The beauty team in the salon at House Of Grazia
Right at the top of the House of Grazia at Matches 23 is our glamorous beauty salon. This afternoon two of the beauty world’s most sought-after gurus joined us for an afternoon of insider info. Andrew Gallimore is a celebrated makeup artist who works with the likes of Jessie J and Beth Ditto and is also high up in the echelons of Dior beauty.
Marion Newman is the woman to know for nails, which is why Louis Vuitton, Chanel and anyone who’s anyone in the fashion world turn to her for their fashion show fingertips.
The Grazia beauty team, Liz Hambleton Jones, Lauren Murdoch Smith and Rose Beer were here to quiz the experts on three of this seasons biggest beauty trends; the pink lip, the blue eye and the overwhelming craze for nude nails.
Andrew talks pink lips
Andrew says, ‘This is an extreme version of what you saw on the SS13 catwalks. It's very bold, almost screen-printed onto the lips. It’s not a tint, or a stain or a gloss.
‘It's a really opaque colour. I’ve used Beach Blanket by M.A.C. plus a liner – M.A.C. Embrace Me. This gives it greater longevity - and helps to get the outline really it crisp. I've also used their pink pigment to give a velvet finish with no kind of light reflection at all.
So this is an extreme version but if you wanted a more wearable version then maybe you could use a pencil all over.’
Andrew explained why lips are such a big trend right now; ‘as a contrast to endless seasons of perfect skin, or crazy eyeliner - this is the return of the lip and I really love it!’
Rose, Angelica and Marian Newman in the House Of Grazia's beauty salon
Marian Newman on nude nails
Marion says; ‘SS13 is all about the nude nails. I've been doing shows since about '97 and last season was the one season where the majority of designers all went for the same trend. I have to say, by about the fifth or the sixth show I realised it was a real trend. A real conscious decision to go for one look. It was the biggest trend in nails I've ever come across for 15 years.’
Marian says; ‘the trick of the trade is to do an opaque beige on first - which blanks out the nail, then depending on the skin of the model my team then did one, two or three layers of sheer pink on top, altered to suit the skin, and that's how we did nude for the shows.
The only way you can tell if you like a colour or not is by looking on your hand, be a it a nude or a fluro or whatever it is. Try it on before you buy it - use the testers and find out which shade of nude is the best.
For my money, Nails Inc do a really good product, when it comes to nude. I carry a lot of Nails Inc with me, if ever I want a new one - Nails Inc Basil Street and Nails Inc Colville Mews Nail Polish. Essie do a good nude. New brand Kure Bazaar do a good nude.
Alternatively, when in doubt, get a sheer. I recently did Victoria Beckham's nails and she wanted a pale pink sheer. Harper was there but she didn't get her nails done, ha ha!
Undone but well done is what I call it. I'm trademarking that.
Rose and Angelica in the SS'13 looks
Andrew Gallimore on blue eyeshadow
Andrew made up Rose Beer to be a vision in blue. ‘I’ve used a blue in the waterline, blue on the lashes or blocks of blue - it is blue eyeshadow but it's new because it's playful and it's easy to experiment with and easy to do.’
You can even wear blue mascara on top of black mascara - just on the ends for a bit of a dash!
Everyone's mum and Aunties wore blue mascara in the Eighties but it’s really having a comeback now. I’ved used hi def cyan chromagraphic pencil by M.A.C on the lids, then a bright eyeshadow on top - the pencil and the eyeshadow are friends with each other, they cling to each other and they work well together.
Then I keep the rest of the makeup super clean and fresh.
And that’s how to do a modern blue eye for SS13.’