Trends: Supernatural

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 effective if you are a model. For the rest of us, natural makeup can take a bit more work. GREAT Supernatural makeup means having the right colours to emphasise your features, highlighting in the right places and delicious looking skin with soft sweet lips, like Mother Nature just likes you very, very much. This can take some work.

Here’s some of the products I am currently loving to create Natural, but the Super version of it.

Skincare – High on my rotation list at the moment is Aesop’s Parsley Seed Antioxidant Hydrator. It’s a light facial moisturizing fluid that’s perfect for the hotter weather as it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. The Parsley Seed range is my favourite Aesop line – I have yet to find a dud product in it and my only complaint is that my husband keeps stealing mine.

I’m also loving the Australian natural skincare range called Jojoba. The Hydrating Day cream gives the most beautiful, natural base for makeup, and it uses 100% natural Australian jojoba as a base for all its beautiful range of products. I particularly like it as it’s natural, (no parabens, chemicals or SLS, so for sensitive types like myself, it’s perfect). And it feels bloody amazing, that I can tell you. (

Obviously being supernaturally beautiful means perfect skin. This can take more than just a quick coat of foundation. Tinted moisturiser, like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser, Estee Lauder’s Nutritious or Chanel’s new Vitalumiere Aqua makeup would all be good choices. Darker skin tones, as ever, should head to Becca or Bobbi Brown for the best dark toned foundations and concealers.

Brows are key for a good natural look. If your brows already have a good shape, just brush them through with a spooly brush and groom them with a brow gel (MAC and Illamasqua both make good clear brow gels). If your brows need a bit of help, I’m currently favouring brow pencils again. Sax Cosmetics (available at chemists in Australia) have an AWESOME brow pencil that is one of my top products at the moment. It has a spooly brush on the end and the colour I’m personally using is 09 Medium Brown. Nothing else has been touching my brows since I got it, and let me tell you, my brows are scary left to their own devices. Shu Uemura’s Seal Brown Hard pencil is also a great all-purpose one that seems to suit pretty much everyone.

Blush is key to this look as you want to look healthy and vibrant without a powdery finish, so I always go for a cream blush. Favourite options would be Becca Cream Blushes, Stila Convertible Colours and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges. Head to a counter and try a few on – the one that disappears into your skin and makes you look like you’re in love – well that’s your guy, right there.

Lashes need to be curled, and LIGHTLY mascaraed, so put away those heavy volumizing mascaras that everyone is so enamoured of at the moment. May I suggest Max Factor’s Lash Extension Effect mascara, for your perusal? You could go black, or brown for the ultimate natural lash.

Highlighters again depend on skintone, and Becca and Benefit both do gorgeous ranges of highlighting liquids that will keep you looking beautifully irradiated (not in a nuclear reactor way). Go easy on the luminisers if you’re going to be in full sun though, that angelic glow at home can turn into sunglass-needing high beam glitter ball in no time flat in harsh sunlight. Then you’ll look like you’ve been trying waaaay too hard.

Eyeshadow is optional. Darker skins may want to add a sheen to the eyes with something shiny like Elizabeth Arden’s classic 8 Hour Cream, or a touch or Burberry’s delicious Midnight Brown eyeshadow. Fairer skins may want a gentle dusting of Burberry’s Almond in the crease (just FYI – Burberry do the BEST range of natural makeup around. If you really do want to look like you but better, you can’t go wrong with Burberry Beauty. I thought I couldn’t possibly need any more neutral eyeshadows or earthy blushes, but it turns out I was very wrong.) On a recent au naturale shoot I gave Burberry’s shadows a big work-out and I can attest to their being the ultimate for natural gorgeousness.

Lips are also key as they need to look totally undone but utterly divine, with just the right flush of colour. I love the Revlon Just Bitten lip stains for this. A genius lip stain with a lip balm on the other end, they go on without drying and don’t need retouching for hours.

I decided to try these when I had private clients who needed a long lasting but non-drying base for their lips, as I wouldn’t be there to retouch. The colours look like natural lips, and are a great base for more lip colour (if you were planning to do more of a lip. Which you wouldn’t, as that’s not SUPERNATURAL.) My favourite Just Bitten colours are Victorian and Passion.

