New Beauty Breakdown! – Autumn Beauty for Grazia Croatia

Apologies for the radio silence, work has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks so time at the computer has been in short supply. Because it’s one thing to be actually shooting, but there’s all the other bits of being a makeup artist that no one tells you when you’re studying how to actually BE a makeup artist. There’s the meetings with photographers, organising your portfolio, prepping your kit for different jobs (I hate carrying everything so I have different kits for different jobs – what I would take to a red carpet job is very different to what I’d take on a beauty shoot, to what I’d take on an ad job, and for fashion or beauty editorials it is literally the whole kit and caboodle! White body makeup? In it goes. Lime green handwoven lashes? Check. Day-glo orange eye makeup? You never know. Brow bleach? Chuck it in). So packing for different jobs can take awhile, not to mention if you’re involved with model selection, or putting together mood boards and looking for references for a shoot.

Plus you know, exercise and doing your washing and seeing family and friends occasionally. The actual putting makeup on people is the easy bit! So even though people think it’s all glamorous and you just turn up, put some lipstick on people and scoot home in a cab there’s a lot of extra stuff that goes into the job. Not that I don’t love nearly every minute of it! But it has meant that time is often in short supply and blogging has been on the backburner the last few weeks.

So apologies if I haven’t been posting as much, I am trying to work out how to get more time as I keep finding more makeup gems literally every week (Case in point – the Eyeko Eyleash Curler is literally the best eyelash curler I’ve tried!) I’ve been testing skincare, new foundations, and new mascaras so there’s definitely lots to tell you all. But first I thought I’d bring you a Beauty Breakdown (which we haven’t had in awhile) of a recent beauty Autumn story I had for Grazia Croatia, shot by Rossella Vanon.

Skin and Foundation

  • NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturiser
  • Chanel Vitalumiere foundation
  • MAC Translucent loose powder
  • NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer – Laguna

Look 1 – Brown Eyeliner

  • Eyes
    • NARS Eye Paint in Baalbek (warm brown)
    • NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley (at lash line)
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Cheeks
    • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
  • Lips
    • NARS Bolero and Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Pencils mixed

 

Look 2 – Pink Duo eye

  • Eyes
    • Chanel Ombre Première eyeshadow in Silver Pink
    • NARS Bengali eyeshadow on outer corners
    • NARS Dark Angel Shadow stick along lashline
    • NARS Audacious mascara
    • MAC Sushi Flower eyeshadow in crease
    • MAC Fuchsia pigment on inner eye corners
  • Lips
    • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner
    • MAC Clear Lipglass

 

Look 3 -Heather Eye and Pink Lips

  • Eyes
    • MAC Teddy eyeliner rimming the eye
    • NARS Duo eyeshadow in Habanera
    • NARS Duo eyeshadow in Marie Galante
  • Cheeks
    • She Uemura M Amber 82
  • Lips
    • NARS Manhunt lipstick as a stain

 

Look 4 – Berry Lips

  • Eyes
    • MAC Coffee eyeliner and Clear Lipglass
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Lips
    • NARS Damned Velvet Matte Pencil

 

Look 5 – Coffee eyes

  • Eyes
    • MAC Coffee eyeliner
    • NARS Dark Angel Eye Shadow stick
    • Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette cream eyeshadow on inner eye corners
    • Chanel Candeur et Experience Eyeshadow quad in crease
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Cheeks
    • NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer in Laguna and NARS Multiple in Lamu
    • NARS blush in Gina
  • Lips – NARS Fantasia lipliner and NARS Blonde Venus Sheer lipstick

 

Team Credits:

My work – Pixie Lott for Fault Magazine

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 her first new single for three years.

It was a lovely job as Pixie not only has a dream face for makeup but is super nice, and very warm and relaxed.

I used quite a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s range on Pixie – I really love it for red carpet and celebrity (as well as private clients) as it just works. Quite often time is short with celebrities and you need products that are quick and easy to use and make them look amazing in the shortest time possible.

Pixie has beautiful skin so I just used Chanel Vitalumiere foundation on her with a damp sponge, and a bit of Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in areas that needed more coverage.

