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Scarlett Johansson

Video: Scarlett Johansson BTS for Dolce and Gabbana’s Perfect Mono Eyecolour campaign

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).

Jessica Lange Marc Jacobs

From the Front Lines: Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

This isn’t the post I was going to run today, but I was so pleased when I saw not one but TWO amazing actresses who are older than 25 get major cosmetics contracts last week, I thought a post was in order.

I am all about inclusive beauty. Beauty should be age-less, gender-less, race-less and open to everyone, regardless of your body shape, height, or sexual preference. For a long time there has been a major focus on beauty being the province of the young and finally it feels like the pendulum is swinging the other way, to recognize the beauty in wisdom and older women. It’s wonderful to see major brands recognizing that we as consumers can relate to older models, and how powerful for women in general (and particularly young women and girls) to see that as you age you don’t need to be consigned to the beauty scrapheap.

Charlotte Rampling (I’ll say that again CHARLOTTE RAMPLING!!! Who has to be one of the coolest actresses ever. Hello Night Porter, Georgy Girl, Stardust Memories, plus those incredible photos she took with Helmut Newton, where do I start?) has been signed to NARS as their new face and will be photographed by Francois Nars later this year for the 20th anniversary campaign. She was voted by Vogue as the World’s Sexiest Woman in 1974, and in 2014 she’s still going strong.

(At this point I have to interject and tell you that one of my main claims to fame is that I sold Charlotte Rampling a pair of clapsticks. My first job as a teenager was working in Sydney at an Aboriginal Art Gallery and she bought some clapsticks, an Aboriginal musical instrument, from me one day. There. It’s not every day you sell Charlotte Rampling a pair of clapsticks – I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who can lay claim to that).

 And now Jessica Lange, also one of my favourite actresses, has been signed by Marc Jacobs Beauty as their new face for their upcoming campaign. You can’t really argue with her icon status either – discovered by famed illustrator Antonio Lopez, roommates with Jerry Hall and Grace Jones in the 70’s before going on as an actress to garner not one but TWO Oscars, two Emmy’s and five Golden Globes. All That Jazz, the Postman Always Rings Twice, Tootsie and Raging Bull are just some of the films she’s starred in.

In other inclusive beauty news, just last month Sheryl Sandberg (yes, the Facebook Sheryl Sandberg), has struck a deal with Getty Images to provide alternative and more realistic images of women. No more of those stupid women smiling whilst eating salad pictures! Or at least a whole lot less. I don’t know about you but I’d rather see women doing interesting things like actually exercising, or creating things or, you know, WORKING, rather than looking thrilled to be on a diet. Surely the suffragettes fought for us so we could do more than diet and aspire to look like Kim Kardashian.

If you like the idea of inclusive beauty in fashion, also check out the wonderful English initiative, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. Started by Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and English model Erin O’ Connor, it is an initiative working with the global fashion industry to expand upon the imagery it is creating to mirror a more realistic range of women in age, size, race and appearance than currently on offer. http://www.allwalks.org

It’s time the beauty and photography industries started to realize that beauty (and women) comes in all sorts of shapes, colours, sizes and ages. At last it feels like they’re listening!

Video: Kate Moss’ Wedding – Rock and Roll Great Gatsby

Kate Moss will always be dear to my heart as I have essentially grown up with her. I remember being at the newsagent when her iconic The Face cover, shot by Corinne Day came out and being mesmerised by her, she felt like such a fresh new burst of energy into the unattainably glamorous world of the supermodels. I worked with her assisting Kay Montano on a Bruce Weber shoot and I can, hand on heart, say she is the most superb model I have ever worked with – when Kate is working she is ON, with the most extraordinary presence and the ability to project that essential je ne sais quoi like no one else in the business.
And now she’s married! Can’t wait to get my mitts on the US September Vogue to see all the pics first hand. Until then these Vogue.com vids will have to suffice. Enjoy!

Video: The Making of Miss Dior Cherie

Feast your eyes on the incomparable Natalie Portman as she stars in the new ad campaign for Miss Dior Cherie, shot by English photographer, the wonderful and whimsical Tim Walker. I had the privilege of working with Tim Walker a number of times in London as I assisted his main makeup artist Sam Bryant for shows and big campaigns. The most memorable occasion was shooting in a field of roses with a giant skeleton hanging from a crane for US Harper’s Bazaar! Oh who am I kidding – it’s always memorable shooting with Tim Walker. This ad campaign is gorgeous, and Natalie looks luminous as always. Music by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – how can you go wrong?

 

 

Beauty Breakdown – Thandie Newton at the BAFTAS

Thandie Newton Bafta MakeupMakeup by Kay Montano

I have another Beauty Breakdown treat for all you little makeup munchkins today! For the first time, one of my favourite actresses, Thandie Newton, has allowed a film crew in to catch her preparing for an event. And not only do I have the fabulous footage (seen here exclusively for Beauty and the Dirt), but I have a breakdown as well, courtesy of her long-time makeup artist, Kay Montano.

Thandie looks phenom, as always – seriously I have never, EVER seen her look anything than unbelievable. Here’s what Kay used:

Foundation

  • Olay Touch of Foundation

Powder

  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder in Golden Orange
  • Blush – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Truffle

Eyes

  • Chanel Eyeshadow duo in Taupe Gris
  • Myface Eye pencil in Black
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Black Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
  • Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black

Lips

  • MyFace Lip Pop Gloss in 136

Stop Press: Kelly Cutrone Book Signing at Illamasqua Flagship Store

Kelly Cutrone IllamasquaKelly Cutrone, star of MTV’s The Hills and The City, and now with her own show, Kell on Earth, will be signing copies of her memoir at the Illamasqua flagship store at 20 Beak St, London, W1, on Monday the 18th October between 5 and 6.30 pm.

Kelly’s pull-no-punches New York bestselling memoir, “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside (And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You)” combines personal and professional anecdotes that share her stories for success whilst remaining true to yourself. All profits from the book sales at the signing will go to the S.O.P.H.I.E charity, to benefit the Sophie Lancaster foundation.

Kelly will also be working on some exciting upcoming projects in the US with Illamasqua and their US retail partner Sephora. Watch this space!

Stop Press! Exclusive Makeup Mole interview on www.howbigisyoureco.com.au

Radiant newlywed supermodel Miranda Kerr speaks exclusively with the Makeup Mole about her gorgeous new line of organic products, KORA, and, well, love, actually. Read it here

Miranda Kerr Nude

From the Front Lines: Kristen Stewart wears NARS

Kristen Stewart-Eclipse PremiereIt seems like every day Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has been rocking the red carpet somewhere in the world as she promotes her new film in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse.

I thought she looked particularly gorgeous at the New York premiere this week, and apparently that very sexy eye makeup is courtesy of NARS. One of her regular makeup artists, Beau Nelson, used NARS Zardoz cream eyeshadow (a raven black), with NARS Pandora cream eyeshadow (a black and white duo) over it for those elongated, sexy eyes. Combining cream eyeshadow with powder gives beautiful depth and definition to your eye makeup and is a favourite MM technique. Now if NARS could just gift box up R-Patz to go with those eyeshadows, we’d all be set!