Clinique Lash Power Long Wearing Formula, Waterproof Mascara

At this time of year, with endless rain to contend with, a good waterproof mascara is an essential part of every girl’s make up kit. Still, a lot of us are put off using one because of that battle to remove it at the end of the day. Well, fear not! Clinique have released a fabulous waterproof mascara that not only can survive a wild British winter but is also easy to take off. Here’s how it works…

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.