I’ve really enjoyed the AW16 shows and have been inspired by what some of the world’s best makeup artists have created in collaboration with designers, stylists, hairdressers and nail technicians. Everyone pushes each other creatively. Casting was the most characterful and diverse I’ve ever seen this season and it was a pleasure to see male models around too. Shows provide a great opportunity to work with a team and the makeup artists on mine were wonderful. I dedicate this blog to them, CLM and Maybelline NY, because I couldn’t do it without them.


Osman AW16

Osman was inspired by Little Lord Fauntleroy and the Buffalo Boys. I wanted to get across the tough nature of the character by creating a scowl with eye shadow. The stylist Anders gave great direction as always. We created a straight, serious line using a cotton bud to help guide us as we didn’t want to ‘wing it’. We used the darkest shade from the new Blushed Nudes palette and applied it wet for intensity. Skin was fresh and lips were milky – hydrated with Baby Lips and slightly paled down with Dream Velvet foundation for a boyish effect. Brows were brushed up with Brow Drama gel to accentuate the androgeny.

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Sukhy Bhandal (@sukhyb_mua_sashandbronze) emailed me to say, “Osman was really cool! I’m a fan of a graphic eye as well as a smokey eye, which were both featured in such a subtle yet effective way. The make-up very much complemented the whole vibe of the show, and I was in awe of how you managed to create such an iconic look that didn’t overwhelm the incredible prints on the garments”.


I was really impressed when I found out the prints were based on Osman’s art work. And I loved the juxtaposition between leather and lace… studs were also incorporated into the hair to add toughness. Maybelline NY nail expert Michelle Humphrey played with texture on a dark nail, to tie in with the collection. Nails were kept natural and manicured to perfection, then painted with two coats of Superstay in Plush Velvet. Once dry, she used a matte top coat to create a velvet texture with a stripe of gloss down the center.



It was a treat to see one of my favourite ex models Ben Grimes backstage, although we didn’t have time to talk as she was busy organising the line-up, having cast the show.

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Vogue online summarises the show along with some stunning close-up catwalk images:

“In the century before women borrowed clothes from men, and vice versa, there was froth and frou for all, without gender bias. Osman Yousefzada plundered the 1886 novel Little Lord Fauntleroy by the female author Frances Hodgson Burnett for his autumn/winter 2016 collection. His lady (and the gentleman that also walked the runway), wore the elaborate lace collars, dress socks, and velvet suiting of the storybook’s trend-setting protagonist with the same jaunty ease. This is androgyny in the broadest sense. Flamboyance, rather than the pared-down tailored simplicity that defined ‘androgyny’ during the Nineties, now prevails.”



Styling: Anders Soelvsten Thomsen @anders44

Hair: Antonio Calero for Moroccan Oil @antonioccalero @moroccanoil

Makeup Team:
Anna Payne, Olivia Cochrane, Lucie Norris, Cassie Steward, Marie Bruce, Gregory Kara, Oliver Simpson, Verity Cumming, Riona O’Sullivan, Dalma Podhoranyi, Alice Boxall-Knowles, Victoria H Sarnback


Ashish AW16

As always, Ashish was more like a party than a show! The concept this season was ‘rainbow crayola disco dream’ and together with his long time collaborator, stylist Anna Trevelyan, he dreamt up a riot of colour and sparkle. I’ve worked on this show with hairdresser Ali Pizradeh and nail technician Michelle Humphrey for many seasons now.  Ashish and Anna always encourage us to push ourselves creatively.

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The models wore head to toe colour co-ordinated outfits topped off with giant Afro wigs which Ali had lovingly crafted and coloured. They were matched by Michelle’s almond shaped nails, pre made and painted with custom blended shades from Maybelline NY ColorShow. Lips were either densely coloured to match or transparent, depending on how flattering the colour – we used a variety of Maybelline NY’s lipsticks, glosses and even eye shadows from the Big Eyes range. Skin was kept fresh with a layer of Baby Skin and 70s style lashes were achieved with new Push Up Drama mascara.


