Cameron Russell is editor of the participatory Interrupt magazine & director of a grassroots public art organisation called The Big Bad Lab as well as a successful fashion model. She was one of a few young women I worked with on a Craig McDean shoot in NY back in something like 2006, and again, when she was one of a few on a John Frieda commercial with director Jake Nava.… Read more...
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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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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...
Watching my mother do her make up in one of those portable vanity mirrors with the lights on them. I remember there were 2 different light switches; one for daytime make up (which was much brighter) and one for night (the light was a pink/yellow color for night time “mood” make up)… Read more...
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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...
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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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!
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… Read more...
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It’s the stuff of nightmares, of whispered contracts with God. It’s unimaginable.
But acid attacks are a reality on a global scale. A few cases have been reported in UK and USA. But it’s most common in Cambodia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India; all countries where patriarchy is deeply entrenched. A giant percentage of the victims are women and girls. Cornell University conducted a study in 2011 and found that most attacks were acts of revenge, because a woman spurned sexual advances or rejected a marriage proposal.… Read more...
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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.
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...
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...