Read my lips

Here MiNDFOOD shares more of our exclusive interview with Carolyn Murphy, Estee Lauder spokesmodel and face of the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick campaign.

LH: Pure Color Envy is described as a classic with a modern twist, would you describe yourself as being more classic or more modern or somewhere between the two?

CM: “I define my style as classic with a slight twist. I don’t like clothes that are fussy or too over thought but still stylish and current. My style has changed only in that I don’t have loads of time to shop, so thank goodness for Net-a- Porter!”

LH: When we spoke in the early millennium, you were really into your surfing, in fact you’d just spent a long period living and surfing in Costa Rica. Do you still get out in the waves much?

CM: “I’m not surfing as much anymore because I’m trying to stay out of the sun when possible. Recently, I’ve been hiking, horseback riding and gardening because I can wear gloves, a hat and sunblock.”

LH: What lipstick shade do you envy on other women and why?

CM: “I envy the shade of burgundy on other women, as I feel it’s too harsh on me. Looks great for photo shoots but in daily life, I feel a bit overdone. When I see a woman wearing a burgundy lip, I feel that she is daring and strong in her character.”

Season of the lash

This season the focus has moved away from artfully created brows and onto lashes, as backstage makeup artists upped the femininity with 60s-style eyelashes that tended towards the natural rather than feline (think doe-eyed young Jane Birkin and Twiggy). In fact, this season has prompted M.A.C Cosmetics to herald lashes as the new brow.

“This season there are either lashings of mascara of none: it’s all or nothing,” says makeup artist Val Garland for M.A.C.

A young Jane Birkin was the inspiration at both Paul Smith and Jean-Pierre Braganza. At the latter, artist Terry Barber applied M.A.C 33 Lash false lashes “directly on the upper and lower lash line for a doe-eyed 60s gaze,” then finished with M.A.C’s new Sculpted Black Studio Sculpt Lash to add further definition.

At Zac Posen, makeup artist Kabuki blended M.A.C’s 43 Lash false lashes “through upper lashes for a flirty effect,” then swept M.A.C’s Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash through upper and lower lashes for further definition.

At Carolina Herrera, artist Diane Kendal says she created “A fresh modern take on Twiggy.” To achieve this she applied M.A.C 33 Lash false lashes “above the upper lashes to open and accentuate the eye”, then M.A.C 40 Lash false lashes “below the lower lashes to complete the “Twiggy effect” around eyes.” She finished the look with M.A.C Black Haute & Naughty Lash swept “through the upper lashes only, for added dimension.