In My Makeup Kit: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

model with strong blush makeup

 

So there’s a new blush in town and it’s gorgeous, bright and perfectly pigmented. It’s the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushes, and I discovered them on a job recently with makeup artist Florrie White, who is the Clinique UK Colour Artist.

Clinique has always been dear to my heart as it was the first brand that I really fell in love with, and even had a slight obsession with (obsessive about makeup, me? Never!) I loved their mint green packaging, their hypo-allergenic ethos (in a time before every second person had an allergy to something, so they were well ahead of their time) and their iconic 3 Step skincare system.

Florrie kindly showed me all the new Clinique products that have just launched, and are just about to launch, and let me tell you, there are some crackers that I am very keen to get in my kit. But the one I loved the most is the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush. It’s a powder blush that comes in great, super flattering colours, but it has a finish almost like a cream as it’s so finely milled.

I’ve been finding I’ve been using a lot of cream blushes recently as I don’t like it when it looks like blush and sits on the skin. Clinique Cheek Pop solves this as you need hardly any on your brush to get the right, natural looking density of colour. It’s almost fool-proof.  And because it’s a powder, not a cream, you get a lot more longevity from it. It also has great shades for dark skin tones. I have (and love) the pink one, Pink Pop, and I’m planning on getting more.

Since blush is coming back in a big way (once we can all be done with this ridiculous contouring trend), I feel my blush bag might be needing some love in the near future. Stay tuned for more adventures in Blush Land.*

*not a real place

Clinique Cheek Pop blush

Right Now: Changing of the Guard

It’s the beginning of a new year, which can only mean one thing – you thought I was going to say “Detox Time” or “New Year New You” or some such, didn’t you? No – it means new cosmetics contracts for some of my favourite makeup artists! It’s always good to see some new blood coming into the brands – different artists bring different perspectives and create more products for us to love in the coming year. I don’t know about you but my kit could do with a few new colours and formulas.

Andrew Gallimore is the new UK Brand Ambassador for NARS

Andrew Gallimore

I was thrilled to see that London makeup artist, Andrew Gallimore, has just signed a contract with NARS and will be their UK Makeup Artist Ambassador. Andrew is an extraordinary makeup artist (his new makeup book with Rankin came out a month or so ago, and it really is incredible).

I was lucky enough to assist him in London for awhile and he’s not only a fabulous artist, he’s just an all round bloody lovely guy. Funny, charming, very calm and one of the most creative makeup artists I know, so I was always thrilled to assist him – you never knew what the day would bring!

And I think we all know by now how I feel about NARS – always a staple in my kit it has consistently amazing colours and is constantly innovating new concepts and formulas. Whether you want to do a totally tonal nude-on-nude makeup or a full-on Studio 54 extravaganza, NARS can take you there.

 

Lisa Eldridge is the Creative Director at Lancôme

Lisa Eldridge

Starting the new year off with a bang, lovely London makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has been signed by Lancôme as the their new Creative Director. With previous contracts at No 7 and Chanel under her belt and a global audience of fans who adore her weekly YouTube tutorials, Lisa is a great choice for Lancôme.

Lancôme first started their “celebrity’ makeup artist Creative Directors with Gucci Westman a few years ago, (she’s now at Revlon), followed by the wonderful Aaron de Mey (now Creative Director at Sephora). Given I’ve been loving some of the new Lancôme products I’ve been using recently (Flash Bronzer and the Rouge in Love lipsticks, anyone?), I can’t wait to see what Lisa and Lancôme come up with.

Florrie White – UK Colour Artist for Clinique

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This happened late last year but with all the kerfuffle with my house move I didn’t get time to tell you. Florrie is another fantastic artist I used to assist in London and her polished, perfect editorial has to be seen to be believed.

As well as being a Vogue regular she’s been working more and more of late with celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung and on the global press film circuit with Rosamund Pike and Emily Blunt. (In fact, she just did Rosamund Pike’s makeup at this week’s BAFTA Awards in London). She’ll be a wonderful brand ambassador for Clinique as Florrie has an instinctive understanding of what makes a woman look beautiful, and a cool London sensibility honed by many years in the fashion trenches.

Clinique is probably the first brand I got massively into as a teenager – that 3-step system! – and I almost overdosed on their mint green and silver packaging back in the day. I’m still a regular user of their Airbrush Concealer, the Glossy mascara, and I love their lipsticks and blushes. The colours are flattering and wearable and their new Chubby Stick range is amazing.

So keep an eye on these brands – they’ll probably be the next ones with things you covet for your kit.

From the Front Lines – Celebrity Makeup Artist Florrie White for NUDE Skincare

Florrie White for Nude Skincare

I was very excited to hear that one of my favourite makeup artists (and mentors), Florrie White, is now NUDE Skincare’s brand ambassador. Florrie is an amazing makeup artist and has quite the celebrity clientele, working regularly with Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emily Blunt, Rose Byrne and Kate Bosworth – how’s that for a cool crowd of clients?

She has magical hands and would always choose exactly the right blend of skincare to address what her client’s skin required, unfailingly achieving a beautiful, hydrated skin as a base for her lovely makeup. I’m not surprised she is now working with NUDE as they are a wonderful luxury organic skincare brand, and perfect for Florrie’s effortless, cool aesthetic.