I was happy to see Jamie Baker (, @jamiebakerphotography) shooting on behalf of our sponsor Maybelline NY. He’s kindly sent me some beautiful backstage shots and I’ve selected these to share:


Sukhy said, “I loved the entire look at Ashish and it seems I’m not alone as lots of artists from all over have been reposting the look! I love how wearable it is for an everyday girl, yet it still maintains a fashion/catwalk edge to it with the whole flawless dewy skin. As with last season’s show, I feel like the make-up helps to ignite a sense of celebration for diversity and fashion, and I love how you project the element of fun with it through the bright pop of glossy colour on the lip. Lastly, from my opinion, it was the iconic Ashish show last season that kicked off and inspired artists to play around with glitter and sequins, so I can’t wait to see lots of fresh, youthful make-up and colourful lips hitting social media and the festivals soon too!”

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Styling: Anna Trevelyan at CLM @annatrevelyan

Casting: J N Productions @jnproductionglobal

Hair: Ali Pirzadeh at CLM Hair and Makeup @alipirzadeh @clmhairandmakeup

Makeup Team:
Hannah Paul, Sian Lidgate, Caroline Young, Elaine Lynskey, Rhea Le Riche
Fran Lee Done, Nina Jackson, Emma Broom, Lucy Pearson, Rebecca McMahon
Ana Fry, Alice Boxall-Knowles, Victoria H Sarnback

Thanks to Hannah Paul for chiefing the show until I arrived from Osman.




Emilio was inspired by two great ladies – the Duchess of Alba and Tamara de Lempicka – both of whom led artistic, dramatic and eventually tragic lives. The character was aristocratic – a little crazy and lost, but still a lady. The clothes were chic and sexy, featuring some delicate lingerie as outerwear. Maybelline NY’s new Blush Nudes collection fit our purposes perfectly – we enhanced the models using shades that exist in the skin – warm pink, rose mauve, nude taupe and naked brown. Jamie Baker was backstage again and captured some serene moments, even during the line up, with everyone crammed into a narrow corridor. Thanks Jamie!


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A light layer of Maybelline NY’s new Dream Velvet Foundation and dusting of Matte Maker powder made complexions look flawless and brows were defined with the new Brow Pomade pencils. Eye shadows from the Blushed Nudes palette were applied with a light touch to sculpt and slightly ‘tire’ the eyes – we intensified by layering on more when we found out that most of the models would be wearing lace masks.


Baby Lips Balm and Blush in Flirty Pink was worn low on the cheeks (Blooming Ruby for darker skin tones) and Color Sensational Lipstick in Fairly Bare, Pink Fling or Naked Brown, depending on what suited the model’s skin tone best. The Cupid’s bow was given a satiny highlight with Master Drama The Nudes pencil. Michelle blushed nails with a soft rose manicure, using Dusty Pink from Maybelline NY’s ColorShow Blushed Nudes.

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Styling: Agata Belcen

Hair: Karin Bigler @karinbigler

Makeup Team:
Hannah Paul, Elaine Lynskey, Caroline Young, Sian Lidgate, Fran Lee Done
Oonah Anderson, Dalma Podhoranyi, Alice Boxall-Knowles and Victoria H Sarnback

Nails on all shows: Michelle Humphrey for Maybelline NY @nailsbymh at LMC Worldwide

Makeup Sponsor: Maybelline NY @maybellinenyuk

Agent: CLM Hair and Makeup @clmhairandmakeup

Many thanks to all the makeup artists and my assistants Alice Boxall-Knowles and Victoria H Sarnback for their photos and mood boards. Special thanks to the Maybelline NY team – Lesley Chivers, Ella Anyanwu, Georgie Cashman and Rachael Peck – and my agent Cassandra Maxwell and her team, Melanie de la Cruz and Jazz Harris.



Shamazing Winner

We have a shamazing winner and it’s Tyler Elaine! Below she tells us what inspired her look and why she wanted to win the competition:

“I’ve always been attracted to a smokey eye but this season has pushed me more towards brighter shimmer and magical looks. I love the deep contrast of the two! And came up with just that.”
“I’m looking forward to a chance at winning to grow my artistry and find new and lovely brands and inspiration along the way.”

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Tyler Elaine Instagram @telainer

I love the combination of smoulder and sparkle and how Tyler has left ‘air’ in the makeup – the brow isn’t totally filled in and the lack of lashes keeps it fresh.