I also love the Revlon Lip Butters for this look (which I’ve blogged about before). Any colour of these that’s right for you will do as they are all sweet little nothings, like a whisper on your lips. So just what Mother Nature intended, but on some days maybe she forgets.

Current Trend – Jelly Lips

Rouge Coco Shine

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 by the world’s most prolific makeup artist, Pat McGrath, who was asked during the last show season to name her top trends. Jelly Lips was one of them, and I have to say I’m hopping on her bandwagon for this.

I think Jelly Lips perfectly reflects a woman’s ideal lip right now – juicy, shiny without being too glossy, making your lips delectable and kissable like little flowers drenched with dew. What your lips look like in your fantasies basically.

Jelly Lips are softly tinted and beautifully hydrated, not at all the scary gloss finish of the early Noughties when a passing breeze would shellac your hair into your (plentifully applied) MAC Lipglassed or Lancome Juicy Tubed lips like a fly in amber, whipping sticky shiny hair strands across your cheeks. (Which was possibly not the sexy effect you were going for).

Jelly Lips is a look that’s created with a new type of lipstick that a few of the cosmetics houses are now doing – it’s basically a cross between lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick. They aren’t too sticky, nor too drying and they use super reflective pigments to give EXACTYLY the amount of sheen you want. It’s the perfect lip for summer as it’s so easy, and its best complement is glowing skin – especially with a lovely (faux) tan. They’re even great for the beach as you can just toss them in your bag and go.

And for real life, let’s be honest – these new lipsticks work a hell of a lot more easily than a lip balm, lipstick and gloss. I don’t know about you but when I’m racing out the door with my son’s homework under one arm and my makeup kit under the other, the last thing I’m worrying about is getting my lips pristine with three different products. These new hybrid lipsticks mean you can throw them in your bag and go – you don’t even need a mirror to touch up.

Some of my favourite Jelly Lips products are:

Dior Addict High-Shine lipstick – quite sheer colour-wise but gives the beautiful finish you would expect from Dior. It has a huge range of shades and has a lip plumping effect as well.

Estee Lauder – Pure Colour Gloss Sticks – these are some of the most pigmented options giving a soft burst of colour with a bit less sheen than others. I love Honey Pink for a slick of gorgeous coral.

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters – Part of the new makeup that Revlon has been bringing out, these are gorgeous and don’t in any way feel budget, although they are a lot cheaper than the prestige options. They have hydrating mango, coconut and shea butters to boost lip moisture. They come in a wide range of colours and give long lasting and hydrating wear. My picks are Strawberry Shortcake and Cherry Tart.

Clinique Almost Lipstick – the original and still one of the best. Invented way back in the 90’s Clinique were so far ahead of the curve on these easy, super sheer lip tints. They have now re-launched the range with new shades and it’s one of the most comfortable ones to wear. My favourite is still the iconic Black Honey shade.

Crème de la crème – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine. I think these are perfection. I love the colours, pinky-grey Boy being my personal current lipstick – and the chicness of Chanel? Well with a lipstick like that there’s nothing to stop you touching up in public. In fact, it should be mandatory.

Perfect lips in an instant? Maybe you want to hop on my Jelly Lips bandwagon too.

Trend – I Want Candy

clinique chubby stick

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 and lasagne coma over the Easter Long weekend. And thus, I am emerging from my bunny hole ready to tell you about all my new inspirations from being in London. The trend I’m really into? Candy colours. Colour saturated hues like a riot in a macaron shop that makes me think of Ladurée gateaux on acid.

Think a 5 year old painting Easter eggs. Think Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York – pastel, saccharine shades that look good enough to eat, or to decorate a kindergarten. Sweet enough to hurt your teeth, the new sherbert bright shades are making me feel re-invigorated to shop for makeup again. For inspiration, I used Sofia Coppola’s beautiful interpretation of Marie Antoinette’s life in her film of the same name, with Bow Wow Wow’s I Want Candy to get you in the mood:


Here is what I love, and what I’ll be buying:

Illamasqua does colour like no bodies’ business, and this year is no exception with their Human Fundamentalism collection. I’m planning to hit their Beak St London store and snap up their Fundamental eye palette with its mint green, canary yellow, pop heather and ecru shadow shade to get this colour party started. Then I’ll add that to their divine cream pigments in Emerge (matte peach), Dab (lilac) and Bedaub (matte seafoam green) that are the basis of my pastel makeup kit.

