My Brigitte Bardot Makeup Look

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This year Max Factor are celebrating 100 Years of Glamour. It has been a whole hundred years since Mr Max Factor (real person!) launched his first ever cosmetic, his Flexible Grease Paint Foundation. Max Factor was a bit of a mover and a shaker in the makeup world; he was a big Hollywood makeup artist, working on all of the most famous actresses on the most important film sets – think Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich. He also created loads of groundbreaking products that could stand up to the intense heat of the movie lights and the long days on set. If he was around now, no doubt he would have a reality TV show called Extreme Hollywood Makeup: Can It Take The Heat? Max was the first to develop many of today’s important cosmetic items, including Lip Pomade (later known as lip gloss), waterproof makeup and non-smudge, or indelible lipstick. He developed that in 1940. 1940! Quite incredible when you think that brands are still working on improving the lasting-power of lipsticks now, with all of the technology and research they have access to.

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In celebration of this 100 Years of Glamour, Max Factor have released a series of images with Gwyneth Paltrow, recreating iconic beauty looks from throughout the decades. Audrey Hepburn from the fifties, Brigitte Bardot the sixties, Farrah Fawcett sexing it up in the seventies and good old Madonna, Queen of Reinvention, representing the eighties. Max Factor asked me to pick my favourite and create my own interpretation in a video tutorial, and you might be able to guess who I picked… Actually, maybe you won’t! Because it was quite a difficult decision; I was torn between Brigitte’s sultry, sex-kitten eyes and Farrah’s golden-hued, glowing skin. A Bardot/Fawcett hybrid would have been my ideal face, but I could only choose one and so after some deliberation, I plumped for Brigitte. Not only because she’s one of my all-time beauty heroes, but because I really wanted to get some practice in with my liquid eyeliner. I’ve been trying to perfect the “feline flick” for quite some time, now, and this gave me a good excuse to sit down and really get to grips with it.

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You can see in my video tutorial that actually, once you slow down and stop panicking, the feline flick isn’t too difficult to do at all. I think that the secret is not to try and do the whole thing at once; line close to the lashes first and then draw out to a flick, using the contour of the lower lashline to guide where the flick will end. I mark the end-point of my flick with a little dot of liquid liner (I used Max Factor’s Colour Xpert Liner for this, which worked perfectly – really jet-black and non-budging!) so that I know what I’m doing before I start and don’t get my knickers in a twist. Watch the video, anyway, hopefully you’ll get an idea of how I construct the flick in a few different steps.

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My other star product in this tutorial is the Lipfinity lipstick in “Always Delicate”. I must remember to do a separate post on this liquid lipstick, because it has incredible staying power and manages to be non-drying at the same time. It comes with two parts, a kind of liquid stain and then a topcoat balm to give a bit of shine; in the video, I just pat on the lipstick and it gives a gorgeous matte, soft-focus effect. Apparently this shade is the one used at the Victoria Beckham AW14 show and I can see why; it’s the perfect pinky-nude that’s just the right amount of girly. You can see all of the products used to create my Brigitte Bardot look in the video; it’s a very straighforward, minimal-product kind of face.

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I barely use anything on the skin – just Max Factor’s CC Cream to even out my skintone and a bit of Mastertouch concealer beneath my eyes to keep things looking bright and clean. It’s really all about the eyes. Dark, smouldering liner (I smudge a bit of kohl into the lashline before using the Color Xpert liner, and I also use the Trio of eyeshadows in shade 1 to give some depth of colour to the eyelids) and then lashings of 2000 Calorie mascara in “Black Brown” for a retro feel. I did finish off my look with false lashes, but to be quite honest, you could easily get away with just a few good coats of the 2000 Calorie. Far less fiddly than falsies!

You can find all of the products mentioned in the video at – here’s the full list: CC Cream in shade 75, “Tanned”, Mastertouch Concealer in shade 301, Max Colour Effects Trio Eyeshadow Trio in “Coco Crazy”, eyeliner kohl in 020, Colour Xpert Liner in black, 2000 Calorie Mascara in Brown Black, Lipfinity lipstick in “Always Delicate”.

Right, here we go; watch the video for the full step-by-step! Try not to get me mixed up with the real Brigitte Bardot, won’t you? And if you’d like to see a recreation of the Audrey Hepburn look from the fifties, Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup has posted that up here. Which of the looks would you go for? Do you have a favourite “beauty decade”?

*This video and post have been sponsored as part of my work with Max Factor and the 100 Years of Glamour campaign.

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Wonder Product: The Goddess Skin Clay Mask

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Brace yourselves against the sheer force of my positive vibes here, because this little face mask is a bit of a blinder. (Not literally, that would be terrible! I haven’t actually put it in my eyes, so I can’t be 100% certain, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t make you go blind. There’d be uproar. Anyway, I digress…)

When I first saw the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask I felt a little underwhelmed. I have loads of clay masks. I try loads of clay masks. Some of them are excellent (check out the powerhouse that is Omorovicza’s Deep Cleansing Mask) some of them manage to be deep cleansing and luxurious (see Diptyque and NUXE) but many of them set into a concrete-like layer, leaving the skin a bit dried-out and parched-looking. Some do this as well as leaving the skin smooth, some do this and seem to have no discernible benefits whatsoever. The whole clay thing can be a bit hit and miss.

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Not so with the Goddess Skin mask: it promises to “visibly lift, smooth, brighten and tighten pores for baby skin” and – unbelievably – it does. I say unbelievably, because it’s quite a lot of claim to make on the front of a tube. Most brands now shy away from making big claims, preferring to hide behind ambiguous phrasing – not Tilbury! She’s the unashamed Queen of Claims and I love her for it. The woman has no fear and enough conviction for a hundred people – she believes in her products and her enthusiasm and belief is highly effective.

So, the mask. There’s more claiming on the back of the tube: “for the rebirth of your skin – it’s a miracle! Skin texture appears visibly healed, hydrated and rejuvenated. Skin feels smoother, firmer and plumper.” Just about everything ticked off there, then. But do you know? I rinsed this mask off after ten minutes and my skin was weirdly, weirdly different. It was tightened and lifted but not dried-out, it was smooth but not uncomfortable, it felt incredibly clean but not stripped and the surface felt balanced and somehow primed, if that makes any sense? It was as though I’d had a facial and reached the moisturiser stage, but the moisturiser hadn’t been applied yet. And yet oddly, my skin wasn’t crying out for any moisturiser – I almost wanted to just apply my makeup straight away, because the “canvas” felt so prepped and ready. Pores were less visible, my skin was brighter – it was like the ultimate red carpet fix. No irritation, no “tingling”, just really sorted skin.

Another thing to note: to me, this mask smells of tuberose. It could be my sense of smell being slightly skewed, so can anyone who’s tried this please let me know if they think the same? If so, what an utterly beautiful and unusual scent to add to a mask! I really felt as though I was being properly pampered.

Additional bonus points for the easy-to-transport tube packaging – no cumbersome pots here – and the fact that you’re directed to only use a thin layer. This mask would last you an absolute age. Top marks to Tilbury on the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, I’m incredibly impressed. You can find it at and It’s £45 for 75ml, but – as I said – would last an age.

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