Makeup artist Isabella Schimid (makeup above) gives us the mascara rundown and how to get every kind of lash look.

How should you apply mascara? 
Start by curling the lashes first. The best eyelash curler is by Shu Uemura. Then apply mascara to the root of the lash - this gives lift and fullness to the lashes. Don't just apply to the ends as this does nothing but colour the tips of the lashes. I recommend you start with applying mascara to bottom lashes then do the tops so you don't get mascara all over the eyelid!

How long should you spend applying mascara? 
At least a good 5 to 10 minutes.

What are your top three mascaras? 
Benefit's They're Real Mascara, Hourglass' Film Noir Mascara and Bobbi Brown's Smokey Eye Mascara.

For glamorous, long lashes…
Bobbi Brown's Glam Extreme Lenghtening Mascara.

For thick, clumpy rock chick lashes…
Benefit's They're Real Mascara.

For natural lashes… 
Diorshow Mascara.

For beach babes…
Buxom Waterproof Mascara.

For little lashes…
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara.

And what are the best makeup removers?
Bioderma Créaline H₂O - a non rinse cleanser and make-up removing water. Also, Cosmedix Purity Clean for Oily Problem Skin removes it really well too! 





Jemima, principal colourist from Wild Life SoGo, shares everything she knows (including some technique shots!) about the balayage effect with us here...  

"Balayage, baliage, ombre, that B word. No matter what you call it, balayage is a trend that’s here to stay. Whether it's soft and subtle, or bold and bright, most clients are asking for it and most colourists are incorporating it into their colour work. I know myself it's included in 70% of all my colour work, and with warmer weather just around the corner everyone wants to start going a little lighter - so what better way to start!

But first let's get things straight: there are many different ways, techniques, looks and interpretations when it comes to balayage, and this really comes down to your colourist. What does it not mean? It doesn't mean ‘Dip Dye’, that's done and dusted. No-one wants to see it anymore, that’s actually a trend we’ll look back on in a few years and say: "What were we thinking?"

For someone wanting a soft, barely-there colour, starting with fine balayge throughout is great, almost like fine highlights but painted throughout the hair to give it an overall lift, perfect for brunettes wanting to transition.

If you want to take it to the next level, you can start with fine painted balayge, and then really start getting a little more heavy towards the end of the hair, this starts to give you the ‘I’ve just had an amazing summer holiday’ kinda hair, you know the colour that seriously makes you envy somebody's time in the sun.

And then if you really want to amp it up, you can go all out and balayage all the hair, keeping the colour sweeping from the roots and then heavy towards the ends. This is definitely not for the faint hearted, but for someone that wants serious results and likes the maintenance side of things. When done by a professional this kind of colour is beautiful but takes a lot of work, time and $$. Think of Khloe Kardashian's latest blonde, but also remember the Glam squad they have taking care of it - before and after photos on Instagram make it look so easy, but keep in mind some colours take months to evolve."


At Your Fingertips: The Trends and Treatments for Beautiful Nails


At Your Fingertips: The Trends and Treatments for Beautiful Nails

We go behind-the-scenes with Wild Life Beauty Origin's nail expert Oli Antunes to discover the hottest nail looks and how to get strong nails and beautiful hands.

What nail shapes are in right now?
Most of my clients still regularly ask for short, square or rounded but the long almond shape is definitely trending right now. We see this shape on many celebrities like Rhianna, Beyoncé and Kim K.

And what length?
This is more of a personal preference, but long is in.

What are your top requests these days?
It depends on what type of a job it is. These days my clients are mostly requesting gel polish like Shellac and OPI Gel. The shine and longevity of the manicure win every time. Fashion/editorial work is varied and dependant on the styling. 

Is nail art still a thing?
Personally, I never got into it.  Occasionally I get asked to put a "glam on" by brides but unless it's for something specific, I think the younger generation are still into it. 

Which three shades are you loving right now?
Smith & Cult: Feed the Rich (a beautiful deep blue/grey), Butter London: LA Moss (a dark chocolaty red), and OPI Infinite Shine: It Never Ends (a gorgeous creamy, mauve mocha).

What kind of treatments should one do to look after nails in the cooler weather?
Cuticle oil, every time, all the time. If you have none, any vegetable oil will do, especially avocado, coconut and macadamia.