Bourjois have me in a sugary spin with their Sweet Paris collection which is right up my alley this season. I particularly like their new Metallic Eyeliners, which come in lovely neutrals but also gorgeous blues and greens. They have a gorgeous nailpolish in pink, and an even lovelier one in violet. For blush I’ll be reaching for Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose Frisson no 54 (I’ve long been a fan of their tiny blushes as they come in pretty, wearable shades and give just the right wash of color, plus they are so light in your kit! Just like a sweet themselves.)

Chanel’s Collection Harmonie de Printemps has a gorgeous blush called Blush Horizon de Chanel with pinks and peaches in stripes that all blend together for a bit of deliciousness. I’ll also be needing the Chanel Single Eyeshadow in Tiger Lily (a burst of fizzy orange), Lip gloss in Bagatelle (yummy pink) and Rouge Coco lipstick in Paradis (pure pink).

Bobbi Brown has reformulated her Pot Rouges (always a perennial MM fave), and Calypso Coral is my pick to get your sweet side showing this Spring. Clinique has new Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Balms that are definitely heading for my handbag (I do love a hybrid lipstick/balm) – Chunky Cherry and Woppin’ Watermelon are my juicy shades of choice. In my kit for a ladylike lip finish will be Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Flirty Honey, a soft sheer pink that perfects and hydrates lips at the same time.

Lancome have new eyeshadow quartets , Les Yeux Doux and I’ll be reaching for the pinky version, Rose Romance. Christian Dior DiorShow Liner in Turquoise is a must-have on my makeup list as it’s a beautiful straight up turquoise, exactly what you want to take you into summer. Couple this with their new Swimming Pool eyeshadow quint that’s all turquoise, lilac and pale blue loveliness and you’ll have eyes like Dylan’s Candy Bar in no time.

NARS won’t be missing out on the colour-fest with their new Larger Than Life lipgloss getting the MM seal of approval, specifically hot pink Coeur Sucree. Gaiety blush from NARS – yet another blush you didn’t know you needed until you see it – is on my Must Haves list, as is Diamond Life, shimmering lilac nailpolish.

And floating on a sea of sugar, chocolate and sweetly vibrant shades I’ll be heading into Spring.

Trend: Pretty in Pink


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 a spot of pink is in the air, as October’s Paris Vogue features this divine pic of Arizona Muse looking, well, Pretty in Pink to say the least.

Maybe because it makes you fresh and amazing, even when you roll out of bed looking half-dead. Maybe because it suits everybody and we associate it with the bloom of youth, and flowers. Or maybe because it’s an excuse to post this video of a film I watched MANY times back in the 80’s, when we all wanted red hair and a pink wardrobe like Molly Ringwald:



So my picks for Best in Show. First let’s be clear, in all my years of makeup I’ve not had a pink moment before. So my pink stocks are low. Dangerously low. Worryingly low. Which I’m in the process of rectifying at the moment, but it’s taking a while. For some reason I’ve always got by without an extensive collection of pink lipsticks – I have a few and I just kind of cook stuff up out of my cream makeup or my pencils. But now I want flirty pinks, 60’s pinks, lady like pinks – hell, even scary nanna pinks can be great if you rock them with the right attitude (and wardrobe). So without further ado, here’s what I have been experimenting with in the pink department:

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipshine in Boy – Boy oh boy is all I can say. This one is going in my kit AND in my handbag as it’s the perfect little nothing mouth – insouciante but done at the same time. That ladylike polish you want from a lipstick when you don’t want to commit to full on colour. Now I know what the fuss about the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines is about. Sheeny, moisturizing, not pearly but gives your mouth a lift. It’s a grey-ish pink as opposed to a full on one, but I happen to love that (so there).

Chantecaille Powder Blush in Laughter. Chantecaille blushes are awesome and I’ve been meaning to blog about them for ages. This one is gorgeous as it has a gold shimmer in it, so the cheek area gets a very subtle iridescence (indisputably flattering). This has been in my personal makeup bag for awhile.

