Category Archives: Immortal Muse

My day as Marilyn. How I did my hair and makeup & where my outfit was from.

I was kindly asked by a cosmetics company in Bath to be their Marilyn Monroe for an event they held to promote their limited edition Marilyn collection. Although I know I'm no Marilyn ringer I thought I'd give it my best shot; I'm always a fan of a bit of dressing up.

My makeup partly finished. Photographer Jackie Mckeever.

Back of my hair. Photographer Jackie Mckeever.

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Immortal Muses the Ancient Egyptians

Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra


The Egyptians wore make-up before 4,000 B. C.

Eye makeup was the main form, and it was used daily. There were other types of makeup for the lips, cheeks and skin, but those were usually used only on occasion and not by everyone.



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Immortal Muses – bridal edition


In aid of National wedding month I thought I would compile a collection of brides throughout history who inspire me. Whether it be fictional or real they are all style icons with their glamourous dresses and spectacular headwear.


Grace Kelly weds Prince Rainier of Monaco


Actress Gene Tierney wore a dress by costume designer Oleg Cassini in The Razor’s Edge

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Immortal Muse- David Bowie

Ever since I watched David Bowie in the Labyrinth he's been a source of inspiration. Early in his career he morphed himself into his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His iconic makeup looks are often transcribed into current trends whether it be similar colour palettes or shapes. I was asked at a Sally's shoot to create the lightning bolt; I used MAC paint sticks with pigments on top but in a hot pink in a similar colour to their logo.


I found what seems to be quotes from David bowie himself on

Music Scene - November 1973

 David Bowie's Makeup Dos and Don'ts

David tells us that mostly all of his makeup comes from a little shop in Rome, Italy, that imports fantastic coloured powders and creams from India. (He's not telling the name of the store, however!!!) Basic essentials also include a white rice powder from Tokyo's Woolworth's equivalent- Indian kohl usually in black - for his eyes, which he smudges right along the lash line and some, times a little bit on the outside...

He also uses a very light liquid base, sometimes white - sometimes pink or yellow - and applies it with a damp sponge. For stage, David will often use an irridescent base, usually pure white. When he paints that gold cirde on his forehead that's such a hit with his fans he uses a German gold base in cake form bought at New York's Makeup Centre. (He also told us that the little Japanese brushes that the Makeup Centre has for applying powders and paints are much better than anything you can find in Japan!)

Eight hour cream by Elizabeth Arden is what you'll see shining up David's lips and eyelids in photographs, it gives that extra-gloss effect. And a must is that old-fashioned black mascara, (sometimes blue) - you know the kind that you spit on the little brush and it's in cream/cake form... David will often paint waves of colour all the way across his eyes and eyebrows, rather than on the lids only usually in a pink or mauve tone.

In his last few English concerts, Bowie painted tiny lightning streaks on his cheek and upper leg. Once in a while he uses pearlised gloss on his lips in a tan/pink that comes across like a white-silver highlight. And - a warning! He doesn't use glitter too much, because it falls into his eyes when he's performing and it just isn't soft looking enough, he feels. Sometimes he will outline that gold circle in tiny gold rhinestones, stuck on with eyelash glue.

As far as off-stage makeup is concerned, David doesn't wear any base - he uses a light natural moisturiser with rice powder dusted on top - but most often he prefers to show his very light, bare, clear English skin.


My Make up inspired by David Bowie and a Kylie Minogue photo shoot.

  • Chrome yellow / Rule / Carbon- eye shadows
  • Blacktrack / Fascinating- eye liners

Please Note: All of the products listed are from MAC.

Immortal Muse- Josephine Baker

(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)

Dancer, singer, and actress.

Josephine Baker was a truly inspirational woman. She broke down barriers and fought through prejudice.

Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and lived as a street child in the slums of St. Louis, but that didn’t stop her travelling to France to progress her career.

She was the first female African American to star in a major motion picture and she became a world-famous entertainer, even posing for the artist Picasso.

Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw."

Baker is still influential in the fashion world today.

Here are some examples from Tush Magazine - Photographer Ellen von Unwerth, hairstyling from Christoph Hasenbein and make-up from Loni Baur.

Tush magazine/ Photographer- Ellen von Unwerth/ hairstyling- Christoph Hasenbein/ MUA Loni Baur

Tush magazine/ Photographer- Ellen von Unwerth/ hairstyling- Christoph Hasenbein/ MUA Loni Baur


My face chart inspired by Josephine Baker

  • Blacktrack fluidline blended over lid
  • Press Carbon eye shadow on top
  • Blend out edges with Wedge eye shadow
  • Smolder kohl in waterline
  • Zoomlash masscara
  • Bleach out brows with Studio finish concealer with a mascara wand
  • Espresso eye shadow
  • Blacktrack fluidline to make the brows defined
  • Studiotech foundation
  • Studio finish concealer
  • Careblend powder
  • Nightmoth lip pencil
  • Viva Glam 1 lipstick
Please Note: I have put my favourite products, all of them are from MAC

Immortal Muse- Sophia Loren


Sophia Loren is the ultimate femme fatale with her iconic feline eyes and fabulous curves, she's entranced men and women for decades.

Born in 1934, she’s graced the big screen for over 50 years, featuring in over 100 films.

Now 76 Loren still sizzles with power and beauty.



My make-up tips for creating Sophia Loren's iconic look.



Loren's eyes are the most important feature of this look. She tended to use matt warm browns to accentuate the shape of her eye and blend with her bronzer look.

Eye shadow-Apply dark warm eye shadow to outer edge (folie- shadow). Then blend over and through the crease with a mid-tone a two shades darker than skin tone (wedge shadow). The mid-tone will blend out the darker shadow creating a seamless appearance.

Liner- I use gel based liner (blacktrack- fluidline) making sure to keep the angle lifted. I tend to follow the line of the bottom lash line. Tip- use cotton bud and (fast response- eye cream) to sharpen line or erase.

Draw a line on the bottom lash line but leave a small gap on the outer corner of the eye as this will make your eye appear more feline and elongated. Then draw a brightening pencil in the waterline (Chromagraphic- Pencil)


Brows- Comb brows up for a fuller shape. But don’t over draw them or make them too dark, try eye shadow with an angle brush (omega- shadow/ 266 # brush). (Clear- brow set) to lock them in place.

Lashes- two pairs of (36# lashes) for full winged lashes that are not too long.



Changed the way women wanted their skin to look. Poles apart from 50's trend for pale matt full coverage foundation. Her skin is sun kissed and contoured with a velvet texture.

(Face and body- foundation), (studio finish-concealer) then set with (mineralize skinfinsh).

Contour using matt shade a few shades darker than skin tone- I use (Harmony- blusher) or for fair skin (kid- eye shadow). Tip- use contour brush (168#) from top of the ear to corner of mouth.



(Sublime Culture- lip liner) buffed all over the lip then (freckletone- lipstick)


Please Note: I have put my favourite products in brackets; all of them are from MAC