You may or may not have heard of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women). It’s an organisation founded by women in the beauty industry, for women in the beauty industry. The idea being to bring us together to talk, network, share advice – and applaud one another when time is due. And so to last night and this year’s CEW Achiever Awards. (Click previous link to read more on this year’s winners.)
HAIR – Kate Shapland (CEW Achiever Award): top journalist, beauty editor at the Telegraph, sporting a quirky up-do. Worked brilliantly (this photo really doesn’t show it off to its best advantage). I’ve just asked her hairdresser John Vial (he’s at Real Hair in Chelsea, v. g. salon) and he assures me you can do it in ten minutes.
‘Start by taking the top, triangle section of hair, brush it out and curl roughly with tongs, to give it a swirl. Tie the rest of your hair into a low pony. Wrap a little hair around the band and pin the end underneath with a kirby grip or small hair pin. Place a fine hair net over the pony, twist around to make a small bun. Pin. Back to the tonged top section: back comb and twist into a classic French pleat. Pin with hair pins and fix with hair spray – I used Elnett, the one with Cheryl Cole on the front – it nails hair in place and adds shine.’ Which hairspray? ’Elnett, the one with Cheryl Cole on the front,’ he says.
MAKE-UP – Andrea Jung (CEW Lifetime Achiever): Chairman & CEO Avon sporting a red lip. Andrea really stood out – why? Red dress and red lips. That simple. She had a cute anecdote too – from when she worked with Estée Lauder back in the 80s, in San Francisco. Estée Lauder herself was on a visit and she said to her, whatever you do, wear a good red lipstick that has a bit of orange in it. (Think coral-red, it’s super-flattering if you have warm skin, a bit of a tan or a creamy skin tone) Her red last night? Avon’s President Red (I need to come back to you on a link).