Smokey eyes for dummies

I love applying makeup – the ritual of sitting in front of the mirror and preparing for the day ahead gives me a moment to collect my (often scattered ) thoughts and gives me a tranquil breathing space. However, I’m rather hamfisted and lack the dexterous hands of a professional. This look is an idiot-proof smokey eye – you can pretty much smoosh the cream products on with impunity, as long as it’s all blended properly. In this video you get a rather unfortunate view up my nose for most of it’s duration. Also I expose my embarrassing, pouty  ‘mirror face’ which I never pull other than when I’m doing my makeup. Despite my rather clumsy technique, I hope you find this video useful. I think it demonstrates that any dullard can do […]

The Skin I live in

Since my early 20’s I’ve been prone to regular outbreaks of angry red spots. The insidious pustules bloomed across my cheeks and forehead at times of stress or as a penance for partying into the wee small hours. Said stress was often relieved by nocturnal merry-making, which in turn was followed with hangovers and more stress. The cycle of flawed coping mechanisms and bad skin trundled on uninterrupted. However, with the passage of time I’ve curbed my wild ways. Rather than spending my evenings knocking back gin, I while away my days drinking litre upon litre of water and kale smoothies. I am not smug about my new status as a boring old fart. I may not being raising hell on the streets of Soho anymore, but I’ve transferred my flawed coping mechanisms to other, less liver corroding habits.  And yet, the wretched spots clung to my […]

Hello Dolly

In recent months, ‘no makeup’ selfies have sprouted up all over the internet, their purpose is to raise awareness of breast cancer. Cancer Research received £2 million pounds in 48 hours last month according to the Independent.  Since this flood of bare faces online, I’ve seen lots of messages from men, declaring that we women look far better without our makeup – ‘Natural beauty is best!’, ‘You look beautiful without it!’, ‘Don’t put all that slap on your face on our account!’. Although it’s lovely that men prefer a more natural face, I’m sorry to say that ‘no makeup’ selfies (in most cases, not all) are artfully posed with optimum flattering lighting, carefully orchestrated to douse the skin with the prettiest possible glow. Then there’s the addition of a flaw reducing filter which can […]

Silent Movie Makeup

I had rather grand ideas about doing a sage and well informed makeup tutorial. However, when I started talking to my camera I realised that I sounded like a 5-star fool. I’ve created a video that’s more like a slapstick silent movie than a slick and professional tutorial. None the less, I’ve covered my favourite new daytime look for spring, which is a warm and bronzy affair. As you will see, I’m by no means a makeup artist, rather an enthusiastic amateur. I’ve got a lot of small blemishes on my skin which I cover up using a method I learnt from working with makeup artists. I find the best way to do this is to use a light base, in this case I’ve mixed Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation with Vichy’s Idealia […]

Blood Orange

One of the big beauty trends for spring summer this year is orange lipstick, which I’m somewhat obsessed with. Orange lips were all over the runways; from Prabal Gurung to Dolce and Gabbana, the makeup artists were working an orange lip. I dutifully trundled down to Mac to pick up an orange shade but proper orange shades, such as Morange or Saigon Summer, make me look jaundiced. Instead I plumped for So Chaud, which is more of a tomato orange. The pictures, however, have come out looking very red indeed so it rather renders this post null and void. I promise that, in the flesh, this is more of an orange shade but I think it’s important to modify trends so that they work for you anyway. There’s no point in wearing something […]

Mellow Yellow

Last week I was on a shoot and whenever I’m sat in a makeup artist’s chair I make it my business to have a good snoop over their kit and pick their brain about their favourite products. I love looking at the extensive array of intricate tools and rainbow smorgasbord of colours.  Makeup artists have extremely valuable knowledge on what products actually work – they use them everyday, often in highly pressurised situations, so what they have in their kit has to be good. I have a tendency to look a little sallow, I never sunbathe and have yellow undertones in my skin – which can leave me looking like Lisa Simpson. My vampiric complexion is relatively line free, and hopefully the ageing process will be kind to me as a result of lurking in the […]

Nailing Christmas

Christmas is expensive. Fact. I’m rather a fan of the festive season but I usually overspend which results with an alarming credit card bill. Not only do I go bananas buying presents, but with Christmas socialising and new clothes that I inevitably splurge on, I’m broke by New Year. This time round I’m making an effort to recycle and re-style last year’s outfits and be more circumspect with my finances. A way to pep up any look is with a marvellous manicure, however with my economy drive in full swing, getting my nails done falls into the category of frivolous indulgence. To avoid unnecessary frittering, I’ve got a canny method of creating home made nail art that works a treat. I love a coloured half moon; I think it works particularly well with […]

Charlotte Tilbury: from Youtube to Yourface

I’m a champion procrastinator, I’ve whiled away many an unproductive but happy hour watching videos on YouTube and browsing for vintage clothes on eBay. My favourite videos on Youtube either involve Honey Badgers, full grown men re-creating the conversations of a two-year-old or makeup tutorials.  The plethora of makeup tutorials on YouTube are somewhat hit and miss, however there are some that provide indispensable advice from veteran makeup artists who’ve honed their craft after years of working in the industry. In my opinion, the best ones are by Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury. The proliferation of  YouTube tutorials have fundamentally changed the way makeup brands market their products. No longer can brands rely on glossy adverts and pretty packaging to tempt customers to part with their hard earned cash – women want to see the products […]