She has amazing brows so I just filled in where needed with MAC Lingering pencil (always a classic!) On her eyes I wanted a rock n’ roll smoky eye with some colour to give it some edge and also to work with the red background that the photographer, Rossella Vanon had chosen. I used MAC Embark eyeshadow in the crease to create some depth and then a mix of Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette (a golden oyster champagne colour) with Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Veruschka, which is an incredible complex grey-taupe shade with some green to it, which was lovely on her eye colour.

I used MAC Smolder eye pencil all around her eyes, as well as NARS Filibuste black shadow stick on the outer corners, topped with MAC Carbon eyeshadow. Kat Von D black liquid liner and MAC Haute and Naughty mascara finished the look.

On her cheeks I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow as well as MAC Fleur Power blush. Lips were lined with Charlotte Tilbury’s Iconic Nude lipliner and finished with Charlotte Tilbury’s Nude Kate lipstick which I have to say was the loveliest, easiest nude lip ever!

Photographer – Rossella Vanon
Stylist – Rachel Gold
Hairdresser – Enzo Volpe
Manicurist – Georgia Hart
Shot at Huddle Studios

New Beauty Breakdown! Burberry Prorsum A/W 2014

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 fabulous hairdresser Neil Moodie tweaking her look, but always sticking with the brand DNA.

This season I particularly liked though, as it’s inspired by the Bloomsbury literary and artistic movement of last century, and this is the type of eye I think is perfect for the cooler months. It’s a gorgeous mix of aubergine and taupey-mauve that works not only for the likes of Burberry girls like Edie Campbell, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, but also makes the eye colour of mere mortals pop. The sheer coverage foundation and light enhancing luminsers makes even average civilian skins look good. Here’s the Burberry Beauty products Wendy Rowe used:

Face

  • Fresh Glow in Nude Radiance and Golden Radiance
  • Sheer concealer
  • Sheer Powder

Blush

  • Light Glow Blush in Earthy no 7

Eyes

  • Complete Eye Palette in Nude Blush
  • Effortless Kohl in Stone 03
  • Effortless Mascara in Midnight Black

Lips

  • Lip Cover in Tulip Pink No 27

www.burberry.com

New Beauty Breakdown! Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014

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 there be anything more beautiful?

The redoubtable Karl Lagerfeld has done it again at the Chanel Haute Couture show last week, creating a dazzling collection that culminated in Cara Delevigne as the bride, wearing trainers. Which sounds like so many shades of wrong until you see it, when you realise it captures fashion’s current mood perfectly.

And the makeup! Peter Philips has done it again with a simple, ethereal gorgeous makeup featuring a silver glitter liner under the eye. Here’s the Chanel products he used:

COMPLEXION

  • Perfection Lumiere Velvet New Foundation Collection (available in April)
  • Eclat Lumiere concealer
  • Poudre Universelle Libre

THE EYES

  • Ligne Graphique de Chanel “Noir-Noir” (N°10)
  • Le Crayon Khol “Clair” (N°69)
  • Mascara Volume de Chanel “Black” (N°10)
  • Eyelash Curler de Chanel
  • Crayon Sourcils
  • Le Sourcil de Chanel

THE CHEEKS

  • Blush Joues Contraste “Espiègle” (N°65)

 THE LIPS

  • Rouge Coco Shine “Satisfaction” (N°89) – (from the “Variation” Collection available March)

THE NAILS

  • Le Vernis “Frisson” (N°543)

PS If you want to get your paws on that silver glitter, MAC do a fabulous range of glitters, or a theatrical makeup store should be able to help you find something just as gorgeous. I like Screenface, Charles Fox or Guru Makeup when I’m in London, or in Sydney you could try my favourite makeup artist store, Scotty’s Makeup on Broadway.

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

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 in Cannes at the premiere of the new Hunger Games film, Catching Fire. How gorgeous is this lipstick colour?

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

Foundation:

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

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

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

Eyes:

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

Lips: Autograph Chubby Lip & Cheek in 98 Pink Geranium