marion cotillard dark knight makeup
When Marion Cotillard bounced into my inbox this morning (her photo, natch), I am quite sure my heart skipped a beat. Last night, she showed up to the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises looking radiant as ever and delightfully orange – see below. This type of beauty look simply cannot happen without a make-up tutorial to follow.

Get The Look:
1. Skin: You want to apply matte foundation over your face. Skip the cheeks to let a natural flush of colour peek through.
Try: Nars Sheer Matte.
2. Cheeks: Because you will have a natural blush, forgo applying any. Grab a matte bronzer and trace underneath your cheekbones for definition. Blend.
Try: Lord & Berry bronzer.
3. Eyes: Forget primer – we’re already using one of the brightest shades around and eyeshadow primer will only intensify the colour. To keep orange eyeshadow looking romantic, sweep the colour over the entire lid, about 2cm above the crease, and use the same colour as a liner under the eye. To create shape, add a second layer of colour on the outer corner of your eyes and blend towards the centre. Add black eyeliner on the top lashline only.
Try: MAC eyeshadow in Coppering and Models Own kohl pencil.
4. Lips: Get your hands on the glossiest gloss you can find. Preferably in a soft pink/coral.
Try: GOSH Volume Lip Shine in Soft Coral.
5. Nails: I didn’t paint my nails, but if you wanted to do so Mavala‘s Blue Mint nail polish is a perfect match.


After a while, I realised I had more than enough New CID cosmetics to fill a normal persons makeup bag.

Normal person.

Thus, after deciding to go blonde and feeling so fresh and so clean (clean), I decided to do a full face of their fabulous products:

i-gel Long Wear Gel Eye Liner Trio With Brush in Graphie/Granite/Carbon – This is a super soft-and-creamy eyeliner trio with staying power. It also doesn’t dry too quickly, which lets me create a subtle smoke-out with my finger after applying a thin line with the brush provided. Easy eyes in 1, 2, 3!

i-glow Compact Shimmer Powder with Mirror in Ice Pop – I rarely wear blush (hello, rosacea!), but this is a sweetly shimmering light pink which almost cancels out the natural flush in my skin. Perfectly pretty for my almost-transparent winter skin.

i-flutter Double Brush Lengthening Mascara in Black – As a total mascara snob, I was wowed by this. There are a lot of things I demand from a mascara and – apart from being a stiffer brush than I would opt for – it has them all: volume, length, separation, staying power.

i-prime Foundation Primer – Dreamy, silky, phenomenal. I use it every day, whether I wear makeup or not.

i-open Double Ended Eyeliner and Under Eye Concealer – If you don’t already know, nude eyeliner on the water line opens up your eyes (especially eyes that get no sleep, a la Lela London’s) while avoiding the harsh look of the bright white eyeliner that many old-school makeup artists recommend. To be honest, I don’t ever use the concealer end as I never ‘touch up’ in the day, but the eyeliner is a must.

i-conceal Brush on Fluid Concealer – New CID is one of the only brand that has a colour light enough for me (Extra Light) that feels like it hydrates as well as covers. You don’t even need foundation with this baby.

i-polish Nail Polish in Tutti Frutti – Of course, you wouldn’t get a post featuring New CID without a light-up product! This is one of their upcoming nail polishes, which will be priced at only £10 with all colour goodness of the Nail Greats with no chemical nasties.

i-pout Lipstick in Pomegranate – Another light-up product, this time with a handy mirror attached to the lipstick case. Enriched with Vitamin E, i-Pout feels richly conditioning and the taste is slightly sweet but not overpowering.

Full face and hair (though a bit too straight for my liking after a long day!), below.
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Natural Beauty
This is proof that no matter how great the brand, too much make-up is never good.

For NOWNESS‘ latest short film, the Dutch videography duo of Lernert and Sander shot the beautiful Hannelore Knuts as 365 layers of make-up were applied in nine hours. The “Natural Beauty” shoot emptied Ellis Faas cosmetics of seven bottles of foundation, two bottles of blush, two bottles of eye cream and three lip pens (side note: Ellis Faas lip pens are the greatest in the world). As Hannelore was fixed between two white panels, all she could consume was liquefied granola, yogurt and juice. Ah, the price of beauty.

Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty on Nowness.com.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Want to look like Kate Middleton? Let me break down Kate’s signature look for you:

Fully-lined eyes, except for the waterline.
Smoky grey/pewter eyeshadow with a reflective property (the closest a royal will ever get to glitter eyes).
Lots of mascara.
Filled-in brows, natural shape.
Coral blush. (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was NARS Orgasm Blush).
A glossy nude lipstick – looks similar to L’Oreal’s sheer pink lemonade..
Dewy foundation, like Clinique’s Dewy Smooth with has perfectly balanced pink tones.

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Make-Up

Kate Middleton Wedding Make Up
My cosmetic predictions/aspirations are Photoshopped above! To stay true to the ‘Middleton look’, the eyes had to be the focus. Since weddings often call for tears, the ageing undereye kohl liner had to be replaced with a soft smudge of waterproof eyeliner in a very light shade. (Can’t have photos with lines down the face, can we Princess?) Make-up will have to be heavier to not be washed out via flash photography, therefore a strong, semi-winged upper line will keep the attention on her peepers. A stark white wedding dress allows perfection in a pinker blush, softly lined lips, and coffee-coloured smoky eyes.

Reese Witherspoon Wedding Dress
Hooray, hooray – Reese Witherspoon just got married to Jim Toth! For her storybook-like big day, she chose a custom-made, pink Monique Lhuillier wedding dress. She is obviously taking tips from Elle Woods. Anyone remember the same shade of blush for her character’s nuptials in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde?
Reese Witherspoon Wedding Dress Legally Blonde