Right then. Who’s in the mood for a super duper make-up tutorial then?
We guessed that you lovely lot would adore Tess’ beautiful smokey eye from our Enamoured editorial last month as much as we did so we’ve asked the super talented Melissa Greening who created the beauty for us on our latest editorial shoot to share her product recommendations and tips for creating the whole “Enamoured” look.
Let us know if you are going to give it a whirl lovelies.
Melissa Greening: Make-up Artist: Always make sure that before you apply any make-up your skin is prepped properly. You can use the most expensive product in the world but if your skin is not properly looked after (and clean!) even the best make-up can look rubbish.
Start with a clean face, apply eye cream underneath the eye to stop any under-eye concealer looking cakey and make sure you use a good moisturiser for your skin type to keep the skin fresh and plump.
Apply primer to all areas of your face. These will help your products stay in place, glide on easier and make the colour pigments more intense. I used Smashbox Photo Finish when preparing Tess’ face. This is a clear primer that evens out skin tone, hides imperfections and allows your foundation to go on effortlessly stopping all cakeyness!
On the eyelids I used Benefit’s Lemon Aid colour correcting eye primer. This product is a real beaut! I use it everyday on myself and would never leave the house without it. Apply it all over the lid to help cover any redness; it makes you look awake and refreshed straight away. It can be used on its own for a natural look or use it to hold eye make-up in place and really bring out the colour pigments in your eye make-up.
Under-eye concealer helps to banish those dark circles and make you look more awake. Apply this simply with your finger and blend making sure you take it up to the lash line.
I have always applied eye make-up before my face make-up. This is a personal preference of mine as I find if you drop any excess eyeshadow onto your cheeks you can wipe it straight off rather than smudge it into your foundation. M.A.C eyeshadows are my chosen choice for all occasions. They are affordable and last forever! I applied M.A.C Silver Ring eyeshadow all over the lid up to the socket line. Make sure you then blend the shadow slightly over the socket line to stop the lids looking heavy.
Apply a darker eye shadow into the corner to get that smokey look. Here I used 5 Couleurs Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette from Dior in Smokey Design.
Always use a liner along the lash line to make lashes appear thicker and longer. Eyeliner also gives a amazing shape to the eye. I am a massive fan of Bobbi Brown Gel liners. These can be applied using the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush which I also highly recommend. I like to apply these at the lash lie and then smudge it out for a more natural look. The nicest colour is Graphite Ink – a gun metal silver.
Apply liberal coats of mascara over your lashes for a bit more intensity. I used Full Fat Lashes by Charlotte Tilbury for the ultimate in bambi eyes. Eyebrows are a must too! Do not forget about these as they shape and frame your whole face. Fill in any gaps, make them as thick as you like to change your whole shape. Hd brows is an amazing pallet which comes in different colours to suit everyone and it doesn’t budge all day.
Decent brushes are a must have if you’re looking for a flawless finish! Use a foundation brush to buffer the foundation into the skin for a natural and even finish. With any remaining redness that the foundation hasn’t covered, use a concealer to cover these areas. I love the Givenchy range. They are natural, not powdery and sit perfectly on the skin for hours. I used Givenchy Teint Couture Fluid Foundation on Tess.
Set your foundation with a powder. If you want to avoid looking too matt then the powder can just be used in the areas were you are prone to becoming shiny. This is normally in peoples t-zones.
A pop of colour is a must for cheeks to finish any look. Keep to a fresh colour palette to brighten and lift the face. M.A.C ‘Well Dressed’ is the best colour and blush I have ever found; apply to the apples of the cheeks.
Highlight Highlight Highlight. Lift those cheek bones and brows!!! I love the E.L.F highlighter palette with the choice of four colours. This gives you the option to chose the colour to suit your mood. I also love Benefit’s Watt’s Up which I used on Tess’s cheekbones. Using your finger apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones and blend outwards. Apply it underneath your eyebrows by tapping it with your fingers.
When it comes to choosing a lipstick the world is your oyster. Choose whichever colour suits you best in the finish that you prefer. I chose to coat Tess’ lips in a flush of pink to keep it quite neutral but still ultra feminine. M.A.C‘s new huggable lipstick range allows you to have a comfortable lipstick with added vitamins in to stop it drying out your lips; here Tess wears Love Beam.
The most perfectly smokey eye? Non?
All my love Lolly xxx