Category Archives: Make-Up

Make A Statement

Make a Statement FullSharp from ThandieKay on Vimeo.

Make Up Used:

Foundation, Concealer, Blush (Becca Papaya Beach Tint) and Eyeshadow (Chanel Taupe Delicat) as used here

Lipsticks used were Mac Lady Danger and Tom Ford’s Bruised Plum

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We returned to a theme here, we also used the dark lip to develop a real character for this Louis Vuitton shoot back in 2011, watch the behind the scenes..


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Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabriele

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Salma at Chime For Change

Salma at Chime For Change

Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Gabriele is named after Mm Chanel herself and based on a particular shade of red that she wore.

As if I need an excuse to use this classic, velvety red. There are a few classic go-tos in my kit (Mac Ruby Woo & Lady Danger, Tom Ford‘s Bruised Plum & the new brand Lola‘s Cherry Red..) and a confident red was exactly what was called for at last summer’s Chime For Change concert (Salma’s non-profit organisation to effect change for women globally). Gabriele is densely pigmented, here I used it minimally to stain, rather than coat Salma’s lips.… Read more...

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Beauty on board

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Due to our jobs, Thandie & I have accumulated our fair share of air mileage and are all too aware of the effects that flying-especially long haul- has on the body. We’re frequently expected to be at our best at the other end, sometimes as soon as we get off the plane. Suffice to say, we love collecting a tip or two.

So, inspired by Thandie’s recent shoot to launch British Airways A380 aircraft ‘red carpet route’ to Los Angeles (right), we thought we’d share a few natural remedies along with Thandie’s make-up look which she did herself ( I was already booked harrumph) on the day.… Read more...

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Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion

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Thandie photographed at Kay’s house by Susannah Baker Smith

Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 09.01.28This sheer, lip colour-meet’s-lip-balm makes your lips just like your own but slightly better.

I discovered it when the new colors got sent to me on the day I made Thandie up for the Chanel flagship store opening in London, we were looking for a subtle tint for her rich brown eye make-up, I tried this-  and bang- we both said wow.Read more...

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Kay gets Thandie ready for Chanel


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Very few brands have the allure of Chanel, and last June, even the most seasoned of guests were in awe as the new flagship store opened in London.

Modelled on Mme Chanel’s apartment, designer Peter Marino created the most beautiful environment for a fabulous night of glass-clinking, camera flashing and a chance to get dressed and made-up to the nines.… Read more...

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Video. How to get the Lavender look

Posted by Kay.

Hi everyone, we’re both very proud to present our first mini make-up movie for ThandieKay.

This was such fun, we re-worked the Lavender eyes I created for Thandie when we first met on a Vogue shoot (read about that here) , just after her Bafta win 8 years ago.

We hope you like it!

Lavender Love from ThandieKay on Vimeo.

Make-Up list:

Foundation: Make-Up Forever Face & Body

Concealer: Bobbi Brown

Loose Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder

Eyebrows: Suqqu Eyebrow Liquid Pen. Moss Green

Eyeshadow: Chanel Amethyst

Black Eye Pencil: Chanel

Liquid Eyeliner: Eyeko Skinny Liner

Black Mascara: Chanel Volume

Lip Balm: Nuxe…

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Our first shoot together

Posted by Kay.

I came across Thandie for the first time when she was the teenage love interest in the Australian coming of age film ‘Flirting’, which also showcased 2 other then-unknowns, Nicole Kidman & Naomi Watts.


Thandie in “Flirting”

It’s been years since I saw this movie (it came out in 1991) so perhaps I’m describing that particular form of embellishment that can occur where friendship & memory collide, but I remember Thandie’s performance was the one that summarised the whole film, a total scene-stealer proudly standing on the school’s podium to deliver a long and confident monologue.

Self-possessed and well contained, she convinced me that in real life, she too had wisdom years beyond her own.… Read more...

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Holiday skin


Holiday Skin

Post by Kay.

Although summer is officially over in our hemisphere, this post is for all of you lucky people in the world who are still in sunny climes- and I’m sure I’m not the only one who makes the most of the extended heat of southern Europe (I had a Spanish early September) or has a sneaky escape from the cold, wet and grey.

Thandie, meanwhile, spent her late-August hols in Ibiza so I asked her about her holiday skincare and make-up routine to go along with some gorgeous photos that photographer Caroline McClelland took of Thandie  in Mauritius for Elle magazine where Thandie did her own make-up (yes, I have serious competition).… Read more...

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‘Thandie’ lipstick by Julie Hewett

Thandie lipstick by Julie HewittPost by Thandie.

When I was shooting The Pursuit of Happyness in San Fransisco (2005), I fell in love with Julie Hewett’s make-up brand; particularly her line of cream blushes.

I got in touch with Julie and she asked if I would develop a signature lipstick. I tried to create a colour that was as close to my natural lip shade as possible-and voila !

I love the shade, which is apparently very popular in The Middle East


You can buy this lipstick on Julie’s website here

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