Do you have any favourite hand and nail creams?
I love L'Occitane's hand creams and in winter, I just can't do without Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream - I put it on everything.

Any favourite lacquers and base coats that protect fragile nails?
All brands have base coats that protect nails but treatment wise, Butter London Horse Power is one, and Revitanail's treatment system is second to none - even their polishes have nourishing ingredients. 

Are there any ingredients to avoid?
Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - these are toxic. Although, most reputable brands have removed these from their polishes.

The best remover to not damage nails?
Non-acetone remover. It doesnt dry out the nail and cuticles as much.

Tips for nails after removing nail polish?
Treat nails with a rich cream or cuticle oil, always after polish removal.  Otherwise nails become brittle.

Is there anything we can eat to look after our tips?
Eating healthy in general is good for our overall wellbeing.  Foods high in protein, Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids are great for nails and hair. Nuts, fish, stone fruit are all foods great for strong nails.


Imagery from SuTurno


Disco vibes: An Oyster Beauty Daily shoot

Disco vibes: An Oyster Beauty Daily shoot


So lush. Check out Ali from SoGo's stunning hair in this Oyster Beauty shoot by Romain Duquesne. Get the curlers out and the smoothing products ready.

PHOTOGRAPHY Romain Duquesne @ Sync FASHION Ruby Heery HAIR Ali Holmes @ Wild Life SoGo MAKEUP Colette Miller MODELS Cassie and Monique @ IMG PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT Anne Peeters Special thanks to Mitchell Road Antiques

Find the product credits here and more info on the KMS Style Channel.

Crystal clear: the spectacular skin editorial

Crystal clear: the spectacular skin editorial


Have you been to visit Isabella at Wild Life Beauty Origin yet? If not, this editorial is bound to encourage you to make that appointment. Facials, makeup, what can't this woman do!?


Isa shares how-to get this gorgeous look with us:


For skin:“I prepped skin with Josie Maran Argan Oil - this helps hydrate skin and gives a dewy finish. I then concealed around the eyes and on spots applied Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage cream. Finally, I lightly powdered the t-zone with Bobbi Brown’s Secret Powder.”

For eyes: “On top of the eyeline and under the eye I used Nars Cream Eyeshadow. I then used the Anastasia Brow Pot to fill in and define brows.”


For cheeks and lips:“I mixed Goe Oil with cream blush and applied it to the cheeks with the Precision Sponge. It gives subtle contour, shine and colour to cheeks. For lips, I used the Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil.”


“For the pop of colour on the eye, use MAC Chroma Pencil in Blue.”

PHOTOGRAPHY James Tolich BEAUTY Isabella Schimid

An Inspired Editorial: Floral Beauty

An Inspired Editorial: Floral Beauty


Our team have done it again! Ali from SoGo and Isa from Origin Beauty have taken inspiration from nature's most beautiful gifts for their latest editorial for iMUTE magazine. Natural tones meet the hypercolour in a beauty shoot that makes you wish you were as great as they are at doing hair and makeup. Thankfully, they are only a phone call and salon away!

PHOTOGRAPHY Steven Popovich FASHION Madeline McFarlane HAIR Ali Holmes @ Wild Life SoGo MAKEUP Isabella Schimd @ Union ManagementWild Life Beauty Origin MODEL Madi & Evelyn @ Chic Management

PFW a/w 2015: the best of

PFW a/w 2015: the best of


Fashion month has finally come to a wrap! What were your favourite shows and looks? Are you still singing The Human League like us after seeing Derek and Hansel walk the Valentino show? Here's our final post on the A/W 2015 shows. Do you love Chanel, McQueen and Libertine as much as we do? From Ali at SoGo:

"The sharpest parting at Paris: Chanel! Love the super straight part, it's as if it's been cut in, and I love the directional combing of the side part hair onto the face. Plus, it's finished off matte! Omg."


"At Comme des Garçon Comme des Garçon (Rei's more wearable line), I'm loving the textured wigs and ponies. I love the real dry texture and body. It looks really lived in!!"


"At Libertine I love the feature red parting. I've always loved drawing in a part."


And from Isa at Beauty Origin:

"The gold leaf at Rick Owens was my fave as I have a soft spot for the gold leaf! I love the way it still looks beautiful yet sci-fi. It's very avant-garde and creative."


"At Alexander McQueen the beautiful colours make this eye makeup unique. The white mascara and contoured cheek are gorgeous."


