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Eyes Like to Party

Posted by Kay

Whatever the decade, whatever the style and whatever the woman, there are SO many variations on the ultimate party make-up look, the ‘if all else fails to bring a look together’ number one default setting, the smoky eye.

Eyes Like To Party

Eyes Like To Party

And boy, did Thandie bust one of her most smokin’ looks at the Vanity Fair Oscar party the other week, all without my help as I was in London! If this acting lark doesn’t work out Thandie, this make-up artist’s in TROUBLE.

Thandie Newton Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016Stepping out in Jimmy Choo’s, and with the help of the fabulous stylist Rosemary Kokuhilwa Thandie pulled in a pretty black ‘slip-inspired’ dress by Dennis Blasso (is it a slip, is it a dress? Who cares when it rocks!) and sprinkled her decollette in Pippa Small necklaces.


Eyes Like to Party Make-up Details


MUD-HD-AIR-1Thandie & I love to use a sheer, light fluid foundation like Make Up Forever’s Face &  Body or Mud HD Air foundation in Mustard. Applied with sponge to even out, rather than hide the skin.




Concealer is VERY important when wearing smoky eyes, it is the difference between getting away with it, and simply looking tired and ghoulish.. kevyn-aucoin-skin-enhancer-concealerThandie used Kevin Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer. Another fave which is fantastic for hiding gray under the eyes is Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer. Both brands have concealers in peach to terracotta tones, and are ideal for ALL skintones.

See our post on concealer!

Finally, set the skin with a light dusting of Loose Powder on the T Zone, keep those cheeks dewy and fresh!Screen-Shot-2014-04-09-at-15.04.58


Surrat Blush in Rouger

Surratt blush in Rougeur








Surrat Blush in Rougeur, and Eye Shadows in Burgundy Brown and CuivreSurrat Eye Shadows in Marron and Cuivre

Chanel Liquid Eyeliner in Black (though L’Oreal Superliner also excellent), Ilia Mascara in Nightfall.


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Stila Eyebow Pen in Medium Stile_WATERPROOF_BROW_NoCAP_MEDIUM-227x1024



Eyeko Brow Gel

eyeko-brow-gel-1-940False Eyelashes

Thandie and I usually use individuals because of the more natural look, but they can be REALLY HARD to put on yourself (plus I wasn’t there haha!) so Thandie used these by Kiss (available at Walgreens) in ‘Shy’ with revolutionary tapered end technology, Thandie said “They look soo real“.Kiss Looks So Natural False Eyelashes







Generally speaking, to keep the chic and stay cool, both Thandie and I believe in ‘leaving something out’. Red Carpet cool does not have to be an oxymoron!

sheamoisture-prime-and-define-long-wear-lip-pencil-medium-antlerSo Thandie simply lined her lips in Shea Moisture Long Wear Lip Pencil in Medium and chucked her namesake sheer, natural lipstick by Julie Hewitt in her clutch.

Julie Hewett lipstick in 'Thandie'

Julie Hewett lipstick in ‘Thandie’


Eyes like to Party!

Eyes like to Party!

Guess what? Asos does some great, affordable alternatives to Thandie’s Dennis Blasso dress..! See Asos.com

Asos alternatives to Thandie's Dennis Blasso Dress


How-To Get Thandie’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party M-Up

Posted by Kay

We-got The look!

It’s been a whirlwind for Thandie this last few months and while I type, Thandie is flying from L.A, to Toronto to shoot Season 3 of Rogue. Just before saying bye to the kids this morn, I got her to give me the skinny on the FABULOUS MAKE-UP job she did at the Vanity Fair/Oscars party last night.

Thandie has beyond mastered the smokiest eyes in town and I’ve decided to be big about it-I’m letting go of how much she didn’t need me (at all) and I wasn’t going to let her disappear into the on-set ether without telling you how she got that look.

Meanwhile, where did she get that dress?


Coleen Atwood

2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - ArrivalsUnlike most on this night, Thandie had to put her look together fast. Straight from wrapping on NBC’s The Slap in NYC and she was on a plane to London for a mere 24 hours (her screenwriter husband Ol had The Second Marigold Hotel Royal premiere).

Then, due to ‘unforeseen circumstances of designer dress’, Thandie landed in LA to find herself (in a red carpet sense ) with nothing to wear. Enter stage right, Oscar winning Costume Designer Coleeen Atwoodwho rather conveniently happens to be a mate- to save the day. Coleen sent Thandie off to L.A’s cornucopia of clothing The Western Costume House, which turned out to be the kind of place that had enough dresses to make Cinderella so late for the ball that she decided it was best to create a fashion blog instead.







Thandie found this 1940’s vintage number.

Handbag by Jimmy Choo

Jewellery by our brilliant friend Solange Azagury Partridge and The Gem Palace in Jaipur

















The Make-Up!

Eve Lom Radiant Lift Foundation in Honey

Eve Lom Radiant Lift Foundation in Honey

Eve Lom Radiant Lift Foundation in Honey






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thandiekay.com concealers





Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 04 painted on under eye circles and edges (for more details on the most effective way to apply, see our easy concealer post)






Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 10.53.06Apply Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Smoke 21rPCoELsELwith a brush like this thandiekay.com eyeshadow contouring brush(this one from Charles Fox in London but an artist’s store paintbrush is often the best size/shape) to shape and contour your eyes…





..then apply Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in 83 Illusoire with your finger over the top – loads of it! It’s surprisingly easy to apply and is one of our FAVOURITE products for red carpet and evening make-up looks.

Strengthen above and under the eye using new Chanel Long Lasting Eyeliner 912 ArdoiseS187912_XLARGE



sumptuous-infinite-estee-lauderEstee Lauder Doublewear Mascara, Anastasia Brow Powder (along with Eyeko Browgel to subtly widen, raise and accentuate brows in a modern, ‘uncarved’, less stencilled way) finish off those peepers and brows!eyeko-brow-gel-profile


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Anastasia Brow Powder









Gorgeous new Chanel lip colour Rouge Coco in 434S172434_XLARGE


Thandie used the new Chanel blush in Camelia Rose
on the apple of her cheeks.ScreenHunter_29+Dec.+07+13.15




Apply Bobbi Brown Loose Powder 3 Golden Orange
on the ‘T Zone’ to ensure than the dewyness stays on the eyes, lips and cheeks-not on the forehead, nose and chin.

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We LOVE Becca because (like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier) it’s a high quality brand, available at global department stores, that acknowledges ALL skintones!

Body bronzer Shimmering Skin perfecter Becca in Rose Gold OR Topaz.becca-shimmering-skin-pefector-liquid-rose-gold


212+852+j-LWe love this Nude! Chanel Nail Polish Sahara Beige 201


Thandie used a combo of old favourite Tancho Hair Wax (see our post on it) and Frederic Fekkai Hairspray to keep all the strays smooth and controlled.


Earrings Solange Azagury Partridge

Earrings The Gem Palace (star stud Solange Azagury Partridge)













thandiekay.com Thandie at Vanity Fair:Oscars Party

And off she went!



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