Posted by Kay
After a long drive across London to the south of the river, we all arrived in Streatham for the UK premiere of Half of A Yellow Sun, adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s much-loved novel. The press reception was large and welcoming which was no surprise seeing as both Chimamanda and Chiwetel Ejiofor were there too. I’ve always loved the immediacy and vicarious excitement of the red carpet, and seeing as Thandie’s my favourite make-up muse, it is always fun.
Thandie used her regular moisturiser Olay Total Effects before I arrived so just before we started on the base, she applied Clarins Beauty Flash Balm to freshen and tighten her skin (you may/may not know-Thandie gave birth 4 weeks ago-sleep is a distant memory!!).
To ‘brighten’ the area around Thandie’s eyes, I used Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Light to Medium Peach.
As you can see below, correctors differ in colour from concealers because the under-eyes need the brightening tones of peach (to terracotta in darker skin) to rid the eyes of greyer tones, whilst the more olive-toned concealer ‘neutralizes’ the red tones around the nose, chin, or on any blemishes.
I used Chanel‘s new Powder Blush in ‘Malice‘, a gorgeous rosy apricot.
Thandie & I are HUGE fans of Chanel‘s amazing cream/powder eyeshadows ‘Illusion D’Ombres. The ease of application, the staying power, the unique effect and on-point colour range give them total must-have status. I used Mirage from the new Summer Collection over Thandie’s lids and Apparition (which I’ve used many times on Lupita Nyong’O), creating a navy smoulder around her lashes and blending outward.
We’ve mentioned Ilia before, everything about it-from the philosophy, ingredients, packaging and texture-are different from other cosmetics. We love the natural look of their sheer lipsticks and because on this occasion I wanted to play up Thandie’s eyes, a subtle tint was all that was needed. We used ‘Perfect Day’.