My Makeup My Medium

Beauty Shoot for Spindle Magazine Tutorial 
Model : Aurora profile-models
Photography : carlosbournphotography
Retouching : Gareth Pritchard
Makeup/Hair : Tabby Casto
Makeup Assistant : Monika Pekker 
Spindle Magazine : How To Get The Look - Rich Bronze Summer Eyes


Warm rich bronze and copper tone eyes were all over the SS14 shows. Seen at  Versace, Gucci, Donna Karren , Dsquared 2, Jason Woo, Cavalli & Missoni.


You’ll want to give this smouldering twist on the bronze smokey eye a go and it doesn’t take very long to acheive. Beauty Ed Tabby shows you how to get the look with the gorgeous Auora @Profile models…


Key Products  

1. Simple Kind to Skin Radiance Wipes // 2. Illamasqua Hydra Viel // 3. Topshop BB Cream Foundation // 4. Mac Golden Bronzer // 5. Nars Iskander Eye Paint // 6. Mac Rich Ground Fluidline // 7. Mac Coppering Eyeshadow // 8. Mac Gloss Texture // 9. A La Carte Mascara // 10. Simple Kind to Skin Radiance Eye Wipes // 11. Burts Bees Caramel Lip Shimmer

Clean & Prep Skin

Cleanse the skin with Simple Radiance Wipes (1) and apply Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer (2) all over,  but leave your foundation for now to avoid eyeshadow fall out and allow skincare to kick in.

Create A Rich Bronze Eye

Create a quick and easy bronze eye by apply Nars Iskander Eye Paint (5) and Mac Rich Ground Fluidline (6) all over the eyelid with a small eyeshadow brush. Blend outwards to the crease of the eye before the products set. Then add Mac Coppering Eyeshadow (7) to the center of the eye lid and blend outwards.



Add Eye Gloss  

Next use Mac Gloss Texture  (8) on top of the eyeshadow. *Note you will need to keep an eye on this as it will crease through the day*. It’s best to dot this on with a fluffy brush. Finish the eyes with a touch of A La Carte Mascara (9) and fill in brows lightly with a brow product of your choice.


Clear Away Shadow Fall Out & Add Base 

Clean off any fallen eyeshadow from the face with Simple Kind to Skin Eye Wipes (10) and prep the skin with Topshop BB Cream Foundation (3). Add a touch of concealor under the eyes and on any areas of redness. Then use Mac Golden Bronzer (4) under the cheekbones to give warmth to the face. Follow this with the Mac Gloss Texture (8) on the top of the cheekbones and bridge of the nose for a natural glow.



Keep lips softer and less of a focus but still rich and warm by using Burt’s Bees Caramel Lip Shimmer (11)



Photography : carlosbournphotography

Main Photo Retouching : Gareth Pritchard

Model : Aurora @ profile-models

Hair & Makeup : Tabby Casto using Simple Skincare, Mac, Illamasqua, A La Carte, Nars, Topshop Makeup & Burts Bees 

Makeup Assistant : Monika Pekker 


Spindle Magazine : How To Get the Look - Nail Art “Streetfest Pout”

effy-nails is  back from Berlin with a fantastic new nail tutorial just in time for this year’s Streetfest (4th May at Forman’s Fish Island, Hackney Wick.)

To celebrate the Streetfest Nail Bar (where you can catch Effy and talented nail artist Claire KGlossin Nails andKeziah) she’s decided to pick a Streetfest favourite for you nail art lovers ❤

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Key Products 

1. A La Carte Base Coat
2. OPI Alpine Snow
3. OPI Big Apple Red
4. NPW Naughty Neon Nail Pens
5. Art Club White Stripper Pen
6. Art Club Black Stripper Pen
7. Seche Vite Top Coat