We had many inspiring entries and have featured our favourites below:


Top left to right: Aleksandra @_makeup_by_aleks, Becca Carr @beccamorty, Christy Martinez @makeup_bychristy
Middle left to right: Heart’s Makeup @h3arts_makeup, Michelle Court @courtoncamera33, Lorna Vazraghi @lvazraghi
Bottom left to right: Michelle Court @courtoncamera, Natasha Tait @makeupbynatashax, Zakia Ahmed @zakiaaahmad

Marie and I would like to thank all the entrants and hope that they will submit looks for future competitions. We were very impressed by all the imagination and ability out there.
I’d like to thank Marie @marymarieabbott for all her help hosting the competition and Hannah Paul @hannahjpaul for helping us to judge and for composing the collage.
Our winner Tyler will be interviewed on Marie’s makeup, fashion and lifestyle blog
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!!
Love Sharon x


The Best Of…

By Hannah Paul

So today is my last offical day at Dowsett Land as Sharon’s first assistant. The past two and half years have flown by and I’m very sad to be saying goodbye. I’m looking forward to moving onto the next stage of my career but I’m sure I’ll still be part of Team Dowsett and visiting this make-up haven in the future.

Here in my view is the best of being an assistant…


As an assistant part of the job is being the make-up model! Different designs and ideas get tested on you before the real work begins. Plus in the studio we get to try and review lots of new products, making notes, comparing and choosing what we like. It’s heaven for us make-up artists!

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London Fashion Week

The most intense but fun time of year! I love London Fashion Week and all the mayhem that comes with it. We get to watch Sharon be creative at tests, work with our team on shows and most of all have fun with make-up. Plus we have such great support from Sharon’s agent Cassandra and her team Sorcha and Maisie May at CLM. No matter the call time, they keep everything in order and help in any way they can. It’s a real buzz making sure everything goes right in such a short time and all the models look perfect before they head down the catwalk.

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LFW Ashish AW15

LFW Sophia Webster show

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While assisting Sharon I have been really lucky to meet lots of different people. From celebrities and photographers to designers and beauty journalists, I couldn’t keep track of everyone I have been introduced to and had the chance to work with! However, most importantly I have met other make-up artists, who I have got to know, laughed a lot with and learnt from and can now call my friends!

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Maybelline NY

Sharon is the Make-up Director of Maybelline NY and so we are sponsored by them at London Fashion Week. Throughout the rest of the year we also get to work on two trends days, product launches and special events. They have a great team who support us and we always have fun. I love discussing anything to do with make-up and skincare, I could go on all day, so it’s great for me to meet Beauty Journalists who are just the same.

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I love to travel, whether it’s to relax, sightsee or visit family! During my time with Sharon I have had the opportunity to work away from home and I have loved it. While we do work hard we also get to see amazing places and hopefully spend time in a warmer climate.

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Travelling Edinburgh

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I met Sharon by luck on a GQ Germany shoot the day after her previous assistant had left. They say everything happens for a reason and I’m sure that it’s true! It’s been such a great opportunity for me to assist and work alongside her. I have brilliant memories and most importantly knowledge and skill that can only be learnt from such a great make-up artist!

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Thank you Sharon x





My London Fashion Week AW15 with Maybelline NY

I usually post my London Fashion Week round-up after Paris Fashion Week, but as I’m working on location tomorrow (very early) there’s no time like the present. The AW15 show season was possibly my favourite ever! I was fully supported by my agency CLM, Team Dowsett and Maybelline NY, who sponsored all the shows and provided the products. Huge thanks to everyone, including the hairdressers, nail technicians, production and casting (credits listed below). I’m posting my mood boards to explain the looks, along with a few of my team’s images, plus some from the Internet, with links to articles and interviews. Check out #maybellinelfw and #teamdowsett on Instagram for more images and look out for the next issue of Marie Claire Runway.


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Before the shows started, I had the pleasure of sharing a platform (literally!) with beautiful Jourdan Dunn, supermodel and spokesmodel for Maybelline NY. I last worked with her when she was sweet sixteen, on a photoshoot with legendary stylist Judy Blame. Years later, she is still a joy to work with and we had fun introducing the new Rebel Bouquet collection of lipsticks and nail polishes to the beauty press.

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Fyodor Golan moodboard

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My first show and the first time I’d worked with this duo. Together with Anders the stylist, we created a futuristic, sharp shaped eyeliner based on the pale pink and fluoro green boots, photos from The Hunger

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Wonderland magazine have interviewed the gentlemen who say that we can go to Tesco in a big gown if we want!

