31 August 2011

Rumour Has It....

Word on the street is that the legendary Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty may be coming home to London town!!!

Read all about it:

Fingers and toes are crossed....

And while we're talking inspiring exhibitions, Makeup Marple can't wait to go and see the exhibition showcasing the early works of the late, great fashion photographer Corinne Day at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in Central London starting on the 1st of September.

The young Miss Moss by Corinne Day for the Face Magazine


29 August 2011

Velour Magazine vs Jerry Hall

Hotel 54
Velour Magazine
Photographer- Gary Houlder
Makeup -Caroline Barnes
Hair -Simon Izzard
Model- Verena Badofsky

Jerry Hall
the original 70's Supermodel

Wahl 9mm
Mini Curling Tongs
With the 70's being big news on the AW2011 Catwalk, I'm seeing loads of this texture in recent editorials.

Although this style will work best on longer lengths of hair, you can achieve the same texture with the right products and tools!
  • prep damp hair with mousse for texture and hold

  • blast dry with hairdryer

  • starting at the bottom and work your way up, a couple of sectioning clips will make the job a lot easier! Take super fine sections (around 1cm square works best in this case) & curl with mini curling tongs such as Wahl 9mm tongs- the smaller the better!

  • before curling, spray each section with hairspray

  • allow each section to cool

  • Continue on, working up the head in a brick work sectioning pattern

  • once the whole head is curled, brush out with fingers to break up the curl and create the frizzier texture

  • The longer your hair is, the heavier it is. Which means the curl will 'drop' over time. Shorter lengths may need a little more 'brushing out' so that the curl doesn't spring up too much.

    Finish with a light hair spray (don't use a strong lacquer) to set your look in place.


27 August 2011

MAC Bring Back the Lip Marker please...

Possibly one of the most fun items in my makeup collection would have to be my
MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers.

They just give you the perfect  hint of long wearing matte colour- colour  which is more of a 'stain' effect as opposed to hardcore colour. It feels seriously odd to be using a marker on your lips, but it's kind of fun at the same time!

I'm devastated that they were discontinued (maybe because the name was too long?!)

So far Givenchy, seems to have come up with the best alternative to the MAC version but if you're looking for a more purse friendly alternative, Topshop does some great lipstain markers too.


26 August 2011

Ginge of the Week: Florence!

Florence Welch aka Florence from Florence & the Machine
and with yet another amazing new album just about to be released
her latest single reminds us just how talented she is.

Still one of my favourite gingers on the scene right now,
Flo swings between bright peachey hues and
 the deeper more gothic ginger shade as she is wearing above. 

And if someone can tell me where I can get hold of the hot little number 
that she is wearing in her video above, it would make me a very happy girl!


Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me

25 August 2011

Reptillia - The Trend - AW2011/12

Like it or not... snakeskin is going to be big news on the trend wagon for AW2011-12

Here's the proof:

Prada AW2011 catwalk

Prada AW Footwear

Chloe AW2011 Catwalk

Gucci AW 2011 Catwalk

center: Dries Van Noten AW2011 boots

Pucci AW Laceup Python Boots

Even Cavalli is adding a bit of reptile into his usual animal print mix!

Angelo Marani AW2011 catwalk
Don't say I didn't warn you!!! 

22 August 2011

ID Magazine... Who you gonna call?

I'm loving the new ID Magazine covers by Terry Richardson for their latest and greatest issue....
However picking my favourite is proving to be tricky!
Here's Makeup Marple's Top 3:

Do I spy a Tom Ford lipstick?! Oh Yes!!
Riley Keough- Grand daughter of Elvis

Natasha Poly

Lindsey Wixson
Over and out!

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20 August 2011

Marple Loves It!

On my latest quest to find the perfect selection of matte lipsticks for AW2011, I'm loving shades such as rioja red, black cherry and brown suede. I arrived home to find a lovely present in the post- new MAC lipstick in the fantastic super-matte, appropriately named shade, Diva.

angelo marani aw2011 catwalk

Diva is a dark, matte cherry shade which I would describe as similar to Chanel's
Rouge Noir nail varnish but for lips. And as you would expect from MAC, it has real staying power... Even after eating dinner and talking non stop it's still firmly in place!
Dark, rich shades for lips are big on the trend wagon for the upcoming season as seen on the catwalks of Dior, Givenchy, D&G and Gucci.