How To Get The Look 

1. Paint A La Carte Base Coat (1) over nails. Follow this with a white base using OPI Alpine Snow (2) and leave to dry.
2. Using a striper brush and OPI Big Apple Red (3), draw a juicy pair of lips in the centre.
3. Using NPW Naughty Neon Nail Art Pens (4), colour the top and bottom half of the nail. Colour fill from one side to the other with the pens to prevent the nib from getting blocked. Wait to dry.
4. Add black detail around the lips, lines for teeth and polka dots on the background using a Art Club Black Stripper Pen (6)
5. A white striper brush can be used to create a shine effect on the lips (5)
6. Finish the look with Seche Vite Topcoat (7)


Catch @Effy_Nails@Glossin@claireknails & @nailsbykeziahgram at Streetfest

Words: Tabby Casto
Nail Art: Effy Nails

Outtakes with portiaferrari &  jeffboudreau : )

Moomin mani 💕 #nancymcnails #nailart #nails #moomin #littlemy #sniff #moominpappa #moominmamma #snufkin #snorkmaiden #moomintroll

Nur Hellmann in “Africa And The City” by Kenneth Willardt for Vanity Fair Italia, 16 April 2014
😸 reblog @dare_dont_care #catsmakemehappy

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New Work : Art Wednesday + Joe Cruz

Photography : daniellamaiorano

Illustration: joecruz

Styling: Emelie Hulqvist & Stelios Stylianou un-categorized

Make-up: Tabby Casto using Mac Pro

Hair: Roger Cho using Bumble & Bumble

Model: Carolina @ NEXT

Aurora profile-models for @Spindlemagazine 
Photography : carlosbournphotography
Makeup/Hair : Tabby Casto 
Retouching : Gareth Pritchard
Makeup Assistant : Monika Pekker  
Spindle Magazine - How To Get The Look : White Out


If you fancy a change from your normal black liner routine and want to shake it up for spring, try this quick and easy SS14 on trend look – white eyeliner.

Aaron de Mey brought this look into the limelight for Kenzo and the trend was also seen at Altuzarra, Martin Margiela and Kate Spade. White is the way to go -  Beauty Ed Tabby shows you how to create this easy and striking look.


Key Products  

1. Simple Kind to Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion // 2. Simple Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm // 3. Mac Pro Chromaline Pure White // 4. Topshop Mohawk Bronzing Powder // 5.  Topshop Glow Cream in Polished // 6. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder // 7. Nars Belle De Jour Sheer Lipstick

Clean & Prep Skin

To make this look work at it’s best, keep skin looking clean and glowy. Cleanse the skin with Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion (1) and prep with Simple Kind to Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream. Apply Illamasqua Hydra Gel  primer all over for a smooth base. Follow this with Simple Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm (2) all over with a foundation brush like Mac 190. Add concealor under the eyes and over any blemishes with a full coverage like Mac Pro-Longwear Concealor.

Create A Smooth White Liner

Create a fairly thick opaque white liner with a flick on the top lash-line. To do this start with a small pointed brush and using Mac Pro Chormaline in Pure White (3) draw from just outside the corner of your lash line into the middle of the lashline. Go over this a couple of times to add thickness. Extend the liner from the corner of the eye upwards. Finish by using a sharp angled brush dipped in makeup remover to clean up and sharpen the edge of the flick. We skipped mascara for a cleaner more striking look but feel free to add your favorite mascara!

Add Bronzer 

Next use Topshop Mohawk Bronzer (4) to create a defined cheekbone using a fluffy angled contouring brush like Mac 168. Start at the top of the cheekbone and blend downwards into the middle of the face as opposed to starting in the centre of the cheek. Then pat Topshop Glow Cream (5) over cheekbones with fingers to give radiance.

Smooth out with a Beauty Blender

Using a dome shaped Beauty Blender (we used Mac’s Pro Performance Sponge) press a translucent powder like Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (6) under the eyes and onto the t-zone to smooth out makeup and set products into place.


Keep lips nude using a soft beige lipstick such as Nars Belle De Jour Sheer Lipstick (7). We mixed it with a little Mac Pro Lip Dim for an even paler finish.


