How the Experts Prepare to Party Lisa Eldridge, No7 Make Up Artist and Creative Director

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WrittenbyKatie Campbellon05/11/2008


How the Experts Prepare to Party: Lisa Eldridge, No7 Make Up Artist and Creative Director

Known for her glossy magazine shoots, A-list clients and turn-back-time makeovers on TV's 10 Years Younger, Lisa Eldridge gets all the VIP invites. But how does the No 7 Creative Director get ready for her own big entrance? Read on to find out

Known for her glossy magazine shoots, A-list clients and turn-back-time makeovers on TV's 10 Years Younger, Lisa Eldridge gets all the VIP invites. But how does the No 7 Creative Director get ready for her own big entrance? Read on to find out


My 'getting ready' routine

If I'm working during the day I'll make sure I do my nails and any full-on beauty treatments the day before. I always have a shower with body scrub (I'm loving the Jo Wood Everyday ones at the moment) and put on a hair treatment whilst I'm doing that. When I get out I put on various face peels and masks and then pile on the body lotion and clean my teeth whilst they are working. I do most of my make-up in the very well lit bathroom mirror but always finish it in the taxi as I love to do that. It definitely adds to the excitement and I'm very good at it! I always apply hand lotion when I'm in the cab too; I like to shake the host's hands with silky mitts when I arrive!


Favourite getting ready tune and tipple?

Champagne and Britney.


My pre-party essentials

I always do a quick peel followed by a face mask to pep up my skin and prepare it for make-up. I like the shiny, 'scrubbed' look it gives my skin and the nice smooth surface it provides for make-up.


My evening party look is?

My party look is all about big eyes. My current favourites are Dior 'Leather couture for eyes' Palette all around my eye and into the socket blended and smoked, lash curler, lashings of No 7 Extreme Length mascara in black and about 5 individual eylure eyelashes to the outer corner of each eye.


The secret to minimising touch-ups is

Less is more. The less full-on base and powder you wear the less likely it is you will have to spend time fixing it up. I keep base to a minimum, just around my chin, mouth and corners of my nose. A touch of concealer and a little powder to set usually stays put all night. Also I don't like 'perfect' looking lips. Even when I wear a colour I like to apply it as a stain and blend it out with my fingers so there's less to go wrong throughout the evening.


I won't leave the house without?

Translucent powder and a brush to apply it. Concealer for touching up and a lipstick that will double up as blush.


My favourite party outfit is?

Very difficult to choose. I love dressing up and have a big collection of party frocks. At the moment I'm wearing a Lanvin lacy number which is very demure but slightly distressed and vintage-looking. I wear it with some quite tough-looking Lanvin chunky pearls. The overall feel is very ladylike but with an edge!


Heels or flats?

Heels of course! I never do flats, I'd rather stay in than wear them! I have a professional box of party feet pads and inner soles to suit every occasion. If I know I'll be standing up all night I always choose a killer (but comfy) platform. I save the towering stilettos for a dinner when I know it's a cab and short walk to the table.


My evening hair style

For the ultimate treat I have my hairdresser come over to the house to get me ready. We often discuss what we are going to do well in advance and she may come a couple of days before to cut or colour in preparation. I like my hair down and natural but with plenty of ooomph at the crown. When I do my own hair I swear by my Charles Worthington big Heated Rollers. I put about 6 of them in for five minutes and its enough to give a sexy, tousled but casual look.

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