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Miami South Beach
Suddenly it’s summer. London is definitely in the peak of the hot weather and it’s making me think of ice creams, and beaches, and holidays and fresh watermelon eaten in ...
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Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream
Bobbi Brown you are really floating my boat at the moment! I’m totally loving Bobbi Brown skincare. It takes me ages (as in, ahem, years), to try a different moisturiser ...
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Bronze Bain de Soleil Ad 1985
Bronze like a Bain de Soleil ad in 1985 Today is so incredibly warm and divine that only a post on my favourite bronzers seemed appropriate. If you want to ...
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Pixie Lott - Fault Magazine - Makeup by Christabel Draffin
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing Pixie Lott for the cover of Fault magazine in London. Pixie has just released her new single, Baby, which is ...
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Ayaana Aschkar-Stevens
I know I’m late to the concealer party with this post as I can’t believe how long I managed without these creamy little sticks of goodness in my kit. I ...
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Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black is hands down the best black eyeliner I have ever tried. It has an amazing formula that glides on, that locks ...
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Elle Vietnam February 2017
This was such a fun story to shoot! It was all new Spring/Summer 2017 clothes, and we flew to Budapest (where I’d never been) for the shoot. Budapest is one ...
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christabel-draffin-makeup
I’m trying to escape the Trump inauguration today, and as I have the day off I thought let’s dive into some NARS, shall we? I have covered the NARS Velvet ...
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Kate Moss by Sam McKnight
Happy New Year! Whilst I’m not a big believer in new year’s resolutions (I feel like if you can’t resolve to change on June the 11th, or October the 16th, ...
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Foundation 4 Change
Foundation 4 Change is an amazing new charity to help refugees, created by London makeup artists Verity Cumming and Oonagh Anderson. They were on their way to Paris Fashion Week ...
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Photographer – Chloe Mallett Stylist – Lorna McGee Hair – Ben Cooke Makeup by me Model – Florence Kosky This was the most heavenly of shoots, as the weather was ...
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topshop-liquid-lip-in-rascal
I’m slightly obsessed with the new liquid lipsticks by Topshop at the moment. My lips bag was feeling quite boring a couple of months ago – even my editorial colours ...
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Arizona Muse for O Globo Brazil
Over summer I had the pleasure of  working with Arizona Muse who I would call a supermodel – not just due to her amazing career (which has spanned everything from ...
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Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
This is my favourite moisturizer du jour. It’s the perfect weight for trans-seasonal times like this, and it has a heavenly scent - hard to describe but it’s like a ...
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Burberry Makeup by Wendy Rowe
Makeup by Wendy Rowe 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 ...
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Val Garland Masara Lashes
I’m ALWAYS testing out new mascaras, constantly searching for that new favourite that outperforms all the rest. After a few duds (namely Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Lash – not ...
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Isabelle Sauer
We had such a lovely team to shoot main fashion for the South China Morning Post’s magazine, Destination Macau. It was all floaty, dreamy dresses and sheeny skin with a ...
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Lupita Nyong’o on Sesame Street
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 ...
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Illamasqua Liquid Metals Eyeshadows
Take it from me, every makeup artist needs a good range of basic metallics in their kit. If you don’t have it, there’s nothing you can do to substitute or ...
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I think you all know by now how much I love Chanel Vitalumiere foundation – it’s been one of my kit staples for years as it just melts into the ...
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supermodels
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 ...
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Amazing nails
Last week I had the pleasure of being on a job with one of my favourite nail artists, Marian Newman (it’s been a long time in between jobs with Marian ...
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model with strong blush makeup
So there’s a new blush in town and it’s gorgeous, bright and perfectly pigmented. It’s the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushes, and I discovered them on a job recently with ...
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kiehls Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
So there are changes you need to make to your kit and your makeup when you go from shooting beauty stories in the bush (hello 35 degree heat, and ants ...
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andreea diaconu
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 ...
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I know I’m late getting back into it, but I do have a great excuse as I moved back to London over the Christmas break. After spending most of December ...
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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Did I ever tell you that one of the great quests of my life has been for the best black eyeliner? Sad I know, but it’s true. I thought I ...
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Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow
Lately I seem to be have been shooting a lot of metallic beauty stories, which is known as General Good Times for makeup artists. My glitter bag has seen more ...
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Cindy-Crawford-1990-MTV-House-of-Style
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 ...
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Kate Moss Castaway
I’m a little bit obsessed with fake tan lately. I realized recently that I never cover bronzers or tanners on MM. Not because I don’t like them (I love a ...
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Kate-Moss-Obsession
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 ...
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liquid-gold
So these days I’m a little bit married to my skincare favourites – it takes quite a bit for a new entrant to muscle its way into my makeup kit ...
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1960's stewardess
Just a quick Public Service announcement – I’m off on a working holiday to London this afternoon, so my posting schedule is going to be…well pretty much nonexistent for the next couple ...
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Lauren Hutton by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1973
So it’s Friday which means it must be time for 70’s GLAMOUR! Check out this amazing video I found of Lauren Hutton in Avedon’s studio in 1973. I think every ...
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Verushka
Recently I have been looking a lot at body painting, and one of the masters and pioneers of body painting is also one of the world’s most beautiful women, a ...
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Reese Witherspoon
These might be the greatest thing since sliced bread – actually way better than sliced bread since they are perfect, shimmery molten eyeshadow sticks of exactly the colours that you ...
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Karlie Kloss Nile Rodgers I'll be there
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 ...
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Becca Cosmetics
Pretty excited to hear that one of my favourite makeup brands is now available on one of the best online beauty destinations, Cult Beauty (because really, who hasn’t had too ...
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Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat
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 ...
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Thandie Newton and Kay Montano
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 ...
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burberry smokey eye 2015
Since London Fashion Week has just wrapped up, I couldn’t resist a quick BTS video of Burberry’s Creative Director, Wendy Rowe giving us a run-down on this season’s look, which ...
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It’s the beginning of a new year, which can only mean one thing – you thought I was going to say “Detox Time” or “New Year New You” or some ...
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Tom Ford Lips and Boys
Tom Ford has been at it again, creating high glamour, super sexy products that make you want to Collect Them All. It might take you awhile though with his latest ...
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Anja Rubik
Happy New Year, y’all! I’m so pleased it’s 2015 – I love a bright, shiny new year full of exciting possibilities. I’m writing this from the beach. You might think ...
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Shupette-Shu-Uemura-Karl-Lagerfeld
So Karl Lagerfeld’s cat has a makeup collection. And it’s amazing. First off, you need to meet Karl Lagerfeld’s actual cat, Choupette (can we just have a moment to reflect ...
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Sephora Sydney
Sephora is here! I never thought I would live to see that day that the beauty giant Sephora (owned by the luxury fashion and beauty juggernaut, LVMH), arrived in Australia ...
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Gigi Hadid, Pirelli Calendar
Shot by Steven Meisel | Makeup by Pat McGrath Since its inception in 1964, the Pirelli calendar has been the gold standard of pinup calendars. No longer the province of ropey ...
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Daria Werbowy
I think by now you might have figured out that I am not a drugstore gal. Of course there’s always some stuff there that’s worth checking out (like mascaras, and ...
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Suki Waterhouse for Burberry Eyes
Just when you thought you couldn’t POSSIBLY need another black eyeliner product in your handbag, along comes Burberry’s new eyeliner pens to change your mind. Burberry have to have one ...
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Gucci Beauty
Just when you thought there couldn’t POSSIBLY be anymore room in the world for another beauty brand, along comes the new Gucci Beauty range. And I have to say, it’s ...
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You know, I actually should call this post ‘The Concealer Files’ since it’s about a foundation stick, but I’m crazy about it as a concealer. Some things I recommend to ...
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Anna Sui Show Pat McGrath makeiup
The shows are in full-swing at present, and so far it’s been a great season, both makeup and fashion-wise. New York has done nude and amped up natural in a ...
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Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss
It couldn’t really be more Burberry if it tried - Kate and Cara sitting on a giant perfume bottle, in classic Burberry trench coats. Despite not being able to appreciate ...
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Lashing out - Vogue China
This has gone from being a really great mascara to a Secret Weapon in one fell swoop. Last week I was shooting a beauty story and for the second look ...
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Isamaya Ffrench makeup
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 ...
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So I’ve been prepping for not one but three big beauty stories lately which has been a good chance to give my kit a clear out to get some new ...
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MAC Nail Transformations
I’m loving these new nail topcoats from MAC, in collaboration with mega manicurist Marian Newman. Marian is arguably one of the world’s top nail technicians with over 50 British Vogue ...
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Scarlett Johansson
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 ...
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Sigma Brush
Sorry for the quiet time y’all – I’ve been sunning myself on holidays! Now I’m back and have spent the last few days sorting out my kit and the makeup ...
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glitter makeup by Christabel Draffin
And so it transpires that I have a few beauty shoots coming up that involve the use of glitter. I hope lots of it, as I’ve always loved it – ...
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Camilla Akrans
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 ...
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Keira Knightley wearing Chanel
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 ...
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Andrew Gallimore
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, ...
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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 ...
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Friends
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 ...
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Linda Evangelista 1991
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 ...
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Lan Yu Show - Sydney Fashion Week
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 ...
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Kate-Upton-V-Magazine
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 ...
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Chanel Suprmarket
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 ...
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Emma Stone Revlon
OMG OMG OMG, yum yum yum. That’s what I have to say about Revlon’s two newest lip offerings, Color Burst Matte Balm and ColorBurst Lacquer Balm. These are delicious jumbo ...
