For years I have long adored the work of American modernist Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky.)

His gritty, avant-garde and poetic vision has always spoken to me in one way or the other.  This being said it only dawn on me last week that a lot of references within the studio point directly towards Man Ray’s work, a perfect example of this would be the main image we shot in the studio that is frequently used and featured on many of our promotional advertisements and displayed at the trade shows we participate in.

If you have attended one of our studio days, you would know the image I am referring to.

The obvious influence here are the painted hands. An inspiration taken directly from Man Ray’s photo for which Picasso painted hands to look like gloves.

It’s funny how we as individuals are constantly emulating the things that speak to you the most, and incorporate them into day-to-day life and surroundings.

The image we took a few years back in our studio.

Man Ray’s photo’s for which Picasso painted the hands to represent gloves.

Another example of his influence is the painting presented in the entrance to the studio set – a painting of red lips on a washed out background, the lips appear to be  floating in the air much like the Man Ray mix medium photograph ” Le rêve de Vénus” featured below.

Uncanny!? Or not so secretly obsessed?!

Two different images taken against the famous lip-painted backdrop!

Sera our fantastic make up artist and Candace our studio stylist, sporting cherry lips and showing off out very own take on “floating lips” like Man Ray’s earlier backdrop!

Thanks Bernardo for the cheeky picture!

Check out Bernardo’s work, he is one talented photographer!

Sera has her own false eyelashes brand, beautiful fine eyelashes that look and feel natural, do check her site out here

Man Ray holding up an image of lips in his studio in Paris.

Another coincidence is that Man Ray to had a distinct favouring of portraits much like we do hence the name , “The Face London.”

I thought I would share my personal favourites with you.

Looking at his beautiful photography and mixed mediums, really shows how Man Ray was so ahead of his time!

 “Man Ray offered artists in all media an example of a creative intelligence that, in its ‘pursuit of pleasure and liberty,'”—Man Ray’s stated guiding principles—”unlocked every door it came to and walked freely where it would.”-Wikapedia

The beautiful Suzy Parker in a Man Ray shoot.

A perfume by designer Elsa Schiaparell, shot by Man Ray.

 L’etoile De Mer (The starfish) 1928 by Man Ray.


Beauty muse….

Jane Birkin we adore you!

From the perfectly executed fringe to her effortless style, we just can’t get enough of Jane Birkin’s timeless elegance!

The beauty team at The Face London adore 60’s makeup-especially when it’s understated and not as obvious and contrived as we have seen it in the past.

The 60’s era has always been a personal favourite of mine- the mini dresses, the square heeled shoes and the doll-like hairstyles and eye makeup!

It’s easy to see why we have chosen Jane Birkin as our beauty muse for the month.

If there’s any particular era you would like to emulate on your next visit to our studio, please do let us know as our team of experts would love nothing more than to make your vision a reality.

Our beauty team encourage all clients to try something new and when you have a team as good as ours at your disposal, why the heck not?


The beauty team have kindly recommended the following products -should you wish to recreate this look (personally I think it’s a hit for spring)

Above for the eyes the team have chosen to use Bobbi Brown smoky Topaz and Cool lilac and for adding definition to the creases and close to the eyelashes use Benefit’s Big beautiful eyes

This little kit is all you need to line, define and contour your eyes like a pro.

This kit contains: boi-ing medium, industrial-strength concealer, alabaster pink base shadow, cocoa shimmer contour shadow, rich chocolate-brown liner shadow, two brushes for easy application and an illustrated, step-by-step professional makeup lesson.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil which is formulated specifically for lining the inside of the eyelid and the base of the lashes team up with  Laura Mercier Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara which dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke. The lightweight, nutrient-infused formula leaves lashes super-shiny, soft and clump-free all day long, perfect for recreating Jane Birkin’s doe eyes!

Frame the face by defining your brows beautiful with Bobbi Brown’s angled brush head, to expertly shape and define natural-looking brows.

For dewy, fresh even toned skin such a Jane’s pictured above-our beauty team recommend using Bobbi Brown’s Luminous moisturizing foundation, add  youthful rosy cheeks by using dandelion blusher from Benefit.

For lips and nails we recommend MAC nail lacquer in midsummers dream (a high gloss nail varnish that gives a chic and smooth finnish to any manicure) Viva glam Nicki lipstick in a peachy coral, creates the perfect Birkin pout!

If you prefer a more natural subtle effect on your lips opt for a lip tint from Benefit in Cha Cha tint colour, this to can be used as a peachy blusher to!

A few other products that need to be brought to everyone’s attention….

1.Laura Mercier’s new La petite patisserie trio (new limited edition-almond milk-Guilt-free and calorie-free, indulge in Laura Mercier’s La Petite Patisserie Trio in Almond Coconut Milk. Evoking memories of the islands with seductive notes of coconut, almond, milk and vanilla combined with heliotrope and musk for a rich and alluring experience. Each trio treat includes cleansing Crème Body Wash, whipped Soufflé Body Crème and refreshing Eau de Toilette.

2. Laura Mercier Tightline Activator offers a convenient way to apply Tightline Cake Eye Liner with a liquid ‘activator.’ Perfect for on the go, eyeliner flicks-very 60’s and instantly awakes ones eyes!

3. Benefit’s ooh la lift- this legendary under-eye brightening boost is like an instant eyelift! Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This delicate pink balm can be applied on bare skin or over makeup. (The beauty teams favourite pick!)

4. Benefit’s Watts up- This soft focus highlighter turns on “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous. With a cream-to-powder finish…it’s a switch on “wow” for all complexions. You’ll adore the smooth applicator & luminous sheen.