Today on Mama Spree we are really excited to share our very first guest post. Kim Brown is a super-talented makeup artist (as well as an old friend of mine – we have worked on many amazing shoots together all over the world), as well as a fellow mama (and loyal Little Spree fan – she was one of the first people I shared my idea with while we were on a shoot together many moons ago). She’s also one of the smartest, funniest and kindest people I know (oh, and if you don’t hate her already – one of the coolest). Anyway, Nicky and I thought it was time we started sharing other people’s wisdom and knowledge as well as our own. But not just anyone, only the most experienced, talented people who we really believe will be inspirational to you in some way (because they have already inspired us). We asked Kim for her five all-time favourite go-to products for tired (new and not-so-new) mamas who need a quick, easy beauty ‘fix’ to feel a bit more like our old selves. We may not have the time for the same kind of pre-baby/babies preening and maintenance, but a few minutes (and the right products) can go a long way. And trust me, makeup artists are some of the best people to ask because they work with some of the most beautiful people in the world on a daily basis, who (believe it or not) often have the same hang-ups that we all do. Particularly post-kids. And if models are going to share, they share with the makeup artist. Fact.
With her gift for bringing out the natural beauty in people (I can vouch for this – she has done my makeup many times, and has literally transformed me in minutes!), Kim has collaborated with many acclaimed designers, including Preen and Jonathan Saunders, and made up many A-list celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike and Yasmin Le Bon. She has also worked with legendary photographers such as David Bailey, Peter Lindbergh and many more. Kim has worked on shoots for for Marie Claire, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, ID and Elle; and is currently the Beauty Director of high-end quarterly fashion and style magazine Glass. Kim lives in London with her husband Will and their adorable daughters Marcie (three) and Margot (10 months). So listen up, she knows what she’s talking about!
Kim and her eldest daughter, Marcie
This is one product I always have in my kit. It gives the right amount of sheen on the skin without looking too oily. As well as using it on the body you can use it on your hair, and it smells devine, so also doubles up as a perfume. After having a baby your skin can feel a little dry and look a little dull, this is the perfect skin pick-me-up.
This is a Marine Protein Complex from fish and a bit of an industry secret. I lost a lot of hair after both my daughters were born and these vitamins really helped. So many models had recommended it as many of them have weak hair due to all the styling etc on shoots/at shows.
Natura Bisse The Cure Sheet Cream
This is the best BB cream I’ve ever tried. It also has an SPF of 20 and leaves tired skin looking dewy and rested. It also works on many skin tones.
By Terry Baume de Rose
This is my favourite lip balm by far it is also great on the cuticles or any little dry patches. It contains lots of essential oils instead of petroleum, and had a slightly pearlescent Finnish which is really pretty.
Nars The Multiple
This is a creamy stick for eyes, cheeks and lips – perfect for busy mums. It has a sheer finish so is really easy to apply and blend and comes in lots of flattering colours. The most popular is Orgasm, which suits most skin tones. It also adds luminosity to tiered skin.