Hello Texas – I Love You!!!

Have I told you yet how much I love the great state of Texas, and those that live there?

Sometimes I go there for work, sometimes I go there to see friends, but every time I go there I have an absolute blast! Texans just have to be amongst the most friendly, fun loving folks to roam the earth. And I love them.

I feel a great affinity to Texan women too, because every single one of them that I either am friends with, or work with (and there are very murky lines there – they start as clients and evolve beautifully into very close friends) appears to have a mind-bending love of shoes. Just like me!

We speak the same language!

So you can imagine my total delight yesterday, when I walked into the hotel room of my brand new Texan client, who had flown in a mere hour before, and right there, smack bang in front of me, like a sign from the universe that this day was about to become completely brilliant, I saw these:

Sing angels, sing! Exquisite patent leather YSL sandals. (Hers were black, but I couldn’t find black ones to show you online). I knew from that moment forward, that this was meant to be! No accidental client meets makeup artist story here – this was fate!

And of course, she was cool, funny, clever and super friendly, the way Texans always are.

After her makeup was all finished and I’d packed my brushes etc away, she took on a very conspiratorial tone, and said “I have to show you something…”

Then she opened her suitcase and a pure white light shone out, angels started singing the Hallelujah Chorus, and she pulled out these:

Ooooohhh!!! Studded Prada Slingback Peeptoe Boots. Can you feel the sheer magic of them reaching out to you??? Just looking at this picture makes my heart pound and my breath quicken!

When the pounding in my ears stopped, and I got my equilibrium back, she let me hold them. (We wear different sizes, otherwise I’d have put them on and walked around the room in them).

All I can say is, even holding this shoe, you know your mojo is overflowing.
I held them for ages.
They are perfect.
My world would be perfect if I owned them.
I instinctively know that makeup would go on better if I was wearing them.

Long live Prada, and God love Texas.



Flirting Madly With Fall…

I am super excited about MAC’s new Flirt With Fall Lash campaign!

Academy Award nominated makeup artist Christina Smith developed this line for MAC, and infused it with a little (lot!) movie magic.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

There are six different lashes in the collection, but my favorite three are:

Set #44

Set #45 – these are a half set, for use on the outer segment of the eyelid, to add drama but not close the eye. Great for those with smaller eyes who feel that their eye gets lost behind a big, full lash.

And the piece de resistance, the #47’s. These are the absolute most fabulous lashes!
Love, love, loving all over them!!!

We may be shooting Lea Cappelli this weekend for a magazine piece, if so, I will be using these on her to create some extra gorgeous drama-rama!

Batt ’em ladies!



For The Ladies Who Lash….

One of my favorite tricks in makeup-land, both on clients and on myself, is using individual lashes to really enhance an eye and bring out some controlled drama.
Not every occasion calls for a full strip lash, and a strip can in fact overwhelm an eye, but individuals can really save the day.

So today I’m going to teach you how to apply them, so you have time to practice, and then get out there and rock some fabulous this weekend!

Now individual lashes can be a bit tricky at first, but don’t go getting disheartened. Just practice a few times and you’ll be just fine.
Some people like to hold a hand mirror under their chin with their free hand to help them see what they’re doing, others (like me) can’t co-ordinate that, and just lean in to the bathroom mirror and tip their chin up.

First up, you are going to do your entire eye makeup, including tons of mascara. If you are going to curl your lashes, be careful not to crimp them and have them flicking upwards. It makes it super difficult to place a false lash, and falsies are never shaped at that angle. So if curling, just get a gentle bend into the lash.

I’ll be teaching you this pretty little eye makeup next week…

I use Duo Surgical Adhesive to glue false lashes. You are highly unlikely to develop a reaction to this product, whereas some of the others I’m a tad skeptical of. It goes on white and dries clear, so you know exactly when they’re ready. You can buy clear lash glue or black lash glue, but I recommend this one.

Now to the lashes themselves. You can buy Ardell or Andrea individual lashes everywhere, and they are actually very inexpensive, and really good. Depending on the length of your own lashes get either short black flair or medium black flair.
These aren’t actually one single lash, but instead are a group of lashes knotted together.

Now using your tweezers (mine are Tweezerman tweezers, my absolute favorite), gently lift off one lash from close to the knot. They are held onto the plastic case with a soft adhesive. If you pull from the end of the lash you’ll change the shape of it.

Dip it into the glue and get the knotted end covered. Hold it for a few seconds to let it get tacky.

Now with your eye mostly closed, place the lash right at the lashline. Not up on the eyeliner and not on the lashes, but instead place it where a new lash would grow. The idea here is to make it look like they’re your own.

I don’t place them so that they’re pointing straight out, but instead angle them slightly to the outer corner of the eye. This widens your eyes and makes them look more sultry and mysterious.
(and we all want sultry and mysterious…!)

Your first lash should be your outer-most lash. Now you are going to place 2 or 3 more along the lashline, not too close together, just far enough apart that the outer corners of each lash slightly cross one another. This creates some depth and makes your lashes look thicker and sexier.

While you’re doing this, you keep the eye you’re working on looking downwards, or if you’re super talented, closed. If you are batting your eyelids around the lashes will start heading off in all kinds of different directions and will start twisting sideways etc.
(I told you it was tricky, but once you’ve got it down its like riding a bike – you don’t even think about the mechanics of it, you just do it)

I place the back of my tweezers underneath to level the lashes and keep them inline with the natural lashes.

It takes a few miutes for the lashes to dry, so sit there with your eyes closed and zen out or something.

Once they have dried they look like fab-u-lashes that you grew yourself.

This tutorial was shot during a teen photoshoot, so I couldn’t do a hardcore lash fabulous, we had to look somewhat natural. But I use individuals all the time, so will post pics of some rocking thick ones sometime soon so you can see how they look too.

All these images were shot by the fabulous Kelly Cappelli on location at my home away from home, Studio 5, on a photoshoot with our beautiful model Monica.