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Jessica Lange Marc Jacobs
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 ...
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Illamasqua Glamore
Loving the look of the new Illamasqua campaign, and the saturated colours in the new collection! That new glittery Shattered Star nail polish looks right up my alley as well ...
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Jordan Dunn
Of late I’ve been cruising on YouTube for obscure 80’s hits – one hit wonders and bad Australian songs have been featuring prominently. So today when I came across a ...
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Cara Delvingne
So the Burberry woman doesn’t vary that much from season to season – she’s always polished, English, and quintessentially cool with the expert hands of makeup artist Wendy Rowe and ...
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MAC Silver Dusk
With New York Fashion Week just gone and London Fashion Week about to kick off it seems only fitting to pay homage to one of my favourite products, MAC Silver ...
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It’s that time of year again when all the models and makeup artists and hair stylists and designers and backstage photographers all congregate to show us what we’ll be wearing ...
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Lulu Guinness Clinique
How cute is this exclusive Lulu Guinness bag for the Great Ormond St Hospital Children’s charity? Lulu Guinness has partnered with Clinique to raise money for the Kiss It Better ...
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Ah the couture. Magical clothes that are made by the world’s most skilled artisans, and designed by the greatest fashion minds of our time, with price as no object. Could ...
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Isabel Marant
Happy New Year, y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful break over Christmas and 2014 has started the way YOU like - whether that’s with a bang or with an ...
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orange lipstick
I’m currently obsessing over orange. Lipstick, to be precise, although I am partial to a good orange eyeshadow (or blush for that matter) on occasion too. Flicking through the new ...
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Alexa-Chung-Eyeko
How cute is this tutorial from British It girl, Alexa Chung? She’s paired up with Eyeko, the super-cool makeup brand to create the ultimate eyeliner pen and pitch black mascara ...
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Bobbi Brown BB Cream
I’ve been very naughty – I’ve been using this for nearly a YEAR without telling you about it. In fact, I’ve nearly finished the tube and I haven’t said a ...
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Balmain Nail polish
I’ve discovered the most delicious new nail polish collection, from the house of Balmain in Paris. I’ve been a fan of their clothes ever since Olivier Rousteing became the house ...
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I was thrilled to hear this week that Lara Stone, one of my favourite models, has been signed by L'Oreal. Following in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer, Milla Jovovich and ...
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Neal’s Yard Organic Eyeshadows
So today is a red letter day for me – or rather yesterday was. I wore eye makeup. Um, what the what? I hear you ask? That’s not exciting, that’s ...
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Thandie+Kay
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 ...
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ThandieKay
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 ...
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Tom Ford Color Quad
Can we just talk for a minute about how FREAKING amazing these eyeshadows are? Let’s. (This is a makeup blog after all). I can’t fault these, I love everything about ...
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NARS FALL 2013
J'adore the new video from NARS for the upcoming Fall collection, with Toni Garn sizzling as a 70's vixen. It's so Eyes of Laura Mars, I just love it! (I ...
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batiste-cherry-shampoo
I call this wonder product “time in a can”. I’ve blogged before about how “special” my hair is (Read – needs hours of blowdrying to not look like Worzel Gummidge’s ...
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PARIS VOGUE LE SAUVAGE
Behind the scenes on Mario Sorrenti's shoot Le Sauvage for the June/July Paris Vogue 2013 issue This is pretty much the ideal summer video. Shot in St Barth's with uber ...
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Miranda Kerr
I’ve blogged recently about how sensitive my eyes are now. As in, a great day is when I can wear hypo-allergenic eyeshadow as a liner! Wooh! Party patrol – push ...
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Daria In her Skin
I fell in love with this video when I saw it a few weeks ago, on the brilliant new website www.neverunderdressed.com (a fabulous mash up of fashon, beauty, pop culture ...
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Skin Couture
It’s been a loooong time in between mask uses for me – as in I think the last time I used one, Bridget Jones’ Diary was on at the movies ...
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Jennifer Lawrence, 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 ...
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Nicole Kidman Cannes
Makeup by Kay Montano Foundation: MyFace MyMix foundation in F2 Powder: Jurlique Rose Powder Eyes: Chanel Black Slate (New eyeshadow pencil) blended with a brush M&S Autograph Quick Dry Eyeliner ...
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Nicole Kidman, Cannes Film Festival
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 ...
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Chanel Les Beiges
When you’re a makeup artist, every now and then it’s time to give your kit a good clear-out and find room for some of the beautiful new products (and colours, ...
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cram blush
When the weather in the Northern hemisphere starts warming up, and the beach (or at least a patch of green grass in the park) starts beckoning, I know it’s time ...
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Florrie White for Nude Skincare
I was very excited to hear that one of my favourite makeup artists (and mentors), Florrie White, is now NUDE Skincare's brand ambassador. Florrie is an amazing makeup artist and ...
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cara delevingne YSL
Cara Delevingne is my favourite model at the moment, and it seems I'm not alone. In just one short year she has bagged herself a Burberry contract as well as ...
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She Uemura Unmasked
Although it’s been hectic of late as I’m now beauty writing for two magazines and juggling blogging and makeup (and moving house, UGH UGH UGH) I have also found time ...
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DIOR GLOSS ADDICT WITH DAPHNE GROENEVELD
I had some nice comments on the blog lately that reminded me how good the Dior Addict lipstick range is. This made me think about Dior Addict, which led me ...
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Revlon super lustrous
Revlon you naughty minx you – you just keep on bringing out new and lovely products I have to find room for in my kit. I’ve only recently had a ...
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Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2013 Show
Jourdan! Edie! Cara! Karlie! I love this behind the scenes video of all of the 'Burberry Girls Model Brigade' getting ready for their turn on the catwalk at Burberry's most ...
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Angelica Huston
Let’s talk about lashes shall we? Or more specifically, how to get gorgeous lashes. I haven’t tried an amazing new mascara for awhile. I’ve tested out a few, but they’ve ...
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CHANEL GLITTER BLINK
Sorry for not posting much lately. I've been on a major deadline for the new magazine I'm now beauty writing for, and with makeup and beauty writing my dance card ...
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Pat McGrath Dolce Gabanna
Look I have to be honest - I've not been very excited by the hair and makeup trends coming down the runways during this last season - and since the ...
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Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon
So every year the highlight of the New York leg of the global Fashion weeks is invariably the work of Diane Kendal, and Gucci Westman. Two of my favourite makeup ...
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Jennifer Lawrence makeup
Makeup by Kay Montano So I have a total girl crush on American actress Jennifer Lawrence - how beautiful does she look here? My favourite makeup artist, Kay Montano and ...
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KAY MONTANO MAKING EYES FOR EYEKO
Love this super-cute film by international makeup artist Kay Montano for Eyeko. It's making me want wear lots of kitty eyeliner! ...
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Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
I’ve fallen in love with a new brand! Well actually it’s not a new brand, it’s been around for awhile. It’s called Jouer, and it’s a gorgeous natural cosmetics range ...
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Georgia May Jaeger Alex Box
Makeup by Alex Box When I saw this in the papers at the weekend, I couldn't resist - Georgia May Jagger looking like an otherworldly creature (literally), as a dragon ...
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Lancome-x-Alber-Elbaz-Summer-2013
So imagine my excitement when I found out that Lancome is going to be collaborating with one of my favourite designers, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin! I can only imagine how ...
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Alex Box
Let's get this year started right with a lovely video from the amazing makeup artist Alex Box, who I used to assist in London and Paris. I love this video ...
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Dr Hauschka Sandalwood and Lavender Body Milk
Happy New Year! I love having a fresh start – and let me tell you, 2013 is only a few days old and already it’s looking like it’s going to ...
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Burberry Eyeshadow
OK it’s official. Burberry can do no wrong in my eyes. They have new eye quads that are, in a word, divine. Buttery soft, smooth and the colour combinations are ...
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Marilyn Chanel No5
I was blown away by this beautiful video of Marilyn Monroe and her relationship with Chanel No. 5. As far as I know it is one of the first genuine ...
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Salma Hayek Red Carpet
Last week was the British Fashion Awards in London (held at the beautifully refurbished Savoy Hotel), and actress Salma Hayek was presenting an award to Stella McCartney, who won Fashion Designer of ...
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Tom Ford Fall 2012 Collection
I hate you Tom Ford – you keep creating gorgeous new products that I just feel I can’t live without. How is that even possible when I have a whole ...
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Only my favourite photographer, Bruce Weber, could make Christmas seem even more magical than it already is. Falling snow, London taxi cabs, ballet dancers, puppies, ponies, boxers - well I ...
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I just love NARS' new take on a screen test at Andy Warhol's iconic Factory in New York. The whole collection is a perfect collaboration between art and beauty - ...
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Lana del Rey for Vogue Japan
After a year-long hiatus, The Interview is finally back! With my makeup work being really busy I got a bit slack with the longer posts that required me to be, ...
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TopShop lipstick in Idol
So by now you guys know I lurve me some TopShop makeup. I think the pigments are great, the colours are so on-trend they could get into any bar they ...
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kay-montano-eyeko
This is a beautiful new short film by London photographer Chris Floyd and makeup is by my favourite makeup artist (and mentor!) Kay Montano. It's a lovely homage to Marilyn ...
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Brigitte Bardot
Let’s get naked. Not clothes-wise, lips-wise. I’m all about lips at the moment – I can’t tell you how many gorgeous lipsticks and glosses I have received lately, so with ...
