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Meet the faces behind FAUX as we welcome you to join us on the start of our new journey. We hope to inform, indulge and inspire you season upon season. Cue the shameless selfie montage...

Pip Hough/Editor-in-Chief Most loved product: Revlon Colorstay Foundation Makeup DO’s: Always apply a little highlighter to your tear duct area, not only does it illuminate eyes, giving the illusion that they are bigger, but it also helps to disguise any dark circles. Makeup DON’Ts: Having a tell tale foundation line on the neck, choose your foundation shade carefully and blend gently in to the neck to avoid a definite line.

Tom Fox/Creative Director Most Loved Product: Bioderma Sensibio H2O – the perfect liquid cleanser. It’s gentle & calming – ideal for sensitive skin. Makeup DO’s: If you’re wanting to make a statement, go for a strong red lip. It’s powerful, and seductive. Try Ruby Woo from Mac. Makeup DON’Ts: Don’t overdo your eyebrows! Brows that are too heavy, or strongly arched look dated. Go for a similar shade to your hair and gently push colour through the brow.

Becky Lawson/Fashion Director Most Loved Product: Maybelline Brow Mascara Medium Brown. Make up DO’s: Make sure you always prime skin before applying eye makeup to ensure your shadows and liners do not smudge. Make up DON’Ts: Foundation lips are a no no, they drain all colour from your face. To achieve a nude lip look go for a lipstick like Creme de nude by MAC which has just enough sheen to add dimension to the lip.

Emma Nelson/Features Editor Most loved product: Mac pigment in Vanilla – its uses are never ending. I love it as a highlighter on the brow bone. Makeup DO’s: Always apply your base after your eye makeup. Any fall out from deep shades will ruin your foundation colour! Makeup DON’Ts: Bronzer should never ever be applied all over your face. Stick to a matte powder to sculpt the hollows of your cheeks, jaw line, temples and hairline.

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EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome all, to FAUX Magazine! FAUX is a shrine to the creative makeup world, supported and enhanced by high fashion accessories and artistic elements. It is packed with sophisticated design elements; innovative makeup looks inspired by key trends for each season, and most importantly industry insider knowledge. Calling our first edition ‘The Siren Issue’ seemed an obvious choice, as when we chose content for Issue One, it became apparent to us that we were predominantly featuring lots of strong, independent women. Tom caught up with Bella Sorella founder and owner, Lydia-Rose Bright who opened up about her achievements beyond her time on ‘The Only Way is Essex’. In our ‘Makeup Destination’ feature, Becky explored the best places to buy makeup in the city of Manchester. Emma explored the argument of whether or not wearing makeup is considered anti-feminist in today’s society. Finally, I jumped at the chance to interview Rebecca Pearson, founder of contemporary accessory brand, Belles Bejewelled. We were thrilled when she came on board with FAUX for an accompanying editorial. I hope you enjoy reading FAUX, as much as we loved creating it. We would be thrilled to hear your feedback at FAUX, so please tweet us @FAUXMagazine with any suggestions for future content. Until next time, Pip Hough, Editor-In-Chief.




















The captivating new fragrance by Nina Roche.

Lancôme ‘Rose Étincelle’ Highlighter

We adore this new limited edition ‘Snow White’ inspired highlighter from Lancôme. It’s a beautiful pale pink shade with a subtle iridescent glow. Only £35.00

This ultra innovative spray-on foundation from Dior Skin saves us precious time in the morning, and for just £30.00 you can achieve a pixel perfect finish in a matter of moments. We love that Dior have managed to combine a fresh, ultra fine mist with velvety, medium coverage finish. This product is sure to go down in history.

Armani ‘Rouge Ecstasy’ Lipstick

The Armani ‘Rouge Ecstasy’ lipsticks are creamy and super comfortable to wear. With excellent wear time, and a luminous finish, these are a must have at £25.00.

............................................................ Lord & Berry Range

Fabulously affordable, the new range from Lord and Berry focuses mainly on lips and eyes - and there’s a vivid colour palette to flatter all skin tones. There are so many products to choose from - pigmented powders, luminizing sticks and super intense lipsticks. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous, so it will all look great on your dressing table. Available to purchase from ASOS, prices begin at £7.50 .



Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Moisturiser At £39.00, this feather light moisturising cream is perfect at keeping your skin uber hydrated and non-greasy. It left our skin feeling soft and nourished after just a couple of applications. The ‘Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm’ is equally fabulous.

............................................................ OUR NEW FAVOURITES Butter LDN Nail Varnish

A holographic top coat is a must have this winter, and this one from Butter London does not disappoint. Plus, it’s a steal at just £12.00

BeautyBlender PRO Double Blenders

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

This MAC exfoliator, priced at £22.00 is easy to apply and foams, cleanses and exfoliates the skin using natural volcanic ash mixed with fine sugar crystals. One of our faves.

The BeautyBlender PRO blender offers you a hygienic, reusable sponge that is a staple in every make up artists kit. A twin pack is just £24.00.

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Dior Skin Airflash Spray Foundation







What made you realise you wanted a career in makeup artistry? I love being creative and working with faces and colours, watching a face come to life. I used to watch my Mum applying make-up when I was younger and be mesmerised. What career steps did you take to get to where you are today? I started studying at a private college and went on to do theatrical experience. I then did experience with the BBC before heading into TV and Fashion work. What are your career highlights? I think working in soap and on live shows and becoming a regular contractor for the BBC. Have you worked with anyone famous? I have worked on many soaps including Emmerdale and with Prime Minister David Cameron and Abbey Clancey. I work frequently with presenters and sports personalities.


Where do you source your inspiration for new looks from? Mainly catwalk shows and high fashion magazines. Do any other MUAs inspire your work? Pat McGrath, Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Eldridge, Mary Greenwell What is your favourite make up job? Fashion is my love but I do also enjoy my TV work.

