Posted by Thandie.
Kay has known Sol since back in the day – both of them scorching the West London Club scene! I met Sol when my youngest girl Nico was born (now 8) to commission one of her script rings (it says ‘RipleyNico’ and is so part of me it feels like my skeleton on the outside).
I completely fell in love with this Moroccan London artist. Her endlessly evolving collections touch the whole spectrum of who she is – a Goddess whose feet touch the ground.
Earliest make-up memory is buying Cyclamen lip gloss from the fabulous Biba store on High St, Ken. I was 14 it was the only make-up I wore. Subtle and almost invisible. But the packaging was beautiful and glamorous. Freddie Mercury was at the make-up counter same time as me wearing a big Afghan jacket!
My mothers beauty routine was much the same as mine is now. cleansing and moisturising her skin twice daily. Very little skin make-up, she focused mainly on her eyes. She has really light hair so always dyed her eyebrows and eyelashes. I remember applying the dye to her eyelashes and teasing her while she was stuck in position with her eyes shut.
I feel a bit ambivalent about make-up. I feel like I’m much too high maintenance and would love to do less to make myself presentable. I wish I was a wash and go type of person. That said I just use eyeliner, mascara, a bit of face powder and when I feel festive some glittery eye pencil.
My father loved my mothers’ freckles and pale skin. He has my colouring and so the paleness of my mother with her red hair and freckles was/is one of his favourite things.
My worst beauty mishap: I had a really round face when I was younger (still quite round!) and would dream of cheekbones. So I would brush the darkest powder onto the area my gaunt cheeks would have been and looked very silly.
The beauty gift I would most like to have is that of long thick straight hair!
I’d like to see more ordinary beauty portrayed In the beauty industry. Beautiful women plucked from obscurity to represent a brand.
My mascara last ran when I heard my friend David Collins had died.
See Solange’s new website here
Her new brand temple is located at 5 Carlos Place in Mayfair. Get ready to be wowed.
Read what style.com have to say about the rebirth of Solange in this report here
You can also check out one of Thandie, Kay and Solange’s many collaborations below. This short film directed by Laurence Dunmore (The Libertine) and stars Thandie as an independent woman who has her priorities very much in place! The film was screened to launch Solange’s ‘Stoned’ collection in 2009.