Best Bronzers

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 feel like you’re on a yacht, in a bikini drinking white wine whilst a man with a fake French accent narrates your every move, you’ve come to the right post.

It’s that time of year when panicky unwrapping of winter white limbs ensues – legs that look like cheese sticks suddenly need to look like Victoria’s Secret Angel legs, toned, and lithe and, well, toasty brown. Faces need to look similarly sunkissed (but totally natural, bien sûr).

Enter my favourite products to give you a honey sun-kissed visage – without the sun damage.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel – this is never, NEVER out of my kit. It’s a cream bronzer with a very slight iridescence that adds shape to the face and when gently buffed on the cheeks and forehead (wherever the sun would hit) adds the prefect amount of radiant tan. It only comes in one colour, which weirdly (but thankfully!) looks great on almost all but the darkest skin tones. It’s perfect for livening up winter pallid skin, or topping up a burgeoning (or fading) tan.

NARS Laguna Bronzer – Probably my favourite powder bronzer of all time, there is a reason why this one is a modern classic. It’s the perfect shade of golden bronze, with a bit of shimmer. It’s not too red, and not too grey. It’s good on fair to medium skintones.

NARS Casino Bronzer – As above, but this is perfect for medium to deep skin tones

YSL Terre Saharienne in 3 – This is my absolute fave for dark skin tones as it adds warmth to the face but looks totally natural. I used this on a gorgeous Jamaican model last week (who had incredible deep black skin) and this added a touch of warmth without looking ashy.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder – I love this range of pressed powders (that come in a range of shades) for boys and kids as it looks totally natural and has no shimmer. It’s also good for the red carpet for a perfectly subtle contour. (note – not Kontour)

So if you want the sunkiss without the sun damage, it’s all to be found at the makeup counter. You can bask without the bake factor! Yacht and voice over man come separately.

Right Now: Hair by Sam McKnight Exhibition, Somerset House

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, why would January 1st be any different?), I do love the bright and shiny possibilities of a new year. Especially because in many ways 2016 was a tough year. Not for me personally but for the planet as a whole, so I think pretty much everyone was happy to say sayonara to 2016.

So now that it’s January, I decided to go and seek some fashion inspiration in the art galleries and museums which London has so many of.  My favourite exhibition at the moment is hairdresser Sam McKnight’s gorgeous new exhibition, Hair, which I hadn’t had time to get to before Christmas when it opened. It’s at Somerset House until March 12th 2017.

Sam is a seriously amazing hairdresser – I would say one of my top 3 hairdressers of all time. His career spans 40 years and he’s done everyone from the Princess of Wales to Madonna and Lady Gaga. He was instrumental to the rise of the supermodels in the 90’s, working with them literally every day for years, and responsible for more Vogue covers than any other hairdresser, 190 (!) to date. Yes, he’s THAT good.

So to see a retrospective of his work was just a treat – all the way back from when he was doing Honey magazine and working at the Molton Brown salon, through his hair transformations of Linda Evangelista (yes, that was Sam), and on to today where he does all the Chanel shows and a constant flow of gorgeous editorial every month.

His work is so meticulous and so perfect, yet always looks effortless. His exhibition is also a wonderful retrospective of the last 40 years of fashion. Start your new year with some fashion inspiration and check out Hair.

Sam McKnight’s Hair exhibition runs until the 12th of March, 2017.
https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/hair-sam-mcknight

Gisele by Sam McKnight
Gisele, hair by Sam McKnight, photography © Alexei Hay

Foundation 4 Change Beauty Sale This Weekend 10th December 2016

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 when they became very distressed seeing the plight of the refugees in Calais, and decided they wanted to do something about it.

Knowing how much makeup and skin and hair products get given to makeup artists, hairdressers and beauty journalists all the time, and that we can’t use it all, they came up with the idea of having a massive sale of these unwanted beauty products.

They did a call-out to all their contacts in London and many people donated unused, new in boxes and very slightly tested products to last year’s sale, which raised over £8,500. This was all given to the charity Help Refugees UK http://www.helprefugees.org.uk

I was really touched when I first came across Foundation 4 Change through a makeup friend of mine, as especially this year I have really felt that so much of the world has turned its back on the refugees and what is a huge global humanitarian crisis. Knowing I had boxes of unused PR products from my time as a beauty editor, I was more than happy to finally send them to a good home where they will be used and enjoyed, and at the same time help with a cause that I feel is so important.

This year they’ve had an even bigger response than last year and are expecting many more people to come to the sale. So if you a) like makeup products b) like to do the right thing for refugees, come on down to:

Foundation for Change Beauty Sale
Date: 10th December
Time: 12-6pm
Address: Unit 6, 203-213 Mare Street London E8 3QE
£3 door charge – Cash Only.

There will also be raffle prizes on the night including a hair and make-up hamper worth£500. All products sold will be half price or less.

Foundation 4 Change

Right Now: Mastered – Nails with Marian Newman

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 so it was such a treat to see her name on the call sheet!).

Marian has had more Vogue covers than any other nail artist in the world (over 50 so far) and regularly does shows for Givenchy, McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, amongst many, many others. She’s also worked with lots of celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman, so there’s a reason why she’s known as “the Supermanicurist” and has been asked to create the latest Mastered course.

Mastered.com is kind of genius actually. It’s a series of online courses with the top fashion creatives in the world. It started with Val Garland’s makeup course, then Nick Knight did one for photographers, and hair maestro Sam McKnight did a hair one. Now it’s Marian Newman’s turn for nails.

I’ve worked on some shoots for the photography course both in London and Sydney, and know many, many people who’ve done the makeup, hair and photography courses. Most people say it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done as it teaches you to deal with briefs and pushes your creativity beyond your normal boundaries, taking your work to levels it’s never been before.

It’s about being taught how to get to the top of session work, by someone who has actually done it. Only 400 people globally will be accepted into Marian’s nail course, and Marian told me so far she has been blown away by the incredible talent that has been coming through from the applications.

The program is entirely online and there are online video tutorials filmed by Marian and also other top nail techs to give you all the inside info that it takes years of assisting and working in the fashion trenches to figure out. Then after the 12 week course, there are lots of other opportunities to reach out to others in your industry to get your own ball rolling.  There’s community forums and feedback, and every week there is a new challenge, where winners of the challenges get their work seen by people actually working in fashion.

I warn you though, it’s NOT for you if you want to learn how to do nails. There is a basic requirement that you already know that, that you’re already working as a manicurist but you want to get to the next level in your career. It will help explain the nuts and bolts of actually getting your dream career working in fashion and with celebrities, which I can tell you right now is not something you can easily find out on your own. You could even up working backstage at the shows on Marian’s team!

The course starts on the 12th of April and I know there aren’t many places left, so if you want to apply, you’d better get registered.

www.mastered.com/programs/nails-industry-mastered

Marian Newman's Nail Course

Right Now: BECCA Cosmetics is now available on Cult Beauty!

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 much Wine Time and cracked out the credit card for some late night internet beauty therapy?)

I’ve been a big fan of BECCA Cosmetics since they started right when I was starting my makeup career – in fact, they sponsored the first show I ever did, and were VERY generous with product, so I had a great selection of all their foundations and concealers for years in my kit. Since those days they’ve gone from strength to strength yet always remaining true to their brand DNA of gorgeous natural textures and being inclusive of all skin tones, plus their foundations never feel cakey or heavy and make the skin look amazing.

Recently they’ve launched some new products that I’m keen to try – the Ultimate Coverage Concealing Cream looks pretty great, as does the beach Tint Shimmer Souffle (I can actually hear my bank account begging for mercy).

So if you like to look like you, only much, much prettier, hop over to Cult Beauty (credit card and wine are optional).

Becca