NARS Baby Doll Lip Lacquer – No one understands baby doll pink like NARS – this gloss in a pot has been around for over a decade yet it’s still as fresh and fabulous as when it was launched. Do use if you want your lips to look like sweet, shiny petals.

Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin – the latest addition to my Chanel wardrobe arsenal, and these make my job hard – as in hard to choose which ones to use. This is the perfect mauvey pink which is surprisingly flattering – and gorgeous for those with blue eyes. It’s quite a sophisticated pink so I think this might be my blush colour for Christmas parties (although I haven’t quite decided yet. I’ve penciled in some time to think about it over the weekend).

Chanel Poudre Tisee in Brompton Road, from the current Knightsbridge collection. Strawberry pink and shimmering pearl powder luminser, mm-hmm, oh no you DIDN’T. Oh yes Chanel did. Kay Montano sent me one from London but it’s too gorgeous to use. I can’t bear to ruin the sweet texture of it and those interlocking C’s. I may have to get drunk to do so. I don’t have to use it to know it’s divine. (Plus now with the magic of the internet I can see swatches from other bloggers and it is heaven in a compact).

Illamasqua Collide Nailpolish – One of the things I love most about Illamasqua is their hot nail colours, and a hot nail is a great look for the summer party season, which is just around the corner. This is an amazing shocking pink.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lipcolour in Dry Rose – This is one of my favourite lip colours of all time for your lips but better – it looks like nothing special in the tube but when it’s on, well you know about it. I’m a huge fan of Your Lips But Better (wow, I may trademark that) lip colours. Laura Mercier’s Baby Lips is another nice one.

Revlon Mock Snob Top Speed nail colour – my favourite colour of the season! Speaking of crazy nanna colours, this is just the one. It looks like a polish colour from 1963, a shrimp cocktail peachy pink that would look perfect poolside in a Frank Lloyd Wright home overlooking LA. Imagine Betty Draper in Season 4 of Mad Men (her nails, not the brittle vindictive crazy).

NARS Schiap lipstick – the best fuchsia around. Exactly the colour of Schiaparelli’s Shocking Pink – she invented it, don’t you know. I love this lipstick quite matte without gloss and a simple, elegant eye for tout le soirees de Noel.

But I’m still on the look out for more pink divinity – if you guys have any pink favourites, please comment below!

NARS and Chantecaille are available at Mecca Cosmetica in Australia and Space NK in the UK.

Trend: Days of Wine and Roses


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 crushing on other colours too – pinks and raspberries and fuchsias.

So I thought – let’s cover them all off in one big sangria drenched lip festival!

Wine Lips

From deep claret to almost black bordeauxs, and into chocolates and blackberries, I love a deep, opulent rich lip.

Favourite lipsticks for this are:

  • MAC Lipmixes – to mix up your favourite shade
  • Illamasqua Growl and Poison
  • NARS Velvet Matte Pencils in Damned and Cruella
  • NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 8
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour in Plum Couture

Pinks and Sangrias


A deep, bold claret lip is not always appropriate, let’s be real. Sometimes one wants a stain, or more of a juicier version. Lighter-bodied lipsticks include:

  • MyFace Strawberry Fields and Cherry Bomb
  • Chanel Ballet Russes
  • Clinique Black Honey (this has iconic status in Lip Lovers’ World)
  • MAC Plumful



This is my current hot colour preference for a statement lip – nothing says you got it goin’ on like a hot fuchsia. My current go-tos are:

  • Illamasqua Atomic
  • Tom Ford Perfect Pink
  • NARS Schiap

If you want to go for a glossy version of the above, a clear gloss would suffice (I’m a MAC lipglass in Clear fan myself) or you could punch up a wine lip with the following glosses:

  • MyFace Lip Pop Gloss in Crazy in Love
  • Bobbi Brown Rich Colour Lip Gloss in Pink Raspberry
  • NARS Hot Wired or Easy Lover for pinks
  • NARS Rose Birman for Wine

When wearing a strong lip, you can either dab the lipstick on with your fingers for a casual take on the look, or layer on at least two coats using a good lipbrush (I like the Shu Uemura Lip Brush). If you find you have an unsteady hand, a matching lipliner can be useful for giving a super precise, finished look.