Mulling over my 11 o’clock, Claridges cappuccino with James Kaliardos. He is one of the world’s most highly regarded, make-up artists. He is also L’Oréal’s make-up ambassador, which means he does the make-up for the ads, throws in his take on L’Oréal’s make-up and the sort of thing they should be bringing to you and me, and represents them at the shows, where he designs (yep, that’s what they call it) the make-up look for a handful of designers.
He was a little weary for which I could hardly blame him – a back-to-back schedule starting NYC, finishing up London – sipping on a rather stewed, berry tea (he should have had the cappo), but there we sat talking make-up. What he really likes is a natural, look – what I call stealth make-up and he calls ‘movie make-up’. By that I mean the kind of make-up that makes you look fresh faced, bright eyed, full lipped and with cheekbones to die for – without looking like you have anything on. Here are a few of his secrets:
Skin primer (L’Oréal Resurfacing Primer, naturally) – ‘it means that foundation goes on super-smooth, even over spots.’ Apply to a clean face and follow with foundation where needed.
Touche Magique (L’Oréal’s version of Touche Eclat) – ‘use it down the centre of your face, to add light.’ To be more specific: smooth a smidgen at the inner corner of the eye, the area that looks dark; a little more just below the eye, inner half only; a little around the nose and anywhere you feel you need a lift. Again, less is more.
A ‘multi-tasking contour colour’ – think, matte, sandy, beige blusher (try MAC, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua), which you apply to the eye socket and along the hollow beneath the cheekbone. ’It’s about bringing dimension to the face’ he says. Let’s just call it killer cheekbones.