Beverly Hills Hotel…..

Tropical trees, pink hues and swimming pools are ticking every box this week. Not only are we pining over the super cool wallpaper, but as this week’s soaring temperatures continue we’ve found ourselves fantasising over splashes of turquoise water, plush deck chairs and cocktails. Oh, if only we could all be at the Beverly Hills Hotel right now, so this week we’ve brought a little bit of this iconic gem to our studio on The Kings Road. We have some exciting new props coming up to make for an amazing summer studio shoot. Take in some of our inspiration and feel free to join us in our day dream…..

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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…

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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…

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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As Roxette put it, “Get dressed for success”….

A few inspirational looks for work, when you feel like avoiding an otherwise Blue Monday!

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Photo of the week…

We were most impressed when Anna Holmes Libbis walked into our studio with a clear outline of what she wanted to achieve on her day in our studio.

Her personal style is one to be admired and her inspiration was even more so, she chose to emulate the popular and much adored image of Rosie the Riveter– the cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during WW2.

Rosie the Riveter is commonly used as a symbol of feminism and women’s economic power. And we utterly loved the idea and choice of subject!

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It’s great to see clients turning up with an inspirational mood board along with putting themselves in our careful and attentive hands. It really does allow us to do what we do best, which is to take breathtaking keepsake images and create wonderful memories.

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We so enjoyed working with you Anna, you were an absolute star and we hope you love your images.

I know we certainly enjoyed working with you and the final product is well worth a mention on this week’s Pic feature.

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The final product and our photo of the week!

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Coincidence….

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!

http://www.bernardoborghetti.co.uk

Sera has her own false eyelashes brand, beautiful fine eyelashes that look and feel natural, do check her site out here http://www.sera-g.com

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.

Kiss and make-up!

A lot of our clients who attend the studio day- leave with a positive attitude and a spring in their step and are often amazed at how good they look and feel.

Our beauty experts are always on point and up to date with the latest and greatest of beauty trends and offer a warm and friendly consultation to all clients before the start of their session.

This week we asked the beauty team what their favourite looks were and what we can look forward to for AW12.

The top looks are listed below, and they are all so thrilling (who would have thought we would look forward to the cold grey months so soon?)

Grey nails, as seen at Chanel

A beautiful crystal, greyish taupe, Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy is part of the 2012 Autumn Collection which is due out later this year.

We predict a riot.

Peacock eyes, seen at Roberto Cavalli

The enchanting hues of emerald-green, bronze and acid purple made for an interesting twist on the otherwise usual smoky eye ,(a winter trend almost every year!)

Eyeliner flicks, as seen at Lanvin.

 The classic flicked eyeliner has been given a modern update, and we love it!!

Azure eyeliner flicks at Anna Sui

A personal favourite!

High shine plum lips, as seen at Gucci

The deepest and most delicious of scarlet lips were seen at Gucci and at Marni- burgundy was used on the eyes for an unconventional yet arresting look.

Raspberry red lips, as seen at Rich Owens

Red lips – Across the board at the London and New York shows in particular, bold red lipstick was the key component of the beauty looks at Rick Owens, Jonathan Saunders, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and many more. Wear alone or with minimal other make-up for maximum impact.

Some of our favourite make up trends spotted at LFW ….

This week has been quite a buzz with the British fash-pack out in full force!

Twitter was rife with twitpics and tweets from all the top stylist and fashion bloggers, cataloguing their favourite looks – seen on the London catwalks.

With too many favourites to choose from, feeling rather spoilt for choice we finally managed to carefully select some impressive and inspirational make up trends that both excited and delighted our beauty team.

Feast your eye’s and enjoy!

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Hello blue eyes!

Sky blue at Antipodium

Antipodium’s urban-influenced AW12  show at London Fashion week featured pretty blue eye makeup inspired by Springfield’s sunny setting.

The make up – created by M.A.C’s Georgina Graham and her team complimented the collection superbly, clocking the ensembles as they came out onto the catwalk in a delish colour palette of beautiful sky blue and biscuit, with accents of mustard and bottle green – I admit -tingly wanted it all in my wardrobe immediately.

A chocoholic…? Me?

Burberry’s AW12 “town and country” inspired collection left us hungry for more and eager to own the tulip-skirted coat with oversized pockets.

A recurring theme seen throughout were the glossy bow belts, tweed skirts and jackets accompanied by flat caps-balacing each outfit superbly.

Most importantly the make up (as seen on the likes of  Cara Delevingne and Jordan Dunn-who opened the show) was as scrumptious and understated as the collection.

Key makeup artist Wendy Rowe went for a striking and extremely wearable “Coco-caramel dusting” look that works beautifully with this chic and unpretentious collection.

Simply Scrumptious, indeed!

Coco-caramel eyes at Burberry.

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Burberry AW12

We adore these barrell bags just as much as the model does!

Jordan Dunn opening the show in our  favourite coat from the collection!!

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Gold digger!!

Michael Van Der Ham is one of those designers who will always have a unique design signature. With his magpie-like eye for beautiful textiles and prints, his collections have always maintained that collage, arty aesthetic that has made him a favourite of London’s bright young things.

Personally, I was always fascinated by how beautifully he could incorporate patches and drape sashes across his dresses so that the whole thing moved as one. His technical skill is just mind blowing.

Models were made up with Veronica Lake-esque curls, shimmering gold leaf eyelids (accented by sassy flicks of black liquid-liner) as they glided up and down the runway in glamorous looks worthy of the screen goddess.

Metallic details were present everywhere, from the jacquard panelling on bodice’s to hems with a delicate metallic floral appliqué – set against apple green separates (Ahhhh perfection!)

This show-stopping look is without fail my beauty crush of the season!

Glitter who?!

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Gold eyelids at Michael Van Der Ham.

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Michael Van Der Ham AW12

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Cherry ripe!

The red lip had already pinged right onto our beauty radar for AW12, with sightings at PPQ and Basso and Brooke at London Fashion Week on Friday. However, it wasn’t until we headed to the House of Holland show the following day that it was clear the classic pillar box red lip is back with a vengeance this winter.

Whilst the model’s outfits lived up to the playful-energetic reputation that is House of Holland it was their vibrant rouge pouts that had us in awe – and it was the intensity of colour that impressed us most.

Cheeky-cherry lips at house of Holland.

Back stage preparation at the House of Holland show.

 House Of Holland  AW12

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 PPQ AW12

Sweetheart motifs seen at PPQ!

Crimson lips, peachy cheeks and heart motifs were a feature at the PPQ AW12 Show, not to mention the cutest manicures this season!

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Basso and Brooke AW12!

A model back stage at Basso and Brooke AW12

I for one love dewy youthful skin with a siren lip, simple and striking all at the same time!

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