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Lucas Nacimento moodboard

Lucas wanted ‘beautiful skin’ so we created a ‘cashmere’ complexion to complement his knitwear. Sometimes the ‘no makeup makeup’ look takes more know-how and products to achieve than a flamboyant creation. Here’s our pick of Maybelline NY products for this show including their new The Nudes Palette and Dream Flawless Nude Foundation:

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Kaltblut magazine have posted some great photos by Karl Slater featuring Elaine Lynskey and Rhea le Riche, working to ensure models’ skin looks perfect. We traced a line of pearl (using a pale, shimmering eye shadow) from the nosebridge to the decollete


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Sophia Webster moodboard

Theatrical greasepaint was applied in a halo to create white bases and we added White Kajal to Petal Pink lipstick (from the Rebel Bouquet range) so that lips looked luminous. The set designer Shona Heath did a fantastic job of interpreting and making the costumes, inspired by the Triadic Ballet. The makeup followed the balletic theme.

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Check out the AW15 diary of our backstage guest, the immaculate Victoria @inthefrow

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The models had to stand in their outfits for two hours during this presentation. It was cold and uncomfortable but they were brave and professional. And looked stunning! We were thrilled to discover that Sophia Webster’s presentation made the front page.




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Osman wanted fresh faces so we used Baby Lips mixed with White Kajal to create eggshell white highlights and then injected some glamorous grunge with a simple line of Black Kohl – no mascara kept the look ‘fresh’ and the black kohl kept it ‘edgy’.


Dazed Digital have posted some gorgeous photos by Chloe le Drezen … #LFW

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Hair was beautifully tended to and every part of exposed skin was perfected. The models were lined up in colour groups of white, red and black – you can see how striking this looked on the catwalk in this photo by Kensington Leverne for the BFC:




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Red also featured at Ashish, most notably in the shoes and boots, which inspired the red lips along with the direction ‘trashy luxury’. Lashes and lips were the make-up focus and I encouraged the models to do it themselves. I love it when looks are characterful!


I was very pleased that I invited Jamie Baker backstage, who took these beautiful photos below, capturing the models’ individuality. You can see more images on his blog:

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Team Dowsett are: Hannah Paul, Lucy Pearson, Rhea le Riche, Sian Lidgate, Lucie Norris, Elaine Lynskey,Emmanuelle Monblanc and Caroline Young from the Artistry Network Hannah Dinmore and Athena Paginton (not pictured above but there in team spirit!) Thanks to Rachael Peck for the photo.




Divine Inspiration

Writing earlier about beauty in the mid 1500s, I remembered a shoot for US Vogue in June 2000, featuring Carmen Kass, shot by Michael Thompson, styled by Tonne Goodman with hair by Serge Normant and make-up by me. It was titled Divine Inspiration and compared designers’ inspiration with their interpretion. Helmut Lang was inspired by Zurbaran’s 1640 portrait of Sainte Elisabeth de Portugal, “Borrowing a detail that doesn’t exist today,” for his Fall 2000 collection. I like that notion and feel encouraged anew to scan old paintings for similar inspiration – there’s always a rosy cheek, shadowy hue or white highlight you can lift!





I was very inspired by BBC2’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on Wednesday night – a future classic, firing on all cylinders yet a slow burn drama, allowing time to relish the details and digest the complexities. Refreshing in our age of quick fixes and fast edits. It’s a treat to watch stage actor Mark Rylance (as Thomas Cromwell) on TV and I found the acting superb, particularly Claire Foy as a deliciously annoying Anne Boleyn. Hilary Mantel wrote a piece in today’s Sunday Times News Review, saying that our fascination with the Tudors endures because they are just like us (only bloodier!)
In fact, women ‘bled’ themselves to look paler, as this was a prerequisite for courtly beauty, signifying nobility, wealth and delicacy (not having to work outside in the sun). Make-up wasn’t fashionable during the reigns of early Tudors; it was Queen Elizabeth 1 who set the precedent, wearing lead white to cover up her smallpox scars and signs of ageing, along with vermilion to redden cheeks and lips. Make-up became heavy and was sadly often poisonous, but women have always been prepared to suffer for beauty!
What gave the actresses in Wolf Hall authenticity was their apparent lack of make-up, thanks to the work of award-winning make-up artist Morag Ross. Of course, we know that ‘no make-up’ often entails quite a few products, and can often be the hardest look to achieve. We all want pure, flawless, healthy looking skin, and the balance between a light touch yet still covering blemishes, is something most women want, and that hasn’t changed throughout history.