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Emily Blunt, Harper’s Bazaar, Woman of the Year
Makeup by Florrie White English actress Emily Blunt looked spectacular on the red carpet last week at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards in London. Her makeup artist ...
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BRUCE WEBER FOR CARINE ROITFELD FASHION BOOK
By now most of you must know that Bruce Weber is one of my all-time favourite photographers - I love his world of exceptional beauty and joyful connection with his ...
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Gemma Ward and Sasha Pivarova for Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia
People think supernatural makeup is easy – a step up from nothing. It can be – think concealer, curled lashes and a little lip and cheek stain. This is particularly ...
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I've been wanting to put up this absolutely gorgeous video of the impossibly gorgeous Daphne Groeneveld doing her best Brigitte Bardot impression ever since I first saw it. Directed by ...
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Love this trends video by Kay Montano which basically gives you a heads up on what you'll be wanting to wear on your face for next season. And just FYI, ...
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Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Style Magazine Makeup by Florrie White at D+V Management All make up and skin care by Sisley Cosmetics This weekend the 10 year anniversary of the Sunday Times Style came ...
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burberry show cara delavigne
 Makeup by Wendy Rowe The Burberry show is always a stand-out on the MM show calendar. The clothes are amazing, the front-row celebs are always swoon-worthy (and look like a ...
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Rag and Bone Candice
Makeup by Gucci Westman for Revlon Since New York Fashion Week is in full swing and all our favourite creative are hard at work bringing you the new looks for ...
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Twinsets Chanel
Every year Chanel do incredible events for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, around the world. Here’s a lovely video from London a couple of years ago, with two of my favourite ...
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Love a bit of Carine Roitfeld, the uber-fashionista and ex-editor in chief of Paris Vogue. Here's a behind the scenes video of her new collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. I. Want ...
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Illamasqua Australia Fight for Fair Price
First off, apologies for not posting last week. Suffice it to say I’m having some house dramas at present, involving lots of tradesmen clumping around in fluorescent vests and work ...
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Chanel summer couture 2012 - makeup
Blue Illusion de Chanel Last week I had the distinct pleasure of using the brand new Spring/Summer Chanel collection on a beauty shoot. Chanel products are always a dream to ...
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Top Shop Nail Polish
One of the biggest revelations for me from my recent sojourn to London was getting to try Top Shop’s range of makeup. One of my very first (in fact embarrassingly ...
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I was thrilled to see one of my favourite hairdressers, James Pecis, featured in a recent story in Paris Vogue called the outsiders, about the hair and makeup stars of ...
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Kiehl's Rosa Arctica
In my line of work, I get to try a LOT of skincare. Some good, some OK, some breaks me out. Some goes in my kit, some goes next to ...
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Neil Moodie, Daria
It's a great week at MM HQ as one of my favourite hairdressers, Mr Neil Moodie, has a brand, spanking new blog out, and it's gorgeous. Neil is not only ...
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Betty-Boop-Daria-Werbowy
How cute is this new video! I've loved Betty Boop since I was a little girl, and I'm so happy she's been brought back with this cute Lancome collaboration. If ...
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rosie huntington whiteley, burberry
So you would think that with two full palettes of nude lipsticks, that would be enough. I thought so – or I’ve been trying to think so as I’ve been ...
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Chanel Miroir Miroir
I always think that Peter Philips and Chanel Beauty couldn't possibly impress me more, and then they come up with something new like this extraordinary film to showcase the new ...
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“She wore blue velvet, bluer than velvet were her eyes…” I couldn’t tell you why but for the last couple of months I have had two obsessions – deep blue ...
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Sorry all for the lack of posts the last week or so -I've been moving house. And not just moving house - but MOVING HOUSE. As in, clearing a garage ...
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NARS Summer 2012
Love this gorgeous makeup by Diane Kendal for the NARS Summer 2012 campaign. It doesn't hurt that the model is beautiful Ginta Lapina, and the new NARS collection? Well, as ...
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Karl Lagerfeld Shu Uemura
This is the most exciting (and unusual) beauty collaboration I have heard about for ages – Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura, out Christmas 2012. Apparently Karl Lagerfeld has long been ...
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Unspeakably excited about this upcoming documentary, About Face, about the careers of the Supermodels (the REAL ones - Isabella Rossellini, Paulina Porizkova, Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall - the list goes ...
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Oooh Tom Ford – I have yet to meet a piece of his eponymous makeup range that I don’t like. This blusher in Savage is an interesting one – at ...
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It’s very rare for me to get excited about skincare – a lot of it I think is really just Hope in a Jar, and various things give me skin ...
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Burberry have just announced their new line up of English roses for their latest Burberry Beauty campaign – Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevigne and Edie Campbell. Having worked with Burberry on ...
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I have had this incredible mattifying gel in my kit for about a decade now, and it’s what I rely on for clients with oily skin. It’s the best product ...
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Dior. Versailles. Just divine. Le Sigh ...
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Photographer Greg Williams | Makeup by Florrie White I saw this stunning shoot of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley last week in VS magazine, and I had to contact her makeup artist Florrie White, ...
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Not content with being one of the most gorgeous fashion magazines in the world (in fact, it’s probably my favourite fashion magazine at the moment), AND now being available in ...
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These little pots of pixie dust are just magic. One of the great pleasures of shopping in the UK (and they are many, oh so many) is shopping for Barry ...
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This is the finish I’m obsessed with for lips at the moment, the Jelly Lip. I’d love to say it’s a name I created but it’s actually a term coined ...
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Illamasqua are a makeup company dear to my heart – not just because I assisted their Creative Director, Alex Box, for many years, or because I was there back even ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano | Photographer – Patrick Demarchalier  I love the cover of the latest Lucky magazine, and makeup artist Kay Montano was chatting to me recently about what products ...
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I absolutely love this lip colour at the moment – it’s the perfect ‘Your Lips But Better’ colour that I’m always obsessed with finding at MM HQ. You would think ...
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Thanks everyone for bearing with me whilst I was in London and travelling the last few weeks – I know my posting has been quite sporadic but I’ll make it ...
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Apologies for the lack of posting last week – I was travelling, then subsuming myself in London arts, culture, shopping and friends, and then I’ll confess – in a chocolate ...
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The divine Jourdan Dunn for Burberry Beauty's new campaign. So loving seeing black women in major beauty ads - and with supermodel Joan Small's recent spate of covers (I think ...
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These are INSANE. It’s been awhile since I was this excited about an eye shadow – and let’s face it, I do get quite excited about eye shadows on occasion ...
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Featuring Kate Moss (who just never seems to age), here's a look at her photo shoot for the new Dior Addict Extreme campaign. The new Dior lippies look gorgeous and ...
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I am super excited about the launch of the new Gucci Westman collection for Revlon, Expressionists. Inspired by abstract paintings it has a deep, glamorous colour palette which has such ...
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Ah my hair – what a saga that is. When it’s well behaved it looks like this: When it’s badly behaved it looks like this: (Although David Lee Roth looks ...
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SHUT UP! Tom Ford's new collection for Spring now includes four glistening, gorgeous, unbelievable cream eyeshadows. You all know how popular cream eyeshadows are around MM HQ (put it this ...
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I literally can't get over this new ad for MAC's Reel Sexy collection that has just been released. Shot by her husband photographer Miles Aldridge (who I worked with in ...
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For Monday's delectation here is the gorgeous British model Daisy Lowe, for a Vogue shoot that I worked on a couple of years ago. I was assisting Kay Montano who ...
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MAC Lipmix
These are, in a word, awesome. Super pigmented lipsticks in a deep cream formula that you dispense from a small artist tube, and you mix to custom blend your own ...
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Makeup by Gucci Westman I know that New York Fashion Week was a couple of weeks ago, but I just loved this makeup by amazing makeup artist Gucci Westman. I ...
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Who fancies a little bit of Pat McGrath action on a Thursday? The wold's most influential makeup artist shares with Style.com how she created this week's beautiful Sicilian Madonnas ...
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Makeup by Florrie White I love a bit of Rose Byrne – she is gorgeous, elegant, Australian and grew up in my suburb of Balmain, so I am a bit ...
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Makeup by Florrie White All products by Burberry Beauty When I saw how gorgeous Kate Bosworth looked at last week’s Burberry show at London fashion Week, I had to find out ...
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Makeup by Wendy Rowe | All products by Burberry Beauty EYES • Apply Effortless Mascara in Midnight Black No. 01 to the upper and lower lashes • Apply Eye Definer in ...
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Estee Lauder Signature Satin Crème Blush in Nude Light
It’s hard to be a global beauty citizen. I’m shooting Autumn/Winter beauty stories, but still on nice days in Sydney I’m also shooting late swimwear and beach stories as the ...
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How fab is this video! Shot by Style.com at the show test for Thakoon with one of my favourite all-time makeup artists, Diane Kendal, and amazing french hairdresser Odile Gilbert, ...
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And when I say "Does Paris Vogue" I mean, literally! Fabulous NY-based hairdresser, James Pecis who I had the pleasure of working with a lot in London over the years, ...
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Regular readers will know I’m a bit of a lip balm hoochie mama, swapping and changing what lip balms I use in my kit and on myself, as there are ...
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International celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano recently shot this gorgeous British ELLE cover of Alexa Chung - who couldn't be more if an It girl if she tried, honestly. When ...
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This bad boy has been floating around in my brush roll for awhile, but it was only this weekend that I realized how genius it really is. It’s superseded all ...
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After lots and LOTS of relaxation, and wine, and food, and lounging by the pool with novels so trashy I would be downright mortified if I lost my Kindle, and ...
