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Mar 15

Bond Girl Makeup Tutorial: Xenia Onatopp (aka Famke Janssen)

Mexican actress, Stephanie Sigman was recently announced as the latest Bond girl to join the cast of upcoming 007 film, Spectre – though it remains to be seen whether her character, Estrella, will be a hot friend or smokin’ foe to our beloved British spy.

After hearing this news, I started thinking about the film franchise’s best female villains. Of all the badass Bond girls, Xenia Onatopp is, to me, the most memorable – although Mayday, portrayed by Grace Jones, is a fierce contender. With killer bone structure and deadly ambitions, Xenia’s striking look and man-crushing thighs made her the ultimate femme fatale…

(Image: Vimeo)

Got tickets to the gun show? (Image: Vimeo)

This gun-wielding sadist had a good aim, and she never missed the mark when it came to makeup either; in particular during the Casino scene. This is where Xenia has her first face-to-face encounter with jaunty James, and orders an euphemistic vodka martini (‘straight up, with a twist’ – cue a raised, on fleek brow from Pierce Brosnan).

Xenia straight up

‘Straight up… With a twist’ (Image: Vimeo)

I wanted to recreate this look and so asked my colleague, Karen-Sofie, if she would let me transform her into the lethal vixen. She agreed, and over the course of one Sunday afternoon – fuelled by a few vodkas, naturally – we completed our makeup mission. Here’s how it was done…

Xenia product shot

The ultimate tools for recreating Xenia Onatopp’s look

Foundation: I primed Karen’s skin with ApiRefine Radiance Serum and then applied HD Foundation in Warm Ivory by Make Up For Ever with Louise Young LY43 Super Foundation Brush for a bright, even complexion.

The ‘before’ from the before and after…!

Smoky eyes: I used a mixture of shades from the ARTISTRY Eye Shadow Palette and Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze; then COLLECTION Big Fake Curves Mascara. I avoided using eyeliner. Instead, I achieved the winged eye shape (and a pair of arched brows) with Artistry’s dual-ended brush and a dark eyeshadow.

Contouring: Karen has great cheekbones, as does Famke Janssen (the actress who played Xenia), but to really make them stand out, I contoured using Palette Bronzette by Pixi Beauty (this brand is awesome).

xenia cigarette

Xenia real casino

‘It’s clean. I had to ventilate someone’ (Image: Vimeo)

Lipstick: A bold red lip is essential when it comes to emulating Xenia’s look. I opted for MUD Lipstick in lady-bug from PAM.

xenia red lipstick

Hair: To create a glamorous, coiffed, yet slightly severe-looking hairdo, I softly backcombed the top layer of Karen’s hair using Kent Perfect for Backcombing Brush – far superior to a comb thanks to its stiff bristles and pointed beechwood handle – and L’Oréal Elnett Satin Volume Excess Hairspray. I then pulled her hair into a bun and fixed it in place with kirby grips.

Xenia Onatopp 1

Close, but no cigar.

Finishing touches: Red nails (I used Nella Milano’s Chesnut Road), a faux-fur coat, and a cigarette prop to mimic Xenia’s cigar!

Xenia Onatopp 6

‘This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine.’

Model: Karen-Sofie Kvamme
Makeup, styling and photography: Heledd Williams/Yesterface

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Feb 13

Red Carpet Beauty round-up 2013

It may only be February, but we’ve already seen a wealth of Red Carpet Beauty this year thanks to numerous awards ceremonies including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the BAFTAs. We’ve still got the Oscars to go at the end of the month as well!

Just like Marilyn Monroe stole the show all those years ago at the Golden Globes, when it comes to beauty, some stars have shone brighter than others on the red carpet at this year’s ceremonies. Read on to find out my favourite Red Carpet Beauty moments so far…

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 – 1962


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous. Jennifer Lawrence is also chums with Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. Jennifer Lawrence is hereby the source of all my envy. Seriously though, I do love a bit of Jen; she’s great as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and she also seems to have a pretty grounded attitude towards Hollywood and all its silliness. Plus she looked awesome at this year’s BAFTAs.

Slicked-back hair is an unconventional and risky look for the red carpet, but the actress definitely pulled it off. Jennifer’s dark, sooty eyes looked very alluring, and given they were teamed with wet-look hair, they completed her just-out-of-the-shower, smudgy-eyed vibe. For eyes like Jennifer’s apply LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker’s beauty and fashion sense have always been unconventional, and equally out of the ordinary is her down to earth personality. Unlike typical showbiz prima donnas, SJP always comes across as warm, charismatic, and genuine – qualities which she displayed during her speech at the BAFTAs.

