really beautiful, radiant looking skin.

Long-time readers know that I don’t normally like mineral powders but this one is designed to mix up with the EVOHE moisturisers into a liquid foundation. So that I can handle! I added some of the EVOHE Omega 3 6 9 oil just to the high points of the face and the rest of the makeup was beautiful groomed brows, a soft wash of brown around the eye, and the EVOHE Liquid Lips in Eve, Rosella and Celebration as a stain on the lips and cheeks.

Backstage was pretty frantic with lots of media to talk to about the look and a very hectic final few minutes before the show as the previous show had run late. One of the lovely models, Katie, had three hairdressers, a manicurist and me all over her getting her show ready on time. I suppose it wouldn’t be a show without a bit of frantic maquillage at the end! I used very little powder to keep the gorgeous natural shine on the skin and just let each girl’s beauty shine through.

I was also thrilled to be re-united on the show day with one of my all-time favourite hairdressers, Raymond Robinson who I used to shoot with in Sydney many years ago. He was directing the hair on behalf of Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair and he and the team did a gorgeous job of creating organic, unstructured ballerina buns. It was a beautiful show and I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of Lan Yu’s incredible designs in future.

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Lan Yu Show - Sydney Fashion Week

Kate-Upton-V-Magazine

From the Front Lines: Kate Upton Signed as the new Celebrity Face of Bobbi Brown

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.

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Chanel Suprmarket

Video – Chanel Fall 2014 Backstage

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.

 

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