Beauty Breakdown – Keira Knightley by Kay Montano

Keira Knightley - Makeup by Kay MontanoThe 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 the makeup that she did as it was meeting the press and not an actual photo shoot, but the photo I have included was makeup Kay did for Keira for a Chanel event in Paris earlier this year. Enjoy!

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere in Cendre 30  (Keira has a tan at the moment, so this is darker than she would normally use on her)

Powder – Chanel Translucent Loose Powder in 20 brushed onto T-zone


  • Chanel Eye Pencil in Ambre smudged into lashes
  • Chanel Exceptionnel mascara in black

Blush – Chanel Tea Rose blush

Lips – Chanel Rouge Hydrabase lipstick in Red Dream blotted on as a stain

From the Front Lines – Claudia Schiffer for French Vogue

Claudia Schiffer In Red Lips in her Supermodel HeydayYesterday 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 day was red lips, and makeup artist Kay Montano gave Claudia carte blanche to choose her own red, as one of the few genuine supermodels she definitely knows which red suits her best. Her pick? NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (a MakeupMole fave!) Also key to the look was beautiful skin and a curled lash, to keep the look modern and minimal.

Keep an eye out for the Alasdair Mclellan story in September French Vogue.

Beauty Breakdown – Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shoot By Kay Montano

Lady Gaga

“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 have been a cutesie look.”

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere in No. 20 Clair

Powder – Chanel Traslucent powder to create the perfect base

Eyes – Make Up For Ever Flash Colors 12 color box of crème makeup to paint exaggerated green Japanese eyes on her eyelids, with MAC Prep+Prime to set

Eyeliner – Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

Mascara – Chanel Exceptionnel mascara in black

Lashes – 2 sets of MAC eyelashes, 1 on the browbone to create false top lash

Lips – Chanel Coco Pink lipstick (US exclusive), then silver (Fardel silver powder mixed with water), then painted the Cupid’s bow in Chanel New York red for the final shot of her on a Masonic throne wearing an overflowing regal gown made of Hello Kitty dolls!

True Gaga style.

NB The Make Up For Ever Flash case was also used by Kay on her iconic Mario Testino portrait of Kate Moss, featured on the cover of Mario Testino’s book, Portraits.

Beauty Breakdown – Selma Blair at the 2009 Met Ball

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.

Selma Blair at the 2009 Met Ball in New York
Selma Blair at the 2009 Met Ball in New York

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to create a youthful glow

Chanel Vitalumiere in 30, Cendre

Chanel Estompe Eclat Concealer in 30

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder on T-zone only

Chanel Powder Blush in Be-Bop


  • Smudge Chanel Eye Pencil in Black into upper eyelashes to create added depth
  • Chanel Smoky Eyes over entire eye area, creating ‘half-moon’ contour in sockets with the darker shade, and a soft, undefined smokiness underneath with a lighter grey
  • Finish eyes with a line of Ecriture De Chanel on root of upper lashes and ending with slight outward ‘tick’ at each outer corner
  • Finally lashings of Black Exceptionnel Mascara


Wanted to keep Selma’s ‘underground’ chic so plumped them up slightly with Bobbi Browm Blush lipliner and MAC Clear Lipglass

Makeup by Kay Montano

Beauty Breakdown: Rosamund Pike & Toni Collette

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 new Chanel sponsored coffee table book.

Rosamund PikeRosamund Pike

Foundation – Chanel Vitalumiere in Clair 20
Concealer – Chanel Eclat Lumiere concealer in Beige Clair 20
Powder – Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder (just in T-zone)
Blush – Chanel Joues Contrast Blush in Rose Dust

  • Chanel L’Ombre d’Eau in 60 (glistening taupe, on lid)
  • Chanel le Crayon Kohl in Ambre (a deep brown on lashline, smudged into the lashlines with a finger)
  • Chanel Magic Night eyeshadow (a deep plum, over the crayon khol, at the lashline)
  • Chanel Smoky Eyes quad grey (blended on socket line)
  • Chanel Ecriture de Chanel in black, nestled right along the lash lines and subtly winging upwards


Mascara – Chanel Exceptionnel mascara in Smoky Black, and lots of it!
Lips – Nude Skincare lipbalm on lips

Toni ColletteToni Collette

Foundation – Chanel Vitalumiere in 30 Cendre (as Toni is quite tan at the moment)
Concealer – a mix of Bobbi Brown Eye Brightener in 3 and Clinique Airbrush in Medium.
Powder – Laura Mercier Loose Translucent powder brushed on T-zone. Blush – Chanel Orchid Rose Blush.

  • Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Ambre (brown) applied and smudged into and around top lashes followed by a subtle, wide smudge of Bronze Chanel eye pencil underneath.
  • Ecriture De Chanel liquid eyeliner subtly applied on the root of the upper lashes.

Mascara – Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara in Black.
Lips – Bobbi Brown Blush lip pencil smudged in with Suvana Paw Paw & Honey lip balm.

NB The pictures of Toni and Rosamund are simply press pictures and NOT examples of the makeup that Kay created for each of them. To see that, you’ll have to wait until the new Chanel book comes out!