Dior AW 2011 Catwalk

Add a coat of MAC Lip Glass (high shine gloss) for ultimate glamour on a night out. Colour match your Diva lips with a couple of coats of Chanel's Rouge Noir on your nails for a double statement.

Rating: 9/10

19 August 2011

Ginge of the Week: Amanda Smith!

Model Amanda Smith
showing off her beautiful, natural amber coloured locks
By Grant Yoshino for Chaos SS11

17 August 2011

Quote of The Day: Nicole Richie

"the early bird might
catch the worm....
but he also has to wear a ton of under eye concealer"

-Nicole Richie Tweeted recently

I must admit, Makeup Marple agrees wholeheartedly with this statement, so if you need a concealer- make sure its a damn good one!

My top 3 include:
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer
-Great coverage and super long-wearing!

  • Mac Select Cover Up
-Max coverage and a little goes a long way

  • YSL Touche Eclat
-Not so great when it comes to coverage of dark circles, but best used to luminise your under eye area


16 August 2011

British Vogue: The September Issue

While we're on the subject of Freja....
Freja Beha just dazzles on the cover of UK Vogue's September Issue in a fabulous emerald green, sequined number from D&G.

Freja by Mario Testino

This is not the first I've seen of sequins for AW2011- Balmain, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood have all made use of them for added night time glamour. I'm also love, love, loving the latest D&G campaign, beautifully captured by Steven Klein which also features THE eye catching green dress:

Not thinking too far ahead, but I'm thinking THE green dress could be perfect for the Christmas party season....
Any excuse will do!
THE dress would look great with a strong, smoky, emerald black eyeshadow such as:
(from top to bottom)
  • Bows and Curtseys by Mac- a forest green eyeshadow with a matte metallic finish

  • Queen of the Green by Christian Dior Eye Show- a mousse textured shadow with a metalic finish

  • Cleo by Nars- a dark metallic emerald black shadow

A light dusting of MAC pigment in Old Gold (antique green-gold metlliac shade) would complete the look!

To get Freja's textured hair look use a texturising product such as Makeup Marple's current favourite:
Create Character
by Wella Professionals

It gives a similar finish as a sea salt spray and you simply spray it in to dry hair and either scrunch with your hands or blast through with your hairdryer for a simple, undone, textured finish


15 August 2011

Chanel AW2011 Campaign

The beautiful Freja Beha Erichsen is still Karl Lagerfield's favourite model of the moment and again stars in Chanel's AW2011 campaign.

Metallic silver locks, (I assure you it's a very clever wig not a new hair colour for Freja!) embellished with flowers against the contrasting shocking pink lipstick and eyebrows make for a striking yet ethereal look.

However, I am a little bit mystified/confused/surprised at some of the other images that make up the whole campaign. Perhaps Chanel is trying to move away from the serious French chic and into something more playful and fun.....
I'm just not sure how I feel about it:

Even more disturbing.....

Aaaaaaah that's more like it! Freja is showing of her famous 'shag'.
Green with Envy......

I would LOVE to know the concept behind this campaign....
Mr Lagerfeld, please explain.

Makeup- Peter Phillips
Hair- Sam McKnight
Styling- Carine Roitfeld


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14 August 2011

Marple Loves The Coterie!

Want to know what goes on at One Alfred place when the Coterie takes over? 

I knew it was time for Makeup Marple to investigate!

Well, its not your usual 'hair industry event'.... There are no models strutting around with crazy cuts and colours.... No awards..... We have plenty of those coming up very soon with award season on the horizon!

The Coterie is more of an elite members club that meets four times a year in a relaxed environment that links the hair world to the fashion world. They are networking evenings where you can meet likeminded people in hair, fashion or beauty related industries and chat over a lovely glass of wine.

It's a great reminder that these industries are linked and we cant have one without the other. I know myself after a long day at work I find it refreshing to look at what we do from another perspective. With fabulous guests at each event who have a unique and inspiring story to tell, it opens your mind to new possibilities. 