Kate Smith is a freelance makeup artist in the North West. She specialises in TV and Fashion makeup artistry as well as lecturing in both ‘Fashion and Photographic’ & ‘Media’ makeup at Liverpool City College. We caught up with Kate to talk makeup must haves, career highlights and inspiration…

Name some products you love... My fave products include MAC Bronzers, Illamasqua sealing Gel and Chanel foundations Most essential product in your kit? MAC 217 blending brush Top tips for on screen make up? Everything is filmed in HD these days... so well blended application is crucial and matify the skin! Who's makeup would you love to do and why? Rosie Huntington Whitely. She has a great face shape and good lips. I would have loved to have worked with Marilyn Monroe in her pin up days, too.

Courses at Liverpool City College with Kate run twice a year in September and January. The college is now taking applications for the January installment. The 18 week course in Level 3 Fashion & Photographic Makeup equips you with all the skills needed to join the industry and begin your makeup career. All courses are VTCT qualifications and recognised by leading brands. Image: MUA’s own.



THE RETAIL EYE ..............................................................

Cosmetic shopping is a ritual thousands of women indulge in on a weekly to monthly basis. A flawless face does not often come free so finding the perfect stockist is crucial to the survival of your sacred makeup bag. Faux explored the hidden beauty basements of central Manchester’s top department stores to guide you on your journey to makeup mecca.

Words by: Becky Lawson


0.6 miles from Piccadilly Station- 13 min walk

VISUAL MERCHANDISING: 3/5 Boasting six floors, Debenhams, Manchester occupies a prominent position on the corner of bustling Market Street. Cosmetics rule the spacious ground floor. The layout is clean and quite evidently structured making use of the space, yet still managing to not seem over crowded. Counters and spotlights line the pathway strategically constructed to guide consumers on their journey through store. PRODUCT: 2/5 Although the store houses countless cosmetic brands, attention is seemingly not paid to stock replenishment as many shelves appear sparse or lack variety in stock. This however does not apply to all cosmetic counters within the store as a number were adequately stocked, Benefit in particular.

SERVICE: 2/5 Like product, staff are also few and far between. Some counters are entirely unsupervised whilst others house clusters of staff deep in daily conversation. Consumers are able to walk through almost the entire floor journey without being approached by a single member of staff. Benefit proved to be the only counter sufficiently supervised by a member of staff that was more than willing to give advice where necessary without pressuring purchases.

BRANDS STOCKED HERE: 3/5 Benefit, Yves Saint Laurent, Bare Minerals, Urban Decay, St.Tropez, Black Up Paris, Beni Brow Bar, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Dior, Clarins, Chanel, Elizabeth Arden.

OVERALL: 3/5 Despite a few minor issues, overall, if you aren’t expecting VIP treatment, then Manchester’s Debenhams serves its purpose as a location to pick up a quick foundation fix.



1.0 miles from Piccadilly Station - 21 min walk

SERVICE: 3/5 Exclusivity of the store is presented through the staff employed here. On entrance you are silently greeted by a concierge welcoming you inside by opening the door for customers. From here onwards every counter is manned by a member of staff who are more than willing to provide advice on products, some overly enthusiastic even. Staff are knowledgeable and focused on their role in store and not what their fellow employees did the previous night. BRANDS STOCKED HERE: 4/5 Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Stila, Sisley, Benefit, Estee Lauder, Beyond Beauty, Cover FX, Yves Saint Laurent, Mankind, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, Nars, Crème De La Mer.

OVERALL: 4/5 From entrance to exit the Harvey Nichols experience is truly exclusive. Consumers feel they want to prolong their time in store, browsing aimlessly out of pure enjoyment. This is more than just a drop by make-up supplier.

VISUAL MERCHANDISING: 4/5 In the heart of the city centre, Harvey Nichols is home to three dazzling floors of luxury goods. An impressive beauty arena can be found on the ground floor, where sparkling marble flooring takes you on a journey through the very best of skincare, makeup and cosmetics. This floor radiates glamour and exclusivity. Admittedly an unusual split level layout may feel unwelcoming to the consumer, however bright spotlights and elaborate displays ensure to captivate the attention of the buyer. PRODUCT: 3/5 A much larger array of product to offer than Debenhams, many even exclusive to Harvey Nichols including DVF, Shu Uemura and Natura Bisse. All stock is fully replenished preventing the disappointment of the consumer, strategic lighting shines directly onto brands to make them appear that little bit more desirable.



0.9 miles from Piccadilly Station – 18 min walk

VISUAL MERCHANDISING: 4/5 Selfridges’ beauty floor takes cosmetic shopping to an entirely new level. A glamorous escalator ride takes consumers down to an artificially lit cosmetic bliss. Loud music and glaring lights welcome consumers to a world of absolute luxury. A marble pathway through the pristine displays illustrates a grid, and like other beauty floors, provides guidance to consumers. Glitzy mirrors and metallic finishings throughout create an illusion of a larger airy space. MAC has a hugely impressive area filled with enormous artificial makeup pots displayed against the back wall; hugely attention grabbing and tactful.

PRODUCT: 4/5 Huge product range available, making every visit worthwhile. Fully stocked shelving with every product colour on offer makes it almost impossible to resist a purchase. Every item on display has been positioned to perfection to catch the consumers eye.

SERVICE: 5/5 In an environment like this the staff are equally as delightful as the luxurious products on offer. Supervising every counter in their individual brand uniforms, most often pristine black ensembles, Selfridges’ employees offer the highest standard of customer service. Complimentary colour matches and makeovers are offered at each brand here; ensuring customers are purchasing the correct products for their skin tones and types.

