My Makeup My Medium

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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

Never thought I’d try a brow stencil! First time for everything! (Brows are looking much better -surprisingly!) Thanks @pomltd ❤️👀 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit @Pomltd

This week I tried out cult stateside Brand Anastasia Beverly Hills “5 Element Brow Kit”

(now available in the UK @Pomltd


From a makeup artist point of view, the brow kit could seem a little strange as it includes an array of different brow shaped stencils.  Upon opening the little zip pouch, however I realised that for  someone who is perhaps less confident with applying brows “freestyle” this is a fantastic little kit.  It comes with all the essentials to create the perfect brow including : 

  • Slant tweezers (1)
  • An angled brush and comb brow duo (2)
  • Clear brow gel (3)
  • Brow powder (4)
  • Five different brow stencils (5)
  • A cute little case to fit it all in *bonus* 
  • A brow *brochure* which shows you how to create the perfect brow shape 



The Brow Stencils come in array of shapes and make it very easy to fill in the desired brow shape : 


Despite my reservations about the stencils, I had a go. I opted for the Medium Arch Brow as it fit best with my natural shape. After aligning the brow stencil to my brow (by following careful instructions in the little brochure) I then plucked around the stencil with the slanted tweezers. FYI - the tweezers are on par with Tweezerman -  I am impressed.  


I’m more of a “natural” brow kind of girl *as you can see by the right side of this photo!*  so I didn’t take off to much. I then filled in my brow with the brow powder. There are 5 shades available in this range (Blonde, Taupe, Medium Brown, Dark Brown & Caramel) I chose the Medium Brown colour. 

The little angled brow brush that comes in the set is firm enough to draw a strong shape so if you prefer a more defined brow , the kit makes this achievable. 

You can find this kit along with some fantastic goodies at POM including products from Daniel Sandler, Louise Young, Barry M, Illamasqua, Eylure & many more. You can follow POM and keep up to date with all their makeup goodies on TwitterInstagram & Facebook


My favorite show from NYFW14: Zac Posen. Punk rock/old Hollywood hair by Odile for Kérastase.

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Photography : Hollie Fernando

Model Bloggers : Ellie, Charlotte  & Maddy

Makeup : Tabby Casto

Hair : Roger Cho 

Styling : Naomi

*some images taken from gorgeous  model/blogger Charlotte’s blogsplot : do read her post on the prom night - she covered everything really well : *

New advertorial work for @beyondretro <3 Prom Night 
Photography : Hollie Fernando
Makeup : Tabby Casto
Hair : Roger Cho 

Prom season is here and so is our great selection of vintage Prom dresses.

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Spindle Beauty - How To Get The Look : Disco Nails


This week Effy Nails is working hard in glamourous Berlin (well jel) so we’ve created a little disco nail tut to keep you nail art fiends happy until she returns! Effy’s skill is not to be rivalled so we’ve kept this one pretty simple but fun!

Key Products

1. Topshop Milk & Honey Polish // 2. The Makeup Store Glitter Pot // 3. Topshop Magpie Polish // 4. Mo You Assorted Rhinestones // 5. Seche Vite Top Coat

How To Get The Look


Shape nails into a point and paint on a thin base coat of A La Carte Ridge Filler

Paint 2 coats of Topshop Milk & Honey Matte Polish (1) over base coat and wait to dry

While the white polish is still slightly wet, press The Makeup Store Glitter Pot Glitter (2) onto the nails with fingers

Add a layer of Topshop Magpie Glitter Polish (3) over the loose glitter

While the Magpie Polish is still slightly wet, use a small tweezer to apply Mo You Assorted Rhinestone Squares (4) all over the nail pushing into wet polish then leave to set!

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