Alphabet Soup: The Dessert

September 3rd, 2014

September 3rd, 2014

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Time for dessert, as the Warpaint team finishes off the alphabet with letters Q through to Z.


Ali:  Q-Tips, got to be.  Where would we be without them?


Debs:  I’m going to say Illamasqua’s Generation Q collection.  The idea behind it is to create make up that’s inclusive of everyone: men, women, young, old, black or white, I like that.


Emma:  My Q is for quality.  In this age of fast consumables it’s important to look for quality whatever your budget.  It makes such as difference with your kit choices and if I am to pick one quality product it would be my primer, Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (£31); start with that and you won’t go too far wrong.



As they make one of the best concealers ever – Hide the Blemish (£4.99) – my R is for Rimmel London.  Always innovative yet affordable, the products really do deliver.



Debs:  I’m going to say the wonderful Robin Mathews, Oscar winning superstar of Dallas Buyers’ Club.  I loved interviewing her and I loved holding her Oscar too.


Emma: rms is a new kid on the block and the brainchild of punk rocker turned celebrity MUA Rose-Marie Swift.  It’s one for the purists, as each product contains food-grade ingredients in their most natural state.  The rms beauty oil is amazing and has all the antis: anti-oxidants, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, it’s anti-bacterial and is even suitable for acne prone skin, not to mention its abilities to fight the damage that leads to premature aging.  The products don’t skimp on colour either.  All the lip shines and lip2cheek colors have great pigmentation.



Ali:  Sephora to me is like a candy shop, I always search one out when I’m away and I so wish they’d come back to the UK, although you can now get things delivered here.  My favourite Sephora has to be the one in Rome, at the foot of the Spanish Steps; it reminds me of my honeymoon. If I can have another it would be S for Sandler, Daniel Sandler an exceptional MUA with an amazing range and a lovely man to boot. I can’t live without my Watercolour Blush (£16.50).

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Debs:  So many brands begin with S, some of my faves include: Sleek, Smashbox and Shu Uemura.  My product recommendation from Sleek has to be the i-Divine palettes, from Smashbox the Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea and from Mr. Shu Uemura himself, his eyelash curlers.

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Emma:  For me it’s ScreenFace, an institution for the Pro MUA.  After a difficult 2013, it’s now part of the Kryolan Empire and has risen like a phoenix.  The Covent Garden shop is a make-up mecca once more; hats off to Paul and the team.



Ali:  His make-up is as beautiful as the man, ridiculously excited by Mr. Tom Ford’s offerings and a little bit in love with the new Traceless Perfecting Foundation.  I have such dry skin I need a base that won’t feel heavy or worse flake and this just works for me.  At £62, it’s pricey but worth every penny.


Debs:  Bringing it back to film, I’m saying tattoos.  I love the work that dedicated pro artists put into amazing tattoos, whether they’re integral to the production or only seen on screen fleetingly.  Daniel Parker, the man behind Tom Hanks’ body art in Cloud Atlas and the plethora of inkings in Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, created something that blew my mind at IMATS this year, utilising products from his spinoff company, TattooedNow that provides both off the shelf and bespoke temporaries.  Technology allows MUAs to create duplicates of the designs to save redrawing every day, in fact Kristyan Mallett’s temps are his best sellers. I particularly like that we are now seeing examples that reflect how tattooing has moved on – you see old faded ones just as much as intricate designs a la Wentworth Miller in Prison Break.

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Emma:  It’s Tweezerman for me.  Good tools make your life easier and they certainly produce some of the best, from the award-winning original Slant Tweezer to their pretty Stork Scissors.  There’s nothing worse than tweezers that don’t grip and scissors that aren’t smooth and precise.

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Ali:  Their Naked Palettes (£22) are kit staples, so my U is Urban Decay.  I really like their new Perversion Mascara (£17) and Lash Primer (£15), it can go all a bit wrong with primer + mascara, the lashes can dry out, clump and be brittle, but not with these.


Debs:  Now I’m not a ‘dancing in a field’ type if I’m honest, so wearing UV make-up isn’t my signature look, but I do love the mesmeric effects that bodypainters can achieve.  This year’s World Bodypainting Festival showcased this to spectacular perfection.  Here’s my round up of the best UVs around.


Emma:  My U is for UMAExpo, the United Makeup Artist Expo is held at London’s Business Design Centre and going from strength to strength.  Headed up by Chris McGowan, it’s a home-grown exhibition for MUAs of all disciplines and Warpaint had the great pleasure of running their competition alongside Sîan Richards back in April.  A great event with a real friendly feel, make a date in your diary for 11th and 12th April 2015.



Ali:  The brilliant, inspirational and total make up goddess Ve Neill.  Her film credits are blockbuster, her award cabinet bursting and her very own Skin Illustrator palette and Crownbrush Ve Neill Collection under her belt, with extreme fantasy make up her specialty.

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Debs:  I’m hard pushed to find another product in daily use that dates back to 1870, but that’s when Vaseline was patented, and it hasn’t changed much since then.  Used in so many applications from the removal of SFX to lightening lipstick, not one MUA leaves the house without it.