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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing festive season and start to 2012. It has been harder than anticipated to prise myself away from ...
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Happy Holidays! I can't believe it's Christmas again - 2011 has absolutely flown by. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful readers who have made it ...
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This year I am tardy with my Christmas post – but that’s because I’m tardy with my Christmas shopping. After I write this, I have to sit down and figure ...
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Kate Moss. Lara Stone. Milla Jovovich. Natasha Poly. Malgosia Bela. Isabelli Fontana. This is such a beautiful video of Mario Sorrenti shooting the 2012 Pirelli calendar in Corsica using nature ...
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Today I am super, super excited as Kay Montano's new makeup blog is live! Filled with gorgeous How To videos, interviews with cream of the crop experts as well as ...
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I am so into pink at the moment. Pink eyeshadow, cheeks, and definitely lips. Don’t ask me why – I didn’t get it from the recent show season but perhaps ...
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Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of a time when women weren’t just women, they were the ultimate glamazons – wearing Versace and Alaia whilst they were photographed in a ...
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I’m going to tell you a secret – it’s probably not that exciting unless you’re a proper makeup head, but if you’re on my blog then chances are good you ...
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 I found this video the other day and couldn't resist posting it for a number of different reasons: - Kate the Great. 'Nuff said - Longchamp make beautiful bags - ...
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A face wipe doesn’t sound like a secret weapon, I hear you scoff – well let me tell you, after trying pretty much every brand in four different countries, a ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano My mentor and international celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano worked with the lovely actress Amber Heard again doing Press for her new movie starring Johnny Depp, ...
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TOTALLY obsessing on the new lipsticks from Chanel, Rouge Allure Velvet. Perfectly matte and with a texture like, well, velvet, they are the ultimate in achieving the decadent rich lips ...
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This post is so overdue as I have been back and forth in my mind on a few brands who have blushers that I really like, but NARS eventually won ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Amber Heard is quite the up and coming Hollywood star – I first saw her when she reduced Jeremy Clarkson to a giggling mess on Top ...
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Can you tell I'm just a LITTLE bit excited for the launch of the new Tom Ford Beauty line? (At David Jones Sydney in just five days, people! I for ...
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Frieda Pinto Trishna Premiere
I have never looked Frieda Pinto look so beautiful as she did last week at the premiere of her new film, Trishna, directed by Michael Winterbottom. London makeup artist Kay ...
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Bobbi Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Beauty Wow, how can it be twenty years since Bobbi Brown first hit the makeup scene with her revolutionary take on neutrals and her ...
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Kay Montano is working her makeup magic again, this time a beautiful take on 70's disco glamour. So beautiful! ...
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I haven’t posted about mascara for ages, and I’ll tell you why – I can’t wear it anymore. There, I said it. From being a mascara wearer all my life ...
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Make Up Director Alex Box | Report by Celine Bopp Supremely chic, as the girls walked round the fluorescent light filled room, it had a sporty feel to the collection. The girls’ ...
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Tom Ford blew me away when he first came onto the scene at Gucci in the early 1990’s with his uber-luxe interpretations of the 70’s. It was the 70’s through ...
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Kay Montano loves an Icon - and really, who doesn't? Beautiful 60's chanteuse France Gall is her inspiration this week with a black liner that puts the Eye in Icon ...
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Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
I didn’t think that Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser could ever be superseded, but I have to tell you, it has. I had firmly removed myself from the tinted moisturiser category, finding ...
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Makeup Director Wendy Rowe | Report by Celine Bopp “Every season for Burberry the girls grace the catwalk with elegance and style, the look is effortlessly beautiful. Makeup Director Wendy Rowe ...
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Über makeup artist Kay Montano shows us how it's done in her gorgeous new tutorial for Because London, in a video with more than a nod to Josephine Baker. Love ...
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Revlon Top Speed Fire Nail Polish
If you fancy a little bit of this in your life - You need a bit of Revlon Fire. At the moment I am loving high octane glamour – full on, ...
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Makeup Director Sam Bryant | Sponsored by MAC | Report by Celine Bopp One of the high points of London Fashion Week is always Richard Nicholl’s exquisite show, and this year was ...
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Makeup Director Sam Bryant - Report by Celine Bopp London Fashion Week had its most exciting season in ages with amazing shows, both for the clothes and the hair and makeup ...
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London makeup artist Florrie White was looking after the two Victoria's Secret angels last week, and gave them both bombshell screen siren red pouts, with the help of Burberry Beauty ...
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Makeup by Florrie White We all know that Rosie H-W is, quite frankly, a goddess. Whiplash hair, feline eyes, that incredible Victoria’s Secret body. She’s enough to make grown men ...
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Hot Like Rio! Makeup by Kay Montano The inspiration for the gorgeous, glowing makeup at the Issa show at London Fashion Week this season was Bo Derek in ‘10’. It ...
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This week, Kay Montano shows us how to wear the deepest, darkest, sexiest eye - for day ...
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Chanel are at it again with another adorbs video, this time for their nail polish (which makes up the bulk of my nail kit as the colours are so divine) ...
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Woo-hoo! Celebrate good times, come on dah dah dah dah dah dah - OK so Kool & the Gang is not quite the same when you write it down, but ...
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Makeup by Florrie White Alexa Chung is a bit of an MM fave as she’s lovely, cool, has the wardrobe that everybody wants and she’s rather gorgeous as well. Here’s ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano This was a shoot that originally ran in Spanish Vanity Fair, and it popped up again on the cover of last weekend’s Observer magazine in London ...
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Regular MM readers will know that I’m not generally a drugstore girl. I’m not a big cosmetics bargain hunter as I’ve tried a lot of the cheaper lines and found ...
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Here's a post that I wrote for Vogue.com.au recently, on how to get Brigitte Bardot's timeless sex appeal. [iframe width="661" height="900" src="http://www.vogue.com.au/beauty/galleries/style+icon+brigitte+bardots+signature+beauty+moves,15907"] ...
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Love this new Burberry Body ad with the divinely radiant English supermodel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Shot by Mario Testino, with makeup by Charlotte Tilbury and music by The Feeling, it's as ...
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Benefit Powder Eyeshadow Brush
I never blog about my brushes, (not because I don’t love them, because I do - the same way I love macaroons, vintage Brooke Shields and moon bears, which is ...
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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 ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano using Illusions D’Ombres De Chanel Autumn Collection Kay recently shot the beautiful actress Freida Pinto for the cover of Instyle magazine, and Kay told me this ...
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Liz Earle Superskin Body Cream
Since my legs when left to their own devices look like Satan’s tracksuit pants, I am in regular need of liberal applications of body moisturiser. I have recently tried some ...
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I found this lovely video of Alexa Chung, with makeup done by celebrity makeup artist, Florrie White (who I used to assist in London). Find out why everyone loves Alexa ...
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I have been naughty everyone, and slack – in fact, a bad beauty blogger. Whilst I was off swanning around Fiji, relaxing by the pool and reading trashy true crime ...
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How major is this Paris Vogue video of Anja Rubik, Isabeli Fontana and Natasha Poly? Shot by Inez and Vinoodh - Happy Tuesday! ...
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I’m back from my lovely tropical holiday and I am ready to rumble! I went makeup-free for a week, swam in the sea every day and did nothing but read ...
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Lately I’ve been getting into lashes. Not a single shoot I’ve been on recently has been lash–free. Whether it’s Ellen Von Unwerth show girl lashes (courtesy of Shu Uemura), or ...
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London Nail Queen, Sophy Robson, has been a busy gal of late – not only has she opened a new uber cool nail salon on the King’s Road in Chelsea, ...
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Claudia Schiffer Vogue Cover
Makeup by Kay Montano - Photographer: Miles Aldridge Claudia Schiffer is back in a big way and sometimes it feels like it’s 1995 all over again! I’m having a moment with ...
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Illusions d'Ombres de Chanel
Where do I even start with the new Autumn/Winter collection? Well should I start with the fact that every major makeup artist that I’ve spoken to in the last month ...
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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 ...
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Illamasqua Gamma
This is, quite literally, a hot polish. It’s a fluoro orange colour that’s so bright that it hurts your eyes, and it’s exactly what I need at the moment. I’m ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano I nearly passed out when I saw this incredible pic of Gwyneth Paltrow for Vanity Fair’s  jewellery calendar, out this week. Gwyneth has always been a ...
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Florrie White Makeup
I had heard of London makeup artist Florrie White quite some time before I got the chance to assist her in London, as I knew her work from being a ...
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The genius fashion and art website Nowness have this little gem up today - 365 layers of makeup applied in one day. If it sounds hard to get your head ...
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Right Now: Lancome Juicy Kusama Tubes
How cute are these new Juicy Tubes from Lancôme? They’re called Juicy Kusama, and they’re not your typical gloss. They feel amazing on, losing the stickiness of glosses of yore ...
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Benefits Erase Paste
So this really is the wonder eraser for the under eyes. Of all the concealers I’ve tried, this one covers with just one dab, so it’s perfect for those early ...
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Check out this triple video extravaganza of amazing makeup artist Aaron de Mey, working with the new Teint Miracle foundation and concealer from Lancôme. Aaron de Mey is the Creative ...
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Jurlique Rose Hand Cream
I have dinosaur paws at the moment, with hands that feel as rough as a stone mason’s. Not the best look when you use your hands for your living! Enter ...
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This was totally not the post I had ready to write (I have LOTS of products to post about), but bien sûr, what did I find but another amazing video ...