"At Emmanuel Ungaro - love the velvet blackberry deep lip and nude skin. There's slight definition in the eye and no mascara."



Mfw a/w 2015: the best of

Mfw a/w 2015: the best of


Dolce Dolce Dolce! Don't they know how to do Italiano! We loved both the hair and makeup looks at this year's AW15 shows. Ali from Wild Life SoGo and Isa from Wild Life Beauty Origin share their favourity looks from Milan Fashion Week below.

From Ali... "I'm loving Prada's high pony and Dolce et Gabbana's motherhood collections. They both have jewels in the hair and I've always had a soft spot for the odd accessory - that's the true dag in me! I hope this means I can now use my ever growing collection of hair ornaments without fear of being judged? Oops I can't, I've cropped all my hair off. Or maybe I can? Like mums do to their bald girl babies!"





"Like I've mentioned over the past few weeks, I love it when each model has an individuality to them. Missoni is just great for this! They have added an eclectic mix of knots, rolls, buns and twist joining wet and dry textures to create a beautiful hair collection on their models!"


And from Isa...

"I love Trussardi - the deep burgundy glossy lip and matching eye makeup. The gloss on the eye softens the depth of colour creating a beautiful contour. Pro tip: You can recreate this using some lip gloss and tapping it onto the eyelid."


"At Versace that beautiful deep liner around the top and bottom lashline rim was sexy and sultry. Add that clumpy mascara to look very rock'n'roll. It's easy night on the town makeup." Finally, Dolce... "I loved the 2 versions of this classic makeup: beautiful winged eyeliner and a nude lip or with a deep red lip. The slight contour on the eye and cheeks was beautiful."


LFW a/w 2015: the best of

LFW a/w 2015: the best of


Last week we recapped New York Fashion Week, and this week it's London's turn. Ali and Isa have scoured the shows and brought us their top three looks. Without further ado... In the hair department, Ali adored versatility at the shows. At Burberry, "I loved how each model has their own 'do. Each with an effortless, 70's feel, and not exactly the same as the model next to them. So refreshing!" "It's the same at Vivienne Westwood - each model had different hair. I particularly loved the looks with the plaits under their chins, and the extreme low side part also!" "Finally, Erdem's exposed side bobby won me over. It's simple but a point of difference to the classic ponytail we see so much of." In the makeup seat, Isa shares: "The London Fashion Week makeup looks I like are all about being able to re-create these simply at home."

"At Christopher Kane I love the matte, flawless skin, contoured cheeks, and eyes with a bronze/coral tone. The defined brows and moist natural lips looked beautiful."


"At Burberry Prorsum I liked the grey contoured eye which was lightly smokey. This added a beautiful definition to the eye. Natural skin and a rose tinted lip stain finished the look."


"Finally, I loved the look at McQ Alexander McQueen. The natural skin, rosy cheeks and an eyeliner smudged under the eye for definition was beautiful. Finished with a touch of mascara and coral lip balm."


NYFW A/W 2015: the best of

NYFW A/W 2015: the best of


To wrap New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 we thought we'd bring you the best of the best! We've chatted with Isabella from

Wild Life Beauty Origin

to find out her favourite three makeup looks, and Ali from

Wild Life SoGo

to hear about the best hair.

Isa shares: "I'm obsessed with copper and grey tones for autumn makeup - they can be used alone or together - and the return of colour to the eye! I love how you can use tones of copper for eyes, cheeks and lips, and how these looks have no lip at all - just lip balm."

"At Altuzarra I love the copper and grey combo on the eye, the glowing skin and there's no mascara on the lashes, just white liner in the rim."


"At Diane Von Furstenberg I love the black and grey smokey eye, the nude skin and lip. This is all about the eye!"


"And at Thakoon I love the dewy skin paired with highlighted cheekbones, contoured copper cheeks and eyes."


Ali shares:"I'm loving the elegant undone hair at the moment."

"At Vera wang the hair is very loosely pulled back with soft, unkept bits around the face."


"At Dion lee I love the lived in pony!! It's funny how essentially the pony looks like she's been dragged through the bushes but has that elegance."


"Finally, I'm loving Joie. I love the sporadic wave in the hair. It's undone, but done. A refreshing hair out option to the 'lived in' hair outs we see in A LOT of the shows!"


Which shows' hair and makeup looks have you been loving so far?