Tom Ford Summer Collection Video – Foiled!

 I have been trying – and trying is the operative word here – to film a look inspired by Tom Ford’s beautiful summer collection. I direct you to the photograph below: the inspiration. It looks simple, really, doesn’t it? But it’s not! The products (shown above) are absolutely incredible but I want to capture that luminous, pale-skin look in contrast to the warm tones of the bronzer and the eye and lip colours. I know that a bit of post-production fid-diggery will have gone on and the contrast pushed and so on, but even when I do that on my finished result there’s just something…lacking.

Only to be expected, really, considering that I’m not a makeup artist! If I could do it as perfectly as whoever created the look in the photograph then I’d be hiring myself out! I think I need to practise that wistful, semi-shut-eyes look that the model has going on there. It’s not one that I’m well-versed in. (Cue 76 hours in front of the bathroom mirror pulling silly faces.)

So, attempt 2 will take place next week. Never has a video caused me so much trouble – maybe I’m just becoming more of a perfectionist! I’m going to experiment with some different foundations and illuminators to try and mimic that wonderful glow, and perhaps some single false lashes to create that “sparse yet sexy” look.

Please note that – although the girl in the photo is naked – I do NOT film this naked! I’ve got enough to deal with, thank you very much….

You will not believe how gorgeous the bronzer is, by the way – it’s the thinnest bronzer packaging I have ever laid eyes on! Really quite a little design piece. The bronzer itself is called “Gold Dust” and it’s brilliant for skin that hasn’t yet picked up any colour – it’s not too dark and it’s shot through with a glamorous gold shimmer. If you want a pre-look, then you can find it at

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  1. May 29, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Omg, this is STUNNING! I’ve always loved summer collactions (I’m most excited by them!) and this is just stunning. Like you said the bronzer looks so good! That nail polish colors looks great too. I am only scared to see how much it all costs! Tom Ford can really rob you :-p

    Good luck on the video, I am sure you will look beautiful! The single falsies sound good and I can’t wait to see that bronzer “in action”! :D

    xx Renee

  2. stella
    May 29, 2012 / 7:26 am

    Good morning from Greece! How do you manage to make me smile and laugh every time I see your videos or read your posts Ruth! You have so much sense of humor and you are a fantasic person!! Please if you come again to Greece please visit our beautyful city Thessaloniki!! I would be so glad to meet you!! :-) stella

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:36 am

      I’m so pleased! X

  3. May 29, 2012 / 8:17 am

    Could you explain the Tom Ford look, Ruth? And not to put you on the spot, but how does the Chanel compare to the Tom Ford bronzer…is it the gold and thus an evening look? And how this differ from the Burberry bronzy look you made of the Burberry casting in call on April 26? (I know: I’m being a pain in the bum, but I’m really trying to figure this out, as what sets one aside as this sort of look and that sort of look.

    Just when I think I’m making progress in the makeup/skincare arena, you throw us a “curve ball.” (When I did I start using sports references?)

    BTW: I think you do have the skill, learned as well as given to you by your DNA, to do fantastic makeup. Really.

    • Ruth
      June 1, 2012 / 10:46 am

      Thanks Upa! Which chanel bronzer? The creamy one in the pot? In terms of the looks, you will have to wait and see the finished Tom Ford and re-ask, as I’ve no idea how it will turn out yet! xx

      • June 6, 2012 / 6:42 am

        Yes, sorry, Ruth, the Chanel bronzer in the pot. (Which I love, love, love!)

  4. stella
    May 29, 2012 / 8:53 am

    By the way I just saw your photo for Manthattan cosmetics here in Greece and I felt like a saw a friend:-)

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:35 am

      Ah! Thank you xx

  5. Lisa Fusco
    May 29, 2012 / 9:19 am

    STOP IT!! JUST STOP IT OKAY!!! I have only just bought the Chanel Bronze de Soleil (or whatever the hell it’s called – which by the way I love!!) – so do not tempt me with another bronzer!! My purse cannot take much more!! Things I have bought since reading your blog….. YSL sun-glasses, because i absolutely fell in love with yours! Managed to get mine from Amazon for £157!! That’s the only good thing about being a year behind everyone else I guess! A hand held Dyson ( I’ve got a British Shorthair too, mine is a Blue called Baloo and he’s 10 years old) and yesterday I ordered a set of Alpha-H products (on special at QVC) – so I am just about to go and organise a bank robbery!!

