Happy Holliday!

This weekend sees the release of the cinematic feast that is Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’. It stars the always stunning Helena Bonham Carter, creating a wonderfully barmy Miss Haversham, and Ralph Fiennes as creepy criminal Magwitch. I should point out that whilst Ralph is someone I’ve worked with for 18 years, when I saw the film it took me ages to realise it was him! He’s a true chameleon. The movie’s also a great showcase for youngsters Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger – and it was the latter whose hair and make-up I had the pleasure of doing for the World Premiere in Toronto.

Holliday is a joy to be with. She has a beautiful bone structure and smooth complexion and I wanted to emphasise that youthful freshness. Too often young actresses are over made-up and weighed down by a look, rather than letting their natural beauty shining through.

I prepped the skin with Origins ‘A Perfect World’ to help combat the rigours of time zone changes. Then I used Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ foundation with Tom Ford ‘Shade and Illuminate’ for added radiance. The Cheeks were warmed with MAC ‘Fleur Power’.

And for the eyes? Bobbi Brown gel liner (fast becoming a classic) was used very finely in the top lash line, then the soft shaping on the eyes was created with Estee Lauder’s eyeshadow palette in ‘Desert Heat’ (putting the lightest shade near the brows and the darkest shade in the socket area). A coating of Giorgio Aramani ‘Eyes To Kill’ mascara gave us luscious lashes. Brows were groomed and the perfect pout was painted with Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony.

For the hair we decided to do a cooler take on the classic ‘up do’ so I twisted and rolled the hair in sections and brought them to a bun. It was then fixed with a spray of L’Oreal Elnett.

Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe

It seems like everyone’s seen Skyfall. Smashing records like they were going out of fashion, it’s now 2012′s biggest film. So it makes me really chuffed to think that I was there right at the start. Well, it was actually even BEFORE the start!

It was at last November’s swanky press launch, before director Sam Mendes had even shot a second of footage, that it all began. The event was held to announce the cast, the crew and the name of the 007′s 50th anniversary outing and I was asked to work with the actress who would play the latest in a long line of iconic Bond girls, Bérénice Marlohe. As this was her unveiling to the world, I knew she had to look special.


Creating those first images was a total pleasure. Bérénice is brave and experimental with her make-up – something I always like. Since that launch we’ve worked together several times, on everything from magazine shoots to press junkets. On one such junket she even asked me to give her some sexy blood red eyeshadow. I told you she was brave!

So as Bérénice heads effortlessly towards superstardom, I thought I’d share a couple of looks that I created for her. Enjoy!
LOOK 1
After treating the skin with Origins Brighter By Nature serum I used MAC Prep And Prime base on the eyes (this is a strong look and I wanted it to stay put – hence the base).
I then worked with MAC Carbon and Vibrant Grape eyeshadows. Be careful though – purples and blacks are a recipe for that unwanted ‘black eye’ look so make sure you’re colour balancing and shaping nicely. Get it right and you’ll get that dramatic look that Bond girls are so famous for.
Next I put a matt black eyeliner (Armani Maestro) into the lash lines, followed by a strip of lashes and coatings of L’Oreal telescopic mascara. Brows were very definite in this look too. I emphasised them using Estée Lauder Automatic Eye Duo in Soft Black. Again, it’s not a look for the faint-hearted but since ‘girly’ wasn’t what we were aiming for, we really went for it!
After the eyes were painted I started creating the face canvas. First up, YSL’s Teint Radiance  foundation went on the face. Cheeks were then sculptured using  L’Oreal Paris True Match Blusher in Nude Brown. Finally, I slicked the lips with a mix of Clinique Chubby Sticks  in Woppin’ Watermelon and Mighty Mimosa.
LOOK 2
For this look I used Bobbi Brown eyeshadows in Dark Chocolate, Mahogany and Smoke going into the black eyeliner. It’s the layering up of tones that creates that intense  look in the eye. Cheek highlight was emphasised with the Benefit Classic High Beam and the lips were neutralised with Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut.
I hope you like!