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I’ve been doing a little beauty digging and I have found out that NOT ONLY will Mr Tom Ford be releasing a full makeup line in September, he has also ...
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It's definitely nudity, but not as we know it - this is nudity in its highest art form. The world's most beautiful women, shot by one of the most celebrated ...
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My current favourite supermodel, Dutch beauty Lara Stone, is fronting the new Tom Ford Beauty campaign, shot by uber photographers Mert and Marcus. LOVE this campaign - she looks major ...
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Bobbi Brown Universal Palettes
Amazing news – a little birdy told me that the incredible Bobbi Brown Universal palette of concealers and foundations (yes, THAT one, that I take with me on every single ...
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Check out this fabulous video of Lily Donaldson's hair, in super slow-mo. Shot by her father Matthew Donaldson, a famed London photographer, and with Sam McKnight one of my favourite ...
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For ages I’ve been wanting to write a post about wine coloured lipsticks as they’ve been having a moment in my kit the last few months, but recently I’ve been ...
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Alpha H Skincare
I have pretty sensitive skin, so I tend not to mix up my skin routine too much, and keep it simple. I cleanse, and then I rotate my moisturiser depending ...
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I almost feel stupid for writing this as a Secret Weapon, and I’ve had it on my list to write about ever since I started blogging really. How can something ...
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So it appears that uber-makeup artist Pat McGrath is an avid Makeup Mole reader! Not really (or if she is I don't know about it), but great minds do think ...
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This is SUCH a gorgeous colour. It’s a soft, baby pink that is unlike anything else I have in my kit. Close cousins would be NARS Mata Hari (but Mata ...
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This was my first favourite foundation. I worked with this so much in the beginning of my career, and after a break of a few years, I’m coming back to ...
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It's just a Chanel-fest at the moment around  MM HQ! I found this gorgeous video of Chanel's Creative Director for Beauty, Peter Phillips (also, FYI, one of the best editorial ...
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One of the best looks from the recent Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks was courtesy of the ever-inventive supremo head honcho patron saint of makeup artists, Pat McGrath. I call it Maximal ...
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Makeup by Kabuki Christina Ricci looked I think, the best I have ever seen her at last week’s Met Ball. Wearing an incredibly dramatic black lace Zac Posen gown with ...
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Wow, where do I start with this one? It’s been burning a hole in my kit ever since I got to try it a little while ago – in a ...
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Today we have a special treat as I have an interview with the Founder and Joint MD of Illamasqua, Julian Kynaston. Recently named as the fastest growing makeup company EVER, ...
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I have exciting news everyone – the return of my nose! Well not literally, but figuratively speaking. What’s she talking about now? I hear you ask – well you might ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Thandie Newton (this month’s UK Instyle cover girl) looked even more breathtaking than usual at last week’s Met Ball. Seriously, does the woman ever age? Wearing ...
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I am LOVING this powder foundation. Let me say right off the bat that I have never been a powder foundation fan, but this guy has made me change my ...
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Estee Lauder is really a brand that I’ve been avidly watching the last year or so. They have been re-inventing themselves from a luxury heritage company that was getting a ...
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My favourite Aussie skincare brand, Aesop, is basically taking over the world at the moment with a gorgeous new counter at Selfridges in London, and four new stores to open ...
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I found this lovely video on Nowness of Chanel's Creative Director, Peter Phillips, talking about his career and working for Chanel. If you read MM on a regular basis you ...
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This review has been a long-time coming since I don’t think I have ever found a long-lasting, oil-free foundation I like so much. This is for all those ladies out ...
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This is my favourite Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg song, and I just think she’s so beautiful in this video of them frolicking in Europe in the late ‘60’s. That ...
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This is a GENIUS product, and my latest obsession. The woman who makes this (US Celeb makeup artist, Bethany Karlyn) must be so damn clever, because it performs on every ...
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By now you'd have to have been living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia to have missed seeing the incredible campaign images from Illamasqua's newest collection, Toxic Nature (Creative Director ...
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This post is slightly cheating – really it should be “Best Eyeshadow Ever”, but I just couldn’t pick one brand. I have too many eyeshadows that I like – MAC ...
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Tagged last month by British Vogue as one of the rising stars of the international creative firmament, New York based hairdresser James Pecis is going from strength to strength, booking ...
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So I can now die a happy lady. The ONE thing that used to disturb me about my kit was my nasty bottle of chemist dry soap – I have ...
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Kay Montano shows us how to channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor for a bombshell 50's look that could be from a Fellini film. Viva La Dolce Vita! ...
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I'm very excited about this week's launch of Lancome's new collection for Spring, Ultra Lavande - and there's a few reasons why. One, because it's shades of purple and lavender ...
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Estee Lauder Maximum Cover
Every now and then I go into the Vault and have a rummage for you good people, and to remind myself what’s actually in there. And every now and then ...
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Report by Celine Bopp | Makeup Director - Alex Box | Sponsor - MAC As Alex’s assistant, Celine Bopp, so rightly says “The girls at Gareth Pugh... well, well, well! ...
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It's always a cause for rejoicing when Chanel do one of their show videos, and this one has it all. Peter Phillips on makeup! Sam McKnight on hair! A sneak ...
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I've posted this breakdown before but I couldn't resist posting it again, as it was on the cover of the Observer magazine in the UK this weekend. It's such an ...
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We're very lucky here at MM HQ - look what I have received from one of my favourite hairdressers ever, James Pecis. James is not only one of the loveliest ...
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Makeup Director - Alex Box | Report by Celine Bopp | Sponsored by MAC Skin: The girls were given flawless skin, using MAC Studio Sculpt foundation and Prep + Prime primer. Highlights: ...
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Makeup Director – Kay Montano Vogue’s Beauty Blog called this show look “strange beauty”. Kay told me she aimed for a “polished and perfected look with a subtle edge.” Foundation: ...
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Makeup Director – Pat McGrath The YSL show is always considered to be a beauty bellwether – whereever Pat McGrath decides to take the models’ wearing Stefano Pilati’s gorgeous clothes, ...
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Report by Celine Bopp | Makeup Director Sam Bryant Sponsored by MAC The girls at Richard had very defined eyebrows, with a ‘finished and sporty' glow, dewy and alive, but always ...
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Report by Celine Bopp | Makeup Director Sam Bryant Sponsored by MAC The theme of this show was a dancer, just come out of dance class, fresh faced and innocent. Beautiful ...
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Celine Bopp doing makeup at the John Rocha show Report by Celine Bopp | Makeup Director - Sam Bryant Inspiration This season the John Rocha girls were just on their way ...
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Makeup Mole @LFW Well not actually me in person if you haven’t guessed, but the Mole has her spies everywhere! This time around my superspy superstar backstage makeup artist is ...
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Makeup 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 ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Kay’s been in a busy lady, getting not only Thandie Newton ready for the BAFTAS last night but Amy Adams as well. I love me a ...
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I think I might have mentioned in a previous post how excited I am that Revlon current Global Artistic Director is Gucci Westman. I’m a big fan of hers – ...
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I have to confess to not being a fan of Valentine’s Day generally – well not the sickly sweet chocolates and teddy bears version (unless you’re five, when it’s therefore ...
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I came across this fabulous video of the original makeup artist to the supermodels, Mary Greenwell, which is an amazing insight into what the business used to be like (here ...
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I’m having an oil moment (that sounds wrong, doesn’t it?) But it’s true, I am – I have fallen in love with not one but THREE facial oils, so I ...
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NARS is a brand that, quite frankly, had me at hello, but of late it has been reaching new heights of rocking my socks off. I give you: Exhibit A ...
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Oh I'm sorry, did someone say ROBOT MAKEUP FILM FOR CHANEL BY PETER PHILLIPS? Oh you did? Good Lord, I'll have to check it out, sounds amazing! And it is ...
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I’m sorry to devastate you all, but I heard a rumour swirling around on Twitter yesterday, and checked it on the website today – and it’s true! MAC’s amazing Blushcremes ...
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I realized (rather belatedly, since my blog is over 18 months old now), that I very rarely post about luminisers and face glowy things (my last post for becauselondon.com made ...
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Ladies, it’s time to start planning Spring makeup. Enough with the heavy coats and the tights and the legs that are so dry they look like Victoria Beckham’s new alligator ...
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Late last year I was asked by the fabulous London makeup artist, Katie Service (who is now Kay Montano's first assistant and general gal about town), to do a New ...
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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and festive holiday season and are returning to every day life bright eyed and bushy tailed (as opposed to hungover ...
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Happy Holidays to all my Wonderful MM Readers! I can't believe it's that time of year again, when work stops, wine glasses come out (and don't get put away again ...
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Celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano has new video tutorials! Fresh from making up Anne Hathaway in Oslo (for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, as you do), she has a slew ...
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My favourite purveyor of fine skincare products is opening a new store in Tokyo. In line with their ethical stance all the wood in the store was reclaimed from an ...
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Also on the subject of Aesop, I need to tell you about sunscreen. For a lot of you guys, freezing your butts off in sub-zero Northern Hemisphere temperatures you’ll be ...
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Because this is the site with no shame, and because I haven’t had any cheesily fabulous 80’s music on here for awhile, here’s some Spandau Ballet to ease you into ...
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Let’s talk about eyebrows for a moment. This is one of those products that is so mind-bogglingly simple and effective that you think everyone must know about it, but I’m ...
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Who doesn’t love a YouTube beauty video? I mean really, what more do you need on a Saturday night than you, a glowing computer screen and a beauty nerd somewhere ...
