Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Backstage at Stella McCartney with Sunday Riley

This post was updated 13.10.14: see below

I promise I'm not strangling that poor girl.
 I was lucky enough to work the Stella McCartney shows again this season, both the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth in London and Stella's SS15 show in Paris last week. They are always a highlight of the year and Stella's team are a joy to work with.
This is personally my 3rd season and it was busier than ever last week. We had models queuing for a morning massage. Queuing! You know when you have those moments of 'I'm so unbelievably grateful that this is my job'? I had those all morning. What a dream.




The old adage of models not taking care of their skin is so not the case anymore. These girls know their faces are their fortune and their skin showed it. The odd blemish aside, it was mainly a case of giving them a little brightening, a little massage and a glow. This was week 4 of fashion week for most of these girls and dehydration was the only sign that they have worked - in most cases - non-stop and been on flights continuously for more than a month.





I am always asked for the routine used. Last week the brief from Pat McGrath was soft, glowing skin and to achieve that I:

  • cleansed with Ceramic Slip (sometimes mixed with Good Genes and used as a mask depending on the model's skin)
  • removed with damp cotton pads (moistened with mineral water, not tap)
  • massage with either Juno or Artemis oils - again depending on the skin type and concern - using a small amount of product is key. Too much oil means slip not grip and a greasy catwalk makeup. Not good.
  • apply Start Over eye cream 
  • apply a small amount of Bionic moisturiser to give the perfect makeup base for the team

Most of the girls had a power nap during the massage. I avoided too much lymph drainage - by week 4 of fashion week your immune system is on high alert and under considerable strain, if I was to really work the lymph they could have come down with colds/got sniffly and no-one would thank me for that with days of shows left.


I mainly worked the temples/forehead and cheeks, relaxing the face and giving a glow.

Dani with her gorgeous face that I frankly just wanted to squeeze. Look at that skin.
 The finished faces.







As per your requests in the comments see below my untouched photographs from some of the shows. The only thing being touched up in any of these is my bosom. :)




Gorgeous gorgeous Dani.





For more information on Sunday Riley www.sundayriley.com

All photography courtesy of Sunday Riley. Huge thanks to the team at Stella McCartney.

28 comments:

  1. Lovely! Have yet to try Sunday Riley products….:-)
    x

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  2. Oh the glow is surreal! I am so tempted to jump and order everything from SR! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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  3. Haven't they got the most amazing skin! I had a back and shoulder massage last week (Christmas present voucher from my daughter that I only just got around to using), a facial was included and the therapist gave me the most wonderful massage, I was glowing when she finished. Yes you have a wonderful job, but I bet those girls were thinking the same about having you massage their faces too! Lucky lucky girls! Kathryn :)

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  4. Beautiful girls with amazing skin !

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  5. I have to admit, there is a small, despicable part of me that hates them for having perfect skin. No matter what I do and how much I take care of it, my skin has never and certainly never will look like this :(
    That being said, I'm thinking about buying the Ceramic Slip cleanser. I already own the Good Genes Treatment (after receiving a sample I just had to buy it because it's so amazing!). The Onlineshop here in Germany that sells Sunday Riley is offering 20% off this week and I want to invest in another Sunday Riley product. I tried the Eye Cream and liked it, but not enough to spend that much money on it. As haven't had any samples of the oils I'm a bit hesitant to spend that much money without trying the product first and the cleanser costs way less and I think you can't really go that wrong with a cleanser. I'm 30 with combination skin that seems to be a bit dehydrated(slight flakiness) and is prone to breakouts, especially in the last couple of months for some reason...
    Does anyone here in the comments have any experience with the Ceramic Slip Cleanser?

    PS: Your massages look so amazing and relaxing!

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  6. I wish I could get a Sunday Riley facial. Sounds amazing.
    Ting x

    www.thetingthing.com

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  7. These girls have THE best skin, definitely know what i'll be saving up to buy! Lovely post, Caroline!

