A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?
Being a freelancer I spend most of my work days in the local coffee shop, or the park, with my laptop. Although these seem at first glance to be super-casual venues there is much social nuance that lurks beneath the devil-may-care veneer of café life. Many friends, work colleagues and even potential clients live in the area. As I sit at my table, my hair screwed into a straggly bun with a chopstick stuck through it, two pairs of spectacles pushed up on my head and a spot on my chin, they are liable to pop their head in the window shouting a cheery ‘good morning’ in such a manner as to cause the forkful of scrambled egg that was poised before my open mouth to slide gently down my t-shirt.
It would not do to admit defeat and be seen tapping away on my keyboard in a suit, high heels and full slap. In any case, as the thermometer hovers near 30˚ the thought of caking my face in heavy makeup, or indeed any makeup at all, seems irksome. Summer is the time to keep things simple.
Hence I am constantly re-evaluating the bare minimum that I can get away with in make-up terms whilst still appearing effortlessly groomed. This is my current routine: Continue reading →
Don’t fret, don’t frown. Stress-free Christmas shopping is simply a matter of matching the right person with the right present. The Good Glamouristas have pounded frosty pavements and almost drowned ourselves in potions, oils and creams to come up with the ultimate pick of this year’s gorgeous natural beauty gift sets. All you need to do is read our guide, force down another mince pie, reach out a languid finger and click. Continue reading →
I am the mascara makers’ nightmare customer. Not only do most mascaras make my eye itchy, I suffer from oculos pandacarius as well (panda eyes – a hideous affliction where the shape of one’s face causes one’s mascara to smudge itself into black rings below the lashes). So I’m always on the lookout for a better eyelash paint.
December is nigh. Are you ready to paaaaarty? The queen of green make-up artists Louise Dartford brings us her ultimate smoky eye tips using non-toxic pigments and pencils. Here are some easy ways to at least start your evening looking uber-glamorous.
The o-l-d-e-r I get the more I cannot be bothered to mess about with makeup. The sad irony though is that the older I get, the more I need to subtly disguise under-eye bags, cheek blotches, forehead furrows and the rest of their gruesome gang.
So I have developed a nifty morning routine that allows me to lounge in bed with my cup of tea catching up with all the latest gossip about world disasters, war and political idiocracy on Radio 4’s Today until 08:47, and still be clocking on at work by 09:00. Continue reading →
She’s a leading make-up artist, whose magic illuminates the beautiful faces that grace fashion’s catwalks and glossy magazine covers alike. In 2008 Rose-Marie Swift founded the now cult make-up brand rms beauty. With her elegant appearance, her simply bobbed coif and her less-is-more approach to colour and cosmetics, Rose-Marie Swift is truly the Jean Muir of make-up.
Make-up artist Louise Dartford is committed to using non-toxic cosmetics in her professional kit. As one might expect, her make-up bag is overflowing with gorgeous cosmetics straight from the catwalks. Continue reading →
In the past I rarely used eyeliner. The pencils would always wear down and then, at the moment I wanted to quickly slap on a lick of colour and run out the door I would find myself tearing my bathroom apart in the vain hunt for a pencil sharpener. After the eyepencils had spent a few months scribbling their colours all over the inside of my makeup bag I would throw them away in irritation.