BRANDS STOCKED HERE: 5/5 Nars, Suqqu, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown, Illamasqua, Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Clarins, MAC, Blink Brow Bar. OVERALL: 5/5 The Selfridges experience isn’t one you can simply buy online. This new wave of cosmetic shopping sets the standard for other department stores lagging behind to eventually follow.

BASE Cosmetics

A flawless look begins with a flawless base.

THE SACRED HOUR The Sacred Hour is makeup in its purest form, stripped back – enchanting in all its ethereal luminosity. A juxtaposition of dawn & dusk, light & dark, wake & sleep; an undefined moment between transitions, time alone to search your soul for your own spiritual energy.


Silver Cuff Set - ÂŁ65, Reiss

Silver Cross Chain - ÂŁ28, Zara

Draping Body Chain in Pewter - ÂŁ80, Whistles

This is mystical & seductive in its ambiguity: this is The Sacred


The Church was a pillar of inspiration for Autumn/Winter collections, McQueen and Valentino lead the way in a visual cacophony of robes, gowns, crosses and lace and designers quickly followed the light in unity, to pay homage to the tradition and sanctity of the Church. Welcome dewy, velvet to-the-touch, feather light bases, kiss bitten lips, frosted lashes and the blurred lines between heavy contouring and soft, reflective highlights.

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the sacred hour






Practice the wearable makeup look in this alotted space, before trying it on yourself.


the sacred hour making it wearable

Prep the skin with Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer. Mix 2/3 Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation with 1/3 Mac Strobe Cream and apply outwardly from the inner areas of your face using downward strokes with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Highlight the entire area under your eyes form the tip of your nose to your cheek bone with Illamasqua under eye concealer in Pure White, buff in with Crown Brush HD concealer brush. Use a foundation two shades darker than your base colour and a chiselled foundation brush like Sigma’s F86 tapered Kabuki to create shading in the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jaw and hairline. Blend out any harsh lines for a seamless finish. Set your foundation with a translucent powder like Makeup Forever HD powder and a large fluffy brush.


Lightly contour just above the crease of your eyelid with a neutral brown shade such as MAC ‘Kid’ to add definition to the socket. Use a light reflecting pigment such as MAC Vanilla to highlight the centre of the nose, brow bone, tear ducts and cheek bones. Comb through your brows and lashes with a disposable mascara wand to separate hairs without colouring them. Exfoliate lips with Lush Lip Scrub and prime with a moisturising lip primer like ELF’s 2 in 1 Prime and Seal Pen. Line your lips with MAC Lip Pencil in ‘Hip n Happy’ and smudge colour all over the lip. Finish with a slick of Mac Lipstick in ‘Up the Amp’. To give the illusion of a fuller lip, highlight cupids bow with Vanilla Pigment. Spritz your face with Urban Decay Dew Me to hydrate the skin and give it a luminous glow.


FEMINISM Words by Emma Nelson

Does lipstick make you feel like more or less of a woman?

It’s the age old debate; is wearing makeup anti-feminist? For me, it seems ludicrous that eighty five years after women gained the right to vote we are still finding ourselves in a web of debate about whether women should wear lipstick or not. We are blessed, as women to be living in today’s society. We have the vote, we have equal pay and thanks to a lifelong devotion of many incredible women, we have every right to walk, stride (or strut) alongside men on this earth. The notion that wearing makeup is oppressive is anti-feminist in itself. What happens between getting out of bed in the morning and leaving your house for work isn’t just a grooming ritual. It’s a statement, it’s you saying to the world ‘Today I took 20 minutes out of my demanding schedule, for me.’ Wearing makeup is a choice. The simple fact we have the freedom to make that choice, should be celebrated. Make up gives us the opportunity to control how we are perceived. We have the freedom to pick who sees what version of us. Yes, there is something undeniably endearing about a woman bare faced and stripped back but perhaps this is because of its rarity or because it often reserved only for those we hold closest to our hearts.

Conforming to an ideal or a uniform look could be argued as anti-feminist and clones of neat curly haired, rosy cheeked women is a kick in the teeth to women who fought so hard for us to be seen as much more than trophy wives. But, here at Faux, we don’t promote conformity, we encourage rebellion. Our belief is that makeup is art and art is expressive. In a recent debate played out in the New York Times, Natasha Scripture made a very valid point – “I don’t think makeup diminishes my power; Cleopatra is proof enough. Many consider her to be the first feminist ever and her legacy is a testimony to the fact that women can be beautiful, smart, empowered and wear a lot of eye makeup”. Makeup has historical roots in the theatre where actors would use makeup to enhance a characteristic in the role they were playing. Similarly, in everyday life, women use makeup to enhance their own characteristics and to express things about their personality in art form. If we are having a bad day we don’t bring it to work, or wallow in self-pity, we reach for our makeup bags and we face the world with a smile. A woman wearing makeup is in control. She demands attention when she enters a room. She exudes power, pride and sex appeal all at the same time. But as with everything, it has to be a choice not a requirement. A feminist who doesn’t wear makeup is no more a feminist than a woman who does. However, I can safely make the assumption that if you have found yourself reading this feature in a publication devoted to makeup, you are on the same page as me and with the right lippie we can rule the world!



TRADE Creator Samantha Chapman’s favourite brush in the collection, the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face Brush is perfect for a powdering of blusher across the apples of your cheeks.

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush Each and every one of these brushes are a staple in every aspiring MUA’s collection, but this brush in particular is something special. The taklon bristles make it so easy to blend, that a smokey eye is achieveable in just five minutes. The Detailer Brush from The Core Collection is perfect for hiding any blemishes, and the ultra dense bristles mean that there is no product build up.

