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Thandie Newton and Kay Montano

Right Now: Thandie and Kay’s ‘Honest Beauty’ series

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.


Current Obsession: thandiekay.com

And it’s up! This week was the launch of the gorgeous new beauty blog from one of my favourite actresses, Thandie Newton, and my absolute number 1 makeup artist, Kay Montano, and let’s just say it was worth the wait. Beautifully written, it really is the thinking women’s beauty blog. It covers the gamut from mini makeup movies, to interviews with Hollywood stars (like Lucy Liu), and an amazing article on acid attacks on women. It’s so refreshing to find a site that covers beauty and feminism and just generally being a modern woman – brain and all!
Their incredibly strong friendship and love for life comes through in every post, and I love that it’s a proper forum for women off ALL ages, ALL ethnicities, and ALL body types to get together and share what’s beautiful.
And it just so happens to be from two women I admire enormously. Here’s Thandie and Kay’s first makeup tutorial together, called Lavender Love. Only Kay could get that much oomph out of one eyeshadow! A gorgeous model helps too, of course.

Lavender Love from ThandieKay on Vimeo.



From the Front Lines – thandiekay.com launching soon!

Super, SUPER excited at the up coming launch of ThandieKay, the new blog that is due to start soon.

Thandiekay.com is a collaboration between famous British actress, Thandie Newton, and her international makeup artist and longtime friend, Kay Montano. After meeting on a Vogue shoot in 2006 they have been fast friends ever since, and have come up with some truly beautiful red carpet moments together. When I was assisting Kay I met Thandie on a number of occasions and not only is she a divinely lovely person, she is whip smart, funny and very talented. And she still looks gorgeous without a scrap of makeup on!

Kay has over 25 years of makeup experience behind her, working with pretty much any star you can think of – Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek, to name a few, as well as serious editorial (I’ve lost count of her Vogue covers). As well as regular beauty fare I have a feeling that we can expect some pretty amazing posts on art, photography, fashion and life in general from these two, and I for one, can’t wait.

Find them soon at thandiekay.com and on Twitter @thandie_kay

Jennifer Lawrence, Cannes

New Beauty Breakdown! Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in Cannes

Makeup by Kay Montano

I said we were spoiled with new Beauty Breakdowns at MM this week, and I wasn’t kidding. Here’s my favourite new actress, the fabulous Jennifer Lawrence in Cannes at the premiere of the new Hunger Games film, Catching Fire. How gorgeous is this lipstick colour?

Jennifer’s hair was by LA/NY hair supremo Mark Townsend (who he works with regularly).


  • Diego Dalla Palma Lifting Effect Cream Foundation in Natural Beige (Available at M&S Your Beauty)
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 08 around her nose

Powder: Jurlique Rose Scented Powder brushed onto the T-zone

Blush: Autograph Pure Colour Powder Blush in Pale Blush (available at M&S Your Beauty)


  • Pur Eyeshadow trio in Rock Goddess (Available at M&S Your Beauty)
  • Autograph Quick Dry Liner Pen in Black (Available at M&S Your Beauty)
  • Mascara – Cover Girl (official sponsor of the Hunger Games) Mascara in Flamed Out

Lips: Autograph Chubby Lip & Cheek in 98 Pink Geranium

Nicole Kidman Cannes

New Beauty Breakdown! Nicole Kidman in Cannes, at the Calvin Klein Women in Film party

Makeup by Kay Montano

Foundation: MyFace MyMix foundation in F2

Powder: Jurlique Rose Powder


  • Chanel Black Slate (New eyeshadow pencil) blended with a brush
  • M&S Autograph Quick Dry Eyeliner pen in black
  • Chanel Le Volume mascara in Black.

Blush: Diego Dalla Palma in Orange Coral blush

Lips: Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Nude Beige

Nicole Kidman, Cannes Film Festival

New Beauty Breakdown! Nicole Kidman in Cannes

Makeup by Kay Montano

It’s an exciting week at MM HQ – it’s all the red carpet excitement of Cannes! Amazing international makeup artist Kay Montano has been in Cannes all week, looking after her regular clients, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence. And in my hot sticky paws today, I have breakdowns.

My favourite look that Nicole has worn this week has been this one at the Opening Ceremony:

Nicole Kidman, Cannes Film Festival

Here’s what Kay used:

Foundation: MyFace MyMix foundation in F2

Powder: Jurlique Rose Powder

Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole


  • M&S Your Beauty’s Slate Eyeshadow
  • Chanel Illusion d’Ombres in Convoitise (gold), and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Apparition (navy)
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner


  • Diego Dalla Palma GoGo mascara (available at M&S Your Beauty departments in the UK)
  • Eyelure Individual False Lashes in Medium

Brows: Eyeko Eyebrow Gel

Lips: Bobbi Brown Pink Lily Creamy Matte Lipcolour

Body: MAC Face and Body in C2 plus Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl

Also of note was Kay persuaded Nicole to wear Chanel’s gorgeous new nail polish in Lilis, which worked perfectly with her exquisite floral dress and pink heels.

I have more Cannes Beauty Breakdowns from Kay on the way!

Cannes Festival Pass