Give your face that ‘PHOTOSHOP FINISH’!
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.’