The Duo Fibre Contour Brush serves multiple purposes. Not only is it perfect for achieving a subtle contoured cheekbone, but it can also be used to highlight the brow bone, cupids bow and the bridge of the nose.

We’re huge fans of the Real Techniques makeup brushes here at Faux. Not only do they buff products into the skin effortlessly, but they’re also super easy to clean and dry incredibly quickly. Plus, they’re animal cruelty free, which is always a bonus. Here are some of our favourites, as well as a handful of other tools you’ll appreciate the heads up about. 34



Urban Decay All Nighter (£19.50): A long lasting setting spray. Gone are the days when you spritz your face with hairspray (this is a big no no!) Urban Decay have teamed up with Skindinavia to develop this mist that gives your makeup serious staying power. Spritz on before and after makeup application to create a smooth sealant that keeps makeup looking fresh for 16 hours. It won’t settle into fine lines or crack, it’s simply hairspray for the face without the nasty chemicals.

Illamasqua Sealing Gel (£7.00): Just one drop of this gel will transform any powder or pigment into a creamy paste for intense locked in colour. Ideal for changing coloured powders into gel based eye liners.

Mac’s brush cleanser (£10.00): It’s important to clean your make up brushes regularly to get rid of any bacteria and keep your tools at their best. If you care for your brushes correctly they will last you a lifetime. The cleanser contains alcohol which allows brushes to dry quickly for in-between washes. Perfect for when you need the one shading brush for both light and deep shades.

ELF Brush Holders (£10.50): ‘Eyes Lips Face’ have created these sleek brush holders so that all of your tools are easily accessible in one place. Housing your tools like this not only looks professional but will prolong the life of your brushes by keeping them clean. images courtesy of:, and

lucyhart MAC Makeup Artist

NAME A PRODUCT YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT. I love the Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter on the cheek bones & brow bone. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MAC PRODUCT? The ‘soft and gentle highlighter’ and ‘extreme dimension mascara.’

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE COSMETIC COMPANY TO WORK FOR & WHY? MAC is the best as you can grow easily. They have different certifications to pass to ensure you are on the events team to work at fashion weeks, for example. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AT MAC A typical day is busy and stressful. But it is quite rewarding and goes quickly as there’s permanent foot fall! WHAT BRAND OF MAKEUP DO YOU USE PERSONALLY? MAC and Benefit mostly. I like the Models Own products, too.

NAME YOUR FAVOURITE MAKEUP LOOK Dewey skin, heavily contoured cheek bones, defined brows and a dark lip.

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE IN YOUR CAREER? I want to be on the events team and travel the world with MAC. Working at fashion week in different countries, learning along the way. I want to be seen as a different make up artist to the norm - I want my personality to shine though in my artistry.

Silver Choker, ÂŁ75, Kurt Geiger

After Dark is a provocative display of a revolt against conformity. It’s bold in colour palette and intricate in texture, it’s about rule breaking, experimentation, playfulness.


Draping Chain Choker in Silver - ÂŁ50, Claudia Pink

Fine Lace Crop Top ÂŁ90, Bitching & Junkfood

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Saint Lauren and Versace exploded onto the Autumn/Winter catwalk shows in full blown rebellion. A frenzy of chains, zips, leather and velvet created an unusual fusion of glamour, gothic and unapologetic sex appeal. Indulge in aubergine lids smothered in gloss or drenched in glitter, embrace ombre lips in matte blacks and oxblood red. Play with colour, texture, mix it up, and paint outside the lines.






Practice the wearable makeup look in this alotted space, before trying it on yourself.


AFTER DARK WEARABLE LOOK Begin by applying a base to your eyelids. Foundation works just as well as speciality primers under shadows. Cover your lids from lash line to brow bone with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’. To prevent shadows from creasing, heavily powder the eyelids with Mac Blot Powder in ‘Medium’. Using Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in ‘Intensity One’, highlight your brow bone and tear duct with a flat, dense brush such as Mac 214 Shader Brush. Using the same brush and Urban Decay shadow in ‘Uncut’, press the shadow on to your lid - by pressing on product and not brushing on, the colour of your shadow will intensify. Press ‘Uncut’ from your lash line to your crease.

With Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Gel Liner in ‘Onyx’ and Real Techniques Fine Liner brush, line your upper lash line staying as close as possible to the natural lash. Sweep Dior Show Iconic Over Curl mascara in ‘Over Black’ in a zig zag motion from lash root to tip. To define the brows use Illamasqua Brow Cake in ‘Vehement’ with an Illamasqua dense Angled Brush to lightly draw a line above and under your natural shape and fill in with feathery upward strokes. Brush through your brows with a disposable mascara wand to soften. Cleanse away any fallout and prep your skin with Kiko Matte Base Corrector. Dampen a beauty blender sponge such as Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge (by dampening, the sponge absorbs less product) and Take a clean fluffy brush such as a Mac 217 blending brush apply Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in ‘Golden and lightly buff ‘Uncut’ in circular motions up into your Beige’ in a light bouncing motion across your face. crease. With the same brush, in a wiping motion, blend Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye shadow in ‘Champagne’ Under the eyes use a yellow based concealer like through your crease - blending upwards - marrying the Benefit Lemon Aid to counteract any grey tones. Set two shades together and smoking out any harsh lines. your foundation with Mac Blot Powder in ‘Medium’. Using a pencil brush like Crown C431 Precision Using the dark tone in Tom Ford Shade & Detail, press Mac Pigment in ‘Kitschmas’ in the outer Illuminate and a chiseled tapered brush like a corner of your eye, just above your lash line. Press a small Louise Young LY34; shade the hollows of your cheeks amount of product at a time and using your Mac 217 up onto your temples in a light, circular motion. blending brush, drag the colour across ¾ of the way into Repeat this along the jaw and hair line. Using the your crease – repeat until desired intensity is achieved. lighter shade and Nars Large Dome Eye Brush, highlight the bridge of your nose, center of chin and Add one drop of ‘Mixing Solution’ by Kiko Cosmetics to cupids bow. Line and fill your lips with Clinique Lip a sprinkle of ‘Kitschmas’ - this will turn pigment into Liner in Baby ‘Buff ’ and complete your look with two cream products which can then be used as eyeliners. coats of Clinique Long Last Lipstick in ‘Soft Bloom’. Take an angled brush such as Eco Tools Bamboo Angled Liner and line your lower lash line. Run NYX Jumbo Eye Spritz entire face with Urban Pencil in ‘Milk’ along the water line to open up the eyes. Decay All Nighter to seal your makeup.


