make-up

Would you pay £90 for a custom colour and coverage-matched foundation?



Lancome Le Teint Particulier foundation at Harrods

The much-vaunted Lancôme Le Teint Particulier foundation has finally arrived on U.K. shores. Just launched with its own fancy new counter at Harrods, it lets you custom mix your own personal foundation, matched to your skin tone via algorithmic technology. Choose your level of coverage and hydration, let the machine do its thing, then take away your own individual bottle, complete with unique-to-you code and printed label. (more…)



What to buy from Chanel Les Beiges and Chanel Cruise beauty 2017



Chanel beauty Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow palette

Summer is easily my favourite beauty season. Give me a ‘bonne mine’ bronzer, a shell-coloured nail polish and a blush-tinted lippie and I’m sorted. The Chanel Les Beiges range is now in its fourth year and has added its first all-you-need eye shadow palette to the range of holiday-ready bronzers and blush sticks. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Charlotte Gainsbourg X NARS



NARS X CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG collaboration

File this under collabs I never expected to see. NARS has collaborated with French beauty minimalist Charlotte Gainsbourg on a make-up collection. It’s suitably classic, with smoky eye shadows, berry-hued cheek tints, a Hydrating Glow Tint and a kohl liner in moody shades of grey, moss green and navy. I won’t lie, it sounds beautiful in a discreet, not-very-NARS kind of way. (more…)



In pursuit of imperfect beauty



Bon Imperfect Beauty

My distaste of Instagram brows and ‘flawless’, matte-finish foundation can be traced to my early-90s initiation into beauty rituals. Although it was the decade of Kevyn Aucoin and his haute supermodels, it also saw the parallel (and arguably more influential) rise of Bridget Hall’s outdoorsy glow and Annie Morton’s morning-after-the-night before undereye shadow. (more…)