Lipstick Lady, paperman crazy…

Our lovely graphics man Patrick, recently introduced me to “Paperman” a 2012 black and white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs. The short blends traditional animation and computer animation. The short has received a nominate for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. Not only is it a super sweet story with a brilliant aesthetic it also ties in beautifully with our  beauty piece for the week ….Finding your perfect shade lipstick…



For those days that require a bit of pizzaz the perfect raspberry red, pretty plum or radiant ruby shades can add that something special to an otherwise ordinary LBD, shirtdress or simple white-T.

The trick to finding out exactly which shade suits you best is by knowing whether you’re a warm or cool undertone and by obtaining this simple yet life changing knowledge you will be able to open your eyes to a whole new world of beauty possibilities, plus it’s an economical way to update your favorite outfit.

In the pursuit to finding your ultimate lipstick colour we asked our fabulous beauty team to recommend their favourites for cooler skin tones and warmer ones and here’s what they said:

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 “For paler, lighter and cooler skin tones we suggest plum, wine, or blue-red lipstick shades to suit you best, on porcelain skin, coral lips bloom just like spring flowers. See below for my personal favourites:

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Holly Fulton fall ’10, image via Style.comRimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Queen, available at ASOS; Backstage at Max Azria fall ’10, image via Style.comGivenchy Lipstick in Fruity Orange, available at Sephora.

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True reds on cooler skin tones look incredible…




Top three true reds for cooler, paler skin tones:

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Outside the tents at Bryant Park, photo by Lianna Tarantin; Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot, available at CVSMake Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #45, available at SephoraTom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Cherry Lush, available at Neiman Marcus.


 For those with warmer skin tones: rich, deep pinks, deep reds, rich caramel shades, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones, and creamy coffee colored brown lipsticks look best.




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YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks-for a dreamy peachy coral!


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The top three red’s for warmer skin tones:

From left: Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011 runway;Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #42, available atSephoraMaybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Sweet Nectar, available at TargetHourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Raven, available at Sephora.

Dαrk skin on the other hαnd, should try reds with blue undertones. αlso, mαhogαny, deep plums, wine reds, αlmost αny shαde of brown, rich, dαrk, coffee browns flαtter the skin.


Tips for figuring out whether you’re a warm or cool undertone :

1.Which suits you better, gold or silver jewellery? Whichever lights up your complexion best reveals whether you have warm or cool skin tones. Gold looks great on warm skin, while silver enhances cool skin.

2. According to makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, the inside of your arm can be revealing. If the skin is pale and your veins look bright blue, you’re a cool skin tone. In warmer skin veins are less obvious.



Illustrator Love…Bernadette Pascua

Art and fashion simultaneously work so well together and every so often we have clients who request that we do a little something special with their portfolios to outline their creative , playful and fun side. To help them envision their ideas we have a creative team add a touch of colour, line and texture to their imagery and the outcome is not only rewarding but inspiring for both our studio visitors and our art department.

An illustrator that has caught our eye recently is none other than Bernadette Pascua, a fashion illustrator and multidisciplinary artist based in New York who lives in Brooklyn with her partner, photographer Andrew Stinson and their Shiba Inu, Rocky.

Her client list is nothing short of impressive with W magazine, Vogue, French Glamour, Madewell and J Crew being but a few to mention, her work has a simplicity to it that leaves much to be desired and her clean approach to colour use and linear shapes left me wanting to own each and every illustration featured on her blog

We so enjoyed visiting her website and blog and the combination of photography and illustration seen throughout is incredibly exciting and interesting to take in visuall.

It’s official, we’re hooked on her work, see more of it here

And now for some of our personal favourites…..

All imagery and artworks by Bernadette Pascua.

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May’s Beauty Muse…..

Girls the world over admire and adore Audrey Hepburn.

A combination of elfin beauty, doe eyed charm and quite possibly the most fun and enjoyable person to have been around…what’s not to like?

For this reason and so many more -we have decide that for May Audrey is our beauty muse and really who could blame us?



Oh, Miss Holly Golightly you will forever remain a style icon to many, many girls!



The beauty team have kindly recommended the following products for any of you wishing to recreate this look.

When recreating the “Audrey look” the key is to focus on hair and makeup with equal amounts of attention.

Don’t we all wish we had a little Audrey in us!


To achieve the doe-eyed look The Face London’s beauty team recommend using shades or brown, dark blue or grey with focus on eyelashes and eyeliner being key.

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour has soft-sparkle effects that glisten and captivates (breathtaking)

The deep-impact shades can be swept over eyes softly for a stunning day look, or applied with more intensity for evening glamour.

The perfect tool in creating those deep doe-like eyes is this nifty “All over eye colour brush” from Laura Mercier, which is the ideal large flat head brush with a beveled edge for a smooth, perfect application of base shades.

When choosing your colour palette, which we’ve based on the recommendation of our brilliant beauty team, we found the Laura Mercier Riviera Eye Colours is an eye shadow palette containing four ‘of the moment’ shades which are perfect for creating those Audrey eyes!

To achieve those lovely fresh apple cheeks that Audrey sports so well, we recommend Chantecaille’s Poudre de Perle blush, The smart formula replaces traditional talc particles with weightless, silky and translucent optics that ensure skin clarity and luminosity. Our Beauty teams choice product for the month and once you give it a try you will soon find out exactly why!

For all over coverage that looks and feel natural we recommend Liz Earls sheer skin tint that is sure to leave your skin feeling and looking satin soft and stunningly fresh for Spring!

For lips the Beauty team recommend a matt peachy pink we chose MAC’s colour plus texture in “Please me.”

For the final and most important touch, our beauty experts insist that when it comes to bold, voluminous eyelashes Stila’s Glamoureyes mascara is the one and only!

This next generation of mascara perfectly adheres to each lash and instantly lengthens, volumises and curls for your softest, plushest lashes ever. Finnish with a flick of Chantecaille gel liner pencil on the lids, and there you have it!

An awe-inspiring Audry look, that is set to stun a few passers-by!!



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.