Category Archives: Ruth Funnell

By Ruth Funnell – Shu Uemura Make-up Artist Event

I was excited to attend the Spring/Summer 2012 launch for Shu Uemura last week and meet the amazingly talented creative designer Kakuyasu Uchiide, who worked alongside the legendary Mr Uemura himself for more than 20 years.
It was really great to see him at work and understand the philosophy behind the brand and to see his unique approach to colour and application of his makeup on the face.

One product that really stood out and amazed me was the New Face mask which just felt incredible – it is unlike any other product out there.

There are 6 in a pack and they can be used like an intense facial before a night out or when the skin is feeling fatiqued and needs brightening and lifting.
They can be left on for as long as you like,but 20 mins minimum is ideal. 
They don’t need to be washed off, you leave the product on so that it sinks in and just make sure to add a moisturiser on top to seal all the goodies in! 
Just be careful not to open the door to anyone whilst wearing it 😉 !

By Ruth Funnell – Shu Uemura Silky Quad Eyeshadow

Look out for June’s launch of Shu Uemera Silky Quad eyeshadows. The pigments are incredible, which is synonomous with Shu Uemura . 
‘What you see, is what you get’ in terms of pigment colours, when applied to the eyes. The exciting range of colours are endless and inspiring but these quads are beautiful as they are both sheer, strong hues and then an irridescent complementary 4th colour to layer over top or wear on their own.  The purple palette is particularly beautiful.
Also to mention is the Semi Matt lip colours are equally exciting as they leave a semi matt finish but go on creamy and soft and with no dryness in sight- very wearable. Go and check them out…

By Ruth Funnell : YSL Make-up Artists Event – Product Lowdown

YSL is always a favourite of mine to attend, to see new products. Everything they do is so beautifully packaged and feels luxe and decadent and you just want to put them straight into your makeup bag or clutch, and go out for the night !
The new product that is very exciting, is their range of all in one High Gloss Lipstains. They come in an amazing choice of 19 colours and so there is something for everyone, from fab reds, fushias like No1 which is a deep classic YSL purple fushia  through to soft beiges and pinks. You apply them by building up the intensity and gloss you require by layering with the sponge applicator.
The staying power is incredible -you need to remove them with their Top Secret Eye Makeup remover as the stain does not budge for many hours.
The other products that are new this season are the Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow palettes [6 different colour sets] -beautiful deep tones with metallic shot through them -everything you would expect from YSL in terms of texture and jewel tones.
The colours are so rich and gorgeous that they are shouting out  to be used on an editorial shoot straight away!….. 🙂

By Ruth Funnell – GIORGIO ARMANI Make-up Artist Event

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Giorgio Armani Beauty Drinks Reception event last night and see their beautiful range.
Their spring/summer palettes were bang on trend with blues and greys and beautiful sheer lip colours.
There is a particularly lovely navy colour which is very wearable and is on the right side of the blue spectrum to look ‘new ‘ and not too retro as sometimes blue eyeshadow can be! 
They make a great change from greys and blacks and look fresh, lighter and somehow ‘right ‘ for now. 
These colours finished with a few coats of their best selling hero product, Eyes to Kill Mascara is about all you need to complete a new spring/summer eye.
As seems to be the trademark of Armani cosmetics, the beautiful textures of their Luminous Silk Foundations seem to ‘glide’ on the skin and feel extremely soft and luxurious and so very wearable with one of the largest collections of bases in every conceivable skin match -there are 15 to choose from to get that accurate skin colour match for every season.
I really rate their Fluid Sheer highlighter which is so fine and doesn’t leave any hint of ‘sparkle’ on the skin [as some brands can] -just a dewy glow which can be used alone or mixed with a base.
One other gorgeous product I need to mention  is the little Blushing Fabric Tubes in 3 colours that seem to seamlessly melt into the skin leaving a sheer blush and feel like velvet-again perfect for summer and is a firm makeup bag favourite with me now !

By Ruth Funnell – Violetta

I was working down in Rye last week and luckily managed to find time to visit beauty editor, Karena Callen’s gorgeous new boutique Violetta

It is definitely worth making a special visit to Rye to see her little haven of beautiful pefumes and carefully chosen skin products.

