As Long As I Got You

Lily’s new video, shot by director Chris Sweeney, is my favourite so far! Maybe it’s because it brings back so many fond memories of Glastonbury, and maybe because everyone’s happy, and maybe because it celebrates her love for husband Sam, who she met last time she performed there. That was five years ago and now they have two gorgeous girls who watched their Mum from the side of the stage for the first time. Lily has been going to the festival with her father since she was a baby – she loves Glastonbury and it loves her back!

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I did Lily’s makeup for the video in the morning – signature black eyeliner and lashes with silver holographic glitter under-eyeliner and stars to match. As she was on the move, I gave her a hot orange lipstick pencil so she could touch up her colour, and for her performance in the afternoon, added fluorescent pink and orange eyeliner. Everything was shot on the same day, featuring Lily walking and dancing around Worthy Farm, singing along with fans and generally having a hoot. There’s also footage of her set, which was almost cancelled due to a heavy thunderstorm, but the sun came out at the last moment, and Lily shone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu905oeqrOg

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If you looked closely you may have seen me behind the scenes, backstage at the Pyramid. It’s the first time I’ve ‘appeared’ in a pop video (albeit briefly) and it was my first festival experience (it won’t be my last!) Glastonbury is indeed magical and joyful, a real celebration of music and the arts. Lily was a star. Even the Daily Mail said she looked utterly adorable!

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Hair by Alex Brownsell of BLEACH fame and nails by Michelle Humphrey.

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Maybelline NY and L’Oreal Paris and Essie Beauty Trends AW14

I had a really good time at the Maybelline NY, L’Oreal Paris and Essie Beauty Trends AW14 Press Event today, working alongside L’Oreal Paris makeup and hair ambassadors Lynsey Alexander and Syd Hayes, plus nail technicians Michelle Humphrey, Lorraine Griffin and Jenni Draper. The canapes kept on coming and so did the beauty editors… it was like being backstage but with more space and less hassle. Not only was it exciting to talk about the trends we’ve got to look forward to, but to play with the products that we can recreate them with. As pictures speak louder than words, I’ll let them do the talking. Here are some photos by talented makeup artist (and not a bad photographer!) Athena Paginton www.athenapaginton.com.

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Roland Mouret Resort Show

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It’s not often that you get to work with your favourite designer, stylist, hairdresser and team members, but this morning I had exactly that opportunity and it was a real pleasure. Roland Mouret’s first resort show took place at his beautiful building in Carlos Place, Mayfair, at 10am. Which meant that we had to arrive bright and early for 6.30am to ensure the models looked fresh and feminine (as one of the photographers described the makeup).

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At the fitting, Roland told me that the makeup needed to be quick – a little something that the girl had added to her glowing summer complexion. The stylist, Sophia Neophitou, is always brilliant with her direction so between us and superstar hairdresser Lyndell Mansfield, we created a youthful beachy Bardot for now. Skin had to be worked – Sophia wanted it to look slightly tanned with a lustre that had nothing to do with shimmer. And she suggested a faded vivid orange lip which echoed the colour detail in some of the strappy shoes with a mere slick of mascara on upper lashes only and a touch of lip balm to pick up the light in all the right places. Our hero products were M.A.C’s lip mix in Orange, Cream Blush in Ladyblush, clear Brow Gel; Maybelline NY’s Baby Lips and St Tropez Instant Glow for face and body. The simplest looks are often the hardest to achieve, because the eye tries to find a flaw. My fabulous team made sure there weren’t any! Thanks to everybody on board for making it a cruise to remember, especially Lucy Pearson and Athena Paginton (pictured below).

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High Brows

My friend and ex-assistant, the talented makeup artist Athena Paginton, is visiting today and showed me this image below. Apparently you can see lots of drawn on eyebrows if you search for #nomakeup!

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It reminded me of an old editorial I did for Jane magazine in 2001. As I’ve been archiving recently it was easy to find and I thought I’d share it here…

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To prove that drawn on eyebrows can be cool. Thanks to photographer Michelangelo di Battista (with whom I worked with last weekend – some relationships last). Models were Natasha Prince, Mirjana, Diana S, Laura Delicata and Mirelle, hair by Madeliene Cofano. The credits read that I used Maybelline NY Lineworks Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Basic Black. With advice to be brave!

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Colour Chaos

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Going through the archives today, finding all kinds of historic stuff, including this photo by Simon Emmett for L’Officiel. Mainly reminding myself how lucky I am to be doing something I love. And sometimes getting paid for it too. Having the urge to be creative!

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Hats Off to Lily!

