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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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Q+A with Cameron Russell


Photo Angelo Pennetta for The New York Times ‘T’ Magazine

“Becoming a model was very counter-culture for my background, which is hyper-liberal, academic, and feminist. Some people were definitely horrified…but it was a blessing and allowed me to pay for college and have the freedom to work on projects of my choosing…

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 Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabriele

Posted by Kay

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

Posted by Kay

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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Q+A with Lucy Liu

1. What is your earliest make-up memory? 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals

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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Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion

Posted by Kay.


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


Thandie talking to

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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Saving Face

Posted by Thandie.

Imagine.  An ordinary day. A voice that prompts you to turn, or answer the door, and in a few heartbeats your face, your identity, is easily and brutally disfigured for life.Zainab - SAVINGFACE

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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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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