Give your face that ‘PHO­TO­SHOP FIN­ISH’!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Two decades ago, Calvin Klein’s Ob­ses­sion ad cam­paign shot Kate Moss into su­per­model star­dom. It’s in­cred­i­ble to be­lieve now — in a world where ev­ery smart­phone has an app to al­ter or fil­ter any pic­ture you shoot — that the make- up artist on that cam­paign needed to use only moisturiser on the 18-year-old Moss in­stead of make-up.

Kay Mon­tano, the self-taught artist on the Ob­ses­sion cam­paign, has her­self had a stel­lar ca­reer on the other side of the lens, work­ing on count­less cov­ers and ads with the big­gest names in fash­ion and beauty. And she was in Dublin just re­cently to an­nounce her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Marks & Spencer’s new beauty halls.

Kay has a re­fresh­ing take on im­age. On her blog ( kay­mon­tano.com) she has a thoughtful post, In The Mir­ror, about her own jour­ney of self-ac­cep­tance in beauty, which ev­ery woman should read. In This Make-Up Artist’s Basics, she gives her opin­ion on how good make-up — not Pho­to­shop­ping — is what we should aspire to: that it is pos­si­ble to look just as good in the flesh as a cleaned-up cam­era im­age. Kay is con­sult­ing with Marks & Spencer as the chain pre­pares to open three Dublin beauty halls: in Dun­drum (June), Grafton Street (July) and Lif­fey Val­ley (Au­gust), af­ter the suc­cess of the Mary Street hall, which opened last year.

Staffed by trained ad­vis­ers, the beauty halls carry all the store’s own brands as well as 20plus ex­clu­sive and niche brands sourced from around the world. Kay says, ‘How great is it that where we once had limited ac­cess to so­phis­ti­cated brands, you can now buy them on the High Street, and at a price point so sen­si­ble? You’d ex­pect to pur­chase fine fra­grance from Frag­o­nard in a French bou­tique, and here it is in Dublin City Cen­tre.’ So what are Kay’s makeup favourites? She has a few... Au­to­graph’s Pure Luxe High­lighter (€19) and Mono Eye Shadow in Gun Me­tal (€8), Diego dalla Palma’s Eye Shadow and Ka­jal Dou­ble-Ended Pen­cil (€19) and Limited Col­lec­tion Multi Blush (€8).

Kay be­lieves that the M&S beauty halls are a new shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in an en­vi­ron­ment that ‘should not be in­tim­i­dat­ing. We should all be able to try red-car­pet beauty.’

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