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I had my whole Christmas post based on a clip of Will Ferrell in Elf, but unfortunately Warner Brothers in their absolute wisdom have decided you can’t embed the clip ...
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This is a lady who really needs no introduction, and I am very proud to include her in my Interviews. She is the most creative of makeup artists, the Creative ...
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I found this incredible video of Hungarian supermodel Eniko (yes, she is a Victoria's Secret model, and also an all round lovely girl), with makeup by the unbelievably talented New ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Anne Hathaway is looking fierce on the cover of the UK’s ELLE magazine this month, resplendent in THAT Balmain dress and a smokin’ smoky eye. Here’s ...
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I am a big, big fan of Laura Mercier products as you might know from reading of my almost creepy love of her Translucent Powder and Secret Camouflage concealer. The ...
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Way back in the mists of time I wrote one of my first posts for MM, and it was telling the world how crap I thought NARS’ old mascara was ...
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MAC have just released their Christmas collections which are, quite frankly, always worth waiting for. This year is no exception with A Tartan Tale, packed to the brim with tiny, ...
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My complete infatuation with all things Burberry shows no signs of slowing down with the launch of their new Winter Storms campaign. Check out this immaculate new ad for Burberry, ...
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How can you have a Christmas Gift Set in your kit, I hear you scoff? Well that’s easy my friends, because the beautiful coffret box that the Aesop Gertrude Street ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman glowed in a classic Lanvin cream sheath dress, radiant makeup and of course, an Omega watch in Beijing last week. Nicole ...
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I had heard whispers about this amazing skin treatment for a while, a treatment that firms the skin and gives it that radiant glow that you get if you’re a ...
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I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for well over a year now, and I haven’t  mentioned this trusty little helper that comes on literally every job. It’s almost as if ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Hilary Swank always looks beautiful on the red carpet, and this time in London at the premiere of her new film, Conviction, was no exception. Wearing a ...
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Kabuki is something of a legend in the fashion industry, having risen so rapidly up through the ranks of top makeup artists to reach the level he is now in ...
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Kelly 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 ...
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Peter Phillips shows us how it’s done at Chanel – backstage footage of him creating the incredible deep green/black smoky eye at Paris Fashion Week last week. J’adore! ...
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Just when I think I couldn’t be any more in love with Topshop, they go and produce these lovely videos for their new makeup collection, Heavy Duty. It’s a rockin’ ...
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London-based Lee Pycroft has been working as a celebrity makeup artist for over fifteen years, and her work can be seen on countless red carpets and magazine covers. She has ...
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The nailista style sista London manicurist Sophy Robson was creating the cult nail trends backstage at Paris Fashion Week, and now the nails are done you can check out her ...
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Yes, you heard that right – YSL’s miracle concealer wand is now cheaper – but only in Australia. It is now down in price from AUSD $78 to $55, in ...
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The new product on everyone’s lips seems to be Lanolips, and there is a good reason why – it’s really ace. Lanolips is the brainchild of Aussie PR maven Kirsten ...
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Stella McCartney for Adidas - Makeup by Kay Montano It’s been quite a hard LFW to be away from this year – all my peeps have been doing gorgeous work in ...
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When Alex Box was in Sydney a couple of months ago, she first told me about the new collection and I was hooked from her description – graphic gold liquid ...
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This week has been the start of the global fashion circus that rolls around the world from New York, then to London, then Milan and onto Paris before all the ...
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I have yet to try these beautiful, creamy matte lipsticks that have been popping up all over town, on celebs (like Lea Michelle and Christina Hendricks), and on runways (uber-makeup ...
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Why is this my new favourite hue? I’ve had it for awhile and I pulled it out to use it yesterday, only to discover the most perfect scarlet polish ever ...
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I think I mentioned before what a skincare orgy it is at the moment at MM HQ. From being distinctly unimpressed about most skincare and sticking to my faves, I ...
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I was on a Burberry shoot a while ago in London, when we were all having a chat in the makeup room (as you do) and the discussion turned to ...
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Makeup by Rachel Goodwin for Chanel Beaute I might have mentioned somewhere before that I am slightly obsessed with January Jones’s cool, blonde beauty, and I thought she looked the most ...
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The ace-ness that is makeup maestro Peter Phillips has done it again – a new limited edition beauty collection to celebrate the re-launch of the new Chanel boutique in Soho, ...
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I was trying to figure out the other day when I first encountered Benefit, the quirky skincare and makeup brand that has now spawned a host of imitators (that to ...
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I found this fab video from London makeup artist, Lee Pycroft, where she discusses how to put your portfolio together for all aspiring makeup artists. There is still an incredible ...
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Lovely Aussie actress Rose Byrne was sporting a red lip at the Breakthrough of the Year Awards in LA, and her makeup artist, Amy Hollier, was channelling modern glamour. “I’m ...
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This is my base discovery of the year – it is the perfect product for women who need some coverage, but don’t want to wear a proper foundation. It is ...
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Makeup by Angela Levin Jennifer Aniston was as gorgeous as always in LA on Monday, for the premiere of her new movie The Switch. Her makeup is always polished, glowing ...
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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 ...
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Makeup by Genevieve Herr Julie Roberts looked absolutely radiant at the premiere of her new film, Eat, Pray, Love, which is her first major role since signing on with Lancôme* ...
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The new brand on my radar? Aesop. I can’t believe that I hadn’t discovered them before, given that they are Australian, quirky, utilize the best of the natural world with ...
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Thursday’s fashion parade for Myer’s Spring/Summer collections was all glitter and mayhem backstage, with 22 makeup artists, 75 models, 7 manicurists and a veritable fleet of hairdressers all working their ...
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I couldn’t resist this lovely new video from London-based makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, called Four Shades of Bronze. It’s shot on location of a Glamour beauty shoot she did on ...
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I found this lovely video of Chanel makeup maestro Peter Phillips backstage at the recent Chanel Haute Couture show, explaining his inspiration for the show – which is Courtney Love ...
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Most of you will no doubt know by now that makeup master Alex Box is in Sydney this week for the launch of her makeup brand, Illamasqua, at the upcoming ...
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I found this behind the scenes video of the new Lancome Autumn/Winter collection for Lancome, French Coquettes. It’s an homage to the French Belle Epoque era, and I have to ...
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What a genius idea – cult UK makeup brand Illamasqua has come up with a way for you to clear out your old makeup and embrace the extraordinary. Bring in ...
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London mega-manicurist Sophy Robson has been at it again, this time nailing (excuse the pun) the provocative new Tom Ford Eyewear campaign (see image above). If that doesn’t make you ...
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It 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 ...
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It’s gotta be Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Super, Genial and Darling. Super because it’s super hot candy pink, which let’s face it is always a winner, Genial because it’s ...
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These are my new eyeliner discovery, and they are fab. Super-creamy, long-wearing and they come in a great range of shades (8 in total). I thought I had all the ...
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I’m breaking some rules by posting this now, but I just couldn’t wait any longer… Usually I wait at least a month when testing mascara, to make sure that it ...
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Estee Lauder is one of those brands that have really re-invented themselves over the last few years. They used to be a bit granny – that’s where your mum and ...
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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser I’ve had this post kicking around in my head for a long time, and in the meantime I’ve tried at least four other tinted moisturizers, and ...
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Kylie Minogue looked predictably gorgeous at the AmFAR Gala benefit in New York recently. Her makeup artist, Kabuki (a makeup star in his own right who has painted the faces ...
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There is a bonafide revolution going on in makeup halls not just around the country, but around the world – Lipstick is Back. Relegated to the status of a makeup ...
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Dutch-born makeup artist Ellis Faas certainly has the eye of a painter, and the soul of an artist. Growing up in the Netherlands with a very artistic family, she first ...
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The mannequin nail is not going anywhere in London as it’s the perfect complement to bronzed skin and those hot summer nights. Sophy’s Polish Pick for June is what she ...
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So when you’re not painting the toes of supermodels or the world’s biggest fashion editors, or shooting major campaigns with the world’s coolest photographers, what’s a girl to do? Well ...
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I’m now a guest blogger for www.wishpot.com! Here is my first blog post for them, all about the Spring joys of cream blush, and which ones I love the most ...
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Only Thandie Newton could wear yellow this well! Her mustard coloured Louis Vuitton dress was a perfect foil to her beautiful tawny skin, and her long-time makeup artist, Kay Montano, ...
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I had to create a whole new category for this one (much to my webmaster’s chagrin, I’m a little category-crazy, but I can’t stop myself!) but really, with one sold ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Nicole Kidman looked radiant in Hong Kong yesterday, appearing at the opening of the new Omega watch store, and later at the charity gala event, “A ...
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Madonna’s long-time makeup artist, Gina Brooke, shows you how to get Madonna’s current Le Dolce Vita incarnation. I for one think Madonna hasn’t looked this good in years ...
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Great excitement at MM HQ! Illamasqua, the incredible UK makeup brand with an almost evangelical cult following in the UK and US (where they sell nationwide through Sephora) is launching ...
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This is such a gorgeous brand. It has been flying under my radar until now for a silly reason really – the packaging is beautiful art deco inspired pieces, but ...
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As the weather starts warming up, it’s time to re-think your makeup bag – here’s a few of my new favourite things: 1 - Paul & Joe blotting papers How ...
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When it comes to nails, no-one knows nails like manicurist Miss Sophy Robson. Makeup Mole is all about the maquillage, so we thought we’d go straight to the source and ask ...
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So I wasn’t that bothered about the new Top Shop makeup collection – I thought, really? More makeup? What can they possibly have that all the other zillions of products ...
