Best of Mascara
I often get asked what the best mascara is out there. Honestly there are so many good ones out there I think there is one that fits any bill. The great thing is that you use mascara so often it means you have to rebuy a lot, which makes for lots of testing… Another trip to the beauty store – YAY! A good mascara is the combination of an excellent formula (ie not too wet or dry and highly pigmented with carbon black) and an excellent brush. Eyeko do a little set called the Macara Wardrobe which is one formula with three brushes. Clever.
At the AW13 shows make up artists were using mascara fan brushes on which they deposited mascara formula and brushed this through the lashes creating natural looking slightly thickened lashes, without the usual va va voom fake lash effect. I’m personally going to ignore this ‘no mascara look’ that a lot of designers are featuring at the moment – I simply adore mascara, it makes me feel better. Falsies are also an excellent option too, especially individual ones which you can deposit on the outer corners only, just to give teeny bit of cats eye effect.
So here goes:
1 – Topshop Carbon Copy Mascara & Dior Show Mascara – great for lengthening
2 – Maybelline Rocket Mascara & L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes – for FAT lashes
3- Chanel Inimitable Waterproof – best waterproof I have found and it really separates each lash too.
We have loved the flick since Amy Winehouse reinvented it in the early noughties. This season sees a return to the banana style eye liner in the crease of the eye lids. This sixties inspired look goes especially well with bambi lashes and nude lips. The AW13 shows also featured this look so let’s get shopping for eye liner. Especially gel liner does the trick nicely. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Topshop have great long lasting highly pigmented gel eye liners.
Blush it up
Watching the excellent Diana Vreeland documentary the other day I noticed her passion for blusher. Diana used it across her cheekbones onto her ears. This was inspired by Japanese Geisha ladies. In Tokyo last year I saw lots of girls do blush in innovative ways. They put is right under their yes to get an even more ‘doll like’ appearance. My favourite blush is the Topshop Head over heels cream blush – but I am biased towards this as I used to work there. I have converted many of my friends, as the formula is a perfect cream to powder. I once found these amazing vintage blushes from a shop in Ashbury Heights in San Francisco which looked a bit like the Besame blushes, so beautiful in their old round gold compacts with mirrors and a flower design. The bit of blush left in was vivid red. I wondered if this had discoloured over time but more likely than not the they loved a bit of red blush aka ‘Rouge’ just like Diana Vreeland did in the old days!
A modern take on blush is two tone blush, using an soft pink and peach or a highlight colour and coral. Good products for this look are the Topshop Sculpting Palette or the Benefit Fine on one Blush Stick or Nars multiple sticks.
Tuesday Video Day – Animation Videos
I’m adoring all these beauty and fashion animation videos, so clever, beautiful and witty.
It all started with Another magazine who commissioned Quentin Jones in 2010 to feature the coveted Chanel Particulière nail polish. Peter Philips, the creative director at Chanel, is also a graphic designer and he followed this up with an amazing video featuring Chanel make up as robots in 2011. This video was a huge hit. Quentin Jones has just been been featured in LOVE magazine and Hogan recently did a little ‘a day in the life’ of video of Quentin. Other brands she has worked with are Victoria Beckham and Kenzo.
Sadie and Joe Williams are animation masters who have worked with Marc Jacobs and Hillier. They recently did an animation for Topshop featuring SS13 nails.
Click on below videos for some big smile action: