Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tips from Jaysam Willey, Lancôme BAFTA make-up artist

The Oscars and BAFTAs may be over for another year, but we all have events that we have to dress up for throughout the year. So, I caught up with Jaysam Willey, Lancôme BAFTA make-up artist, at John Lewis, Oxford Street, to ask him how to work the red carpet looks for a special occasion.

Jaysam Willey
Courtesy of Lancôme

What is the biggest mistake that women make with make-up?

“Over-applying it, so it stands out. It is more sophisticated to have the attention on the eyes or lips. Or, you can evenly distribute the make-up so you have subtle eyes, lips and cheeks.”

Your top application tip?

“Make sure your complexion is perfect. You don’t want it too over powering. The secret to the dewy skin you see at the BAFTAs is Lancôme’s Éclat Miracle (£21). Dab a little of this light complexion illuminator on to the places you want to highlight before you apply your foundation.”

Any guidance when buying cosmetics?

“Look for multi-purpose products. A kohl pencil can be used to line the eyes. You can also warm it up on the back of your hand. Then using a soft fluffy brush, buff it into the area of the eye you want to shade such as the outside corner of the lid. This creates a sculpted look. You want to keep it soft.”

Eyeliner has become a make-up staple. How should you apply it?

“Keep it close to the lash line. If you have dark circles under your eyes, avoid putting it underneath.”

What can we copy from the “red carpet” look for 2013?

“The majority of celebs went for strong eyes as they are easier to maintain than statement lips.”

By Daralyn Danns

Monday, 15 April 2013

Time to change your hair colour

The colour of your hair can definitely alter your mood. I have now banished to history my long, dark days of having a hair colour that every time that every time I looked into the mirror, I saw an image of somebody else staring back. Now, thanks to the amazing Liz Edmonds, colour director at Daniel Galvin, my locks look stunning.

You always know when you are on to a good thing, when other hairdressers admire somebody else’s work. And, recently when I have been having a blow-dry, the hairdressers have all been complimentary about my hue.

Another perk of having Liz do my hair is that the colour seems to be lasting longer between visits. This time when I saw the colourist extraordinaire, she said we only need to do the roots as there is no fading.

“At this time of year, many clients want a change,” said Liz. “Blondes want to go lighter. If you are going to add more highlights to your hair, you want them to look as if they have popped out of your hair. Think of the tones of children’s hair when they have spent time on the beach. The ends should always be lighter than the roots.”

Liz also told me that we are seeing a lot of strawberry blondes this season. “Red hair works well on those with green eyes and freckles. If you have pink in your skin, this look is not for you.”

Red hair can be hard to maintain as it fades easily. You will have to apply coloured glosses to the hair in-between salon visits. “We make them up for you in the salon, so you can’t ruin your colour,” said Liz.

As for brunettes, the “Jennifer Aniston” look, brown with a few highlights, according to Liz never goes out of fashion.  However, if you want to be on trend, her suggestion is to go for more golden and caramel shades. “The hairline should always be one shade lighter than the rest of the hair, so that it looks soft and doesn’t emphasis every line on your face.

To add shine to my hair, Liz applied Daniel Galvin Clear Gloss (£24) which I also use at home when my locks need an extra boost.

I love the way that when my hair catches the light, it looks as if I have had gold highlights put in. Liz is a real find.

 By Daralyn Danns

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Destination Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv

In Israel, the land of holy cities, visiting Tel Aviv is like taking a trip on the wild side. The Mediterranean’s capital of cool pulsates 24/7, serving up sun and sand with lashings of culture, a hot nightlife, a vibrant gay scene, top-notch cuisine and superb retail therapy.

I didn’t immediately fall in love with Israel’s financial, media and cultural hub. The tower-block hotels that litter the seafront won’t help the “Hill of the Spring,” as its name translates, win any beauty contests, But this urban metropolis, founded on sand dunes in 1909, had plenty of surprises up its sleeve.

Tel Aviv is not just a city to fly, flop and party. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, for an injection of culture, the Museum of Art, is a great place to spend a couple of hours as it has a good collection of both classical and contemporary art, with a focus on Israeli artists.

A walk along the chicest and oldest street in the city, Rothschild Boulevard, in the heart of what is called “The White City”, will take you past some creamy-white Bauhaus buildings. Tel Aviv has over 4,000, the largest collection in the world and for which it has been recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site.

Sheinkin Street

Nearby Sheinkin Street, regarded as one of the most happening streets in the city, is studded with cutting-edge fashion boutiques, and like Rothschild Boulevard, has plenty of great cafés and restaurants which crackle with energy at night.

This city is definitely a shoppers’ paradise and a foodies’ heaven. From the buzzy newly-regenerated port in the north, home to some first-class eateries and also great shops, to the bustling open-air Carmel Market, where as well as finding mouth-watering fruits and vegetables and other knickknacks, you can rub shoulders with locals at the numerous falafel stores or venture to Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall for the Arts and Crafts Market, where you can sit and nosh while watching street performers.

There are plenty of cafés on every street. Whatever your taste and pocket you will find a variety of culinary delights. What is also amazing is that these places are all always busy, day and night. Don’t be surprised if the people at the next table strike up a conversation. People here are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

For a complete change of pace, I headed to Jaffa, the ancient port, which according to legend, was built by Noah’s son, Yefet, after the flood. It is also said to be the place where Peter the apostle raised Tabitha from the dead. A Franciscan church, St Peter’s, commemorates the miracle.


Discovering Jaffa, is like walking through the entrance of another world, There is plenty to take in, the old clock tower, in the recently renovated central square, the buildings, the vistas of Tel Aviv’s coast and fishermen bringing home their catch. The old stone alleys, peppered with stylish art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants, beg you to explore. Knowing that you are standing where the likes of Richard The Lionheart and Napoleon once were only adds to the romance and mystery you can almost taste in the air.

I couldn’t resist a visit to the nearby flea market for a truly Middle Eastern shopping experience. You need to polish up your bartering skills before you go, if, amid the shouts of the traders and scrawny streets cats that seem to roam all over the city, you want to pick up a bargain from the eclectic mix of new and vintage clothes, antique furniture and jewellery.

Explore the area and you’ll hit on some gems such as Noga, an up and coming quarter and home to a multicultural creative community. One place not to miss is bloom field, a gallery for art, design fashion and jewellery. It has live music every Sunday. There is also the Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art that showcases Israeli artists.

One of my favourite haunts is the Ha Tachana complex. The transformation of the old train station of Jaffa, neglected for over 60 years, has definitely given Tel Aviv a leg up in the style stakes. Together with sidings and freight storage buildings, there is an array of designer boutiques, art exhibitions and, you guessed it, al fresco cafes. Vicky Christina, a Tapas bar, is the place to go.

Neveh Tsedek, a few minutes away, is the oldest Jewish neighbourhood, an intricate maze of narrow streets lined with a mix of old and gorgeous renovated pastel-painted houses. At its core is the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre, surrounded by a beautiful piazza and gardens.  

Later that night having dinner with friends at Herbert Samuel, one of the city’s best restaurants, I realised that Tel Aviv had seduced me. This hedonistic metropolis, a blend of multicultural and religious influences blended with a laissez-faire attitude is a dream destination. Whatever your beliefs, whether you are young or old, conservative or trendsetting, straight or gay, you can be what you want to be.

By Daralyn Danns

Getting there

Contact the Israeli Government Tourist Office or call 0207 299 1100

For more information on Tel Aviv and Jaffa visit

El Al offers flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv from £399 or from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv from £426. To book call 0207 121 1400 or visit or contact your travel agent

I stayed at the Herods Hotel Tel Aviv, (