Category Archives: Make-Up

How-To Get Thandie’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party M-Up

Posted by Kay

We-got The look!

It’s been a whirlwind for Thandie this last few months and while I type, Thandie is flying from L.A, to Toronto to shoot Season 3 of Rogue. Just before saying bye to the kids this morn, I got her to give me the skinny on the FABULOUS MAKE-UP job she did at the Vanity Fair/Oscars party last night.

Thandie has beyond mastered the smokiest eyes in town and I’ve decided to be big about it-I’m letting go of how much she didn’t need me (at all) and I wasn’t going to let her disappear into the on-set ether without telling you how she got that look.… Read more...

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Bad Blood Misfits

Post by Thandie

We’re loving these nail decals from the collaboration between DIY Nails and Bad Blood ClothingBBC-_Breaking_Blood

Nick Cocozza brings his counter culture wit to easy-to-apply design sets. From the many manifestations of Bowie, to a spectrum of fabulous misfits. These are mini statements that make ‘the finger’ a whole new deal! All you need are scissors, water and a top coat. Get busy!

Available online from DIY Nails or the Bad Blood site.

Follow them on Twitter @DIY_nails #diynailcals

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‘Supernatural’ Make-Up Tutorial for The Edit/NetAPorter

Posted by Kay

Last November, I flew to NY to visit Thandie in the midst of filming The Slap (and nursing her boy..).

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TK Selfie on set of The Edit shoot with Style Supremo Tracy Taylor in the background

I’d bumped into the marvellous Lucy Yeoman (Editor-in-Chief of PORTER magazine & Content Director of NET-A-PORTER) a month before in London along with her enviable team: Ezzie Chidi-Ofong, Vassi Chamberlain and Liam Freeman. There followed a fabulously fun powwow with NetAPorter TV and Video Editor Ezzie and –bang- it was organised.

Cut to a divine Greenwich Village Townhouse, a roomful of our favourite designers courtesy of NetAPorter Style Editor Tracey Taylor, Ezzie holding it ALL together while directing us beautifully, plus Ben Skervin on hair and handfuls of helper-outers.… Read more...

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Let’s Make-Up The Rules

Posted by Kay

“What I loved about shooting these diverse women was that not only are they all exceptionally talented, which was really inspiring, but they were all really comfortable in their own skin.
When asked the question for the film, ‘What does beauty mean to you?’ they all had really intelligent and insightful answers.  I deemed from them that being yourself, and being more than happy by being yourself is what beauty means, and that is truly powerful stuff.” Photographer Nicole Nodland.

When one of our favourite UK Sunday supplements – Stella Magazine (from Sunday’s Telegraph newspaper) asked Thandie for an interview, she suggested tagging along a beauty shoot with some ideas we’d been wanting to showcase -and so we joined forces to create the pictures below.… Read more...

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Naturally Liplined

Posted by Kay

Lipliner. Such a misunderstood and much-maligned product.

For many it brings up the image of the porn-influenced make-up style of the 90’s, lips heavily overdrawn in crude brown pencil, or the ‘heavy-natural‘ make-up look of 90’s R n B/Rap stars, born from the cosmetic DNA of Make-Up Artists like Kevyn Aucoin, who practically ‘rebuilt’ faces using contour and liner. 19feb58f28af466596e7a32798d1e71b

Then there’s the ‘edgy-femme’ of the Chola sub-culture where girls used black pencil around a frosted pink inner lip in sync with extreme brow pencil, to make one thing very clear- ‘I got attitude’.

Sub-cultural trends aside, a good, natural lipliner that’s close to your own lip colour is a product I think that every woman without completely perfect lips can benefit from.… Read more...

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Smokin’ Eyes

Posted by Kay

The Smokey eye is one make-up look that never goes out of style,  pop some heels in your bag in the morning, along with some eye make-up and boom-who need’s to go home to change after work? You have all you need to go from day to night.

Be sure to conceal your under-eye area (see our post here) and wear a little blush.

Once skin is prepped, apply black pencil onto the upper lash line, plus a little on the bottom (if you are fair, use a brown pencil) and smudge in. Apply Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Sparkle in Topaz over your lid-this stuff is so idiot-proof that all you need is a clean finger!… Read more...

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Kaleidoscope Eyes

Posted by Kay


Lotte ‘I love cheap make-up’ Andersen in Acne Longline Denim Shirt

You may have noticed London’s coolest party organiser Lotte (featured here) and Phoebe appearing a lot in our site at the moment, thats because I invited them to the HQ (presently my house) for a day’s shooting for ThandieKay, the idea being that they would style themselves (they’ve got oodles of it) and choose a whole bunch of make-up and hairstyling products for a good day’s collab.

Lotte ‘I love cheap make-up’ Andersen chose Top Shop’s Smokey Eye Palette and Barry M’s Super Soft Eye Crayon in No3 and No7 which turned out to a huge hit when worn together.


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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

Posted by Kay DS TRIP

I discovered this bright little product via our friend Millie Kendall from BeautyMart. It’s non-oily, non- pore-clogging formula is very different from any blusher I’ve ever used, and perfect for those who love the natural appearance of cream blush, but want something with more staying power and less shine.

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Artist Phoebe Collings-James wearing TRIP


Our model, fine artist Phoebe Collings-James, is wearing it here in Trip. I love this tangerine shade, it looks very bright in the bottle, but is great on tanned, or darker skintones.

Use with a ‘Stippling Brush’ as shown.


See Daniel Sandler’s website

See Phoebe’s website

Phoebe is also represented by Premier Models

Make-Up and Photo by Kay, hair by Phoebe 🙂… Read more...

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Under-Eye Concealer-as easy as 1,2,3!

Posted by Kay

The most underrated make-up ever? COVER-UP. Thandie and I both have dark under-eye circles (hello-who sleeps enough?) and our jobs have meant that we’ve had plenty of trial and error, trying to find the best products and the best technique for our skintones.

Your lipstick may pop, your eye make-up might smoulder as your cheeks reflect a wash of coral shimmer that all culminate fabulously with a delightful outfit-but if you, like us, have dark circle under your peepers, you can just look tired.

It always surprises me how many women are truly mystified, even clueless about under-eye concealer, and the difference in tone and texture to the cover up that you use on blemishes (drier, more neutral-toned).… Read more...

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Estée Lauder – Double Wear Light

Post by Thandie.

Photo Nico Parker

Photo Nico Parker

Many, many women live and work in sunny climes. Which means that make up needs to be up to the temperature challenge. A stable base is obviously going to be more tricky when sun and sweat are jostling for position. I had that experience shooting in Nigeria on ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ in 2012 – my wonderful make up artist Sharon Martin warmed up my skin tone at the start of the shoot – but honestly, after one week in the heat of Calabar my skin had tanned to a good shade, and we pretty much abandoned foundation.… Read more...

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