Posts Tagged: Make Up

Oct 13

Dolce&Gabbana Autumn/Winter Make Up Collection

I have made no secret of my admiration for Pat McGrath, make up maestro and Dolce&Gabbana Make Up creative advisor. This season it’s all about the classic and sexy smoky eye/nude lip combo and if we can’t rely on an Italian brand to get that right, all is lost!

The muse for the collection is eternal beauty Monica Belluci who designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say ‘will always be the original Dolce& Gabbana woman; naturally, timelessly beautiful with an unwavering strength of character on the inside.”

The classic look works on practically every skin tone and, as it’s a trend that never goes out of fashion, it’s worth getting the best quality you can afford as you know you’ll get a good wear out of it.

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To create the perfect smoky eye, world renowned makeup artist, Pat McGrath advises: “The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Smoky is the perfect palette of light and hazy shades that can be layered to achieve a classic smoky eye. Apply the lighter ‘toned down’ shade for the day time but in the evening you can use the darkest shade and apply above the lash line which will add depth to the eyes and sockets to create a more noticeable definition. Next use a velvety soft kohl pencil like Graphite to add intensity. To complement the eyes and create a natural look that harmonises perfectly together, use the Voluptuous Lipstick in Nude Monica to achieve an extremely wearable lip with a sensual texture and look. Finally to finish, apply the stunning Nail Lacquer in Gentle which is incredibly feminine, and its damask rose shade creates a luxurious feel.”

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Lips are key to the collection’s look and each Monica lipstick is encased in gold packaging featuring Monica’s name written in red on the case’s profile. There are three new natural shades:

Nude Monica, a refined buff
True Monica, a natural fleshy pink
Gentle Monica, a soft pale rose

The lipsticks’ smooth and creamy formula has skin conditioning ingredients to leave the lips feeling soft and looking plump. Each shade contains the signature Dolce&Gabbana lipstick scent of powdery rose. Complementing the lipsticks are lip liners in corresponding shades of Nude, Soft and Cashmere.

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“Monica’s signature look works on many skin tones,” Pat continues. “To get the lips looking extra full, fill them in with lip liner first and then apply lipstick, Nude Monica suits darker skin, while pink-based Gentle Monica suits porcelain skin tones.”

I can’t promise you Belluci beauty but I can say the range will make you look and feel pretty darn sexy.

Prices start at £16.50 for an eye crayon.
Available from Harrods and

Jun 13

Courtside Beauty

Wimbledon is just over a week away now, so if you’re planning on heading south this year to watch the tournament live, it’s time to start thinking about beauty ideas for managing your courtside look. With the unpredictable British weather bringing both rain and sun in any 24-hour period, it’s wise to plan ahead and pack for all types of weather.

I’ll be joining ‘The Queue’ on Monday so thought I’d share a few tips of my own to help you out:

Whatever the weather (yes, even in the rain) you should ensure your day cream contains an SPF. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it isn’t causing damage to your skin. Most good moisturisers contain an SPF, so if you’re particularly pale (or taking your children with you) look for a moisturiser with an SPF as high as 50. On the other hand, if your skin is naturally dark, opt for a cream with an SPF of 15. Remember, the skin around your eyes and on your lips is particularly sensitive, so it’s worth getting a product especially for these areas; two of my favourites are Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 (£57/15ml) and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 (£20/15ml).


With wind, rain and sun all forecast over the next seven days, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be on any given day at Wimbledon. But, it’s best to play it safe with a style that can work no matter what’s happening in the sky. There’s little point spending hours battling with a hairdryer and straighteners when one step outside could undo all of your hard work. Instead, work a key trend from the spring/summer 2013 London fashion shows – a chic up-do. Try a low looped chignon as seen at Chanel or a classic ponytail brought up to date with a headscarf, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana, or a sweeping fringe with a bow headband like the Louis Vuitton girls. With your hair off your face, make a statement with some chandelier earrings.


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Spring usually brings to mind pastels and dewy finishes, but this season the catwalks were awash with beige, taupe and coffee. It’s that elusive ‘natural make up’ look we all want to master. Make the eyes the focal point of your face by lining them with thick, black kohl and using gold and copper eye shadow to create a natural looking smoky eye. This year, thick eyebrows have burst onto the beauty scene. If you want to work this into your natural look, I’ll let you in on a piece of advice I read on Super Savvy Me: focus on the natural shape of your eyebrows, not on the shape of your favourite celebrity’s eyebrows. As soon as you start to manipulate the whole shape of your eyebrows, you enter unnatural territory. Contour cheeks with a good sculpting cream before sweeping a light highlighter across the cheekbones. And here’s a good tip: to find the perfect nude, pull down your lower lip and look at the colour on the inner side – that colour is the perfect nude for you.


If that all sounds a little too plain for your taste, embrace the colour pop look from the Stella McCartney and Michael Kors catwalks. Make your look about eyes or lips – never both – and keep the rest of your face neutral. Make a statement with bright eyeliner or mascara (this season Chanel went with yellow, blue and magenta) or go for a bold matte lip in red, bright pink and even orange. This is not one for the colour shy!


My final tip is to take a statement bag large enough to fit a sunhat, an umbrella, some binoculars (in case you’re seated up in the rafters) and your obligatory sunglasses. If you see Nadal, send him my love!


3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli – £655.37
Bobbi Brown orange lipstick – £18
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ ‘Anime’ lip tar – £11.50
Alexander McQueen skull-print scarf – £165
Rayban aviators – £125
Burberry umbrella – £150
J crew earrings – £66
Oscar de la Renta ring – £145

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Oct 12

Beauty Finds Of The Week: Benefit and Tara Smith

Every week, I list new beauty products that have come my way and share what I consider to be a good buy.

Benefit Peek A Bright Eyes – £24.50

When I first saw the photos for this product I wasn’t sure they would work on brown skin. I double checked with the PR who assured me they would but I was still doubtful. When I received my sample and opened it I still wasn’t convinced but after trying it out I can happily say that the colours compliment my skin tone beautifully.

I love Benefit for including a handy application guide with their palettes so even the most make up challenged can learn how to put the product on properly. Peek A Bright Eyes really does live up to its name, my eyes looked bigger and brighter and even behind my glasses I felt they still stood out. The colours aren’t too loud so you can wear them to work or for a general day look. For evening I would apply with a heavier hand and slick on an extra coat of mascara.

Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care Range

If you were walking by M&S in Marble Arch last Thursday, you might have seen Rosario Dawson and her hairdresser Tara Smith faux-styling the hair of model and socialite Tolula Adeyemi in the store windows.

They were there to launch the new Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range in the new M&S Your Beauty department. Tara’s products are made with natural, certified organic ingredients and are all sulphate free and vegan approved. The range has the strap line ‘tested on film stars not animals’ as Tara’s celebrity clientele (Rosario Dawson, Demi Moore, Keifer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Natalie Imbruglia and Anna Friel) have all helped in the development of her cruelty-free range.

I think it’s perfect for those of us that want to treat our hair more holistically.

Prices start at £5 for 100ml of shampoo.

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