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Congratulations to Lily Allen for her number one new album! In honour of which, I’m posting a piece written by my friend and neighbour, Jud. He’s added an extra ‘l’ in Lily yet goes mad if you spell his name with two ‘d’s, but it’s original and heartfelt…

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Jud has kindly mentioned me but I’m not the only makeup artist Lily works with – fabulous, LA based, Gregory Arlt (www.gregoryarlt.com) did her makeup for the album cover and my friend, the amazing Andrew Gallimore, often makes her up in London. He created four characters for the Sheezus video, which you can see here…

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Yes, I’ve got a fan girl crush on Lily and why not… it’s harder to be her than it looks. She’s smart, funny, talented and always up for experimenting with makeup. She loves it!

 

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United Makeup Artists Expo

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I had such a brilliant time at the UMAE on Saturday that I returned on Sunday with my favourite makeup artist, Andrew Gallimore. We enjoyed every second, leaving with bags full of useful tools and products and heads full of inspiration as well as admiration for the talent we witnessed. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with people who make the makeup, support the artists, act as mentors and write about them – good to meet up again with Emma from www.warpaintmag.com which is now a blog-zine.

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We spent a lot of time with the Charles Fox crew, who really know their stuff, and who have recently started looking after Screenface too, where the wonderful Irene is in charge. Paul Merchant, their PR, is also a makeup artist so he knows what he’s talking about. Apparently the makeup blend by Kryolan (pictured above) is a ‘change your life’ product – you can sheer out dermacolour and it helps to rejuvenate dry areas on the face, such as around the nostrils when foundation has ‘caked’. www.charlesfox.co.uk

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I loved watching makeup artists practice their art and craft… with special effects makeup, it’s more like graft! Quite humbling to see how much work is involved with prosthetics and body painting. I think sometimes we have it relatively easy in fashion, as you don’t have to be as methodical or disciplined as in film or tv. One of my favourite makeups of the day was on George (below), son of Victoria Lee at Charles Fox. He was made up on their stand by talented Mona Turnbull (www.littleprecious.co.uk). I also loved the skull face makeup by Rachel on the M.A.C Pro stand, and it’s good news that you can now order Pro products online from www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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I enjoyed bumping into David Horne (hausofhorne@yahoo.com), makeup artist, creator and mentor, who has always been very generous with his ideas. He was there to launch his new makeup book, The Art of Male Makeup, in collaboration with makeup artist Mark T Bowles (above). They shot this ‘visual statement’ in just one week, representing a portrayal of the male in makeup in a non feminized manner. Also Julia Townend, who is such a great supporter of makeup artists and offers short courses in body painting, airbrushing and career development (email JTMakeupUK.gmail.com). Plus she’s got jars of chunky body glitter and metallic leaf, which made Andrew very happy.

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We were becoming quite thirsty at this point, so it was a relief to see Caroline and Louise of the Artistry Network, who sensibly provided water in chic, personalised bottles. They have set up a website to help makeup artists create online portfolios, manage their invoicing and generally guide them through the industry. If you’re starting out or already established and need extra help or advice, sign up to www.theartistrynetwork.com.

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I was impressed by makeup artist Emily Jane and her range of tool belts, kit bags and aprons – I bought two of the above (short!) one washable and one wipeable. I’ll certainly be returning to the website to order more (www.theEMJcompany.com) as she makes the biggest brush belt I’ve ever seen! There were so many interesting stands at the UMAE that I’m not going to mention them all, but please check out the website www.umae.co.uk where you can read about the events, attendees and speakers – Oscar winning makeup artists who worked on films and tv shows such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mrs Doubtfire, Aliens, Dracula, the Dallas Buyers Club, Oz, Star Trek and Doctor Who to name but a few. You can also buy Tshirts, hoodies and capes with makeup slogans printed on them (like the one above… I’m fond of saying, “It’s a brush, not a magic wand!) Many congratulations to organiser Chris McGowan for having the vision and energy to pull such an intimate and professional exhibition together. I’ll certainly be visiting again next year…

 

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Our Time

Lily Allen’s new video shows that she’s a cracking actress as well as writer and singer. It’s very, very funny and you can see it here www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfACIxjsuu0

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Lily plays herself as four different Lilies and we had fun creating the different personas with hairdresser Ali Pirzadeh, stylist Richard Sloane and creative director Aimee Phillips. Well, as much fun as you can have in a wet car park on a cold November day, waiting for it to get dark! My assistants Hannah Paul and Lucy Pearson helped to keep things jolly and Lily ordered an extra wardrobe van so that we weren’t too squashed.

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The climax of the video is a fight scene when fancy dress Lily (dressed as a hot dog) and lary Lily have a cat fight outside a chip shop, but I must admit to having a soft spot for innocent Lily (seen smoking above, which is ironic as the real Lily has given up!)

Now we have the launch of her new album SHEEZUS to look forward to, on April 28th.

 

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