New Beauty Breakdown! Nicole Kidman in Cannes

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 all week, looking after her regular clients, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence. And in my hot sticky paws today, I have breakdowns.

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

Nicole Kidman, Cannes Film Festival

Here’s what Kay used:

Foundation: MyFace MyMix foundation in F2

Powder: Jurlique Rose Powder

Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole

Eyes:

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

Lashes

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

Brows: Eyeko Eyebrow Gel

Lips: Bobbi Brown Pink Lily Creamy Matte Lipcolour

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

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

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

Cannes Festival Pass

New beauty Breakdown! New York Fashion Week – Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013

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 artists they consistently delight with amazing interpretations of the key trends that women will be wearing in the coming months, and making it look polished, effortless and cool. No easy task considering the drama of working backstage before a show!

One of the stand out shows for me this season has been Oscar de la Renta, lead by Gucci Westman for Revlon, where she is Global Creative director. Ever since she has been at the helm I’ve watched Revlon as a brand blossom into an increasing array of covetable, beautiful new products and shades that are also affordable, something that in the current economic times we can all appreciate! I keep Revlon products in my kit and also use them on myself, which I think is a great test of their adaptability.

On to the look at ODLR! This season there were not one but four distinct makeup looks. Gucci Westman said:

“Each of the four looks represents a different type of girl: gypsy, sophisticate, urban chic and East Asian jet setter.  The one common thread is purity.  I created a look that hLog Outighlights the innate beauty of the face from the eyes to the lip to clear, shiny skin.”

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOKS

LOOK 1
Dark Eyes (Gypsy) 

Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Chocoliscious, $21.95
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Red Velvet, $21.95 (on cheek)
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage, $25.95 (on cheek)

EYES:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City (for lids), $21.95
  • Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, $23.95
  • Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Black, $23.95
  • Revlon Limited Edition Eye Shadow Palette in Midnight Express from the Autumn/Winter ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $19.95 (Available May)

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage, $25.95
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore, $17.95

LOOK 2
Bright Lips (Urban Chic)

Gucci Westma makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Crème Blush in Flushed, $26.95

EYES:

  • Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Attitude, $25.95

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in It Girl, $9.99

 LOOK 3
Bold Red Lip (East Asian Jet Setter)

Gucci Westman makeup for Revlon

FACE:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, $9.99

EYES:

  • Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet, $23.95
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $23.95

LIPS: (depending on model)

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Trendsetter, $25.95
  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Finale, 25.95
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, $21.95
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherry Blossom, $21.95 (Available April)

LOOK 4
Nude Shine (Sophisticate)

Gucci Westman makeup for Revlon

 FACE:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, $9.99

EYES:

  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $23.95

LIPS:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Nude, $22.95
  • Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre, $21.95

 

 

 

New Beauty Breakdown! Jennifer Lawrence and her BAFTA makeup

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 awesome London hairdresser, Johnnie Sapong, was Jennifer’s glam squad at the BAFTAS this week.
Kay has done a detailed breakdown of what she used on Jennifer on her website, Her post is so gorgeous (with lots of details about blending and how-to), that I thought I would send you straight to her fabulous website to read it. Here’s the link:

New Beauty Breakdown! Salma Hayek at the British Fashion Awards

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 the Year. Her go-to red carpet makeup artist is Kay Montano, who sent me the following breakdown of what she used. I love Salma in that hot pink lip!

Face

  • Nuance foundation in Medium-Deep Warm.
  • Ben Nye under eye concealer in Mellow Orange Medium.
  • Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder brushed onto the T Zone.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder to accentuate cheekbones.
  • Bare Minerals HotRocks Blusher at M+S Your Beauty.

Eyes

  • Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shell lightly brushed over entire lid.
  • Chanel Brown Eye Pencil smudged into a cat shape from inner to beyond
  • outer corner followed by a fine line of Autograph Ultimate Wear Gel
  • Eyeliner.
  • Black Magic Mascara by Eyeko
  • Diego Dalla Palma Colour Eyebrow Fixer from M+S Your Beauty.

Lips

  • Diego Dalla Palma lipstick in Baby Pink

Salma Hayek Nuance

New Beauty Breakdown! Emily Blunt at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards

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 was none other than MM favourite, Florrie White. Here’s the breakdown of what she used for the soft yet glamorous look:

“Emily Blunt was wearing a dramatic floor length warm orange Alexander McQueen dress with a bejewelled halter neck, and she wanted to keep the make-up simple yet beautiful to work with the dress. So I created a warm make-over focusing on the warmth of the skin and enhancing her beautiful eyes.

She had just come off set from the new action film she is starring in with Tom Cruise where she is playing a very physical part. I cleansed her skin with Decleor Cleansing water and then soothed it with Decleor Life Radiance. Her lips were quenched with Dr. Lipp balm for lips. I then applied Givenchy Acti-Mine primer in Mango over her cheekbones and temples. Over this I evened out her skin tone with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long Wear foundation, mixing shades 30/40. I then banished any shadows under her eyes with Bobbi Brown Eye Brightener and a little more Bobbi Brown concealer around her nose.

For her eyes I applied Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey in the inner corner of her eyes, sweeping it across the top lid, up into the crease. I then applied Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade in Rose Quartz mid way across the crease, blending it out to far edges of her eyelid. I also applied this shade over the top lashes, blending it out. I swept Chantecaille’s Rose Gold over the top of the lashline creating a smudged out line giving definition to the eye, I also blended it softly under the lower lashline. I enhanced this soft line by applying Mac Twinks with a very fine slanted brush into the lashline. Eyelashes were curled then accentuated with Stila Forever Your Curl mascara.

Using a large bronzer brush I swept Shiseido Bronzer in 2 from the apples of her cheekbones up to her temples, then dusting over her nose and lightly down over her chin. I also brought this warmth from the bronzer over her forehead and into her hairline creating a really warm glow.

I lined her lips with Revlon lipliner in Nude and then applied Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Beige Darling. The look was set with Sisley Pressed Powder in Transparent Matte.”