English Rose

Prime time Essex darling and unlikely fashion muse Lydia Rose Bright talks us through her fast-track route to fame, beauty blunders and aspirations for the future.

Words by Tom Fox


People look at you like you’re crazy if you wear hair rollers in London,’ Lydia laughs as she ponders over the eccentricity of the statement she is about to make. ‘But in Essex it’s like wearing a coat.’ When I first meet Lydia, I am taken a back by her warm, charismatic nature and unexpected allure. She’s incredibly striking in the flesh, with her almost luminescent porcelain skin and full glossy lips – in fact, she looks almost doll-like, with piercing blue eyes framed by a glossy tumble of freshly dyed chestnut hair. Formerly platinum blonde, Lydiais relishing in the fact she’s now able to be more creative and less careful with her image. ‘Oh my god,’ she beams, ‘I can do so much more with myself now. I’m wearing lemons, oranges – even neon! And not only that, but my makeup is changing too. Big brows, berry lips: you name it, I’m doing it.’

I suggest her enthusiasm for pruning and taking care of herself could be down to her Essex roots. After all, in 2012, the popularity of reality television series ‘The Only Way Is Essex,’ where Lydia made her onscreen debut, saw a 567% increase in sales of false eyelashes and 249% in fake tan. ‘Living in Essex has definitely had an impact on my look,’ she admits. ‘It’s so much more glamorous here than other parts of the UK. But I don’t conform to the trends. I just like dressing up and wearing a nice pair of heels.’

At its peak, TOWIE pulled in audiences of 1.3 million – the highest ratings ITV2 has ever seen. Lydia bowed out at the end of her seventh series, choosing to focus her time on raising her profile and begin creating the ‘Lydia Rose Bright Collection.’ And where would be a more perfect place for her to showcase her vintage inspired garments than in her very own boutique? Founded in 2011, Bella Sorella (meaning ‘beautiful sister – a nod to Lydia’s Italian heritage) was born. Alongside her sister, Georgia, Lydia purchased the shop, located in Loughton, the heart of Essex. The aim was to create a girly haven and incorporate all the things they loved under one roof. The shop stocks vintage inspired day and evening wear, prom dresses, playsuits, candles, picture frames and other out of the ordinary trinkets. It’s when I begin talking about her collection that Lydia’s eyes really light up. Known for her signature style of matte red lip and flick of black eyeliner, Lydia’s key look has a definitive nod to the sophistication and femininity of the 1950s – which was coincidentally the inspiration behind many pieces within her ‘Lydia Rose Bright’ collection. Breaking away from the Essex stereotype was never a problem Lydia faced when designing the pieces: ‘It was never a case of me trying to be different, just the way I dressed was different to the other girls.’ But how much involvement does she have in the whole designing process? ‘Everything I can do, I do it,’ and I can tell that she means it. ‘I work on my initial sketches, then develop them with a designer. We go together to source fabrics, she creates the patterns and then we take them to my factory in Tottenham and have samples made.’ What’s most surprising about Lydia’s involvement is that she wants to do more. ‘I get so frustrated that I can’t do the technical things. If I get the time, I’ll go to London College of Fashion next year and learn about pattern cutting and CAD.’ The response to her collection has been quite overwhelming. Taken on by New Look, Very and ASOS, critics were encapsulated by Lydia’s ability to combine iconic era-influenced silhouettes with modern design detailing. It is now the third best selling brand on ASOS, which Lydia considers to be one of her biggest achievements.

‘Getting them to buy into my brand was incredible because they don’t buy in celebrity brands, or believe in endorsements – they said my collection stood alone and spoke for itself, which is amazing.’ Lydia channels timeless styles, not throw away trends. She favours high-street brands (Today she’s wearing aqua patterned trousers from Marks and Spencer’s, a black cutout shirt from Miss Selfridge and red velvet heels from Office.) and values fashion for the way it can transform you – much like makeup. Lydia smiles at me confidently when I ask her about the importance of makeup in her daily life. ‘I love makeup; I just really enjoy doing it. It’s an amazing way to make you feel so much more beautiful within yourself.’ One thing I’m eager to learn is: has her time in the public eye picked her up any insider tit-bits or tricks that the average reader might be unaware of? ‘When you are doing anything that involves a lot of lighting, blotting powder is an absolute must – I’m always so shiny. Also, if you smudge your nail varnish, dip the tip of your finger in nail polish remover and rub it over the area to smooth it out. That one’s saved me valuable time when I’m getting ready for a night out.’ But Lydia wasn’t always so flawless and styled perfection. ‘Oh my gosh, when I was first on TOWIE I looked horrendous,’ she recalls, hiding behind her hands. ‘I was wearing foundation two shades too dark, I didn’t know anything about contouring or highlighting. Now because I get my makeup done so often, for television appearance and premiers, I’m so much more knowledgeable.’ In comparison to some of her TOWIE cast mates, Lydia’s look could be described as minimalistic to say the least. She is obviously very confident in herself, and that’s very refreshing to see. In fact, she’s forever posting barefaced Instagram selfies for all of her loyal followers to ogle. ‘I just feel so comfortable without makeup on.’ She’s not fussed about boyfriends seeing her without makeup, either. ‘I’ve always had a really good skin care regime, so I don’t get many breakouts. I find it a lot harder with my hair – I never leave it au natural, I always have to blow dry it before heading out of the door.’

