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Secret Treasures from the kit… Part Two

There are certain pieces of kit, as a makeup artist, that are real essentials.  Things that aren’t always easy to get hold of, but that I buy in bulk, so as to never run out.  Things that makeup artists pass on to each other, word-of-mouth little legends that I could not imagine doing a job without, and honestly a lot of makeup artists reading may need to skip this post, they’ll already be in the know.  But for those who aren’t just yet, read on, your skin will be in rapture!

Have you ever worn a long lasting eyeliner, or lip colour, or perhaps a waterproof mascara, and in the process of trying to take it off, rubbed your poor little face red raw?  Or maybe purchased a stronger makeup remover for this exact reason, only to have it sting your eyes to the point of near blindness?  Spare a thought for the poor young models each time fashion week comes round, being made up, often with highly dramatic looks, then stripped back down often three or four times a day, for weeks on end.  Poor, beautiful, young, globe-trotting models, their skin is not a happy bunny.

As a result, you will not be able to move in the makeup area backstage at any show for bottles of these two lifesavers, Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution (snappy name), and Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre; Bioderma and Embryolisse to their mates.  Please be introduced, you lot will get along famously.

Bioderma, is quite literally as gentle as water (the H20 in it’s name being somewhat of a clue, this is what Micellar Solutions are; molecular agents suspended in water - science yawn).  But cleansing wise it packs a serious punch.  I’m not a chemistry person, and I don’t really take much interest in the chemical breakdown of the products I use.  So sue me.  I’m more interested in how they work, tangibly and physically, on clients, on myself, and on the job.  This will remove the most stubborn gel liners and waterproof products, on the most sensitive ravaged skin, without so much as a tingle.  And this is coming from a  girl with insanely sensitive skin, I can’t even use Simple’s notoriously gentle face wipes because they burn the skin around my eyes, it’s ridiculous.  

Bioderma, like Embryollise, used to be a Parisian pharmacy buy.  Don’t get me started on the wonders of a French Pharmacy, the superior quality, miracle lotions and potions they stock, at bargain prices, are like makeup artist crack.  Not that I’m into crack but you get the analogy, rarely can a vague acquaintance announce a trip to France without me thrusting cash at them demanding they pick me up things from pharmacies.  Often I head to the internet to get my fix, so don’t fret if you don’t have a sexy French trip planned anytime soon.  But now us lucky Londoners (hopefully word will spread soon, they need this stuff on every high street for crying out loud!), can pick up a bottle from the clever folk at Guru Makeup Emporium in Fulham (you can buy online here for £15.50, don’t you worry).  Never ones to miss a trick they’re also now stocking the next cult product…

Embryolise!  This is the moisturiser to end all moisturisers.  So gentle it can even be used on tiny babbas, they don’t call this the “24 hour miracle cream” for nothing.  This is one of the only moisturisers I’ve found that manages to feel rich, and luxurious, whilst sinking in almost immediately and priming the skin perfectly to a plumped up satin feeling finish.  It also soothes any redness in the skin and can even be used to cleanse.  A great travel product or what?  Embryollise do a whole range of beautiful skincare that’s well worth a look into, those outside of London may be cursing me for constantly mentioning London stockists, but should I hear of any others you’ll be the first to know!  The internet is definately your friend though as this can easily be picked up online for around £10 , or if you happen to pay a visit to central London at any point, the ScreenFace shop in Covent Garden stocks a full range of their ,products as well as a treasure trove of other makeup artist goodies.  Just don’t blame me if you leave having to remortgage your house after buying half the shop, you wouldn’t be the first.

Now look at you with your healthy, glowing, nourished skin.  Simple when you know how isn’t it? *winks like Lindsey*


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Secret Treasures From Deep Inside The Kit…

I remember back in my assisting days, one artist I worked with had the most sumptuous, luxurious body lotion, that I spent many a shoot slathering onto various celebrity and model limbs.  It smelled amazing, and was beautfully rich without being greasy.  She kept it in a little unlabelled bottle and whenever I asked her what it was, she told me it was a special mix of products that was her top secret recipe.

I still wake in the night sometimes in a cold sweat, thinking about what was in that bottle. Well, I certainly find myself thinking about it sometimes, and I promise I won’t do that to you lovely people!  I’ll always tell.  One of the great things about fashion week in particular, or the good old days of assisting, is the chance to have a nosey at other artists’ kits, and the goodies within, and I fully intend to share some of those goodies with you.  I feel slightly as though I may get thrown out of some non-existant Makeup Magic Circle for this type of thing, but I’m pretty sure I’m safe.

I don’t want to shoot my load too soon, pardon my French, so let’s just start with a couple of sneaky treats shall we?  First up, the Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case.  Now that’s a snappy name if ever you heard one right?  This is the little fella I’m talking about;

Many of you may be thinking, what’s with the stupid pencil cases Lucy, are the school hols over already?  But many a makeup artist will be thinking “Hand me my brushes, I need to put them in there immediately!”  I am an organisation junkie and no mistake (my Mother may disagree upon sight of my bedroom), but when it comes to my kit, I’m always looking for handy ways to pack up and unpack and use it’s contents.  I swiped this idea a couple of years back when assisting the awesome Lucia Pieroni for Versace, she had a similar style of case, and believe me these took a good bit of tracking down, but I finally found them for £8.99 (turns out the Japanese are the Dons of uber stylish stationery), and I LOVE THEM.  Simply unzip, fold down the open case, stand them up like a pot and off you go.  I use mine for  eye and lip pencils, and they don’t half look dinky when my kit’s all laid out for a shoot (BONUS).

Next up, drumroll please…….. Lucas’s Paw Paw Ointment!  This little baby could really get a post all of it’s own but, I’ve started, so I’ll finish.                                                                                   

I first met this shiny, red, plastic little beauty a few years ago.  My friend Milly and I were both on courses of Roaccutane at the time (that’s definately another post altogether), but to cut a long story short, Roaccutane is a prescription only acne medication that has the side effect of causing insanely dry skin.  Nose and lips especially, eeeesh.  One night our lovely Aussie mate Sophie cracked this out, and I’ve not looked back since.

Any Australasian readers will be more than familiar with this product already, it’s kind of to Australians what Vaseline is to us Brits (but it’s way, way better!).  Pawpaw, another name for Papaya, in ointment form can be used to treat a list of skin ailments so long I won’t even begin to reel it out here, but let’s just say it’s a bit of a miracle balm.  It’s loved by celebs such as Alexa Chung, Jemma Kidd, Naomi Watts and no doubt a lot more I just don’t know about as yet and believe me, you need this stuff in your life.  I use it not only on lips and chapped skin, but as a cheek and eye sheen, on elbows, knees, feet and underarms, to tame brows, the list goes on…

I’ve started to notice this dinky red pot popping up in the kits of more and more artists over time, it’s a cracking replacement for the rather more expensive Eight Hour Cream, also great for vegans or vegetarians who aren’t a fan of the lanolin used in said product.  Some get it sent over from friends and fam Down Under, some buy it online. Us Londoners are spoiled as we can pop into the fabulous Guru Makeup Emporium in Fulham, who’ve recently cottoned on and started stocking the PawPaw goodness in their store.  

But my super sneaky tip?  If you ever find yourself in central London, in the Covent Garden area, pop into the Australia Shop on Maiden Lane.  That’s where I like to sneak in and pick up a tube of the good stuff for £5.95.  And pick up some chocolate Tim Tam biscuits while you’re at it, there’s nothing better to suck your tea through.

Don’t say I never give you anything!


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