Emma:  Vincent Longo is a make up artist I remember from when I first started working in the beauty industry.  Coming from a professional beauty background, it was so refreshing to find a colour range from an established artist that was designed for salons and that’s what Vincent did back in 1995.  He brought out innovative and now iconic products like Water Canvass Foundation and Cheek Gel Stain long before his contemporaries.  It’s one for when you’re Stateside, as it’s hard to find here in the UK.

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Ali:  While it may not have made it into viewers’ hearts like its dancing counterpart, I was very impressed with the waterproof make -up on ITV’s Splash and hats off to Sarah Exley, who did a great job on all the celebrity divers.  Obviously there’s the brilliance of waterproof mascara – Clarins Truly Waterproof (£21) is my favourite one at the mo – and there’s a plethora of water- and budge-proof make-up available – Shu Uemura’s Liquid Liner (£12.50), Hourglass’s Superficial Waterproof Bronzer (£30) and Clarins Fix Make-Up Spray (£22) all stay put all day long.

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Debs:  I totally get the MUA ones, though am always a little suspicious when celebs come out with eponymous ranges, when it often boils down to the marketing.   However I really like the collaboration between MUA Kim Jacobs and Louise Redknapp and their Wild About Beauty range is really rather good.  It seems Louise got properly hands on in the development and with their natural and paraben-free ticket, it ticks a lot of ethical and as sensitive boxes. Check out the Sheer Glow Moisture Tint for a light everyday base with SPF 20.

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Emma:  If my 13 year old is anything to go by, Wayne Goss is something of a demi-god to his legions of fans with 1.7 million YouTubers tuning in to his lively and informative tutorials.  I love his journey from jobbing make-up artist to one of the biggest names just by doing what he does best and am in awe of the power of the Internet which has brought Wayne to the masses.  He’s all about ordinary women looking the best they can and has found an exceptional way of reaching them.



Ali:  Having nearly killed myself last week trying to make sense of the hundreds of products launched for Christmas, my X is for Xmas.  Make up simply sparkles and I love it.  Read our Wintery Xmas trends here.


Debs:  My X is for X-Men, being the comic movies geek that I am, X-Men is pretty much at the top of my list.  A franchise of endless mutants gave Norma Hill-Patton, the Head for four of the movies, a myriad of looks to create.  My favourite?  Errrrr hard to pick, yet I think Blink from X-Men: Days of Future Past edges it.

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Emma: Ummm, X isn’t easy, especially going last, so Xen-Tan is mine.  I like the fact it was created by a fair skinned red head, who also happened to be a make-up artist in the shape of Dara Enochson, and I have much respect for Natalie Roche, the UK distributor.  There’s a lot of noise in the sunless tan market, but Xen-Tan was one of the first, still smells the best, delivers on natural colour and isn’t attached to a TOWIE star.



Ali:  My Y will always be YSL, there’s nothing, not one thing I dislike about the brand. The cosmetics launched back in 1978 with the tagline ‘Yves Saint Laurent gives a face to the women he dresses.’  While I own a few pieces of his clothing, I have a whole load more of his make-up.  I can’t pick a product, I love them all, so I will recommend their brushes; I feel so decadent using them and the fabulously names Black Fetish Fall Collection, with Cara as the face.

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Debs:  I’ve recently discovered Youngblood, and I like the story behind the brand.  During her career as an aesthetician, Pauline Youngblood was in daily contact with patients who had severely traumatised skin so she collaborated with chemists to develop a product that would cover raw, inflamed or discolored skin, while allowing it to breathe and heal.  This led to her initial work with natural mineral cosmetics and in 1996 Pauline founded Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.  The Natural Mineral Foundation is the flagship product and worth a look if your skin gets sensitised.


Emma:  My Y is for Louise Young.  I think that anyone who has a successful career as a working pro in TV and film as well as editorial and fashion and still finds the time to be as active as Louise is in creating her range of first, brushes and shortly a whole cosmetic line is quite simply a superwoman.  Her brushes can be found in some of the best make-up shops in the UK, which says something for the quality and workmanship.



Ali:  The cinematic phenomenon that is zombies is my Z.  Walking Dead, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, 28 days later (I have a zombie specialist in my house, can you tell?) even the latest sub-genre of Nazi Zombies, who knew??  SFX artists have had a field day creating their own personal take on the undead.  My top picks are Mark Coulier for World War Z and just by the sheer numbers and that they’re on their fifth season Greg NicoteroHoward Berger and Robert Kurtzman for the Walking Dead.


Debs:  Z has to be for Z Palette, the magnetic miracle by make-up artist Zena Shteysel.  A universal magnetic empty palette, you can fill it with any shaped metal refill or depotted product – any brand or any shape, clever.


Emma:  My Z is for Zoeva – can you tell I love a good brush?  They benefit from a bit of German engineering and up until recently weren’t in the UK, until Love Makeup stepped in.  It’s not just brushes either, there’s a whole cosmetic range to discover too.







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