Fast forward to four years later, strip away all of false lashes, the clothing collections, the flurry of on-screen heartaches – even the Baftas – and ask yourselves what’s next for our favourite Essex girl. ‘I’m doing quite a lot of radio work at the minute, and working on my next collection. I’m aiming to do more television work, more fashion based stuff. I’m on the panel for ‘Ultimate Shopper’, which is airing soon. I’m just seeing where life takes me.’ After only four years in the industry, to have accomplished so much by the age of twenty-three is quite a mean feat - and with time on her side, Lydia shows no signs of slowing down. She portrays the temperament of a determined young woman eager to succeed in whatever she partakes. Take her shop, for instance. When I compliment her on its astounding success (it reached no. 54 in Drapers ‘100 Best Independent Retailers.’) her superhuman work ethic comes into play, and she is quick to ensure this is only the beginning. ‘Georgia and me have such big ambitions for the boutique, and we constantly want to make it better and watch it grow. It is hard work, and it’s time consuming, but it’s so rewarding. We’ve got a few plans up our sleeves, so watch this space.’ And with that, the interview is over. Before I dart back out into the wintry evening, I turn around to catch a glimpse of Lydia heading back behind the counter to serve the very people that made her. ‘Oh, this is one of my favourites,’ she beams, at an eager customer. ‘It will look gorgeous on you with those eyes.’ As the customer handed over her credit card, I couldn’t help but think that Essex really is the only way.


Lydia Loves: Russian Red lipstick by MAC. ‘I love red lipstick – this one’s really strong and pigmented, but also really moisturising because it’s quite waxy.’ 2) Giles Deacon New Look False Lashes ‘I’m a huge fan of these lashes. They’re quite long but also fan out at the ends, which is perfect for a cat eye look.’ 3) Extreme Black MAC Mascara ‘This one’s just a staple, isn’t it? It’s dead lengthening and volumising at the same time, which is always a bonus.’


House of Sin

Not for the faint hearted..


NEMESIS Belles Bejewelled offer a refreshing take on geometric jewellery

photographed by nicole jopek words by pip hough


Benefit Brow Zings in Medium Illamasqua Lipstick in ESP Kett Hydro Foundation in H-03 Perspex Necklace ÂŁ130.00

Perspex Ring £15.00

Belles Bejewelled founder and designer, Rebecca Pearson, chats to Pip Hough about her inspirations, aspirations and plans for world domination

Described by the Leeds Guide as a ‘brand to watch’, up and coming accessories brand Belles Bejewelled shares the secret behind the brand’s early success. After completing her degree in ‘Performance Design and Production’, Rebecca found that, due to the recession, jobs in the theatre industry were few and far between. After re-considering her options and teaching herself how to design jewellery through the scouring of books, she decided accessory designing was the way forward. She was lucky enough to gain the opportunity to work with acclaimed accessory designer Fred Butler and soon after set up, ‘Belles Bejewelled’. The brand adheres to a ‘no waste policy’, creating a special line of sustainable jewellery using off cuts of perspex and other materials. With techniques involving origami, laser cutting and using materials such as perspex, wood and leather, the design results are unique, couture like pieces.


Her latest collection, ‘This is Exile’, inspired by Nike Savvas’ ‘Liberty and Anarchy’ exhibition, displayed earlier this year in Leeds Museum, incorporates a fresh injection of colour - something not done previously by Belles Bejewelled. As an independent designer, Rebecca understands the dangers young brands face today, stating that as a brand they try and focus on the digital promotion of their products amongst bloggers and social media. She believes that bloggers are just as important as magazine editors these days. Belles Bejewelled designs have been showcased in fashions events up and down the country from Leeds to Liverpool to Brighton. The brand have been lucky enough to secure a clothes stand at the Birmingham Clothes Show in December courtesy of ASOS Marketplace, so get down there between 6th-10th December to check out the designs!

Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below Leather Collar ÂŁ35.00

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Old Hollywood Luxury Necklace ÂŁ150.00

quickfire questions Describe yourself in five words… Positive, Dedicated, Adaptable, Proactive, Energetic. Who is the Belles Bejewelled customer? Someone who likes to stand out from the crowd. Describe your workspace… Very messy, it’s a work in progress. What does the future hold for Belles Bejewelled? World domination. Favourite ever Belles Bejewelled piece? Gothic crow necklace.

You can purchase Belles Bejewelled from: Bo Carter, Leeds. Birds Yard, Sheffield. Coco and Creme, London. 65

We’ve spent hours ogling winter favourites on Instagram this month, and with over 150 million active users, there is something for everyone. Here are our top picks this winter. And the award goes to...




This classy pinned up do is stunning, and on trend, too. We’ll be replicating it at all of our office parties... Thanks for the inspo, @ f a s h i on _ i nt h e _ bl o o d.

We don’t know how @ h a n n a h b e l l e managed to achieve this flawless smokey eye, but we LOVE it - it’s a show stopper for us.


BEST ‘QUICK’ NAILS These Henry Holland stick on nails posted by @fee_ fee_dee are super cute. Plus, sharp talons are bang on trend this winter.

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@BethWeld shared this snap of her to die for Victoria Beckham python tote, and we totally fell in love with it. Perfection.



An oldie, but a goodie. And @hiromiogawa loves it as much as we do. Sweet, soft, and playful. Ultra uplifting during the colder months.

