Category Archives: Make-Up

Electric Pink Lip


Hair, M-Up & styling by Thandie. Photo Jonathan Leibson

Post by Thandie.

Here’s a look I put together for a red carpet event last year. I wore a black 50s style vintage cocktail dress from The Gathering Goddess.

I wanted to accent the refined, understated glamour with something modern. Lips seemed the way to go. Red would have been predictable, and might have made the look austere. Pink was the answer – and not any shade – I wanted garish, electric and unnatural!

I wore my hair blow dried straight with a deep side part – it could just as easily been pulled back and sleek.… Read more...

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M-Up Video: Get Ready To Rock!

Posted by KayThandie Bafta 2008 M-Up

Of all the Red carpet looks we’ve done together, this is definitely one of Thandie & I’s favourites

The event was the Baftas in 2008 and Thandie wore a stunning asymmetric Alexander McQueen dress.


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We love blush, and it’s especially complimentary when applying dark make-up as it adds an appearance of health and vitality to the complexion, lets you get away with a little edginess..

Here I used a sweet pink blush in Peony by Bobbi Brown .

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painting a line with Chanel Stylo Effect Eyeshadow pen in Black Stream along roots of the upper eyelashes and smudge underneath the eyes around the outer corner, this gives the rock edge to the pretty flick.… Read more...

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Bobbi Brown Hot Raspberry Lipstick

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As our readers have probably noticed, we LOVE a good lipstick! and just when you think you’ve got your pink, red or nude ‘down’, along comes another gorgeous Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 10.43.57lippy, in yet another formula. Bobbi Brown’s new Sheer Lip Colour in Hot Raspberry is great worn on it’s own (albeit with a little cover-up, mascara & soft blush) or with a black flick to give a modern twist to a classic make-up theme..

“The sheer lip look of the season-introducing a lightweight formula for lips that delivers an effortless wash of color plus nourishing shine” say’s the Bobbi Brown site.… Read more...

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Going ‘Rogue’ in NYC


Red Carpet Ready for ‘Rogue’

Post by Thandie

I love every aspect of getting ready for a Premiere. It starts a couple of months before when I get a schedule of what appearances I’ll need to attend. The Premiere itself is usually at the end of a week long publicity push – so it’s just one of the looks I’ll need to figure out. A few years ago I decided to style myself for events – mainly because I have strong opinions and also because I enjoy how creative ‘styling’ can be. I don’t go to many Red Carpet Events so it’s manageable.… Read more...

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Eyeko and Alexa Making Eyes

Posted by Kay

thandieEYELINERThandie: ‘Growing up back-stage (I performed with The Royal Festival ballet when I was 12) the image of ballerinas with striking black eye liner burned into my psyche. I’ve always been attracted to the strength of a sharply lined eye – it’s bold, daring, and can only be pulled off with a complete understanding of the drama in life. It’s the signature of the archetypal diva – Streisand, Callas, Ross, Loren. If you’re going to go there you have to go there with DRAMA – no close-to-the-lashes ‘heavy natural’, no, a painted eye liner is the face-script that says I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!  Read more...

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A M-Up Metamorphosis starring Laura Bailey

Posted by Kay

What a joy it was to be within Solange Azagury Partridge’s new brand temple a couple of weeks ago as a crew member, creating a stop-start animation film for her new collection Metamorphosis, all in colourful tandem alongside the official launch of her new London retail ‘home’ in Carlos Place.

Solange, Leigh, Laura & my make-up mess

Solange, Leigh, Laura & my make-up mess

Solange likes to keep it in the family, which has the effect of crystallizing her unique vision even further into the outer realms of imagination.

Like it is with most wonderful imagery, there wasn’t much fuss and over-analyzing over concepts, moodboards and casting.… Read more...

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Julie Hewett Cheekie Cheek & Lip Shine

Julie Hewett CHEEKIEPosted by Kay.

This has been Thandie’s go-to blush forever. Or at least since I’ve known her.

It’s unlike anything else-it’s not quite a cream it’s not quite a gel…it’s exactly like a true blush!ThandieJULIEHEWITT

Easy to apply with fingers, a brush or a sponge, this 2-in-one cult classic creates the perfect ‘just eaten cherries’ lip stain.

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My Lipstick Journey by Funmi Fetto

Posted by Kay

I first came across Funmi when I read my favourite post ever on ‘black hair’ which she proudly called ‘I am not my hair’ (it’s in my old blog here) which was published in perhaps the most unexpected of places-within the pages of British Vogue.  She has over 13 years experience as a journalist writing across fashion, beauty and travel for many other publications such as Stylist, Stella Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Instyle, Marie Claire & more recently an Acting Beauty Director at Tatler Magazine. Married with two children. Likes African, Jewish and Indian literature… and Keeping up with the Kardashians.Read more...

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Estee Lauder’s Coral Halo

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I invited my friend Naomi Shimada over to my place today as I wanted to try out some new make-up and experiment..

When I first saw this lipstick I saw ‘the dreaded’ pearl so immediately thought maybe not.

But actually, on olive skin like Naomi (who is half Japanese), it actually looked really great in a retro-cool kind of soft coral way.

Naomi loved it so much I had to give it to her!

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Estee Lauder Coral Halo

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Photos & Make-Up by Kay

Issey Miyake Me Line top Naomi’s own (but if you keep up with Issey Miyake onlineyou may find similar).… Read more...

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Lady Danger Lipstick by Mac

Posted by Kay

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Amber applying her Lady Danger in Claridges powder room.

This lipstick is an absolute classic amongst models and actresses. I can’t count the times I’ve asked  ‘I love that lipstick-what is it?’ only to find that it’s good old Lady Danger by Mac, a lipstick that hasn’t left my kit in years.

Amber Anderson is both an actress and a model, we work together a lot and last night we were at Claridges (for drinks with other Lady Danger-wearing ladies like our friend Erin O’Connor) and I took this snap of her within the floral walls of their gorgeous powder room.… Read more...

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