This is my favourite moisturizer du jour. It’s the perfect weight for trans-seasonal times like this, and it has a heavenly scent – hard to describe but it’s like a cross between citrus and sunshine, in a jar. That means it’s like a little slice of holidays in your kit, and makes both you and clients feel (briefly) like you’re on a tropical island, instead of a windowless studio in London.
It contains shea butter and feels hydrating but is oil-free, so the skin feels plump and juicy and ready for makeup application, but never greasy. I love this all over as a hydrating base or it’s also nice as a sheen on cheekbones. I’ve even been known to use it on lids for a soft non-shimmery highlight which is beautiful when photographed.
I do love the Bobbi Brown range. I find it such a simple, no-nonsense incredibly comprehensive brand that works both for makeup artists and also for real life. I’m always recommending the Bobbi Brown foundation and concealers to clients as the range is very inclusive for all skin tones (from Icelandic models to Somalian beauties), and the staff are also very well trained. So you won’t find yourself walking in for a concealer and coming out with a 12 step contouring kit that looks like a blueprint of the Hadron Collider that you’d need a degree in engineering to figure it out. Just the right makeup for you, and your skin tone. Bobbi has always stuck to her guns and produced consistently flattering makeup that just works, and she’s always in my kit.
This is how this moisturiser makes you feel – like you’re on holiday! Daria Werbowy giving some island vibes in US Vogue, 2004. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, makeup by Gucci Westman.
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’m ALWAYS testing out new mascaras, constantly searching for that new favourite that outperforms all the rest. After a few duds (namely Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Lash – not a fan, and Lancôme’s Grandiôse, which quickly became Lancôme Crunchy Lash, although I did love it to start off with) I have finally hit the jackpot with MAC’s Haute and Naughty mascara.
This one has been around for awhile, and I’d heard around the makeup traps that it was great. I just hadn’t got around to trying it (so many mascaras, so little time!) but now that I have, I’m hooked.
Why is it so amazing? It has not one but two fabulous brushes, so you have a brush for the upper AND lower lashes. It also dispenses just the right amount of product so you get full lashes very rapidly without a complete overload of mascara. When you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for blotches or fiddling around combing out the lashes, this is the one to reach for.
The large main brush gives you fluttery, full volumised lashes in a couple of strokes, but the piece de resistance is the small brush, hidden in the cap. This allows you to coat all the lower lashes from root to tip with the utmost precision. Years ago I used to have a Maybelline one called Lash Discovery for the lower lashes but I’ve not seen that anywhere for ages, so I’m pretty happy to have MAC Haute and Naughty as a replacement. So if you like lashes that can go from basic to bombshell in two seconds, this is the mascara for you!
We had such a lovely team to shoot main fashion for the South China Morning Post’s magazine, Destination Macau. It was all floaty, dreamy dresses and sheeny skin with a glossy eye. Our gorgeous German model Isabelle Sauer made for a very easy day at work for me as she had heavenly skin and moved like a dream. This was the shoot I fell back in love with Gucci as their collection was just so beautiful – dresses with swans, yes please!
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?