MAC, Chanel And A Bit Of Boots: The Fashion Insider's Beauty Routine Revealed

Vogue.co.uk’s Fashion Features Editor Jessica Bumpus explodes the myth that fashion folk are stuck-up and humourless, so I figured she wouldn’t mind if I asked her some nosy questions about her beauty habits.

Jan 23, 2013 at 12:47pm | Leave a comment

Unsurprisingly, there are shoes and clothes everywhere in Jess' gloriously cluttered studio – dresses hang from the window rail, beneath them Manolos, Louboutins, Topshop, Biba, Christopher Kane and old Scorah Pattulo heels. Issues of Vogue and Nylon are stacked alongside books on fashion, New York and LOTS of notebooks. The walls are decorated with show invitations, fashion illustrations and snow globes are dotted about the space.

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"I don't take that long to do my make-up or get ready in general - and strangely as I've got older I have spent less and less time and used less and less make-up. I used to be all about mad, crazy eye shadows, then moved on to lips and now keep it quite simple with just some Dior creme foundation once I've cleansed my skin with a Boots facial wipe (£2.79, boots.com) and dabbed on some Elemis Pro-collagen Marine Cream (£79, timetospa.co.uk).

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Then it's just a bit of mascara and a smudge of neutral lip gloss and I'm good to go. Sometimes I'll add a lip - usually a bright, bold red or lately I've been enjoying MAC's Rebel (£14, maccosmetics.co.uk), which is a deep pink-purple. I wash my hair every other day and pretty much always wear it down - I'm pretty low-key and like the dishevlled look! Make-up usually takes about five minutes and ten if I'm doing a lip and picking my colour. As I say, I'm quite low-key.

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I loved bright eye shadow when I was in my late teens and early twenties - orange, green, blue, you name it. It was kind of my thing. But then in my twenties I got more into a bright lip and keeping everything else very simple. Now I've navigated away from both - perhaps it's because I'm more at ease with myself or just used to what I look like now!

It took me 25 years to find a good hairdresser! But finally, through a stylist friend, I have one: Tim Furssedonn at Toni & Guy. As I say I'm pretty low-key so tend to go only when I find my fringe is too much in my eyes and bordering on looking like something from Grange Hill, so I guess every other month or so. But Tim is great and I make a special trip all the way to Gloucester Road to see him (I live in North London!) He's brilliant and fast and gets what I want and I am loving the '70s vibe I've got going on at the moment, thanks Tim!

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My beauty stuff is primarily stored by my mirror in a sort of shelving box thing. I have my perfumes, nail polishes and everyday stuff on the top and then millions of lipsticks and eye shadows beneath with other fun trinkets and bits I've also collected beneath in various make-up bags and boxes.

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You will also find plenty a nail polish strewn in general around my flat - on my kitchen counter, my bedside table etc. I often have to go on a hunt for my favourite colours, right now, that's Malice by Chanel which I was given for Christmas. It's a dark plum red and very sassy. I'm not sure I'm particularly neat in the way I store it - I like to be able to access it so it's generally always a bit of work in motion.

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Ever since I was a kid I have never painted my thumbnails. I'm not so sure why but I always just tended to think of my hands as my fingers - if that makes sense - and so I never painted them and still don't. People will admire my nail polish and then be like: "What's with the thumb?" I guess it's become my 'thing', but it's not contrived! It's just something that's stuck and I would find it even odder now if I did paint my thumbs as I'm so used to seeing my hands without the thumb painted. I appreciate it might look odd to other people... oh well.

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Jess' signature 'naked thumb' manicure

I've always wanted to be able to do smokey eyes but I'm really just not that good at them - my eyes water a lot so an eyeliner often has difficultly getting anywhere near my lids. I think it's a gorgeous and sophisticated look - but maybe, subconsciously, that's why I can't master it! Maybe that'll be a 2013 resolution. I'm good at painting a red lip though - you can't win them all.

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Boots is best for its eye-make-up remover and cleansing wipes. They do the job, don't smell and don't interfere with my skin. I do spend on Elemis face cream - again it doesn't smell or interfere with my skin. I've tried others but Elemis is best. I only really wear Chanel or MAC make-up, but when it comes to mascaras, I mix and match them. Perfume, likewise, I spend on: I'm a Chanel Coco Mademoiselle girl only.

As I've got older, the only thing that's changed about my approach to beauty is I use less make-up, but perhaps more skin products. I suppose it's something we all do. But I've definitely become more low-key.