My Face: Amber Butchart

The fashion historian, TV presenter, author and DJ reveals her desert island beauty essentials.


Sassoon hair salons

My face really starts with my hair, which I’m lucky enough to have cut and coloured at Sassoon Salons, where the super-sharp geometric bob was pioneered by Vidal Sassoon in the late 1950s. I’m half of a DJ duo called Broken Hearts and Sassoon make sure our hair is always on point (and pointed). I’ve had red hair for longer than I was blonde now – I like to think of myself as an honorary redhead.

Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Black, £5.29

This is a staple of my look and has been for a long time. I wear it pretty much everyday, unless I’m working from home and only leave the house to go to the dry cleaners or the gym. It doesn’t smudge or smear and it’s easy to apply. It takes me from library to lecture theatre with ease.

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyes


Almond oil, £3.49

I put this on my face every night over moisturiser. You wake up feeling 10 years younger (well not really but it’s very nice).

Clinique Airbrush Concealer, £19

Dark circles under my eyes are my public enemy No. 1. This goes some of the way towards alleviating this issue.

Clinique Airbrush Concealer

Maybelline Falsies

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara in Black, £8.99

I love Maybelline mascara. End of.

Rimmel Provocalips in ‘Kiss me you Fool’, £6.99

I’m not as loyal to lipstick as I am to some other products. But this is definitely my current favourite, I believe it came recommended in a Sali Hughes column! It really doesn’t come off for hours, and isn’t as uncomfortable as some long-last lipsticks can be.



MAC Sculpting Powder Pro-Palette in Sculpt, £16.50

I use this matte taupe powder before I put blusher on. I don’t go full-on Kardashian with the contouring, but a bit of shading around the cheekbones and jawline is always helpful.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99

This is actually the bane of my life. I have a 1960s powder compact, and so always use power refills. But the problem with the refills – and many girls who have worked in vintage will tell you this same sob story – is that they’re not actually fully transferable. Cue: hours of misery with my boyfriend, ruining refill after refill as we attempt to prise it from its shitty plastic coating with a metal nail file and brute force. We either end up covered in cuts or dusted in powder. Can someone PLEASE make a fully transferable refill, one that’s not glued down with the force of a thousand suns? People say ‘suffer for beauty’ but this is ridiculous.

Paperself Lashes

Paperself Lashes, from £10

These are really fun to wear, and also really comfortable. They come in a huge range of designs, a few years ago they even let us create sea creature styles. I also like wearing full false lashes every now and again. The trick is to always buy glue separately from somewhere like Charles Fox pro store. I used to get a lot of my make up from theatre specialists like that – many of my formative make up tricks were learned from cabaret performers and drag queens.

Seche Vite Top Coat, £9.85

I know that nails aren’t strictly my face but I have been known to wildly gesticulate so I feel they deserve a special mention. And they are ALWAYS painted. I’m a big fan of Barry M and Rimmel colours (I didn’t realise I was such a Rimmel fan-girl until now), but the real miracle product here is Seche Vite top coat. It makes polish dry so fast. It honestly changed my life.

Seche Vite coat


Extra bonus points: I always have Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and Weleda Skin Food about my person!

Amber’s brilliant new book, Nautical Chic, is out on March 30th and available to pre order now. If you’re a Breton top girl you’ll love it.

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