@Ozgunukhet posted a picture of her fabulous Christian Louboutin heels and we fell in love. Which is why they win ‘best supporting accessory.’


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Berlin based beauty and fashion illustrator, LULU* chats to Faux about her illustrative style, studio space and her love of the human form. Where do you find inspiration for your work? I have a huge library at my studio with a vast selection of mainly old books and magazines ranging from the 1950s – 1970s. As well as my studio library, I also love to visit flea markets and exhibitions. I find that Berlin has become a great inspirational source too, with it changing so much in the last few years. I often visit my favourite magazine store in Berlin called, ‘Do you Read Me?’ to pick up some great magazines. A lot of your work is heavily based around beauty and fashion illustration, what do you love most about drawing the human form? There is just a huge variety in drawing the human body, you can not forget its beauty. I try to draw fewer and fewer lines on my paper or computer screen, but still want them to portray the beauty of the human form. Do you draw the makeup looks on your beauty illustrations from photographs or are they simply creations from your mind? It really just depends on what I am doing. When working for a client, I often have clear information on what to draw, which colours, what products etc. However, I also find it fun to draw makeup looks from my mind. Illustrations of faces can change so much with just the application of one colour. The initial drawing can start off soft looking but can be changed to strong so easily. What do you do to get in to ‘the zone’ when creating your work? I mostly listen to music or the radio. However when it is totally crazy I listen to an audio book for some reason it calms me down.

LULU* How would you describe your illustrative style? I create my illustrations through a process of combining hand-drawn motives with computer elements. Together these make up the formal and technical synthesis of my illustrative style. Over the last year I have focused more on hand drawn elements combined with computer drawings, whereas ten years ago I did all my artwork digitally. What is your favourite medium to work with and why? When I check my desk it is a pencil, some ink and watercolors; not forgetting my Mac with its connected Wacom Board. The mediums I use are really job based though, every assignment is different and it needs different treatment, as you can see in all the different styles I create. What magazines do you like to read? Purple, Apartamento, Vogue, I Love You, Tush, Squint… Oh there are so many! Not forgetting Dazed & Confused of course. Describe your work space… A studio space I share with my husband. There is a huge white table in the middle and Dieter Rams shelving on the walls. Some of my most important flea market finds, pencils, felt pens, some old pocket games from the 80s, Alexander Girard Dolls, a radio. In the morning the studio has a lot of light, which is nice. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Oh I think you never know. I hope I can still do what I do. I just love it.


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THE INTERNET has made our world significantly smaller than it was 50 years ago; It has also made the platform for creative people to share their ideas a huge place.

Tanya is a beauty enthusiast who shares her love and knowledge of products and application through tutorials and interactive personal videos.

All over the world, beauty fanatics share their tried and tested ways of product application. They offer honest, detailed reviews of the seasons latest products before they even hit the shelves.

YouTube Channel: ‘TanyaBurr’ Subscribers: 1,440,488 Speciality: Burr specialises in wearable looks centred on current trends with a lot of smokey eyes

YouTube is an online emporium of free makeup artistry training. If you whittle through all the amateurs – (using cellotape to get their smokey eyes straight – don’t do this!) there are many hidden gems to be found who have 15 years plus experience in the industry and could contour a face with their eyes shut.

Career Highlight: Tanya has recently landed herself a weekly feature in Grazia Magazine.

This season we introduce you to four very different beauty bloggers. Some have made a huge name for themselves in the industry and built successful businesses around blogging daily. There really is some invaluable tips to learn that could change your make up routine for the better.


Goss has 15 years industry experience. His videos are professional and informed, breaking down intricate looks into manageable, simple steps. YouTube Channel: ‘Gossmakeupartist’ Subscribers: 1,169,905 Speciality: Contouring. Goss has tried and tested every method from cream to liquid to mineral powders. He is a master at creating flawless, seamless bases and has reviewed almost every foundation on the market. Career Highlight: Goss has recently launched his very own set of animal friendly, multi-functional brushes. 70


Marlena Stell is a music teacher turned makeup artist who has created an entire brand around her obsession for cosmetics. YouTube Channel: ‘MakeupGeekTV’ Subscribers: 802,879 Speciality: Stell concentrates on specific aspects of makeup, she explores eye and face shapes and offers advice on how to apply makeup accordingly. Career Highlights: Stell has launched her own online shop stocking own brand products. Her eye shadows are so highly pigmented they have been compared to Mac.



Pixiwoo is a duo comprised of sisters Sam and Nicola Chapman. The pair have accumulated enviable success in the industry with their work featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan and The Sunday Times. YouTube Channel: ‘pixiwoo’ Subscribers: 1,329,521 Speciality: Tutorials feature lots of celebrity inspired makeup How Tos and they love a good ‘dupe’ session comparing expensive products with cheaper alternatives on the market. Career highlights: Sam Chapman has her own, highly acclaimed, brush and tool range, Real Techniques, which is sold in Superdrug and Boots stores as well as worldwide.

jo malone fragrance pomegranate noir

benefit girl meets pearl highlighter If your skin is looking a little dull or tarnished, then this creamy highlighter is guaranteed to give your skin the pick-me-up it needs – it contains light reflective pigments to give your skin a warm, golden pink glow. Plus, it’s ultra easy to apply, which is an added bonus.

