New Work

These shots are from the shoot I organised at my house.

Photography Peter T Breen Hair Marc Ramos Stylist Lucy Kebell Make up Victoria Bond (me) Model Shannon @ Select.

I think Shannon did exceptionally well as that was her first shoot she has a lovely, vulnerable, innocent air a very delicate beauty….

Do let me know your thoughts….

Scarlett Fever – Kim Cattrall

After seeing Kim Cattrall on the red carpet last night I felt inspired to talk about the classic red lip, done well there is no look more stunning.

As you can see below Kim looks amazing she has a great base a little bit of peachy biscuit y blush and definition on the eyes I think a few individual lash inserts have been added to give a cat like appearance. But the main focus of the look is on the lip.

Don’t be afraid to try this look experiment a bit try different shades of red and see how they look. There are basic rules for colouring, paler skins tend to suit bluish toned reds and olive/ tanned skins suit warmer orangey shades, Asian and black skins suit deeper berry colours.

That said a good primary red can suit everybody Shu Uemura rouge unlimited and Christian Dior Rouge Dior in Celebrity Red are both great all round colours.

1.Make sure your lips are in good condition remove any dry skin by ex foliating this can be done cheaply with some lip balm and an old tooth brush, just gently use circular motions until all the dead skin has disappeared.

2. I suggest using a primer and a well matched lip liner this will help the lipstick last and prevent bleeding.

3. Make sure you don’t get any on your teeth as that is not cool!

4. Like Kim keep the rest of your make up minimal to avoid looking like an eighties hooker!!

My red lip – In my beauty shot have kept the eyes and cheeks to a minimal and I have used contouring and highlighting to make the eyes and cheeks pop, whilst keeping the Lip as the main focus of the look.

Stun in the Sun

I thought I would do a simple summer look that’s pretty, quick and easy…

1. Nobody wants a full coverage foundation in the summer its best to keep it light and natural Estee Lauders day wear plus multi protect with a tint release formula is perfect. Not only does this moisturise but it protects the skin as it has a SPF 15 and it will change and blend in colour if you get a tan, a great summer staple.

2. If you need a to conceal keep it light and light reflective pop a bit of Touche Eclat on the under eye and around the nose and chin if needed.

3. Give yourself a glow with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks go for blushed rose which is a gorgeous browny pinky colour perfect for summer. Keep it simple and use your fingers applying it to the apples of your cheeks, smile and apply!

4. Add a bit of colour with Mac’s Minted eye Kohl apply this to the bottom water line to make your eyes pop, this colour looks great with a tan and it’s low maintenance  in the summer sun.

5. Curl your lashes to really open out your eyes and finish with a coat of waterproof mascara Max Factor lash lift will last all day and give you great volume in just one coat.

6. Finish with Rimmel’s royal gloss in yummy a lovely sheer lippy that’s easy to apply.

A look that should be accompanied by a nice glass of Rose!

The Real Madonna

I am a big Madonna fan I think she is amazing.  She is now in her fifties  but she still rocks it big time… I have just come across unretouched pictures of her from the Louis Vuitton campaign first of all I think she looks fine unretouched and secondly I don’t have a problem with retouching. If you are selling a product whether its make up or a car the best version of this needs to be projected to the public, especially in fashion you are selling a fantasy an ideal.

I think there is a fine line with retouching over retouching just starts to look wrong but done well its fab. For an icon like Madonna image is everything so she wants to present to the world the best version of her the version that will sell Vuitton! I had my wedding pictures retouched and I have to say they look amazing!

Unretouched                                                                 Retouched

My Wedding Pic retouched

Vanity? Not for me I hate my picture being taken and I hate the results but I have 200 photographs that I love. I think it helped that I had noted fashion photographer Peter Breen taking them who managed to find my angle see above!

Always use Sunscreen!

In the words of Baz Lurman always use sunscreen and do something that scares you each day!! British summer time is upon us once more I really can’t stress enough the importance of protecting your skin. I personally wear a factor 50 all year round as any sun can be damaging and ageing. Joan Collins always says  her youthful appearance is down to staying out of the sun and at 70 something I have to say she is right!

My top five for the face

1. La Roche extreme fluid sun spf 50+ (My personal fav this is what I use all year round) Its a very light weight cream suitable for most skin.

2. Clarins uv plus protective day sunscreen SPF 40. Again a light weight fluid but leaves a matte finish to skin.

3. Elizabeth Arden eight hour sun defence for face SPF 50.  This cream gives you all the protection eight hour fans love about the Arden cult range.

4.Biotherm sun milk face SPF 50.  If your skin is a bit on the sensitive side then this is the cream for you designed to be gentle but protective

5. Lancaster sun sport multizone cream SPF 30. This is a great cream for active sun worshippers light weight non greasy and sweat proof! House of Fraser also have a 3 for 2 on all Lancaster products at the moment!

No excuses don’t burn its not cool!!

Tom Pecheux Estee Lauder collection

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous is the only way I can describe the work of Estee Lauders new creative director Tom Pecheux a make up artist who knows how to flatter a woman not cover or conceal.

Since becoming creative make up director of Estee Lauder Pecheux has been working on his new Pure Colour night collection which was first launched at Derek Lams autumn/winter 2010 show which was the first time Estee Lauder had sponsored a show.  Combining a vibrant navy and beautiful black to create strong sultry eyes see below…

Derek Lam Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Also available but not until  August will be the  48 new pure colour eye shadow which will be available in four different long lasting fade resistant finishes Matte, satin, luminous and metallic.

“Make up is such a fashion accessory” says Pecheux…. One we can all afford!!

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One Hot Mama

I know this is not a new shot but as I am approaching the final hurdle in pregnancy I think this picture is going to be my motivation for getting back into shape. I think this is Madonna at her best Dolce and Gabbana really know how to rock it for Madge she looks her best in their clothes and campaigns. This look is reminiscent of her In bed with Madonna era where I think she’s really sexy!!

I love a strong brow with very blonde hair its trashy but  gorgeous!!