Nowadays it feels like every week there is a new “organic” or “natural” skincare range being released as people increasingly are becoming aware of the toxic nature of many products which we put everyday onto our biggest organ, our skin. But as NUDE started back in 2007, they were one of the first to market in this area. Synthesising all natural ingredients to create truly luxurious and effective skincare (and the packaging to match) wasn’t easy, but founder Brian Meehan insisted that they get it exactly right. Cult products from the range include the Perfect Cleansing Oil and the Radiant Day Moisturiser.

I can’t wait to see more of Florrie and NUDE Skincare!

www.nudeskincare.com

New Beauty Breakdown! Emily Blunt at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards

Emily Blunt, Harper’s Bazaar, Woman of the Year

Makeup by Florrie White

English actress Emily Blunt looked spectacular on the red carpet last week at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards in London. Her makeup artist was none other than MM favourite, Florrie White. Here’s the breakdown of what she used for the soft yet glamorous look:

“Emily Blunt was wearing a dramatic floor length warm orange Alexander McQueen dress with a bejewelled halter neck, and she wanted to keep the make-up simple yet beautiful to work with the dress. So I created a warm make-over focusing on the warmth of the skin and enhancing her beautiful eyes.

She had just come off set from the new action film she is starring in with Tom Cruise where she is playing a very physical part. I cleansed her skin with Decleor Cleansing water and then soothed it with Decleor Life Radiance. Her lips were quenched with Dr. Lipp balm for lips. I then applied Givenchy Acti-Mine primer in Mango over her cheekbones and temples. Over this I evened out her skin tone with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long Wear foundation, mixing shades 30/40. I then banished any shadows under her eyes with Bobbi Brown Eye Brightener and a little more Bobbi Brown concealer around her nose.

For her eyes I applied Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey in the inner corner of her eyes, sweeping it across the top lid, up into the crease. I then applied Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade in Rose Quartz mid way across the crease, blending it out to far edges of her eyelid. I also applied this shade over the top lashes, blending it out. I swept Chantecaille’s Rose Gold over the top of the lashline creating a smudged out line giving definition to the eye, I also blended it softly under the lower lashline. I enhanced this soft line by applying Mac Twinks with a very fine slanted brush into the lashline. Eyelashes were curled then accentuated with Stila Forever Your Curl mascara.

Using a large bronzer brush I swept Shiseido Bronzer in 2 from the apples of her cheekbones up to her temples, then dusting over her nose and lightly down over her chin. I also brought this warmth from the bronzer over her forehead and into her hairline creating a really warm glow.

I lined her lips with Revlon lipliner in Nude and then applied Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Beige Darling. The look was set with Sisley Pressed Powder in Transparent Matte.”

New Beauty Breakdown: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – The Collector’s Issue, The Sunday Times

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Style Magazine
Makeup by Florrie White at D+V Management
All make up and skin care by Sisley Cosmetics

This weekend the 10 year anniversary of the Sunday Times Style came out, and there are a number of anniversary covers. I worked on the Eva Herzigova cover with Kay Montano when I was in London in April (what a day that was!), and there’s another fab cover with Burberry model Jourdan Dunn (makeup by Thomas de Kluyver). But when I saw the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cover which is just full-on, old-skool mega-glam supermodel, I had to know what her regular makeup artist Florrie White used. Here’s what Florrie told me:

“We were on day three of shooting the Autograph collection and Rosie’s lingerie campaign for Marks and Spencer’s, and we had an hour and a half to change the hair and make-up, style Rosie and take the shots. This is when working on shows really comes into play, fast working with products you trust. It obviously also helped that Rosie is a supermodel and highly professional.

To start the base for the complexion I applied Sisley Radiant Immediate Lift which really evens out the skin and I added extra sheen with the Instant Perfect on the high cheek bones, down the nose and on her lips for hydration and as a holding base for the lipstick.

I wanted to create a really porcelain base which would showcase Rosie’s gorgeous features. So I applied Eye Concealer 1 in the inner corners of her eyes, banishing any shadows from there, and around her nose. I applied a very fine amount of Phyto Teint Éclat in Porcelain and Vanilla to finish perfecting her complexion.

I enhanced the shape of Rosie’s brow by just filling in the natural shape with Phyto Sourcil perfect in Blond, then brushing the product through the brows so they are just accentuated, and not heavily filled in. I love the brows to be swept up.

For the eyes I started with the Sisley eyeshadow in Vanilla 1 in the inner corner of her eyes, top and bottom, then sweeping and blending it out and over the top lid. I applied and blended Sorbet 2 up from the inner top lid and into the crease. I then created a definition from the inner socket of the eyelid, over the crease of the lid with Mango 20. I find this really accentuates the lash line. I then used Toffee 7 over the top lid, really getting into the lash line and up to the socket. I then blended and winged it out, subtly, following Rosie’s natural contours. I left the lower lid clear for once! This was Rosie’s suggestion. She knows what suits her best and I embrace and devour advice from these professionals. Eyelashes curled then lengthened with Phyto Mascara in Ultrastretch, and then thickened with Ultra Volume mascara.

I accentuated Rosie’s contours with Sisley Touch in Golden Touch and Copper Touch in the middle of her cheekbones, blended upwards to create a warm glow on the cheeks.

La pièce de resistance, Rosie’s lips! I lined her perfect pout with Phyto Levres Perfect in Ruby, then filled them in with the same pencil. I then coated this base with Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L30. This created really luscious and high shine lips.

Make up was set with Phyto Teint Éclat Compacte then Rosie went off to sizzle on set.”