Saturday, 28 May 2011

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Hair and Make-Up

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

.... or failing that, a bit of make-up will do the trick.

You know the people you look back on and think - 'they don't make them like that anymore' - and Audrey Hepburn was certainly one of them. I was privileged, if not a little nervous, to recreate her classic look.

Now, Audrey did keep her look relatively classic - but she didn't play around with it a little - so you only have to really worry about two things when it comes to Audrey's look.

1. Make sure the brows are full and thick. I know that in the video below I have probably done them a little too bold for most people's liking.. you honestly don't have to go that bold if you don't want to. :)

2. The liner on the top lash line - keep it fairly thick, particularly on the outer half of your eyelid and flick it out but don't go too far outside your lid.

...the rest can really be up to you.



Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD
For eyeshadow: Vanilla, Gesso, Omega and Satin Taupe (all Mac)
For brows: Beautiful Brows Pencil Brown/Black (No7) and Sleek Palette (Storm)
Liner: Clinique Cream Liner (True Black)
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
Fake Lashes: Custom corner lashes made (I just snipped old ones I already had)
Blush: Instant Chic Blush
Lipstick: Maybelline Coral Fire

Friday, 27 May 2011

Gillian Anderson/Dana Scully Inspired Make-up

.... or simply just a nice subtle every day/work make-up.

Now, this is obviously not going to be a complete transformation - as Gillian does keep the make-up very subtle in the role. So this look will hopefully make you say...

"I WANT TO BELIEVE......that I can look reasonably good today."


OK, I didn't really use a direct inspirational picture for this look (as it wasn't a complete copy)... but I am just going to throw in a couple of pictures because I love Gillian so much!


Tinted Moisturiser: Laura Mercier Nude
Medium Brown Eyeshadow (for brows): Bobbi Brown Birch
Brow Shaper: Bobbi Brown Clear
Eyeshadows: One neutral, one light and one slightly darker than skin tone: Brule, Vanilla and Omega (both MAC)
Brown Eye Kohl: MAC Teddy
Light Eye Pencil: Benefit High Beam
Mascara: Clinique High Impact
Blusher: MeMeMe Coral
Pink Lip Pencil: NARS Jilted Love
Lipstick: Revlon Kiss Me Coral

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

1930s Make-Up: Greta Garbo Inspired

To me, doing tutorials based on stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood is like coming across a King Cobra... being a fan of serpents, I would be excited at the occurrence but also I would feel quite apprehensive too.

I decided to base this tutorial on the Swedish film star Greta Garbo, not just because of her iconic film status, but also I really loved her unique style of makeup.



Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Make Up Forever HD Foundation
MAC Translucent Finishing Powder
MAC es - Mystery
Estee Lauder Quad - Spiced Peach
Clinique Cream Liner - Black Honey
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
Eylure Naturalites False lashes
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
Sleek Contour Kit - Light
L'Oreal Blush
Barry M Lip Liner - 11
MAC Lipstick - Ruby Woo

Friday, 13 May 2011

Lady Gaga 'Judas' Inspired Make-up

The one thing I noticed mainly after completing this look is that it made my eyes look really small. I don't possess naturally big eyes like Lady Gaga so I do not really suit this look particularly..... but ah well.



Make Up Forever HD Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
MAC Eyeshadows: Brule, Wedge, Vanilla and Typrographic
Clinique Cream Liner: True Black
Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara
Urban Decay Lip Pencil: Gash
MAC Lipstick: Kittenish

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Liza Minnelli in Cabaret Inspired Tutorial

OK, I'll be honest - I haven't actually seen this film fully. When it comes to musicals, unless it has Tim Curry in fishnets or John Belushi wearing sunglasses and a black tie, I am generally not really into them. So apologies if the look isn't a complete doppelganger to Ms Minnelli.

Here is a quick tutorial based on the classic Cabaret look. The first Cabaret opened up in the late 19th Century but became big in America between 1920s-1940s, heavily jazz orientated (with the likes of Peggy Lee and Nina Simone making guest appearances).

The makeup here basically focuses on making your eyes and mouth stand out above all your other features - so it is important to start off with a clear base so use a good coverage foundation. The eye makeup is somewhat linked to a 1920s flapper look - but it uses more bright colours than ashy colours. So you want to keep the eyes well defined and bright at the same time.

False lashes (both top and bottom) are almost a must for this look... and you preferably want them to be long and spiky as this will help to give your eyes a further 'pop'.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
MAC eyeshadow (Gesso)
Revlon Colorstay Quad (Azure Mist)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (Black Ink)
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
False Lashes (for top and bottom) - doesn't matter which you choose but the spikier the better.
MAC Eye Kohl (Fascinating)
MeMeMe Blush (Coral)
MAC Lip Pencil (Auburn)
MAC Lipstick (Ruby Woo)