Best of Paris Fashion Week AW17

There is no doubt that Chanel had the most talked about show of the week, if not the entire season. The rocket ship was on another level! The makeup for the show had a decidedly mod feel with banana lines and lower lashes. Another show-stopper was Saint Laurent. The modern eighties vibe made for a ridiculously hot collection. The ombré lip done with matte and shine at Giambattista Valli looked beautiful combined with flawless skin. Precisely positioned pearls created a tribal look at Manish Arora. The Balmain army strutted the runway in dramatic copper and black eyes, and some girls wore a metallic square painted in the centre of the lip. Pat McGrath painted  asymmetrical wings at Margiela in stark contrast to the fresh faces at Christian Dior and Dries Van Noten.

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Best of Milan Fashion Week AW17

The makeup masters knocked out an array of cool looks in Milan for the fall collections. In particular I enjoyed the sixties throwback at Moschino, and the rather painterly, undone look at Prada. Dolce and Gabbana doesn’t really veer away from red lips and winged liner and this show was no exception. Coloured mascara made a comeback at Pucci with chunky pink, white and green lashes. Eyes were the focus at Versace, Ferretti, and Armani.


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Best of London Fashion Week AW17

Bright colourful eyes made a statement at many of the London shows for fall. It wasn’t just about the colour, but also the unique placement as seen at Versus, Mary Katrantzou, and House of Holland. Topshop took an unexpected classic approach with the look consisting of mascara and a cherry lip. The vibrant blue at Vivienne Westwood and the grass green at Mulberry, are giving me serious spring vibes since today is the first day of the season.

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The Best Red Carpet Looks 2017 Oscars

Sunday nights Oscar red carpet did not disappoint. Hailee Seinfeld’s complete look was absolutely my favourite. From the Ralph Russo dress to the smoldering smokey eye she was perfection. Old Hollywood glamour was a popular look for the evening. Kirsten Dunst in Dior, Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti, and Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta, pulled it off impeccably. Jessica Biel’s understated makeup and hair complemented her  incredible gold KaufmanFranco gown. Emma Stone never really goes wrong on the red carpet. She looked like the epitome of a Hollywood actress from the hair and makeup, to the gold Givenchy dress. Emma Stone had won before she even picked up her Best Actress award.

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Best of New York Fashion Week AW17

New York came and went pretty quickly it seems, and from show to show there appeared to be a whole lot of nothing on the faces. This is of course not unsual as the no makeup, makeup tends to rule many a runway, and still requires makeup artists to carry an arsenal of products to achieve said look. There were of course a few exceptions to the rule. Black eyeliner had a cameo at Alexander Wang for a worn in look. Marc Jacobs girls wore individual looks which included a few with a bit of a smoked out eye.

Stay tuned for a complete breakdown of the Public School look…

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Nighttime Skin Care Routine

I don’t like to mess around when it’s time to go to bed. Which is why I keep my evening skin care routine short but effective. Here’s how I can go from a full face of makeup to having my head hit the pillow in about six minutes:

Step 1 – Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil  has been a staple in my routine for more than five years. It breaks down all makeup effortlessly from heavy mascara to full coverage foundation, and my skin feels amazing after, never dry or tight. Currently I’m using the Anti/Oxi version but I jump around between all six versions depending on how my skin feels. Using the dry hand method I massage three pumps of oil directly onto my face right over my eyes, brows and lips. I then wet my hands and massage my face again which turns the cleanser from oil into a milky emulsion. At this point I use my Clarisonic before splashing my face multiple times to remove all traces of the cleanser and makeup.

Step 2 – After patting my face dry I’ll take a few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery. Even though I have oily skin this doesn’t increase the oiliness. It balances moisture levels, smooths and adds radiance. I wake up to incredibly smooth and more even looking skin.

Step 3 – Eyes are always a dead give away of age. Of course it is much easier to slow the process of aging, than it is to erase lines once they are already there. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Cream is one of those products that claims to fight all the problems you could ever have. Fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, dehydration and lack of elasticity. I tap a small amount around my eye area and I do see and feel the difference.

Step 4 – My face is the only part of my body that is oily. So in the winter my hands and body are often starved for moisture. I’m obsessed with Ortigia Hand Cream. The texture is really rich and contains both olive oil and lanolin oil for maximum moisture and super smooth hands.

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6 of the Best SAG Awards Red Carpet Looks

The red carpet continues to roll out in Hollywood. At the SAG awards this weekend there were plenty of gorgeous gowns and pretty makeup. Kerry Washington had one of the best overall looks of the evening wearing custom Roberto Cavalli. I really enjoy her long sleek hair with the perfect centre part; combined with a very dramatic smokey eye.


Best Makeup Looks of Couture Fashion 2017

The makeup masters were hard at work last week in Paris. Peter Philips created starry looks at Dior. Tom Pecheux went alien like for Iris Van Herpen, to ultra pretty at Chanel. Pat McGrath taped back the models faces at Givenchy, while Terry Barber was mad for colour at Jean Paul Gaultier. The Armani Prive girls were decked out in tangerine thanks to Linda Cantello.

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Tom Pecheux For YSL Beauty

Salvatore Ferragamo was the very first international fashion show I worked way back in the 00’s. Tom Pecheux was the lead makeup artist. It is no wonder that from all the gorgeous makeup he creates backstage for top designers, and the tons of editorials and campaigns, beauty brands have clamored for his attention too. Previously as Creative Director at Shiseido and Estée Lauder, Tom now takes the helm at YSL. I’m a massive fan of YSL beauty already so I’m quite excited to see what the new direction for the brand will be.

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Front Row: Paris Couture Fashion Week SS17


The couture shows in Paris this week have brought out a few well dressed celebs. Familiar faces were at Dior today from social media fave Chiara Feraggni to ASAP Rocky. As well as Diane Kruger, who arrived looking stunning in a classic Dior design.

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