My work – Pixie Lott for Fault Magazine

Pixie Lott - Fault Magazine - Makeup by Christabel Draffin

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing Pixie Lott for the cover of Fault magazine in London. Pixie has just released her new single, Baby, which is her first new single for three years.

It was a lovely job as Pixie not only has a dream face for makeup but is super nice, and very warm and relaxed.

I used quite a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s range on Pixie – I really love it for red carpet and celebrity (as well as private clients) as it just works. Quite often time is short with celebrities and you need products that are quick and easy to use and make them look amazing in the shortest time possible.

Pixie has beautiful skin so I just used Chanel Vitalumiere foundation on her with a damp sponge, and a bit of Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in areas that needed more coverage.

She has amazing brows so I just filled in where needed with MAC Lingering pencil (always a classic!) On her eyes I wanted a rock n’ roll smoky eye with some colour to give it some edge and also to work with the red background that the photographer, Rossella Vanon had chosen. I used MAC Embark eyeshadow in the crease to create some depth and then a mix of Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette (a golden oyster champagne colour) with Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Veruschka, which is an incredible complex grey-taupe shade with some green to it, which was lovely on her eye colour.

I used MAC Smolder eye pencil all around her eyes, as well as NARS Filibuste black shadow stick on the outer corners, topped with MAC Carbon eyeshadow. Kat Von D black liquid liner and MAC Haute and Naughty mascara finished the look.

On her cheeks I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow as well as MAC Fleur Power blush. Lips were lined with Charlotte Tilbury’s Iconic Nude lipliner and finished with Charlotte Tilbury’s Nude Kate lipstick which I have to say was the loveliest, easiest nude lip ever!

Photographer – Rossella Vanon
Stylist – Rachel Gold
Hairdresser – Enzo Volpe
Manicurist – Georgia Hart
Shot at Huddle Studios

Right Now: Thandie and Kay’s ‘Honest Beauty’ series

Thandie Newton and Kay Montano

I’m loving this exclusive new beauty series on Net-a-Porter’s The Edit from celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano and gorgeous actress Thandie Newton. Since Sunday was International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate it than with a couple of the coolest feminists I know?

Net-a-Porter is obviously the most gorgeous fashion site on the internet, and The Edit is their online weekly fashion magazine. (Can we also please talk about the ridiculously amazing Porter magazine for a moment? It’s currently the most beautiful fashion magazine in the world, to my mind. It’s the only magazine I buy in hard physical form anymore, as all my regular subscriptions I now buy on the iPad. My bookshelves are positively groaning under the weight of ancient Numeros and Paris Vogues, and there came a time when I had to go digital. Possibly the time when my husband said he would divorce me if he had to move five massive bookshelves full of magazines again? It might have been around then.) There’s just something about Porter magazine – every shoot and every page is consistently so beautiful that I just can’t resist it. But I digress!

Kay Montano and Thandie Newton are not only close friends, they have worked together for many years and Kay has been responsible for many of Thandie’s greatest makeup hits on the red carpet over the years. Thandie is no slouch in the makeup department when left Kay-less however, busting out a gorgeous prune smoky eye on her own for the Oscars a couple of weeks ago. So between them, what they don’t know about makeup basically isn’t worth knowing. They have made a new series of films for Net-a Porter’s The Edit to demystify and reveal the truth about creating beauty perfection.

From assisting Kay I know both of them well enough to say that I can’t think of two better women to empower you through makeup – brilliantly intelligent, erudite, funny, and they really do believe in female empowerment, whether it’s through makeup or loftier ways.

Since they know as much about concealer as Stephen Hawking knows about particle acceleration (although not sure how they’d feel about being called ‘The Stephen Hawkings of makeup’?) they can seriously teach you a thing or two. Plus it’s a great excuse to log onto Net-a-Porter’s beauty section and see what’s new. You know you’re always going to find some tasty beauty treats when they have brands like Hourglass, Chantecaille, RMS Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Ellis Faas and now Illamasqua on their beauty roster.


You must also check out Thandie and Kay’s brilliant blog, Thandiekay.com. This week’s post is a look at the current increase in diversity on the catwalk and the best beauty read I’ve had in awhile.