Karena has chosen products that she loves and believes works, and knows each one thoroughly and will happily speak about the virtues of any one of them.

I particularily love the Serge Luten‘s perfume range ( in particular the addictive spicy scent of  Five o’clock au gingembre).

Karena has chosen Paul & Joe‘s gorgeous makeup range, which not only has totally wearable colours but also is packaged in extra cute retro styling. 

I very luckily have been trying her exclusive Frankincense Night Serum, which not only smells wonderful, but my skin definitely feels softer and less dehydrated from the winter weather.

If you aren’t lucky enough to get down for a weekend – how about a day trip to the gorgeous town and book in for a facial through her shop, using chosen products 
specifically tailored to you.

Now thats a perfect Valentine present………

Sarah Clarke & Ruth Funnell Red Magazine January – Black Dresses

Sarah Clark styled this beautiful story shot by Bruno Barbazan for Red Magazine January 2012 and Ruth Funnell worked on the make-up.

Sarah said:

“I was asked to shoot a Black Dresses story for the January issue. I wanted to shoot a good selection of styles of dresses, not just ‘little black dresses’, so I basically just called in dresses that I really liked!! I wanted the feel of the pictures to be quite laid-back and relaxed and a little ‘undone’, so I didn’t want the hair or makeup to feel too party-ish I love all these dresses, but my faves are the Nina Ricci, the Alexander Rich, and the Moschino. All very different, but all gorgeous in their own right. Another amazing team. A really fun two days.

Ruth said of the shoot:

“On the lovely story with Bruno Barbazan and styled by Sarah Clark, we wanted to leave the gorgeous clothes and our beautiful model Zuzana, to speak for themselves and keep the makeup sheer and modern in an understated way.

This was achieved by careful shading using sheer and complimentary taupe shades that appear to ‘melt into the skin’.

Firstly I used Dior’s new Skinflash Primer [available in the stores from 16th Jan] in ‘Sheer Glow’. It both smoothes and perfects the skin with light reflective particles and glides on like a dream with the innovative ‘foundation like’ brush applicator. 

After the prep, I used Dior Nude glow -a silky light base, as Zuzana  only needed the minimal amount of cover and then used Dior Skin Crystal Nude Matt Skin Perfector to blot any shiny areas.  

Eyes were enhanced gently with the classic colours of Dior 5 Couleurs in  ‘Amber Design’ [the staple palette all girls should have in their makeup bag!] and followed by a couple of light coats of Diorshow black mascara.

Cheeks were sculptured using Dior Skin Bronze in Honey Tan-great for giving shade and glow without too much obvious colour.

I finished with Rouge Dior Lipstick in ‘Beige Angelique’, which was the perfect beige colour to give the natural look without being pink in any way.

All these are great very wearable colours to ask for in your Christmas stocking 😉 !”

See the full story here.

Movember Grooming Tips Part 2

Ruth Funnell suggests using ‘Clinique Anti Fatigue Eye Gel‘ for men which was launched in August. It’s apparently good for tired, dark under eye circles and bags due to late nights and tiredness…  Maybe from all those sleepless nights spent deliberating over what style to wear your moustache for Movember! A ‘Ron Burgundy’ or ‘Clark Gable‘?


www.movember.comThe Clinique eye gel comes as an easy roller-ball applicator that cools and soothes the area and can be used twice a day and won the GQ Grooming awards for 2012.

With all this attention to the face, it’s good to be groomed all over. Everybody finds men with neat, clean fingernails far more attractive. Andrea Fulerton gives some tips on keeping your nails as groomed as your moustache!
  • Always leave a small amount of white length and keep the shape the same as the cuticles. 
  • If you need a good stain remover at the end of the day mix some handwash with bicarbonate of soda.

  • Prevention is better than cure – scrape your nails over soap or Vaseline before a ‘dirty job’ (such as gardening or tinkering with the car or work) this is also a good preparation to remove dirt with a nail brush. The best time to do this is after a bath or a shower.
Read the first installment of the grooming tips for Men here.