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Smoky Eyes, Bright Lips

Posted by Kay:

When Thandie posted this cute #SayHerName-selfie on the way to the Essence ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ luncheon last week, I emailed her straight away and said what make-up were you wearing, we gotta tell our readers!

Smoky eyes are giving us life when worn with a bright, almost summer ‘pop’ of colour.Thandie Beauty Shot #sayhername

I’ve been doing this a lot with my actresses in the last year, there’s just something about the way a bright watermelon, coral or pink can ‘uplift’ the smoulder. You can’t beat a smoky eye, it’s always been cool, it always will be-but sometimes, especially when you’re wearing black, it can all be a bit gloomy.

So in the same way that us ladies might pop in that unexpected colour with a fluoro handbag or shoes to a LBD or jeans n’ sweatshirt, why not see your lipstick as that contrasting accessory-for your face?

Here, Thandie is wearing one of her go-to favourite eye-poppin’ lip colours, Lady Danger by Mac.


We found another really unexpected shade on a thandiekay shoot we did before Thandie went back to LA but we’re keeping it secret…

More beauty news on that soon….keep visiting us! Love Thandie & Kay X






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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