Video: Scarlett Johansson BTS for Dolce and Gabbana’s Perfect Mono Eyecolour campaign

Scarlett Johansson

Oh ScarJo – she really must be the sexiest woman alive, no? I mean she looks like THAT, and her voice is enough to make you follow her anywhere, to the circus, to war… to the Dolce and Gabbana counter to look at their new creamy eye colours! I love all these creamy eye colours that are coming out from Chanel and Tom Ford and Armani, and now D&G – they’re such a quick, easy option for a smoky eye. I never leave home (well for work, anyway – I sometimes leave home without them) with my Chanel Ombre d’Illusions. So I’m curious to see what Dolce and Gabbana’s are like.

Anyway in the meantime feast yourself on Scarlett’s voluptuous take on Marilyn. (And Pat McGrath on makeup).

From the Front Lines: Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

Jessica Lange Marc Jacobs

This isn’t the post I was going to run today, but I was so pleased when I saw not one but TWO amazing actresses who are older than 25 get major cosmetics contracts last week, I thought a post was in order.

I am all about inclusive beauty. Beauty should be age-less, gender-less, race-less and open to everyone, regardless of your body shape, height, or sexual preference. For a long time there has been a major focus on beauty being the province of the young and finally it feels like the pendulum is swinging the other way, to recognize the beauty in wisdom and older women. It’s wonderful to see major brands recognizing that we as consumers can relate to older models, and how powerful for women in general (and particularly young women and girls) to see that as you age you don’t need to be consigned to the beauty scrapheap.

Charlotte Rampling (I’ll say that again CHARLOTTE RAMPLING!!! Who has to be one of the coolest actresses ever. Hello Night Porter, Georgy Girl, Stardust Memories, plus those incredible photos she took with Helmut Newton, where do I start?) has been signed to NARS as their new face and will be photographed by Francois Nars later this year for the 20th anniversary campaign. She was voted by Vogue as the World’s Sexiest Woman in 1974, and in 2014 she’s still going strong.

(At this point I have to interject and tell you that one of my main claims to fame is that I sold Charlotte Rampling a pair of clapsticks. My first job as a teenager was working in Sydney at an Aboriginal Art Gallery and she bought some clapsticks, an Aboriginal musical instrument, from me one day. There. It’s not every day you sell Charlotte Rampling a pair of clapsticks – I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who can lay claim to that).

 And now Jessica Lange, also one of my favourite actresses, has been signed by Marc Jacobs Beauty as their new face for their upcoming campaign. You can’t really argue with her icon status either – discovered by famed illustrator Antonio Lopez, roommates with Jerry Hall and Grace Jones in the 70’s before going on as an actress to garner not one but TWO Oscars, two Emmy’s and five Golden Globes. All That Jazz, the Postman Always Rings Twice, Tootsie and Raging Bull are just some of the films she’s starred in.

In other inclusive beauty news, just last month Sheryl Sandberg (yes, the Facebook Sheryl Sandberg), has struck a deal with Getty Images to provide alternative and more realistic images of women. No more of those stupid women smiling whilst eating salad pictures! Or at least a whole lot less. I don’t know about you but I’d rather see women doing interesting things like actually exercising, or creating things or, you know, WORKING, rather than looking thrilled to be on a diet. Surely the suffragettes fought for us so we could do more than diet and aspire to look like Kim Kardashian.

If you like the idea of inclusive beauty in fashion, also check out the wonderful English initiative, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. Started by Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and English model Erin O’ Connor, it is an initiative working with the global fashion industry to expand upon the imagery it is creating to mirror a more realistic range of women in age, size, race and appearance than currently on offer. http://www.allwalks.org

It’s time the beauty and photography industries started to realize that beauty (and women) comes in all sorts of shapes, colours, sizes and ages. At last it feels like they’re listening!

Video: Kate Moss’ Wedding – Rock and Roll Great Gatsby

Kate Moss will always be dear to my heart as I have essentially grown up with her. I remember being at the newsagent when her iconic The Face cover, shot by Corinne Day came out and being mesmerised by her, she felt like such a fresh new burst of energy into the unattainably glamorous world of the supermodels. I worked with her assisting Kay Montano on a Bruce Weber shoot and I can, hand on heart, say she is the most superb model I have ever worked with – when Kate is working she is ON, with the most extraordinary presence and the ability to project that essential je ne sais quoi like no one else in the business.
And now she’s married! Can’t wait to get my mitts on the US September Vogue to see all the pics first hand. Until then these Vogue.com vids will have to suffice. Enjoy!