Today we have so many products to choose from (fortunately non-poisonous in the main) and it’s fun to experiment, but also confusing. Make it easy for yourself by having a basic set of products and techniques to create your ‘best version of yourself’ face – your ‘no make-up’ make-up. You may use primer, foundation, concealer and powder or a tinted moisturiser/BB cream – depending on your skin type and the season. Include a blush and you’ve immediately portrayed health – I find cream blush to be the most natural looking, applied low on cheeks (like the flush in old oil painted portraits). Also add light – we’re always thinking about shading and not enough about brightening. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing a buff of pearlised powder on bones can be. Brows really do frame your face and a little definition with pencil or powder increases contrast, aiding a youthful appearance. Dot a brownish black eye pencil along the lash line to make them appear fuller and darker, curl lashes and tickle them with a light coat of mascara. Nourish lips with balm and boost shape with a natural lip colour pencil. If you don’t normally pay this much attention to your make-up, it sounds like a lot of products and effort, but you’re worth spending time on. The routine will become quicker and once you’ve got your base right, you can add whatever ornamentation you fancy on top, whether that’s a singular or signature statement – a crafted lip, slick eyeliner, smoky eye shadow or cheek contour – or a balanced make-up that includes all features. Or you could skip everything and just don a crown…


Roland Mouret Pre Fall 15 Collection

Our working day began this morning while it was still dark! Luckily we had plenty of lights set up backstage at Roland Mouret’s Pre Fall 15 show so we could start making up our models at 7am. With a great M.A.C team on board and reliable products at our fingertips, all models had their ‘individually defined beauty with a punk edge and Mayfair polish’ applied in time for the 8.30am rehearsal! Nails were painted deep navy by Ama Quashie using Morgan Taylor. Hair was teased and tousled by Lyndell Mansfield and her team who created a fun atmosphere with their music and energy.



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In fact, Lyndell’s make-up provided some of the inspiration for the show, along with a pinch of Gwyneth Paltrow in the Royal Tenenbaums and Sissy Spacek in Badlands. Also Sophia Neophitou’s eyeliner, who art directed the looks and styled the show. Each model had their own singular statements to suit, ranging from an intense black liner around the eyes with layers of cloggy mascara; heavy, spidery lashes with black kohl in the waterline or a matte red lip with blurred edges. Skin was kept fresh and with minimal amount of concealor applied. Models looked boyish rather than pretty – tough but chic. By 9.30am it was time to get organised for the model line up. M.A.C artist Dominic came prepared with his clip on lights to check for any imperfections…


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Showtime was just after 10am and by 11am we’d left the building and the Instagrams were in full swing, capturing the mornings events! I can’t imagine a better way to end the year – I’ve worked with Roland since the 90s so it’s wonderful to watch his evolution. I’d like to give thanks to M.A.C for their support; the brilliant Jude Paternoster for her fine organisation and humour; Inca Events for their elegant production; Sorcha Adamson at CLM for being there and my two fabulous, loyal assistants, Hannah Paul and Lucy Pearson.

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SS15 Maybelline NY Trends Presentation at Dowsettland

By Hannah Paul

Last week we welcomed the UK’s top beauty press to Dowsettland! We were very excited to have guests and it seemed appropriate that our first event was for Maybelline NY’s SS15 trends presentation…


With warm welcomes out of the way and everyone seated Sharon took us through a demo with various looks that weaved in lots of inspiration from our latest trends. Our journey started with the most important essentials for every woman, that could take her confidently to the gym, off to work or shopping. We were then treated to a crafted eye look that included shades of champagne and an elegant eyeliner for that important working lunch or afternoon off. We finished with a Friday night out look and the option to create the perfect lip with various layers to determine staying power or an updated smokey eye with a flash of vibrant turquoise suitable for a weekend festival or late night gig! Our model for the day, Georgie Hobday carried off each look beautifully..

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demo 2  Georgie Hobday

During the demo Sharon laid out the make-up she used on the beauty bar for the journalists to play with. As you can see from the picture below she found it hard to choose her favourite products and instead ended up using 34 Maybelline NY items to create the end result.

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We also had the brilliant nail technician Michelle Humphrey with us to take us through nail trends for SS15 and a chance to see the latest capsule collection Maybelline NY have brought out for Christmas. It doesn’t matter what we meet for, discussions always stray to another season!