Jo Malone’s ultra chic pomegranate noir cologne is passionately intoxicating and sure to bring you the attention you deserve. The scent itself is very rich and almost spicy. Combine and layer it with JO MALONE BLUE AGAVA & CACAO COLOGNE to make it a little sweeter, and a more personal scent that is truly your own.

winter Protecting your lips is incredibly important in the colder months, and Flat Out Fabulous is the perfect addition to your makeup bag. Not only is the colour bang on trend, but also it’s quite waxy and therefore traps in lots of moisture when you apply it. Use the LUSH LIP SCRUB in POPCORN beforehand to eradicate any dead skin cells and leave your lips super hydrated. Your lipstick will apply smoother and last longer, too.

mac lipstick in ‘flat out fabulous


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This medium-to-heavy coverage liquid foundation (right) is a winter essential if you want a super airbrushed complexion. Not only is the fluid formation moisturising for the skin but there are SO many shades to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect one for you. Apply it with a MAC 187 STIPPLING BRUSH for a flawless finish.

Promising 12 hour wear, the Estee Lauder eye shadow bases (left) are perfect for a transition from a hectic day at the office to an evening of cocktails with the girls. We’re quite fond of ‘Cosmic’ - a rich, warm brown shade scattered with gold flecks. The trick with this one is to not be too neat and tidy during application – the creamy consistency gives you some room to manoeuvre anyway.


mac studio fix fluid

Taking care of yourself is important every season - but even more so in winter, these luxurious products will see you through until the sun comes out to play.


ESSIE BAHAMA The staying power of this varnish alone means MAMA it’s worth a purchase. POLISH

Exfoliating is even more important in winter because the cold weather can leave your skin super dry. Buff away any imperfections with this uberindulgent body scrub from Laura Mercier. The gentle cream is perfectly formulated to avoid any unnecessary irritation – plus the scent is heavenly and will stay with you for hours.




FAUX PREVIEW Our edit of the latest must see exhibitions & most coveted books

Somerset House, London. 20/11/2013 – 02/03/2014. Price: £12.50

The Design Museum, London. 15/11/2013 – 9/3/2014. Price: £11.85

Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 21/09/2013 – 19/01/2014 Price: From £11.20

This winter, Somerset House will be presenting the fascinating exhibition, ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’. The exhibition will explore the extraordinary life and wardrobe of fashion icon, Isabella Blow. A lover of unusual accessories and driven by a passion for creativity, Isabella discovered many fashion talents throughout her life, such as Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald, amongst others. Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall, Isabella’s mesmerizing collection of clothing, accessories and jewellery is a must see.

The Design Museum are hosting the, ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ exhibition from mid November. The exhibition will be a celebration of Paul Smith, a quintessentially English brand. The museum will take viewers in to the world of the designer, a world full of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. The exhibition will show how the brand went from a small label in Nottingham to being recognised worldwide by a signature, colourful stripe design, well known for being printed on his fragrances and cosmetic bags. Not only will the display show the brand’s rich history, but it will also explore future developments of the brand – not to be missed.

Launched in September, the V&A Museum in London are hosting an exquisite exhibition showing the beauty and allure of pearls. The exhibition explores the history and beauty of these rare, natural forms that have often been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour. On display is a stunning selection of both historical and contemporary pearl jewellery designs from brands such as Cartier and Tiffany. The exhibition is on until Sunday 19th January, 2014, and is the perfect day out for any jewellery lovers.


New Icons of Fashion Illustration by Tony Glenville (£30) This collection of today’s leading artists showcases the amazing diversity amongst contemporary fashion and beauty illustrators. The book contains daring, bold graphic drawings all the way through to the more traditional, delicate watercolour illustrations. Perfect for artistic ideas to inspire your daily fashion and makeup looks, this book is an ideal accompaniment for your coffee table book selection.

Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes. (£30) This book brings together the extensive collection of Tony Viramontes’ illustration work, perfectly capturing the mood of the 1980s fashion scene. Having worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, the book features striking images of women adorned with stunning makeup and clothing. This book proves that a fashionable woman is not complete without her makeup, showing that a smouldering red lip really is as much of a statement as a designer handbag.

Bag, The Ultimate Fashion Accessory by Sue Huey (£9.95) This glossy, 200 page book contains some of the most luxurious bags created by well known designers as well as up and coming talent. This bag shrine features beautiful photographs and illustrations which reflect the rich and diverse range of bag designs created over the past centuries. The book has been published in mini form to fit in almost any bag - a must for any accessory lover!


Little Black Book Mac Armani Ilamasqua Kiko Kett Laura Mercier Real Techniques Crown Brush Sigma Makeup Forever Lush ELF Urban Decay Butter London Lord and Berry Givenchy Bobbi Brown Dior Clinique Nyx Maybelline Benefit Nars Tom Ford EstĂŠe Lauder Whipped Cosmetics Louise Young Base Natura Essence Beauty Blender Claudia pink Reiss Whistles Zara Resurrection Rocket Vintage Religion Belles Bejewelled Bitching & Junk Food Ragnarok Visage Melano Nina Roche

iconic looks

Brigitte Bardot

She was an international sex symbol who sent pulses racing all over the world from the 50s through to the 60s. With her tousled blonde locks and trademark nude pout, she’s the original Blonde Bombshell. She has been an actress and fashion model as well as doing her bit for the music industry. Oh and she practically invented the eyeliner… it’s the ever fabulous, Brigitte Bardot.

Bardot’s infectious looks had landed her in French Elle at the age of 15 and from that day she only got sexier. Her erotic low French accent, voluptuous figure and platinum blonde locks are just a few of the reasons she was named one of the 100 sexiest stars in film history by Empire Magazine. Her secret? A timeless look of kohl smudged cat eyes and a simple nude lip.

Products: Eyeliner – Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner Lipstick – Mac Matte Lipstick in Myth 81

makeup is simply an extension of the personality. it takes skillS to know how to enhance your own beauty, creativity to play with colour, & confidENce TO EXPRESS YOURSELF.’ - Nang Ei Ei Mon, MUA.


Issue One Faux Magazine AW13  

A group university project in which we were asked to create a magazine for a niche market. My group and I created a high-end makeup magazine...