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Lucy Pretty

Lucy Pretty

Loving everything about beauty for as long as I can remember, being a make-up artist was all I wanted to do growing up. The Mary Quant Classic Make-Up & Beauty Book was my bible as a 13 year old, and for as long as I can remember I have loved everything Kevyn Aucoin ever did!

So instead of doing what all my friends were doing, I geared GCSEs/A-Levels etc towards it. However, after a stint working at an American summer camp teaching photography at 19 (looking after eleven ten year olds at a sleep away camp, well and truly put me off teaching children for a really long time!!), when I finally decided to come home I went to a local college to hone my self-taught “skill.” Various beauty courses, theatre, panto, weddings and prom make-up jobs, and a fashion journalism degree later; I ended up in the world of marketing for an online beauty retailer. Not quite the realms of make-up artistry, or even journalism (waaay to live ‘the dream’), I was still able to put my knowledge and experience to good use.

After four years I went on to become the Digital Content Editor at Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Meeting the comic genius that is Kirsty Lemare North, and having her as the easiest going boss in the land, we shared an office in Soho and spent far too much time laughing (and drooling over products)! ... Oh and making coffee.

A fellow make-up maven, product junkie and lover of words, we always talked about doing something together. So where Jemma Kidd ended, new projects began!

With the same dry, sarcastic and downright dark sense of humour, compulsive addiction to cosmetics we really cannot afford and love of all things digital, Two Pretties is a pair of thirty something women with plenty to say. That being said don’t expect a lot of mush about how much we love everything.

With a cumulative thirty years experience in different areas of the beauty industry, we can spot marketing guff at a hundred paces (quite often that we ourselves have written) and are not fooled by ‘clever’ phrases. The time for mass accumulation has passed for us and we expect our products to not just look beautiful, but genuinely deliver on their promises.

With two very different lifestyles and expectations from our beauty products and routines, our aim is to really put beauty tutorials, products and launches through their paces, in the hope that what works for us will also benefit you! Loving to get on our soap box, you can expect to hear about the products we enjoy, alternative ways to wear the latest beauty trends, pet peeves and much, much more.

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Sisters not Twins

Girl getting ready to go out

I have an observational obsession… It’s eyebrows, more specifically, other people’s eyebrows. As a teenager of the late ‘90s I plucked my eyebrows to death as was the fashion. With the trend fixed on thin, delicate brows, my poor un-trained plucking skills left mine horrendously patchy and looking like some sort of crap Morse code.

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Hands that do dishes

For as long as I can remember I’ve had the hands of a 90 year old man. On one of my very first beauty courses, when learning how to manicure, I was told I had hands that looked like they’d worked. I was eighteen. The most work I’d done was try on clothes in Topshop while pretending to stocktake, so not exactly spinning cotton in an 18th century factory. However, my beauty therapy lecturer was a giant hag so I didn’t pay any particular attention.

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The art of tea bagging

As a penny pinching cheap skate I love a homemade remedy, and none more so than a tea bag! Constantly tired these days and feeling a million years old, eye cream just isn’t cutting the mustard. If anything, for me, it sometimes makes the whole baggy dark circle thing worse.

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