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Lisa Stokes

Makeup artist, beauty writer and founder of The Spa Spy

Over the past decade Lisa has established herself as one of the UK’s leading make up artists, working with celebrities, actors and musicians including Kate Moss, Gemma Arterton, Juliette Lewis, Myleene Klass, Emelia Fox, and Daniel Craig.

Her editorial and fashion clients include In Style, Grazia, Guardian Weekend, Marie Claire, and Elle. Lisa has created looks at London Fashion Week and red carpet events such as Elle Style, Glamour, The Brit Awards and The Baftas.

As well as a love of all things beauty, Lisa's other love is music, a rock chick at heart, she has been lucky enough to work with some of her favourite bands and musicians including Led Zeppelin, The Who, Slash and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Lisa is a regular contributor to the beauty pages of various high-profile magazines.

Spa Spy: Escape to Paradise - The Maldives

Brochure porn, I think they call it. When you drool for hours over photographs of exotic destinations. Thing is, when it comes to The Maldives, I've never seen the money shot. I've never seen a photograph that actually captures the true beauty of this breathtaking garland of magical islands...
04/01/2013 20:22 GMT

Christmas Spa Spy: The Golden City, Prague

Right on cue, just in time for the renowned festivities of Wenceslas Square, snow has fallen on the Golden City. As we stroll across Charles Bridge, carols echo down from the tower. White-tipped Baroque buildings and a twinkle of Christmas lights create the backdrop. Hot wine and chestnuts fill the hole.
23/12/2012 23:32 GMT

Spa Spy: Mexico

'Five star all-inclusive' worries me. Can you really achieve a five-star experience on an all-inclusive basis?
12/10/2012 18:51 BST

Spa Spy: Wiltshire, Lucknam Park

As I make my way down the mile long, sweeping avenue of lime and beech trees that lead to Lucknam Park, I'm stunned. It suddenly feels like the backdrop to a romantic period drama.
03/08/2012 16:40 BST

Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manhattan, NYC

A hub for A-listers and fashionistas, Robert DeNiro's ultra-cool downtown hotel and home from home, echoes a sumptuous private residence; 88 individually designed rooms and suites, cosy drawing rooms with roaring fires, Tibetan rugs and eclectic antiques, surround an enchanting Tuscan-style candle-lit courtyard.
15/07/2012 23:22 BST

Spa Spy: Spa and the Golden Mile, Marbella, Spain

As I walk through the doors I almost feel like I'm stepping in to a fabulous fifties film set. Bellboys efficiently buzzing to guests' whims, florists preening fresh fragrant lilies and bartenders shaking up Martinis. It's opulence at its best, the atmosphere is enthralling.
06/07/2012 16:02 BST

Spa Spy: Spa and the Home Counties - The Shires and the Sexes

In the middle of the rolling Sussex countryside, tucked behind a picture postcard Tudor village, you'll find an enchanting Elizabethan house; it's Ockenden Manor and it's beautiful. Roaring log fires, cosy wood panelled bars and elegant drawing rooms with a wafting scent of fresh flowers.
22/06/2012 17:13 BST

Spa Spy: La Source, Grenada - The Amazing Holiday

When I was invited to review LaSource I was excited, very excited but also slightly worried. This sounds odd, I know. I realise how incredibly lucky I am, and believe me, I never take it for granted. But I'd been there before, a long time ago, I had memories, good ones, memories that I didn't want tarnished.
04/05/2012 22:29 BST

Spa Spy: Spa and the City, Manchester and London

Mooch around galleries, stroll along the river, take in a show, and a pre-theatre dinner... You can't beat a UK city break. Combine culture, cuisine, sightseeing and shopping, throw in a spot of relaxation for a perfect city spa break.
20/04/2012 21:58 BST

Spa Spy: Chilling in the Cotswolds

Picturesque villages, chocolate box cottages and endless rolling countryside, all within two hours of London. Switch off, chill out and head for a relaxing spa break in the enchanting Cotswolds.
24/02/2012 22:46 GMT

Golden Globes Beauty; The Only Way Is Hollywood, Classic Nudes With a Touch of Glamour

At last night's Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn't a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight. Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman all chose to play down their classic coutures and enhance their natural beauty with nude make up, healthy skin and tousled shiny locks.
16/01/2012 14:26 GMT

The Stress Free Road to Christmas - 20 Stylish Gifts for Grown Ups

If, like me, you leave 'it' until the last minute you'll know how stressful it can be. Panic lists, crowds, panic buys, crowds, panic attacks...CROWDS. Come Christmas eve, whilst my smug, organised friends are relaxing by the tree sipping mulled wine, I'm the one running up and down Oxford Street, crying.
18/11/2011 22:56 GMT

Scented Candles For Winter, 10 of the Best

Snuggle down through the long dark winter nights, lift your spirits and indulge yourselves. Relax in the comforting glow of one of my '10 of the best' scented winter candles.
03/11/2011 22:04 GMT

Winter Spa Breaks in Devon and Cornwall

Peaceful rolling hills, blustery coastal walks, quaint village pubs with cosy log fires, fresh fish suppers and comforting cream teas. Devon and Cornwall offer it all, along with some of the best spa hotels in the UK.
25/10/2011 00:08 BST

S/S12, The Make Up and how "Tops and Bottoms" Affect us all

Hair and make up trends sneak in to our bedrooms sometimes without us even realising. Look at a photo of yourself from the 80s or 90s, even the early noughties. See what I mean? So we're all effected by fashion, ie the "tops and bottoms".
07/10/2011 00:00 BST

Beauty for A/W: It's all gone 40s

So ladies... fancy staying on trend with this alluring new autumn look? It's actually really easy to achieve and can be adapted to all skin tones and ages. Here's how to do it - think Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca, 2012.
16/09/2011 23:35 BST

Spider Season and how to Keep Boris at Bay

Spider season is in full swing. I've seen them hanging out in the garden. Gangs of them, with their little suitcases, ready to move in. Because autumn is the time of year spiders descend upon our homes. As the weather turns, so do the spiders. Into squatters.
14/09/2011 22:52 BST

An Anxious Nation Needs To Relax

I remember the first time it happened like it was yesterday. Marks and Sparks, Whiteleys, Bayswater. I was doing my weekly shop, and there it was, out of the blue, my first panic attack. Of course, I didn't know it was a panic attack at the time.
06/09/2011 00:02 BST