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Thandie: ‘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...
Cream eyeshadow’s come a looooong way since I first smeared it on at an age too inappropriate to remember clearly.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre totally tops the smooth, shimmering cream eyeshadow, but now NARS have these wonderful new pots of flat, high pigment eyeshadow in similarly longwear form.
Hair Anna Cofone
Make-up by Kay
Bwalya is wearing an Aretha Silk Gourgette dress by Sindiso Khumalo, a Savannah Chic Carnivale Bracelet and a hand-casted Lucky bracelet , both handcrafted in Kenya, & available from styledbyafrica.com
Solomon Island Eye Paint from NARS
Eyeliner L’Oreal Super Liner in Black
Bobbi Brown Even Finish Longwear Compact Foundation.… Read more...
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Liquid blush, gel blush, crème stain-whatever this easily-blendable lips & cheek Becca product is, we love it. I use Papaya on Thandie as the hot red pigment is perfect for deep olive and darker skintones. It also come in all of these shades and it’s formula make it suitable for all skin types. … Read more...
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Thandie and I often discuss a particular type of large hair and beauty supply store, usually Asian-run, that seem to be found on the perimeters of most city centres in many of the countries we visit. They’re the jam-packed, no-nonsense kind, with ranges of hair and beauty goods designed especially for ethnic communities who are presently not catered to within high street chemists/drugstores like Boots (in the UK) or Duane Reed and CVS (in the U.S). It’s not ‘experience’ shopping, it’s about necessities and getting what works. The only customer service needed is someone telling you which aisle has what you’re looking for and if it’s on the left or right.… Read more...
This has been Thandie’s go-to blush forever. Or at least since I’ve known her.
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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You’ve probably heard the variety of statistics regarding the amount of lipstick women unsuspectingly ‘eat’ during an average lifetime.
But this is only one of the important reasons that I’ve always preferred natural lip balm over petroleum-based balms and it’s simple.
They work better.
I always have a Shea Butter-based lip balm beside my bed as a nightly ritual to give my lips an overnight softening ‘treatment’ because I so often forget in the daytime.
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“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...
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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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...