make-up

First look at Gucci Westman Beauty



Gucci Westman by Lexie Moreland for WWD

If you’ve been wondering what Gucci Westman has been up to since leaving her Revlon artistic director post a few years ago, I have news. Her own-name beauty line, Westman Atelier is about to launch, a complexion-first no-make-up-make-up brand that’s been years in the making.

I have such a beauty crush on Gucci! Her minimalist 90s ‘real skin’ aesthetic has never really gone out of fashion for me, despite the craze for over-emphasised Instagram make-up. (more…)



Buy it now: Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro



Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro - a-multi-tasking cream for brows, eyeshadow, contour and root retouching

Maybe it’s my 80s upbringing but I’m a big brow girl through and through. Thankfully, I escaped the 90s barely-there brow trend unscathed. I recall a micro 70s revival in 1993 that resulted in an overplucking epidemic that many never recovered from, followed by the bleached brow which I rather liked but was too scared to attempt. (more…)



Festive beauty for for minimalists



Chanel numeros rouges limited edition lipsticks
I struggle with festive style. I cannot abide a novelty ‘Christmas jumper’, anything too sequinny makes me think ‘Julien Macdonald for Debenhams’, and sparkly eyeshadow makes my eyelids look like they’re disintegrating.

Instead, I resort to my default option of silk shirt (my black Levi’s one with navy stars is as jazzy as I go) and tailored trousers with a cocktail ring or two and one of my Judith Leiber vintage minaudieres.

Chanel’s Numéros Rouges limited edition Christmas collection is rather jewel-like too, with newly red-encased lipsticks replacing the classic black packaging. (more…)



What’s in the box: the business of beauty advent calendars



unpacking the business of beauty advent calendars

On October 25th, 300 people queued around the block of Liberty’s department store before 8.30am. Not for a new i-gadget, or a half price techy telly, or even a celebrity collaboration. No, they queued for make-up. Or more specifically, for the privilege of buying a £175 box of beauty products, albeit worth over £500.

Welcome to the frenzied, hype-commerce world of beauty advent calendars. A business that’s been booming for the last couple of years and is still growing (according to Google trends). (more…)