    Still loving the blog though!! I’m sure I’ll have some questions about the Alpha-H stuff when it arrives if that’s ok?

    Lisa F x

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:35 am

      Of course! Fire away x

    • Tatyana
      June 9, 2012 / 4:19 pm

      same here… :D

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you Marina! x

  6. Jennifer
    May 29, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    That bronzer looks amazing; I want it! Apparently, it’s available in a matte finish (called ‘Terra’) as well. I happen to love a bit of fine shimmer in my bronzing powder, so I’d probably go for the ‘Gold Dust’ myself! Have you seen the other nail polishes from this collection?!? LOVE! Particularly gorgeous are the ‘Burnished Rouge’ and ‘Silver Smoke’ shades!

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:00 pm

      @Jennifer yes – is that one darker? I must investigate! x

  7. Laura Eaton
    May 29, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    Hi Ruth, can you please tell me which shades these are in! I’m going on holiday soon and would really like to update my make up bag! Kind Regards, Laura J Eaton.

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      @Laura will do! Have to look it all up so I’ll post with the video shortly! x

  8. lu
    May 29, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Dear Ruth, I have one random question for you. Could you please recommend a good cleanser for my skin? Its combination, but last few weeks its not at its best behavior. It looks congested, pores are enlarged ( on forehead between eyes and on the chin ). I am using Pai cleanser but need to alternate with something more powerful. I am after some purifying, nondrying cleanser. Any suggestions? Thanks x

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      @Lu have a look at the Alpha-H Triple Action. Or the Murad AHA Cleanser – LOVING that at the moment! x

  9. Love in a mist
    May 29, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    Loving the look of all of these, esoecually the eyeshadow (???) in the pot! looking foreward to your video on them, when your happy with it :-) I’m sure you looked gorgeous as always anyway x

  10. Medea
    May 30, 2012 / 12:57 am

    lol, its a Photoshop. and i am sure your video/make up is beautiful and wonderful. thank you for your advice. have a question about the sisley eye mask, based on your experience does the product worth the price?
    thank you ;-)

    • Ruth
      May 30, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      @Medea it is one of my favourite products of all time. It is VERY expensive, so I always find it hard to say whether it’s worth a certain price – if £70 is your monthly food budget, then NO eye cream would be worth it! But if you can spare the cash, it’s a brilliant, brilliant recovery product! x

      • Medea
        May 30, 2012 / 9:09 pm

        Thanks for your answer. I love your blog. thank you for all the time you spend for us

        • Ruth
          May 30, 2012 / 9:57 pm

          My pleasure, Medea x

  11. May 30, 2012 / 3:37 am

    First off, I’m a new subscriber and just adore your posts and videos! So informative and I love your cheeky sense of humor–smart as a whip AND drop-dead gorgeous, such a lethal combination. I went on a bit of a Tom Ford bender and fell hard for the gel liner, especially when applied to the upper waterline. It’s shot through with navy blue and just defines your eyes in an un detectable way. Love! Cooking your shrimp curry tomorrow — will report back! X

  12. May 30, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    Love this!!

  13. Alexa
    May 31, 2012 / 1:06 am

    “Please note that – although the girl in the photo is naked – I do NOT film this naked! I’ve got enough to deal with, thank you very much…”
    Oh no! We wanted to see you naked! That’s the magical trick of the natural look. LoL :)

    • Ruth
      May 31, 2012 / 9:26 am

      @Alexa hahaha….well…maybe if I have some wine…. x

  14. Aliki
    June 7, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    Hi, Ruth! When are you going to be filming the video? I am dying to see what you will come up with! Hugs, A

  15. Lizzy
    April 11, 2013 / 3:07 am

    Hi Ruth! Charlotte Tilbury filmed this look recently. She used the darker cream from shade an illuminate palette for the eyes. Yes! I’ve been trying to work it out for ages.

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