Today’s desk rummage revealed the well-stocked workspace of Grazia‘s Beauty Director, Liz Hambleton. If you missed it, take a tour around her enviable desktop here and read on to discover her balmy beauty tip and must-have bathroom essentials.
My big break… I got a placement at InStyle magazine after sending out a trillion letters and emails! I found beauty before fashion and loved it immediately.
My beauty icon… I will always love Kate Moss. Growing up with her as a style icon definitely influenced the way I like to look and my references aesthetically now.
My formative beauty moment… My mum’s amazing Leichner foundation – a creamy, thick theatrical base used by actresses. I also loved using her Giorgio Armani Beverly Hills fragrance. My very first item of make-up was a fabulous mauve lipstick from Rimmel called Heather. I can still remember the way it smelt to this day.
Eavesdropped from an MUA… Make-up artist Wendy Rowe told me to use a high factor sunscreen ( La Roche Posay is her favourite) under my make-up to fake a glowy sheen. I always listen to anything Gucci Westman has to say about skincare; at the moment I’m rotating my cleansing regime between an oil ( Bobbi Brown), a creamy wash-off cleanser ( Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish) and nourishing cream ( Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser) on her advice.
Balm, lipstick or gloss… As much as I’d love to be a polished lipstick I’m so not. A balm is my best friend and I use it on my eyelids and cheekbones as well. Lanolips is my current crush.
My default face… Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand to hide dark circles, Lancôme Hydra Zen Tinted Moisturising Cream to add a glow and Stila Convertible Colour in Peony on my cheeks. If I wear mascara it’s always Blinc which goes on like a normal mascara but only comes off with warm water.
My beauty shame… Well, I hardly ever get my very long hair cut – twice a year at the most.
My fantasy trolley dash… Fashion-wise it would be Selfridges or Bergdorf Goodman in NY – both stock all my favourites; Zadig & Voltaire, Isabel Marant etc and beauty counter-wise it would be a toss up between Sisley for their luxe anti-aging goodies and Chanel or Bobbi Brown for make-up.