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LA-based English makeup artist Kate Lee created the most gorgeous look for Sienna Miller at the Met Ball in New York this week – I haven’t seen Sienna look this ...
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So I was already eager to get my hands on the new NARS Love Devotion lippie, but it’s now a definite Must-Have after seeing how gorge Blake Lively looked at ...
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This is an amazing luminous powder that gives a subtle light to the skin, without making it glittery or too shiny. I do love it so – I’ve had this ...
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Could Scarlett Johansson be any more gorgeous? I didn’t think it was possible for her to be any more beautiful, but here’s a video of her shooting the new Dolce ...
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Rocking my socks off this week is the new NARS Summer collection, which I was lucky enough to see and try a couple of months ago. It’s been hard but ...
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All for Eve is a new brand (launched last November), to benefit ovarian cancer. It was created by George Hammer after his sister-in-law Nadia died of ovarian cancer, and even ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Keira Knightley looked ravishing as always at the Olivier awards in London. Kay Montano was her makeup maestro, and this is the Beauty Breakdown for her ...
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How incredible does gorgeous actress Thandie Newton look in these pictures? It’s for the Virgin Shorts film competition which Thandie will soon be judging, and the brief was to recreate ...
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Check out this smooth criminal who has just escaped from New York and arrived on counter at Space NK - Lime Crime lipstick. It takes a fair amount to get ...
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With summer on it’s way, even more exciting than getting out in the sun at lunchtime to eat your sandwiches is the new makeup collections coming out. The new Body ...
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These came out a couple of months ago, but I’ve only just tested them now. I didn’t think it was possible to be any more in love with the Bobbi ...
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Sophy is arguably the hottest manicurist in the world at the moment, having just finished the runway shows for Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Stella Macartney (not to mention creating ...
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Lovely London makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has a fab new blog. It’s at www.lisaeldridge.com, which includes beauty breakdowns of her celeb clientele plus great videos. She also has her makeup ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano There’s a new starlet in town and her name is Alexa Davalos. She is Andromeda in the new film Clash of the Titans, and this week ...
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Just because: a) it’s the yummiest collection I’ve seen for awhile, b) it reminds me of summer c) it’s makeup artist Peter Philips’ little ‘holding collection’ to tide us all ...
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This is an instant sugar-rush of perfect rose toned powder to give you just the right healthy flush, and I’m loving it this time of year as it’s the perfect ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Claudia Schiffer was radiant in a gorgeous Temperley dress on the red carpet last night, where she accompanied her husband, Matthew Vaughan, to the premiere of ...
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I loved this show – incredible clothes (what we have come to expect from Alber Elbaz), and I found the aesthetic to be really interesting. This season the Lanvin team ...
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I don’t know about you guys, but I for one am Officially. Over. Winter. In my mind it’s done – I’m sick of the scarves and coats and hats and ...
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Colored mascara is generally a pretty tricky proposition. The idea is that by wearing color on your lashes, it will make your eye color pop – which is great in ...
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I couldn’t resist putting up this gorgeous video of Vanessa Paradis in her new Chanel ad: Because she’s beautiful It’s really cute I’ve been singing the tune in my head ...
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This little velvety hot pink nugget of makeup blending goodness is the BeautyBlender. Why so amazing, I hear you ask? Well its curves fit perfectly into the palm of your ...
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Spring isn’t quite officially here, but as far as I’m concerned, its time to look ahead and think about bare legs, short skirts (yessssss! say all the men in London), ...
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By starting my blog, I have discovered a few strange things about myself that I didn’t know before: I don’t like writing in the afternoon, I’m obsessed (and probably always ...
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Oh how I love the Fashion shows! All these amazing looks, pouring out of the runways and backstage areas, and with the internet you can have them all, in your ...
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It’s been red-carpets a go-go in London this week, with the BAFTAS, London Fashion Week AND Last night’s ELLE Style awards. Celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano has been busier (and ...
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Foundation – Chanel Vitalumiere in Clair 20 Concealer – Chanel Estompe concealer in Light (Claire was joking that she needed lots of this after having an amazing night at the ...
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“Oh she’s an Easy Lover, she’ll get a hold on you, believe it, she’s like no other, and before you know it you’ll be on your knees…” Just because it’s ...
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So one of the bonuses about doing the shows (apart from major adrenaline surges, not having time to eat, living on caffeine, seeing all your makeup artist and hair mates ...
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Last week the unfailingly gorgeous Daisy Lowe was being shot at London’s Spring Studios for photographer Jacob Sutton, with the best of the upcoming season’s new trends from Vogue’s fashion ...
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This week I was taken through the whole Myface range of makeup, and the more I’m trying from this brand, the more I’m liking it. I’ll be posting about other ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano - Photos by Carter Smith Skin Prep – Ren toner, Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser Base – Chanel Teint Innocence in 20 Clair Powder – Chanel Poudre Universelle ...
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I love the design of this eyeliner – like a Sharpie pen for eyes, it has a nice sharp nib (not too floppy!) that when it works, does make lining ...
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This is another new(ish) brand to the market place, and what I’ve tried from the range I find exceptionally high quality. The standout favourite for me has to be the ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Base – Chanel Vitalumiere foundation in Clair 20 Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 Powder – Jurlique Lavender translucent loose powder brushed through T-zone ...
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Last Thursday was the Hugo Boss Black show which is the biggest show I’ve ever worked on. A total of 35 models (both men and women) walked the extra-long runway ...
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The new Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks are gorgeous. They are Peter Philips’ first collection of Chanel lipsticks for the house since he was appointed Global Creative Director in 2008. The ...
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The amazing Alasdair Mclellan ** shoot in Chinese Vogue is out on newsstands, and the pictures are gorgeous. Anastasia Barbieri styled it, and the inspiration was Romy Schneider in the ...
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Kicking off the New Year in lash-tastic style, this is my latest favourite mascara. I have to be honest and say mascara is the one product I am reeeeally disloyal ...
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It’s not very often that there’s something new under the makeup sun, something completely innovative and imaginative. Most new product ranges are re-workings of things that already exist, with a ...
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I know that everyone is still feeling dozy and sedated after lots of food (well, I certainly am), but as the year starts to get going again, let me tell ...
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Apologies for the silence over Christmas from MM HQ, but due to a French mother-in-law carbohydrate-induced coma, if it hasn’t been edible I haven’t been interested. (In fact, I’ve ingested ...
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Oooh, I’m having a NARS moment again! I have had times in the past when I have been OBSESSED with Monsieur Nars’ delightful range of cosmetics, and I do mean ...
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Look what I found today – check out this dude. It’s a tiny duofibre brush for blending eyes (and concealer or foundation, if it so tickled your fancy). This is ...
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It’s that time of year again, when it’s time to start thinking about loved ones and what they would like for Christmas. And given that the holiday season can be ...
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It’s not because I’m an Aussie that I’m partial to this lovely line made by an Australian makeup artist, Rebecca Morrice Williams – no, it takes an awful lot more ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano It was a big night on the red carpet last night for the world premiere of the new blockbuster musical Nine, starring Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, ...
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I shouldn’t really call the amazing photographer and artist Lee Miller a “Current Obsession” as she’s been an obsession of mine for years. Born in 1907 in New York and ...
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A while ago, I posted about the new pale trend – skin like milk that looks touched by moonlight. Certainly with the release of the latest film in the Twilight ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Base – Chanel Vitalumiere in 30 Chanel Bronze Universal used around the edges of the face, subtly across the nose and chin in the same way ...
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We had a lovely day in the studio yesterday shooting the ultimate range of beauty products for Grazia’s Beauty Awards. After judging the Beauty Awards, makeup artist Kay Montano was ...
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This is a big call. I mean, how do you choose the best of something that is so specific, and so personal? After all, it is supposed to replicate the ...
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This is a rescue gloss, sort of like a rescue dog only pinker, not as fluffy and definitely shiner (odds are on for who is cuter though). Rescue products in ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano It was chaos yesterday at Harrods department store in London as Claudia Schiffer launched Alberta Ferretti’s signature fragrance. Claudia is having quite the renaissance lately fronting ...
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If you’re minted (like Paris), or just want a quick cheap guilty pleasure (like Perez), this section covers both ends of the shopping spectrum. I haven’t been this impressed with ...
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This time of year one’s mind starts turning to all things cosy and wintry, so it’s time for a snuggle-fest on the Mole Patrol. Crack out that duvet, whip up ...
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Last night was the champagne fueled and much anticipated launch of makeup artist Alex Box’s amazing new book, The Makeup Artist, with photographer Rankin. At the Annroy gallery in North ...
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MakeupMole has been incredibly fortunate to have been granted a rare interview from world-famous perfumer and makeup artist, Serge Lutens. After more than forty years in the beauty business he ...
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Makeup by Kay Montano Recently Kay did Cheryl Cole's makeup for the cover of ELLE magazine, and the look was cool and fashion forward whilst bringing out Cheryl's natural beauty ...
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Kay Montano was in Madrid last weekend helping Rachel Weisz promote her new movie, Agora, and this is what she used for the premiere. Base - Chanel Vitalumiere in Clair ...
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Oh how it pains me to write a negative review about Chantecaille - there are so many great products in their lovely, plant based botanical range – but this ain’t ...
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I have to admit to being a bit of a sucker for organic skincare - I like the advantages it has over its chemical counterparts and the general organic ethos ...
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I decided at MM HQ that it is time to pay homage to the greatest makeup artists of all time, the ones that have paved the way for makeup artists ...