Whether your focus is creative or business there definately is something for everyone! 

This time round we heard from Jo Fairley- beauty editor turned Eco-businesswoman extraordinaire. Co writer of The Beauty Bible (which is one of Makeup Marple's bibles) AND also creator of THE Green & Blacks chocolate. (Yuuuuuuummmm!!) 
Jo had an amazing tale of her career path and reminded us that in business you ultimately have to take some kind of risk to succeed. With 2 successful brands to call her own she knows where it's at!

Jo chatting with guests later in the evening

Next up, was Beverley Streeter, founder of the legendary Streeters agency, interviewed by Susanna Flynn from Ketchum PR. 

As a keen sessionista, I know too well that the acclaim and reputation of Streeters is well deserved. This creative agency is home to the god's of the session world. It was so inspiring to hear how Beverley grew her company from humble beginings into the global empire that it is today. 

And just when you thought the night couldn't get better, we went home armed with a fab goody bag courtesy of Pureology plus the latest edition of Creative Head Magazine. 

So to all you hairdressers that want to be inspired, I suggest you get in touch with Marcel & join the Coterie NOW!!


photo's by Charlotte Medlicott


12 August 2011

Ginge of the Week: Alla Kostrimecheva!

Ginge of the Week, model Alla 
-editorial by Sebastian Kim for NĂºmero Magazine
This gorgeous shade of dusty peach works so well with the texture in her hair
I am also loving her bleached eyebrows.
One word: FIERCE!!
(in the best possible Ginger way of course!)


11 August 2011

American Apparel- Best of

Makeup Marple was delighted to have featured on American Apparel's 'Best of-Seen and Submitted' recently for the Nail Art feature back in July..... Ironically,  I was shopping up a storm in American Apparel in NYC (gotta love the American dollar!) when I recieved the notification!

Check it out here:

Thanks American Apparel, Makeup Marple LOVES you!


10 August 2011

Vogue Italia, July 2011

Yes, I know it's August (already!!) but July's cover and editorial is far too beautiful to not share with you all!

One to watch: Danish model Juliane Gruner

Cover story created by the Vogue Italia dream team:
Guido Palau for hair, Pat McGrath makeup with the photographic talent of Steven Meisel

This cover and editorial story has such a beautiful combination of colours such as deep raspberry, aubergine, rioja red and splashes of dark jade green.
The use of colour enhances the 40's Gucci-vintage feel that sets the tone for the coming season with a dream like finish

Makeup is beautifully understated to compliment the strong colour within the garments.....
With flawless, luminous skin, understated eyes and a focus on lip colour
Admitedly, I'm becoming obsessed with finding the perfect shades of wine red or brown suede, matte lipsticks which is certainly on the trend-wagon for AW2011.
I'm noticing Guido's use of beautiful headwear more and more as opposed to hair styling which is a recurring trend amongst designers such as Gucci, Dior and Prada. This will filter through to the high street this season
Noticed this on various shoots I've assisted on recently including Elle Magazine High St Fashion Supplement.
I myself have never been a 'hat person'.... But as they say- never say never.....
 I suspect I will probably have a collection of them by October!


09 August 2011

BBM- The Tangle Teezer

B.B.M = Bargain Beauty Must-Have.
Let me introduce you to a great hair must have- the Tangle Teezer.

I'll admit that it took me a long time to warm to this piece of plastic-fantastic. This was largely due to it's appearance (go on, call me shallow) and also the way they spell the word teaser- I hate words being abbreviated like that or spelt wrong!! (if you ever see a spelling error in one of my posts, blame predictive text and not me!) I thought the appearance reminded me far too much of a dog's brush to warrant ever going near me or my client's hair and although it was in the salon for a year or so, I was having none of it.

Until one day, I had a model with the longest, finest, rapunzel like locks that needed desperately to be detangled and I needed something to do it fast without causing any additional damage!! The Tangle Teezer detangles hair painlessly and quickly. I'm sure there are many mum's out there grateful for this clever invention for little girls with longer hair too. Perhaps if it had been around in my day, Mummy Marple would of let me grow my hair instead of rocking that boy-short pixie cut!

