New Beauty Breakdown! – Autumn Beauty for Grazia Croatia

Apologies for the radio silence, work has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks so time at the computer has been in short supply. Because it’s one thing to be actually shooting, but there’s all the other bits of being a makeup artist that no one tells you when you’re studying how to actually BE a makeup artist. There’s the meetings with photographers, organising your portfolio, prepping your kit for different jobs (I hate carrying everything so I have different kits for different jobs – what I would take to a red carpet job is very different to what I’d take on a beauty shoot, to what I’d take on an ad job, and for fashion or beauty editorials it is literally the whole kit and caboodle! White body makeup? In it goes. Lime green handwoven lashes? Check. Day-glo orange eye makeup? You never know. Brow bleach? Chuck it in). So packing for different jobs can take awhile, not to mention if you’re involved with model selection, or putting together mood boards and looking for references for a shoot.

Plus you know, exercise and doing your washing and seeing family and friends occasionally. The actual putting makeup on people is the easy bit! So even though people think it’s all glamorous and you just turn up, put some lipstick on people and scoot home in a cab there’s a lot of extra stuff that goes into the job. Not that I don’t love nearly every minute of it! But it has meant that time is often in short supply and blogging has been on the backburner the last few weeks.

So apologies if I haven’t been posting as much, I am trying to work out how to get more time as I keep finding more makeup gems literally every week (Case in point – the Eyeko Eyleash Curler is literally the best eyelash curler I’ve tried!) I’ve been testing skincare, new foundations, and new mascaras so there’s definitely lots to tell you all. But first I thought I’d bring you a Beauty Breakdown (which we haven’t had in awhile) of a recent beauty Autumn story I had for Grazia Croatia, shot by Rossella Vanon.

Skin and Foundation

  • NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturiser
  • Chanel Vitalumiere foundation
  • MAC Translucent loose powder
  • NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer – Laguna

Look 1 – Brown Eyeliner

  • Eyes
    • NARS Eye Paint in Baalbek (warm brown)
    • NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley (at lash line)
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Cheeks
    • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
  • Lips
    • NARS Bolero and Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Pencils mixed

 

Look 2 – Pink Duo eye

  • Eyes
    • Chanel Ombre Première eyeshadow in Silver Pink
    • NARS Bengali eyeshadow on outer corners
    • NARS Dark Angel Shadow stick along lashline
    • NARS Audacious mascara
    • MAC Sushi Flower eyeshadow in crease
    • MAC Fuchsia pigment on inner eye corners
  • Lips
    • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner
    • MAC Clear Lipglass

 

Look 3 -Heather Eye and Pink Lips

  • Eyes
    • MAC Teddy eyeliner rimming the eye
    • NARS Duo eyeshadow in Habanera
    • NARS Duo eyeshadow in Marie Galante
  • Cheeks
    • She Uemura M Amber 82
  • Lips
    • NARS Manhunt lipstick as a stain

 

Look 4 – Berry Lips

  • Eyes
    • MAC Coffee eyeliner and Clear Lipglass
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Lips
    • NARS Damned Velvet Matte Pencil

 

Look 5 – Coffee eyes

  • Eyes
    • MAC Coffee eyeliner
    • NARS Dark Angel Eye Shadow stick
    • Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette cream eyeshadow on inner eye corners
    • Chanel Candeur et Experience Eyeshadow quad in crease
    • NARS Audacious mascara
  • Cheeks
    • NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer in Laguna and NARS Multiple in Lamu
    • NARS blush in Gina
  • Lips – NARS Fantasia lipliner and NARS Blonde Venus Sheer lipstick

 

Team Credits:

Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black

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Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black is hands down the best black eyeliner I have ever tried. It has an amazing formula that glides on, that locks on and doesn’t move. It’s great for lining the waterline (lots of eyeliners don’t love the waterline, which is pretty annoying since, let’s face it, that’s often what you want to line!) I don’t want to be in the model’s face every five minutes poking around touching up her eyes.

It’s a really black eyeliner – dense and inky and dark as the #creepyclown hashtag on Instagram (be warned, that hashtag may give you nightmares). It’s sharp, it’s precise, and because it’s so black and budge proof, it just makes life so easy. This is key when you have to do a lot of looks or models in a day, or have to get someone ready for the red carpet fast. Plus it lasts. We all love things that perform exactly as advertised, and this is one of them.