Photography : Carl Osbourn

Retouching : Gareth Pritchard

Model : Aurora @ Profile Models

Hair/ Makeup/Words : Tabby Casto using Mac Pro, Simple, Topshop Makeup & Nars 

Makeup Assistant : Monika Pekker

Spindle Magazine - Makeup Artist Spotlight : Lan Nguyen - Grealis

Following up our Makeup Artist Spotlight we had to bring a little love to the creative mastermind that is Lan Nguyen-Grealis.

We’re sure you’ve have heard her name but how about getting to know the lady behind some of fashion weeks most sought after looks… We caught up with the inspirational artist and found out what’s it like to be one of THE hottest makeup artist in London right now…

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career has been everything! Really hard to answer that as I love my job so much. Every opportunity is a new and exciting one. Maybe I’ve yet to experience the big one!

We got to go behind the scenes the recent Liz Black Fashion Show which was all Salvador Dali inspired with some really fun Face Lace. You keyed the makeup for this look which was STUNNING! What was it like working with the designer Liz Black and Face Lace founder Phyllis Cohen? 

Working with Liz Black is fun and always out of the box! There are always so many ideas floating about so its’ fun when your designer lets you really play. Working with Phyllis was a lovely surprise and great fun! She’s incredibly talented and I was so honoured to have someone oat her calibre by my side.

What are your all time favourite beauty products? 

My all time favorite beauty products are Mac Face & Body Foundation, Benefit Porefessional, The Body Shop Radiance Highlighter, Yves Saint Laurent Shocking Eyeliner, Bioderma Crealine, Kryolan Micro Foundations and Dior Hydra Lift Face Mask.


Photography : Fabrice Lachant 

What was your very first photoshoot like? 

My very first professional photo shoot was so long ago but I always remember the model because really big at that time. I was so proud with the results and still have them somewhere. I actually got a big job after that when a client had seen the pictures from the photographer and it launched a line of work that led to many oppertunities.

What was your all time favourite beauty campaign? 

My all time favourite beauty campaign was a collection of trend looks I created for Tattler Hong Kond. I felt they were really modern and showcased my vision as an artist.

In hindsight if you could tell your younger makeup artist self one thing, what would it be? 

Go for it and make the most of all the opportunities! Don’t be afraid of success! If I had more confidence at the time I think I may have achieved a lot more and would have started assisting at the beginning. Probably would have save me a lot of mistakes but then again it’s the mistakes and how you deal with them that make up who you are.


Photography : Camille Sanson

Any pro tips you can share with us? 

Less is more and primers are a very useful tool to give that flawless look – esp for camera.

Glitter. Hell yes or hell no? 

Glitter I love love love. So hell yes.


What’s on your iPod right now? What songs do you like to play while you’re in the studio?

At the moment I’m listening to Paloma Faith ‘A Perfect Contradiction” I like to support artist that I work with as having that emotional connection give she great pleasure. I prefer to have easy listening songs that I can sing to!

You’ve already had a lot of experience at LFW. How do you handle the backstage  craziness? 

I actually don’t mind the craziness. I have a strong and loyal team that are talented and are also my friends so I can rely on them for support. It’s all down to teamwork.

If you could key one makeup show of your choice each year – which designer/brand would be your choice?

That’s a tough one as I love all the shows . In terms of creativity and style I would love to work with the couture shows like Dior, Chanel and Armani.

What’s an average working day like for you? 

An average working day is long! I can have up to 3-4 jobs in a day if timing is right when it comes to celebrity or have and editorial and a show. It’s so varied that no day is the same. If I’m not working physically I’m working mentally designing.

How would you describe your makeup style in 3 words?
Creative , clean and colourful


To keep up to date with all Lan’s beautiful makeup and inspirations follow her here on TwitterFacebook &Instagram

Words by Tabby Casto

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