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The studio took on a real transformation with the Maybelline NY team making their mark. Our beauty bar had the trend book laid out for referencing during the demo and our bookcase featured the season’s key looks, while cleverly displaying the perfect products to achieve them. Our guests had the opportunity to have a closer look after the demo and it was great to also see them peeking at Sharon’s work, books and masses of make-up she has built up through such a successful career!

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In the afternoon we enjoyed some delicious treats and squeezed in some time to celebrate Georgie’s birthday, with a surprise visit from make-up master Andrew Gallimore – a perfect finish to a great day!

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It was sad to see everyone leave Dowsettland but we loved that they enjoyed the day and filled Instagram with some great pictures. Even our lovely model, Georgie said it was the ‘Best day at work ever!’

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Images by Hannah Paul, Lucy Pearson (Sharon’s assistants) and Sharon Dowsett.



Gold Rush

Harrods magazine has just published this beauty story, All That Glistens, photographed by David Ferrua, featuring model Valerija Sestic and written by Jan Masters.


I’ve been discussing the use of gold in makeup with my assistants, Hannah and Lucy, who say that it’s brilliant for ‘saving’ a look, eg if the eye makeup is too heavy or loses control. With the party season upon us, it’s also ideal for adding glamour and glitz.

For this beauty story, I mainly used CHANEL products, particularly the Christmas collection and my favourite foundation, Perfection Lumiere Velvet, with illumination provided by CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel. Other products I enjoyed using:
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer, By Terry Ombre Black Star in Beyond Gold, Gold Leaf by Julia Townend
and MAC Glitter in 3D Gold and Maybelline NY Color Tattoo in Eternal Gold.

Make-up by Sharon Dowsett using CHANEL

Hair by Federico Ghezzi at CLM Hair and Make-up using Kiehl’s

Nails by Ama Quashie using CHANEL at CLM Hair and Make-up

Fashion Editor Victoria Gaiger


Face Savers


I never used to care much about skin care, because there was always make-up to cover it up! Now that I’m older and definitely wiser, skin care is an important bridge to make-up: it’s fundamental. For the past few years or more, I’ve been a judge on the Annual STYLIST Skin Care Awards – although I’m not a skin care expert, I have lots of experience in using products practically. The fifth annual awards were held recently which prompted me to consider what are the products that I consistently reach for… what are my face savers? I’m very lucky that brands are generous and send quality products for me to try out, but that can sometimes be confusing (for the skin too!) I must admit that my favourites do change, sometimes on a whim and sometimes according to the season or specific skin needs, but here’s what I’m using in my kit and bathroom at the moment:

Clarisonic – this machine cleans skin six times more efficiently than manual cleansing and helps skin care products to be more efficient.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream – simple but effective, hydrating and glow giving. I love having these little mini pots in my travel kit.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – I’m always reaching for this stress-minimizing daily hydrator, and so is my husband. Their Rosa Arctica Eye Cream’s great too.
Maybelline NY Baby Lips – I use this balm more than any other product during fashion week: not only to nourish lips, but to give freshness to skin, especially cheeks.
Embryollise – I never leave Paris without a few tubes. I find this moisturiser is the most useful in my kit because it seems to suit everyone.Good value for money.
Erborian BB Flash Essence – a serum from a new Korean range which I’ve only just started using, and I’m most impressed with the brightening effect.
NUXE 24HR Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask – does exactly what it says! I use this at least once a week, and I especially enjoy applying it after a sauna and steam.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – I like Skyn’s no-nonsense, straightforward approach and these eye gels have come in handy on a few occasions.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – you only have to unscrew the lid to be transported into a spa! The oily base cleanses effectively, lifting make-up from skin.
CHANEL Gentle Biphase Eye Make-up Remover – it’s the best! The combined water and oil formula lift off the most stubborn, waterproof mascara. Reliable.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – of course I’m a fan of Bio Derma, but this comes in a bigger bottle for half the price and does the same job in my opinion.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – this gentle exfoliant is a classic and has never been off my bathroom shelf. Just make sure you rinse properly!
L’Occitane Creme Divine – rich and creamy for when I feel like I need extra moisturising, either in the morning or at night. Luxury.
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate – for a long time I avoided oil because I have oily skin, but this blend helps to balance it. I use it alone or with other night creams.
This Works No Wrinkle Midnight Moisture – created by beauty guru Kathy Philips who knows her stuff. Smells relaxing, sinks in easily and doesn’t make too many claims.