I’ve been super impressed with everything I’ve tried from the Charlotte Tilbury line so far – the eyeshadows, the lipsticks, and the lip liners are heaven! So anything that makes it into my kit and then into my regular rotation at work is a winner in my book. I’ve been raving about it to clients and friends alike, so if you haven’t already done so, you should treat yo’self.

 

In My Makeup Kit: Tom Ford Eye Colour Quads

Tom Ford Color Quad

Can we just talk for a minute about how FREAKING amazing these eyeshadows are? Let’s. (This is a makeup blog after all).

I can’t fault these, I love everything about them. There are four generous eyeshadows in each compact, and each colour is gorgeous in it’s own right, as well as a beautiful mix together. The other thing I love is that they have a mix of shimmer and matte in each compact which is perfect as when building a beautiful eye, that’s exactly what you want – matte to create the architecture and the shape, and shimmer to make it all sizzle and pop.

The texture of the shimmer shadows is exceptional as well – they are very similar to the MyFace Blingtones (another MM fave, as long-time readers will know). The line was actually created in consultation with über-makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury who also consulted on the development of the MyFace line, so you can see her influence in the Tom Ford shadows.

On a side note, Charlotte is working on her own line at present which will be released in September. She has also got a fabulous new website with lots of videos and Tips and Tricks which you should definitely have a look at, www.charlottetilbury.com.

Here’s Charlotte using the Tom Ford Eyeshadow quads on lovely Laura Bailey.

And back to Tom Ford! The Silvered Topaz quad has been in heavy rotation in my kit for a smoky eye as it’s just gorgeous – subtle and dreamy and oh so flattering. Even though I have hundreds of shadows in my kit and in my Vault, I still feel that I need more of these delicious goodies. They are very soft, buttery smooth, with an impeccable colour selection – although be warned – the shimmery ones can create fallout, probably my only gripe.

The quads come in about 10 different and lovely combos, ranging from blues to purples to gorgeous burgundies and an amazing collection of browns and coppers. The hardest bit is choosing which one to buy next.

I also love the Tom Ford packaging as it’s super lightweight which is perfect for makeup artists. It’s all about what’s inside, not the packaging that counts!

Another winner from Mr Ford’s makeup line. You’ve got yourself a fan-girl, sir.

Tom Ford is available from David Jones in Australia, Neiman Marcus in the US and Selfridges in the UK.

Update on Tom Ford Beauty

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I’ve been doing a little beauty digging and I have found out that NOT ONLY will Mr Tom Ford be releasing a full makeup line in September, he has also co-opted the talents of major British makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, to assist with the development of the line. Charlotte works constantly with top photographers Mert and Marcus, does runway all over the world and countless British Vogue covers – so the long and the short of it is I can’t wait for September to see what this new line has to offer.

www.tomford.com

MakeupMole @ London Fashion Week – Jenny Packham show

Jenny Packham showThe breakdowns continue! Niamh Kavanagh was on Charlotte Tilbury’s team yesterday afternoon for the Jenny Packham show, where the reference was grunge muse, Courtney Love.

This season MAC seem to have dialed down their ubiquitous presence at the shows, however even without sponsorship it seems no catwalk look is complete without a healthy dose of MAC. It leaves the playing field wide open for other companies – like NARS, Lancome and Illamasqua to sponsor shows, as the PR that follows is great for brand exposure.

Courtney Love Beautiful Grunge look – Charlotte Tilbury

Base – Very pale, using MyFace Fair foundation and MyFace Pressed Powder in Fair (which Niamh tells me is amazing!) all over face, down neck and onto arms for a Seattle moon-glow.

Eyes – Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Smoky Black along the upper lash line, with no blending, and no winging at the outer corners.

MyFace Black mascara on top lashes, and slightly on lower lashes

MAC Clear Gloss all over top lid, up to the browbone, with a bit of the Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Smoky Black liner mixed in with it, to create a shiny grey wash.

Lips – MAC Brick lip liner all over entire lip, then a mixture of MAC Ruby Woo lipstick and MAC Black Lipmix was dabbed on top of this to create a burgundy stain.