Working as a makeup artist I often get asked the inevitable ‘What would you do to my face’ question which I’m usually happy to answer except when I’m cornered by a group of girls at 3 am in a shared club bathroom! . I do love helping my girlfriends out with their makeup mishaps though and have used my best girlfriend as my living Girls world head for years now. Thanks Laura!
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is how to keep makeup feeling trend based and updated but still wearable. I’ve noticed that there has been a huge movement towards the natural colour palette in the past few years. Gone are the Aqua and citrus brights for the eyes, they’ve been replaced by browns, greys, sage and dark plums.
I’m a big fan of colour but I also realize that it can be quite tricky to get right. Naturals are more forgiving and tend to blend better as the tones are softer. I’m still in my obsessed by toasted copper brown makeup phase at the moment and created the look below for girls to wear, feel beautiful in and embrace the new natural trend in makeup.
Here’s how it’s done -
1). I used a sheer foundation in a tone one shade darker than the skin to add a slight sun kissed tone. I sheered it over the skin using my fingers almost as if I were applying moisturizer.
2). Next I tried an Estee Lauder bronzing powder to contour the skin. This was a new formula for me as it came in a bronzing balls pot, I admit I was a little unsure at first as I haven’t seen bronzing balls since the 80’s but they gave the face a beautifully light cinnamon tone as well a slight satin sheen. I used a large powder brush for this as I find a large brush will help avoid a patchy finish.
3). I dabbed a little cream blush in Gladiola by Stila on the apple of the cheeks with my finger tips to keep the natural flush and health in the face.
4). I started the eyes by using a large shading brush (MAC 224) and a soft brown shadow. I circled the entire eye in this shade taking it quite low underneath the lower lash line to open up the eye. Once I had the general outline of the eye a started to define around the lash line with a chocolate brown Kohl pencil. The idea being that the eye shadow goes from a lighter brown at the edge and intensifies the closer you get to the lashes.
5). I used a darker brown eye shadow to deepen the eye lid and pressed this on with a firm shadow brush to build up the intensity.
6). I decided to leave the inner waterline free from pencil as I wanted the eye to be pretty rather than too feline. I did add a set of MAC number 4 lashes to the eyes. These are gorgeous and won’t over power the eye or look false, they are very natural.
7). I wanted to pay attention to the lips and not just slick on some gloss so I defined them with a natural lip liner first then used a lipstick with a slight shimmer. To finish I applied a dab of Toffee toned lip gloss to the centre of the lips to add shine.
The Products -