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  8. What amazing skin they all have, and thank you for sharing. If I had 4 heavy weeks of work (like these girls) I would not be looking so good!! I've threatened it before- but one day I will get you to look at my skin (in close up and not just in passing at events!) It must have been really fun to work there :)

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  9. Interesting post - I really like the Sunday Riley ceramic slip cleanser and good genes and am always keen to hear more about the range... However, I can't help but notice that the images of the models are all airbrushed (albeit subtly, but nonetheless noticeably so)... This surely defeats the point of telling us/'showing' us the effect of the products/the massage treatments they were given... I'm not sure if perhaps the decision to airbrush was out of your hands but it does seem to undermine the post (it reminds me of all the foundation adverts that use airbrushing... um, hello? why?) Maybe next time you could include some actual un-retouched images - it would be a far more useful indication of the effect of certain products. Thanks, D x

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    1. Hi Anon. I have some snapped on my iPhone at the show. Happy to put them up tomorrow/Thurs. I'm out most of tomorrow!

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    2. That would be fab! Thanks Caroline! D x

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  10. OMG they are all so beautiful!! and their skin looks flawless
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  11. Hi Caroline, why use Mineral Water rather than Tap?

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  12. Hey Caroline, whats the purpose of massaging the skin?

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  13. I'm one of your readers that asked for the routine, so thanks so much for posting!!!
    I love the eyeshadow too, which colour/ brand is it?

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  14. They are so beautiful, and you have lovely hands ;-)

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  15. Wow, I loved this. Skin looked gorgeous and what a treat to have skin thoroughly prepped for makeup application. In the rush-rush of fashion week, I am sure this is more than welcome especially at the hands of you. Thank you for posting!

     Caitlin Confidential

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  16. Sadly I can't use Ceramic Slip due to the essential oils, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Good Genes, Juno and Start Over!

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  17. I am very fond of the Ceramic Slip for my morning/second cleanse and would love to try some of Sunday Riley's other products. I am a bit disappointed with their customer service as I emailed them inquiring if they would be creating travel sets for the upcoming holiday season (as is the norm for many companies). While I wasn't expecting an immediate response, it would have been nice for my email to be addressed.

    I would much prefer to pay for a kit that allows me to try products for a full week or two. I can't imagine that I'm the only customer who would love to see something created for this purpose.

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  18. Hi Caroline! I've been using the First Aid Beauty Radiance pads for about 5 days now (morning + night) and i have been breaking out like crazy on my forehead, but the rest of my face has been pretty clear. I was not acid toning before this. Is this normal? should i stop using them?

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  19. Hey Caroline, are you going to do a clinic anytime soon? I have been following everything on your acne cheatsheet with a moderate amount of success but my hormonal acne is still constantly there. It's been two years now and it's making me really depressed

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    1. So sorry to hear that - my daughter (nearly 16) is suffering dreadfully. We've tried everything (we've found zinc is good by the way as a supplement) - her skin issues are very hormonal. When she's due on you can practically see the oil oozing. However the only thing that we've found that really has an effect is Dinette contraceptive pill.

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  20. How did you decide whether to use the combination of good genes and ceramic slip over just the cleanser? What skin types and/or concerns did you consider in making this decision?

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  21. A lot of air-brushing on those pictures. Gives a false impression. Hard to believe some of the comments on here gushing over the models' skin when it's so obvious they have been retouched.

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  22. As lovely as their skin looked, I kept thinking how lucky these girls are that Ms Hirons boobage is an easy place to rest during said face manipulations. I know, a weird thought and I'm not being flirtatious... just gave me a giggle.

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  23. Please do facial massage routine video!

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  24. Caroline, forget those models you have beautiful glowing skin and your hands and arm are pure perfection so healthy glowing and not a mark or freckle .im so green with envy!! My hands and arm are mingling in comparison! Mind you my face is no better!! 😔

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