So now I am totally over the whole dog-brush-feeling, I actually find I could not be without my Tangle Teezer. It definitely feels far less damaging than a wide tooth comb after washing and can get rid of even the worst of my tangles painlessly. Just be sure to team it with you're favourite leave in conditioner such as Sebastian's Potion 9 or Alterna's Colourhold Leave In spray.

I suggest you buy it in the ultra girly shade of fluorescent pink. Priced at around £10 it's a beauty bargain must have you just can't refuse!

Rating: 8/10


08 August 2011

Message to London-

Like most of us here in central London, I'm banished indoors this evening thanks to the terrible riots and uproar taking over the city right now. To use my time productively, I'm researching and trying and trying to distract myself from focusing on the chaos on our doorstep. I just hope these idiots wake up and realise they are achieving nothing from their stupid behaviour and stop before it's too late!
Stay safe London friends.

07 August 2011

ALEXANDER McQUEEN- SAVAGE BEAUTY Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

As a lifelong McQueen fan, I admit I was more than a little bit excited when I realised the dates of my NYC trip coincided with the highly acclaimed exhibition at the Met!! Now, having completed the experience, to say it was an amazing exhibition would be an understatement.... I'm not sure anything I say about it could possibly do it justice, you really must see it for yourself.

In my opinion what made McQueen so incredible was that he was not just another designer out of St Martins that made it big, but he actually had the pure talent and skill of a creative genius. Something that is a rare quality in this day and age. In our generation, we have pretty much seen it all and it takes a lot to grab our attention. We are not part of the revolutionary fashion eras of change like the 60's or 70's, even the 80's had something that had never been seen before. From the 90's technology kicked in and skill got lost along the way. It happened in hair, it happened in fashion. In a world where, these days you can get famous or recognised globally with little talent at all thanks to the wonder of the internet and reality TV (I have nothing against either of these but it has changed the way we recognise talent), McQueen actually took the time to learn his craft before breaking it down and putting his mark on the fashion world.

"You've got to know the rules to break the rules.... that's what I'm here for to demolish the rules but keep tradition" Alexander McQueen

I felt like the exhibition gave me a little glimpse into the amazing mindset of the creative force that was Alexander McQueen. It really took me on a journey. I felt sadness that we have lost such an amazing talent but I also felt happy knowing his work will live on forever in the fashion world. While I expected the garments would be amazing, to see these couture pieces up close was breathtaking. Each collection was a masterpiece from the inspiration to the design, the detail and the accessories, the hair and makeup -they each had a story to tell.

this jacket was my favourite piece in the first room from McQueen's AW97 collection
It's a Jungle Out There

The exhibition featured works from the beginning of his career in the 90's through to collaborations with Givenchy and each of his collections to date. It was a total sensory experience from the visual to the sound and the way it inspired me and got me thinking. I don't think I have ever seen an exhibition that has had an impact on me like this before......

Although hard to pick, here is a little selection of my favourite elements of SAVAGE BEAUTY:

The cabinet of curiosities featured the famous dress from his 1999 collection which was spray painted by robots during his amazing show.

Possibly my favourite room was the second room which featured his collection for
Givenchy Haute couture- Ensemble Eclect Disect Collection, AW97-98
It had a gothic, Victorian feel to the room and the clothes were just amazing.
My favourite dress below:

The picture doesnt quite do it justice!

I also absolutely loved his SS2005 Show
'It's Only A Game'

I had no idea of the detail and colour in these creations until I saw them in the flesh!

Horse hair detail along with the 'ponytail'

"It's the ugly things I notice more,
because people tend to ignore the ugly things"
Alexander McQueen

And here are is just a small selection of some of the amazing creations shown at the Met:

The last room held the final McQueen collection that he saw through to completion-
Plato's Atlantis SS2010
which had a futuristic edge and featured the famous armadillo shoes:

the famous armadillo shoes

"There is no going back for me now... I'm going to take you on journeys you never dreamed were possible..."
Alexander McQueen

And that is exactly how I could describe the Savage Beauty Exhibition. Thank you for sharing the journey with us McQueen, you made the world a more beautiful, inspiring place.


Pictures taken from The Met blog and various internet sources
Quotes featured throughout Savage Beauty Exhibition at The Met