Now that summer is drawing to a close (and I spent an indecently decadent summer holiday lounging pool-side in the South of France), it’s time to start thinking about la rentrée (which is what the French call the return to school and work in September).
I’m thinking of clothes for the cooler months and also makeup looks that can work from Fall to winter and into the Christmas season which will be on us before you know it. So this season Burberry’s makeup look went off-piste – over to the glitter side, to be exact. With glam-rock influences, Burberry Beauty Creative Consultant (and mega makeup artist) Wendy Rowe added some sparkle and shine to a traditional smoky eye.
Long time MM readers will know that I love Burberry makeup, AND I love glitter so this particular new iteration of the Burberry Beauty brand was always going to be right up my alley.
I know beauty blogs don’t generally have extracts from kid’s TV shows (but if you wanted a regular beauty blog you wouldn’t be reading MakeupMole!)
I absolutely love this super-cute video of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o speaking to Sesame Street’s Elmo about skin. What skin’s purpose is, and how important it is to love the skin you’re in. Such an important message and one I have been thinking about often since arriving back in London. In London the model scene has expanded exponentially in the time I was away – so many new agencies and exciting new faces, and I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few in my chair recently.
From the palest Irish boys with milky skin and wind-chapped cheeks, to the delightfully freckled and naturally red-afro’d model Coral Kwayie at Nevs Models – she is half Ghanian and half Scottish, hence that amazing colouring – there are so many incredible faces here from all around the world.
Recently I’ve loved doing beauty shoots with girls with skin like honeyed amber, and fashion shoots with boys with the darkest, most beautiful skin. We all don’t look the same, thank God, and now fashion seems to be finally embracing this. The makeup companies are also following suit, introducing deeper and more inclusive shade ranges of their foundations and concealers for all skin tones. From Clinique and Lancôme to L’Oréal and Sleek at the drugstore, darker skin and mixed race skin tones are finally getting a lot more choices at the makeup counter. My favourite go-to brands that cover all skin tones (and have done for years), are Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, Becca and NARS.
Lupita and Elmo – what a combo, and what a message. Beauty via Sesame Street. Who knew?
I think we all know I’m quite partial to a good supermodel at MM HQ, especially the real 90’s originals like Cindy, Tatjana, Eva, Karen Alexander, Nadja and Helena. I love this BTS video of master photographer Peter Lindbergh’s new shoot for Vogue Italia with them, simply titled “The Reunion”.
These are women now turning 50 who are still extraordinarily beautiful physically, and have a light in their eyes and a presence that only a life well lived can give you. I love that you can still see the texture of their skin and they haven’t had their character and every wrinkle retouched away. They’re supposed to look like women, not girls. More supermodels please.
With the NY shows about to kick off today it seemed fitting to post this great video of the Queen of All Things Catwalk, Pat McGrath, and the launch of her new 8 piece makeup collection (which came out in December, but I had other fish to fry then). Called Pat’s Diner, the launch was held at a Brooklyn Diner and then jammed full of models, celebs, all round club kids and Insta-girls and boys, and Pat and her team let the makeup fly.
I’m loving the trend for fuller makeup at the moment (although no, this does NOT include extra contouring), but bright lips, bright eyes, all at once and at any time has made makeup more fun than it’s been in years. Pat’s latest makeup offering, Phantom 002 (following on from Gold 001) are deeply pigmented eyeshadows in fuchsia, cobalt, gold, cranberry and black, plus 3 brushes.
Now I just can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on this season’s shows…
With the merry-go-round of the international shows starting in New York again yesterday, it seemed fitting to have a look at fashion shows past – check out this video I found of Cindy Crawford from her 90’s TV show, MTV’s House of Style (the greatest thing EVER for those with a love of fashion history and/or supermodels).
It’s from the 1991 Giorgio di Sant’Angelo show with all the supers, and what struck me is THEY DID THEIR OWN MAKEUP. It’s quite amazing seeing the biggest models in the world, at the time and arguably ever, and they’re just cracking on with their own makeup and body moisturiser. Different times indeed.