When the actress stepped on stage in her Elie Saab jumpsuit, I was struck by how amazing she looked. It’s been years since SATC came to an end, but SJP is looking remarkably youthful – and not in a surgically-enhanced kinda way, either. After all, the Sex and the City star has long been averse to plastic surgery.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

“People used to tell me to do my nose all the time—all the time,” she told Allure in 2000. “I’m not a big fan of collagen and Botox for actresses because I think it ruins a very expressive part of our faces. I kinda dig that I’m so flawed.” Well, she may love imperfections, but SJP’s hair at the BAFTAs was absolutely flawless thanks to Charles Worthington, who worked his mane-magic on the actress before she hit the red carpet.

To achieve hair like SJP’s, the stylist recommends using Charles Worthington Instant Volume Amplifying Volume Treatment, £14.99, before running straightening irons through your hair. My favourite straighteners at the moment are Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, Like SJP, my hair is naturally thick and curly, but these slim straighteners and their super-hot, titanium ceramic plates do a great job of taming my locks. Available to buy from for a reduced price of £34.99.

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners



It was her first official outing with Chris Brown as a couple since he assaulted her at the 2009 Grammys – a reunion which by many is seen as a controversial move on Rihanna’s part – so it was fitting that the singer opted for a bold look at this year’s awards ceremony. Speaking about her newly rekindled relationship, Rihanna said: “If it’s a mistake, then it’s my mistake”.

Just like her defiant attitude, Rihanna’s scarlet dress. rouge lips and matching nails were fiery if not downright daring. Her long wavy hair, on the other hand, softened the overall look (which might have otherwise seemed too harsh) and reminded us that Rihanna is still a young and at times vulnerable woman. Here’s hoping Chris Brown treats her right this time.

Find out which red nail polishes and red lipsticks I like best at the moment by visiting Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide!

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Golden Globes

Claire Danes

Not only did Claire Danes pick up the gong for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes, but she came up trumps on the red carpet too.

I’ve become accustomed to seeing Danes sport a pair of manic, tired-looking eyes in her (brilliantly acted) role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison in Homeland, so it was a welcome surprise to see her all dolled up at the Globes.

Danes complimented her natural beauty with an ample dose of eyeliner and this smokey, feline look was beyond seductive; it made the actress’ electric blue eyes sizzle even more than usual. Her hair do was a total win, too. Tousled, long, glossy and voluminous, it was as far cry from the short, unassuming style worn by her character Carrie. Bravo, Claire!

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba

When it comes to style, this woman can do no wrong. Her look at the Globes was not only immaculate, but had an earthy and vibrant edge too.

Her sun-kissed California skin, burnt orange lips, subtle contouring and simple eyemakeup all worked together in perfect harmony to create a stunning overall look. Jessica Alba, I salute you. If you want lips like Jessica’s, I suggest using Sundown Mini Lipstick by Frontcover (£4.00).

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Next up, the Oscars! Keep your eyes peeled for my special Oscars post, where I’ll be looking at a history of Red Carpet Beauty…

Dec 12

Beauty Icon: Eartha Kitt

Yesterface was inspired by my fascination with beauty’s rich history and all its glamorous icons, including singer, actress and cabaret star Eartha Kitt who sang the enduring 1953 Christmas smash hit (and one of my favourite singles of all time) Santa Baby.

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby (image:

From her feline features to her striking name, everything about Eartha Kitt oozed charm, beauty and charisma. Kitt embodied a type of glamour specific to the 50s, where female Hollywood screenstars were feminine, dough-eyed and softly-spoken yet had an abundance of sass, humour and sex appeal too – Marilyn Monroe being an obvious example.

Kitt, who was actually conceived of rape, was of African-American descent on her mother’s side and German on her father’s. She spoke four languages, sang in seven, and was politically outspoken; her anti-war statements were met with extreme divided opinion in America.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt (image:

When asked about the Vietnam War at a White House Luncheon, Kitt remarked to President Johnson’s wife: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” What a gal. She also became a vocal advocate for homosexual rights and publicly supported same-sex marriage. Cool just does not cover it when it comes to Kitt.

Before marrying, Kitt dated cosmetics magnate Charles Revson, who created and managed Revlon for five decades, and a banking heir (apt choices for someone who sang about wanting sables, yachts and Tiffany decorations). It was also alleged that Kitt had an affair in 1957 with Orson Welles who once called her “the most exciting woman in the world”, but she categorically denied this in a 2001 interview with Vanity Fair.

Eartha Kitt Catwoman

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman (image:

Kitt eventually married real estate associate John William Mcdonald, with whom she had her only child, Kitt Mcdonald, but they divorced in 1965 and Kitt went on to have other lovers. During her long and successful career, the self-proclaimed sex kitten played the role of Catwoman and was also the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics’ Smoke Signals collection in 2007, for which she re-recorded “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”.

Eartha Kitt died from colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2008 at her home in Conneticut, a fitting date perhaps for somebody who sang one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. But while she may be gone, every Christmas when Santa Baby comes on the radio I’m reminded of her unique voice, remarkable character and unforgettable beauty.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt (image:




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