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My (Beauty) Uniform: Grace Timothy, editor and blog queen

Hurrah! Grace is back! And, with a little twist on the usual ‘My Uniform’ formula, she’s here to tell you what a beauty ed simply cannot live without. (Have you checked out her blog, The Pregnant Beauty Guide, yet?)

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When I was growing up, makeup was always hovering overhead, a tantalising trapping of ‘being a grown up’. Then, as a gangly, boob-less woman, I could make it work in a way clothes just didn’t. I get clothes on other people – and worked in fashion for 4 years – but struggle to dress myself to great effect. I’m not that into it bags or perilous shoes, but I will always have THE season’s hottest colours… on my face. My uniform is all about the skin, lips, eyes and nails. So whatever sartorial error I’m making, at least I’ve got a bold lip to distract. Obviously as a beauty editor, I’m constantly trying new products. And yet there are a few gems I always return to…

SKIN

Dressing your face is so underrated. No matter how you feel about your skin, the right primer, foundation, highlighter and right colouring can make it look airbrushed. For me, it’s a base of Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow – a soft focus effect to blur pores and lines – topped with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, £36

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow, £36

 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £10.99 at Boots

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £10.99 at Boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a little wardrobe of highlighters – Topshop Glow, Mac Crème Base, By Terry Light Expert – but my current favourite is Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen (£40 at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges et al). A couple of clicks and you’ve got a dewy glow for your cheekbone, brow bone and Cupid’s bow. Next, a little colour – I am too pale and pasty for bronzer outside of a few weeks in summer, so I tend to stick to blush. My favourites are Bobbi Brown Powder Blush for a matte look – the only product in this uniform that requires a brush – Laura Mercier Crème Colour for a juicier finish, and Smashbox O-Glow for a seamless, totally natural flush. With these tenants in place, I’ll either add in one focal point – a statement eye or bold lip – or subtly accent both.

Bobbi Brown Powder Blush, £18

Bobbi Brown Powder Blush, £18

 

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour, £20.50 at Space NK

Laura Mercier Creme Colour, £20.50 at Space NK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EYES

I’ve got a drawer brimming with eye shadows – MAC, Nars, Benefit, Chantecaille, Stila, Laura Mercier… And they’re pretty much all a variation on brown. Boring, maybe, but it’s a good match for blue eyes. My absolute favourite and a mainstay of my collection is Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Blonde.

I used to use three liners every day – a pencil to line the inner rim, a crayon to mark out the lashline and then a liquid liner to define that line and add a feline flick. Once a baby was added to the equation, I ditched all three and now use Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks to do all three. You can even smudge it up to the socket and run under your lower lashes for the easiest smoky eye known to man.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Blonde (21), £16.50

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Blonde (21), £16.50

 

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, £20.50

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, £20.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My lashes are pathetic – mascara is a must. I am pretty fickle though, now that my favourite Giorgio Armani mascara is no more. I tend to love anything Topshop and Chanel do, and a new favourite is Kanebo Sensai Mascara 38°C Separating & Lengthening. One tip changed the way I applied it forever – no need for a curler or extra coat, just hold the brush to the root and wiggle it all the way out to the tips. Sounds obvious now, but I wasn’t focusing on covering the entire lash – it makes them look so much thicker, especially with liner at the root.

Sensai by Kanebo Mascara 38C, £23 at Selfridges

Sensai by Kanebo Mascara 38C, £23 at Selfridges

LIPS

I think there’s a red lip for everyone – mines Nars Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Cruella – it has to be matte and it has to be fuss-free – a lipstick and liner in one which lasts through 5-6 cocktails. For day it’s either Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy or Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey (£16) – some really juicy neutrals.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, £17.50

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, £17.50

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, £24

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, £24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAILS

I haven’t the time – nor can I be arsed – to indulge in fiddly nail art. I still think the strongest look is a glossy slick of colour on impeccably neat nails. Usually they’re short, square and in OPI’s Big Apple (£11 at Very) or Essie’s Ballet Slippers. Toes are Nails Inc Motcomb Street in winter, and Notting Hill Gate in summer.

Essie Ballet Slippers, £7.99 at Superdrug

Essie Ballet Slippers, £7.99 at Superdrug

 

Nails Inc Motcomb Street, £11

Nails Inc Motcomb Street, £11

Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate, £11

Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate, £11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUDGET BUYS

I love pretty much everything Topshop has added to its makeup collection each season – it is unbelievably good considering how cheap it is. Another favourite of mine are Barry M Eye Crayons – strong pigment, blendable but without smudging. I’ve tried a LOT of bronzers, but an enduring favourite for the past 10 years has been Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer Bronzing Compact Powder. I have to be very sparing with a lightly loaded brush, but it gives just the right hit of sun-kissed colour. Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish is SO good – the brush makes quick and easy work of a neat nail.

 

Thanks so much, Grace! As if you need any proof that her expert advice works, here she is with her adorable daughter, Noémie Rae… Imagine looking this good when your baby’s that little.

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    […] Grace (of the brilliant Pregnant Beauty Guide) alertedsc me to the adorable One Flew Over (“Flowers, by girls who like good flowers”). The girls in question are the talented Jess and Charlie (check out their blog) and their work has that artless vintage, Scarlet & Violet vibe which requires a vast amount of skill. I adore these Valentine’s jam jars (if only I’d known – I’d have sent my Mr W&W to them, post haste). […]

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