Beauty Breakdown – Thandie Newton for Virgin Shorts festival

Makeup by Kay Montano - Photographer Lorenzo Agius

How incredible does gorgeous actress Thandie Newton look in these pictures? It’s for the Virgin Shorts film competition which Thandie will soon be judging, and the brief was to recreate the drama of 1920’s silent screen actress Theda Bara.

Celebrity photographer Lorenzo Agius was behind the camera, and top hairdresser Neil Moodie was tending to her locks. As usual Kay Montano rocked it on the makeup front, and Thandie was her usual amazing self – how many movie stars will offer you a seat whilst you’re working? I can tell you now, not many – but there’s a reason why Thandie is one of my favourite stars. Here’s what Kay used to transform her into a Cecil B. DeMille era siren.

Base – Myface Mymix foundation in Med/Dark 01

Concealer – Becca concealer in Cappucino

Powder – Jurlique Translucent powder

Blush – No blush


  • MyFace Soulful Shades Eyeshadow trio in Midnight Hour (the black shadow) as a base, creating the distinctive shape
  • Chanel Eye Gloss quad in black over this, with a bit of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on top for extra shine (which is key to this look)
  • Eye rimmed with black Guyliner eye khol
  • Black Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Lips – Chanel Les Rouge Noirs Hysteria lipstick in a 1920’s bee stung shape

Beauty Breakdown: Rachel Weisz at South Bank Show Awards, London

Makeup by Kay Montano

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere foundation in Clair 20

Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3

Powder – Jurlique Lavender translucent loose powder brushed through T-zone

Blush – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Truffle


  • Chanel Teak pencil smudged on upper lashlines
  • Bobbi Brown Black Ink gel eyeliner
  • Max Factor Lash Extension Effect mascara


  • Chanel Rouge Coco in Ballet Russe as a stain
  • Bobbi Brown Hot Pink gloss

Beauty Breakdown – Claire Danes at the ‘Me & Orson Welles’ Movie Premiere, London

Claire Danes at the Me & Orson Welles Movie Premiere, London  Makeup by Kay MontanoMakeup by Kay Montano

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere in 30

Chanel Bronze Universal used around the edges of the face, subtly across the nose and chin in the same way the sun warms the skin

Blush – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink

Powder – Jurlique powder on T-zone

Eyes – Chanel eye liner in Teak on lash line around eyes and blended with a brush

– MyFace Blingtone single eyeshadow in Black Ice on lid

– Bobbi Brown Black gel eyeliner

Mascara – Chanel Black Exceptionnel mascara

Eyelure individual false lashes on outer corners

Lips – Bobbi Brown Blush lip liner, with MAC Lip Erase in Pale and Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Ming 76.

Beauty Breakdown – Rachel Weisz at Agora premiere, Madrid.

Rachel WeiszKay Montano was in Madrid last weekend helping Rachel Weisz promote her new movie, Agora, and this is what she used for the premiere.

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere in Clair 20.

Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3

Blush – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Pink Truffle applied with a sponge on ‘apple’ of cheek.

Powder – Jurlique powder in Rose brushed on ‘T’ zone.

Eyes – Julie Hewitt Los Angeles cream eye shadow in Rue Burgundy on top lids to create density followed by Chanel eye shadow in Amethyst which was used to blend colour softly around entire eye.

– Ecriture De Chanel in Black used to line along the root of top lashes, ticking outward slightly.

Mascara – Exceptionnel De Chanel in Smoky Noir on top & lower lashes.

Lips – Bobbi Brown lip liner in Blush with Nude Lip Balm mixed with a tiny amount of Chanel Rouge Allure in Maniac (part of the autumn/winter Les Noirs Obscurs collection).

Beauty Breakdown – Claudia Schiffer at D&G perfumes launch, Milan. Makeup by Kay Montano

Claudia Schiffer at the Dolce & Gabanna Perfume Launch in MilanBase – Chanel Vitalumiere foundation in 20 Clair

Powder – Jurlique Lavender Powder on T-zone

Blush – Chanel Mystery blush

Eyes – Chanel Ambre eye pencil smudged around eyes

Chanel eyeshadow in brown from the Variations quad, heavily swept into the socket line with a soft artist’s brush

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

Chanel Exceptionnel mascara in black top and bottom,

with individual lash clusters on the outer corners of lashline

Lips – Jurlique Love Balm with MAC Lip Erase in Dim