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The CFDA awards Pat McGrath MBE

You may not know her name but you certainly know her looks. She is the master of the sultry, smoky eye and the luscious, Cupid’s bow, defined lip. She is a risk-taker, unafraid to experiment with bold colours, sequins and glitter, but is also the pioneer of bare-faced, minimal, ‘no make up’ make up. This year, make-up artist, Pat McGrath, collects the CFDA Founder’s Award. The accolade is in honour of her outstanding contribution to the fashion and beauty industries. For decades, Pat McGrath has created thousands of memorable and mesmerising looks. Whether in campaigns or gazed upon on the runways, she has played a major role in the presentations of luxury megabrands including Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen to name a very small few. She works hundreds of shows every Fashion Week. She is the make-up artist of choice for covers and editorials of iconic magazines. In fact, esteemed photographer, Steven Meisel, won’t shoot an image without her and American Vogue has hailed her “the most influential …

Why are the fashion and beauty industries so obsessed with age?

It’s the morning of my 24th birthday. I should have woken up feeling excited by the prospects of celebration, gifts and attention. But instead, I’m overtaken by a sense of dread and I’d even go so far as to say disgust and shame. One year left to go before hitting the big two five and losing my young person status. No more young person’s railcard, graduate bank account or ability to tick the 18-24 year old box on random surveys where I could indicate that my views belonged to someone who was barely an adult. I was soon to be an OAP and declared that next year on my birthday and every subsequent anniversary thereafter, I was going to have to lie about my age. Ridiculous, I know. But it wasn’t just about the concessions if at all. It was more the embarrassment that I hadn’t achieved what I would have expected to by now in my professional or personal life. No promotion, no house, no man, and with that no babies in the near …

Blue eye(line)d beauty

This summer’s big beauty trend breathes life from the air and the ocean. While lips and face remain refreshingly untouched, eyes are the focus. Eyeliners, eyeshadows and pigments are defining peepers in shades of blue. From the softer, misty hues of the Brighton skies to the warmer, shimmery, teal tones of the Caribbean Sea, blue eye make-up evokes a relaxed, coastal and summery spirit.

6 floral summertime scents

The summer season is upon us and what better way to welcome its arrival than with the freshest, floral fragrances. The top six summertime scents offer the perfect infusion of dreams, romance, femininity and blue sky bliss in a bottle. 1. Love Story by Chloe 2. Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs 3. Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel 4. Flora by Gucci 5. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf 6. Miss Dior Cherie by Dior

Festival make-up ideas

Festival make-up is all about glitter and glow, where the Galactic meets boho. Best achieved with pigment eyeshadows and metallic body gems, for those of us lesser-skilled with loose make-up and useless with unguided positioning, try stencils to create neat patterns and add pretty star, moon and floral motifs. Strobing (highlighting without the contouring) is also a quick, go-to, beauty technique for radiant skin with a dewy finish. For more ideas, cast your eyes below.

The evolution of Barbie

Last week, toy company, Mattel, made a revolutionary announcement on the cover of Time Magazine. For the first time in her 57 year old history, Barbie has a new body. Gone is the sole production of the controversial, one-size-fits-all, skinny, blonde, big-boobed Barbie. Now along with the ‘traditional’ model, Mattel have released a range of ‘Fashionistas’. These are Barbie dolls available in 3 more sizes, petite, curvy and tall, in 7 different skin tones, and with a variety of hair textures including straight, curly and afro. The launch is perhaps Mattel’s biggest attempt known to address sustained and heavy criticism for the promotion of unrealistic body ideals amongst young girls and a severe lack of ethnic diversity despite today’s growing multicultural societies. Music and fashion are finally taking note. Thanks to the curvaceous Kardashians, J-Lo and Beyoncé, the rising popularity of plus-size model, Ashley Graham, and global marketing programmes such as the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, pop culture appears to be taking (baby) steps as it slowly clears the way for voluptuous to make its comeback, and ethnicity accepted and embraced. …