Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Essential Summer 2018 Beauty - Sun Protection Factor - Wear Your SPF

A Summer beauty routine is incomplete without the addition of essential protection for your skin from strong, harmful UVA and UBV sun rays. UBV rays cause sunburn. UVA rays penetrate the epidermis more deeply, reaching into the dermis, the skin's thickest layer, where most skin cancers occur. Both UVA and UBV sun rays cause premature ageing of the skin - dryness, wrinkles, age spots. Prolonged ultraviolet exposure may also cause cataracts, so shield your eyes as well. SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a measure of how well a sunscreen protects you from sunburn. Applying a SPF cream, oil or lotion with UVA/UBV filters is completely essential and it is essential all year round. A 'broad-spectrum' or 'full-spectrum' sunscreen protects from both UVA and UBV damage. Only sunscreens with a value of  SPF 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.

My go-to SPF, for the glow it gives my skin, is P20 by Dutch company Riemann. It's an oil containing alcohol so rub between the palms to evaporate the alcohol and then apply. P20 is recommended for wear under make-up or a moisturiser. Stocked at Superdrug, £17.99.  

Monday, 21 August 2017

Where An Orange Eyebrow Meets Yellow Eye Shadow - Maison Margiela Autumn/Winter 2017-2018

 Maison Margiela Autumn/Winter 2017-2018 Make-up Pat McGrath 

The season’s beauty looks for Autumn/Winter 2017-18 are many and include minimalist make-up with a bare, neutral look as seen at Alexander McQueen; to highlight a glowing complexion, make-up artists reflect light and use liquid foundation for an almost wet finish at Burberry; the statement lip is here at Gucci; at Yves Saint Laurent and Armani, the smoky eye is back. Elsewhere, oversized lashes and a graphic use of eyeliner exaggerate a new eye.

For Martin Margiela Autumn/Winter 2017-2018 RTW (Ready-To-Wear), renowned backstage make-up artist Pat McGrath takes birds of paradise as her inspiration. Her collaborator, Eugene Souleiman, creates hair which is parted, slicked down and then brushed out at the ends. Taking a nude lip and a natural complexion, Pat McGrath creates a graphic cat’s eye in super colours which show pigments in make-up and beauty reaching new creative heights, where an orange eyebrow meets yellow eye shadow - DC

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Fitzpatrick Scale or how to choose your SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

TheFitzpatrick Scale or how to choose your SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

The Fitzpatrick Scale (also Fitzpatrick skin typing test or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale) is a numerical classification schema for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School, as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.

The Fitzpatrick Scale or how to choose your SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Essential all year round skincare, especially during the Summer months - DC

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Chanel Couture Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 - the hair, the makeup

Chanel Couture Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 July 7 2015 Grand Palais, Paris

For the Chanel Couture Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 collection, staged on July 7 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris, makeup artist Tom Pecheux created a very pale and contoured look. Eyebrows are highly defined. Lips are matte and match cheeks in a deep red pink or a more subdued rosewood colour. Hairstylist Sam McKnight created angular, dark brown wigs designed to accentuate cheek bones. Models' own hair looked shorn underneath, a strong, dramatic beauty showcasing an exquisite couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2015 Couture Collection – the makeup:

Skin prepared with CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY products range
All products by CHANEL
VITALUMIERE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF15
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighter Face Pen
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF15
LE SOURCIL DE CHANEL Perfect Brows “Brun” (N°20)
LE VOLUME ULTRA-NOIR DE CHANEL “Noir Khôl” (N°90) (Launching 21st August 2015)
ROUGE COCO Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour “Coco” (N°416)
JOUES CONTRASTE “Frivole” * Powder Blush (N°76) 
LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Definer  “Rouge Profond” (N°57)
ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour “La Bouleversante” N°51 – 2015 Fall Collection  (Launching 21st August 2015)
LA BASE – 2015 Fall Collection (Launching 21st August 2015)
LE VERNIS “Beige Pur” (N°659)
LE VERNIS “Black Satin” (N°219)
LE TOP COAT – 2015 Fall Collection (Launching 21st August 2015)  
*Available only in certain markets

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Prada Spring/Summer 2015 Backstage Beauty Shot

Prada Spring/Summer 2015 Makeup by Pat McGrath Hair by Guido Palau

For Prada Spring/Summer 2015, Prada Beauty focuses on the eyes and the eyebrows. For the Prada Spring/Summer 2015 runway show, makeup artist Pat McGrath presented a look that is, "almost like an hallucination", she says, describing this minimalist and neutral beauty. Hair stylist Guido created a ponytail for the show, with sideburns to create something "boyish" - DC