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Base – Chanel Vitalumiere foundation in 20 Clair Powder – Jurlique Lavender Powder on T-zone Blush – Chanel Mystery blush Eyes – Chanel Ambre eye pencil smudged around eyes Chanel ...
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Our final report of the week comes from Richard Nicholl’s show – predictably another standout show from the Aussie designer. The makeup from Sam Bryant’s team was either a wash ...
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Niamh Kavanagh was on Miranda Joyce’s team yesterday, for TopShop Unique, where the inspiration for the show was none other than Pamela Anderson, who is rapidly gaining a living icon ...
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The breakdowns continue! Niamh Kavanagh was on Charlotte Tilbury’s team yesterday afternoon for the Jenny Packham show, where the reference was grunge muse, Courtney Love. This season MAC seem to ...
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The look for John Rocha was very antique dolls – Sam Bryant’s team on makeup, and Sam Hillerby on hair. Base – MAC Face and Body in C1, to make ...
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So the madness begins! London Fashion Week has kicked off again and I can guarantee that right at this moment hundreds of hairdryers are being used, lips are getting stained ...
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Anyone who’s been following my Twitter feeds this past week or so, knows that I’m crazy about my new Züca bag, and today I’m going to tell you why. Carting ...
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I’m re-posting this makeup breakdown Kay Montano did for Lady Gaga’s Hello Kitty shoot a few weeks ago, as the pictures have now been released. Shot by celebrated photographers Marcus ...
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There’s a new diva in town, and she’s one classy broad. She’s the deepest, most perfect, devilish red, she’s like Louboutins for your lips – pop her on, and the ...
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Chanel Vendetta nail polish Superstar manicurist Sophy Robson put me on to this one, and it is indeed a winner. Deep, shimmering sparkles in a purple black base are making ...
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Here at Makeup Mole it’s usually all about the makeup – makeup, makeup and more makeup, and when we’re done, for dessert? A healthy slathering of makeup! But I have ...
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It started as a murmur at the last Fashion Week – not a bronzer in sight, instead either natural skin tomes or slightly paler, bones highlighted with judicious use of ...
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The lovely Kay Montano was on a press junket for Keira Knightley last week, and this is the look she created for her. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of ...
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Recently I’ve had to radically downsize my kit, as you know what? My body doesn’t love me carrying my bodyweight in makeup to and from work every day. So I’ve ...
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I’m quite a recent convert to liquid concealers, and the Estee Lauder Double Wear is the reason for the change. Normally I’m a die-hard cream concealer fan, but this gives ...
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In my ongoing quest to discover the ultimate waterproof mascara I did a raid on Walmart yesterday. It was a smash and grab affair of L’Oreal, Maybelline and Revlon, (and ...
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Cover Girl Volume Exact in Black The fact that I’ve been kicking back and tanning, swimming in the pool and sipping frozen margaritas, you could be forgiven for thinking I’m ...
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At Makeup Mole HQ we’re always looking for the best of everything – let’s face it, life is too short to deal with poor pigmentation, nasty and outdated color selections ...
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“Penny Lane, you’re in my heart and on my cheeks…” Indeed you are, you cheeky perfect lilac nude-y creamy flush you! I have to confess I forgot about you for ...
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Regular readers of MakeupMole might have noticed I’m not big on glosses at the moment. That’s not to say I haven’t been partial to them in the past – oh ...
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Yesterday we were shooting French Vogue on a common in South London with the unbelievably gorgeous and iconic (in all senses of the word) Claudia Schiffer. The look of the ...
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“Gaga art directs everything! She is a stream of ideas and suggested I paint Japanese cartoon style eyes on her eyelids which added a surreal edge to what would otherwise ...
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Marion Newman is one of the best manicurists in the world, with more Vogue covers to her name than any other nail artist. In addition to her extraordinary roster of ...
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Or “Tranny powder”, as I like to call it, but unless you’re Jodie Harsh you probably shouldn’t follow in my footsteps. When it’s as hot as London has been this ...
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Last week working on British Vogue I met the beautiful Senegalese model, Kinee Diouf, and she showed me her top foundation pick for  black skin – Make Up For Ever ...
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Selfridges, Oxford Street, London The genius makeup artist Alex Box is doing her first master class for her eponymous line, the wonderful Illamasqua, at Selfridges on Friday July 3rd (6-8 ...
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Oh how I love me some beige – lipstick that is. And it was all over the runways again this season, although most makeup artists used concealer and lip balm ...
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Mineral makeup, mineral makeup – it’s everywhere, and it’s being sold to consumers as the be-all and end-all of your skin and foundation woes. You would have to have been ...
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This is officially my favourite eyeshadow set at the moment, and it’s been in my kit so long that it’s the old enamel blue and black stripes (and that’s old! ...
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Get the steel band going and pour me some Jamaican rum, ‘cause I’m feeling like a dreadlock holiday… Well it’s more like Sainsbury’s in Putney, but when I dab on ...
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Prepare to be dazzled by a revolutionary new polish coming out from Marian Newman Nails in the near future – it’s matte and it’s nude but the finish is completely ...
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How many of my Makeup Molettes have bought a cream eyeshadow expecting it to be amazing and got it home, smeared it on, and it’s just well…not? I’m constantly mystified ...
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This week's video is Kay Montano demonstrating how to do the makeup she did on Thandie Newton for the premiere of W. It's a great video for learning how to ...
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Marian Newman is one of the world’s top manicurists – her work can be regularly seen in major campaigns like Dior and Lancome, and she is officially the manicurist with ...
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When the weather warms up in a capital city like New York or London, there’s lots to think about – like am I going to asphyxiate under someone’s armpit on ...
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Can I be really honest? I had misgivings about this line when I first heard about it – the fact that Charlotte Tilbury, one of the world’s biggest makeup artists ...
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We are lucky enough to have a makeup breakdown for the original belle of the Met ball, Selma Blair, actress and muse for designer Marc Jacobs. Skincare Bobbi Brown Vitamin ...
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Oh how do I love thee, let me count the ways:  1.    Your fat, squidgy brush snuggles against my lashline and oh so gently follows the curve of the lashes ...
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Yes, it’s back. How do I know that it’s really back and not some Alzheimeresque glitch in the brains of oldsters like myself who were around for this travesty the ...
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When your first job was a Face cover with Ray Petri, legendary creator of the Buffalo style, and you’re only 16 and you’ve never done a makeup job before, well ...
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Super-cool manicurist Sophy Robson, manicurist to the stars, is the lady responsible for the gorgeous red shiny nails that Kate Moss was sporting recently with her futuristic Balmain dress. The ...
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If you’re minted (like Paris) or just need a cheap guilty little pleasure (like Perez), this section covers both ends of the shopping spectrum.  For this week’s lovely luxury versus ...
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Without being all melodramatic, I don’t think I could function at work without this cleanser. It’s kind of a cult secret amongst makeup artists, so I hope I’m not going ...
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Total excitement, we have our first celebrity beauty breakdowns! This is what Kay Montano used on the lovely actresses Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike on a shoot recently for a ...
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Major makeup artist Alex Box demonstrates how to do smoky eyes the Illamasqua way ...
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It was hard to choose which brand to look at first in an in-depth way because there are so many great ones, but I have chosen Illamasqua a)because it’s new, ...
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Whilst I hate to kick a brand when it’s down (as of last week Stila was just brought back from the brink of receivership by a private equity firm who ...
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Oooh, baby, where do I start? Honestly these are the best thing to pass your lips since chocolate was invented, and if you’re a lippie spastic (come on, be honest, ...
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Today we have the first in a series of  "How-To" Makeup videos by über-makeup artist Kay Montano. This one is all about creating flawless skin, whether you were born that way ...
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This was an excellent question asked after my last post on smoky eyes, and I thought I’d do a whole post on it, as eyeliner is a key and very ...
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How perfect is this little one-stop-shop nugget of shimmery grey goodness? It really is everything you need for the perfect smoky eye – it has a deep charcoal/black which is ...
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Concealer is a key, key product in my kit, because if your skin doesn’t look good, you don’t look good. Quite frankly I could live without foundation, but if you ...
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Well the plan on holidays was that I’d test lots of waterproof makeup, but given that I didn’t swim due to the unheated-ness of our villa’s swimming pool, it was ...
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With the Paris shows having recently finished, it’s time for the Fall ’09 runway Beauty rundown.  If there was one strong theme that strode off the catwalks this season just ...
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I just can’t get enough of this American series set in an ad agency in New York, in 1960. From the enigmatic title character Donald Draper and the complex, interwoven ...
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Growing up in Sydney, Australia in the 70’s and 80’s was like living in a big glamour deprivation tank. It was the land of acid wash stretch jeans and scrunchies, ...
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It was a sad, sad day when I found out that Scott Barnes Cosmetics was no more. This was such a great range, one of my all time faves across ...
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No really. Why is this little red bullet of perfection so good? I love it for its dense matte color, and the perfect blend of orange and blue so that ...
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  I flat out hate this mascara (and that's not a word I use lightly). It has a brush that looks like it escaped from 1985, and it performs so ...
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Oh such an old favourite. I have had these in my kit since God was a boy, and used it on practically every client who needed some eyebrow help (and ...
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If you’re minted (like Paris), or just need a guilty, cheap little pleasure (like Perez) this section covers both ends of the shopping spectrum. If I have to slather a ...
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A few years ago, I would have laughed if you had told me there was a better lip balm than Kiehl’s lip balm. I loved it so much I would ...
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