Beauty Without Fuss

Monday 14 September 2009

Makeover: Seona

This is the first of what I'm hoping is going to be a regular series from now on. Every week or so, I'll find a willing victi ... er ... volunteer, and invite them to the Get Lippie HQ, for a beauty consultation and make over. As the sessions won't be beginning for a few days, I hope you'll forgive me for using an oldie - but a goodie - to start.

Meet Seona:

Seona got married almost two years ago, and I was lucky enough to be able to do her makeup for the ceremony. There was a lot of champagne involved, so I thought this was a appropriate "before" shot ...

On the day, Seona wanted a natural, but visible make up. Eschewing the traditional "bridal pastels" so many brides are forced to think are obligatory on their big day, we decided to go with a lightly smokey eye, and a glossy subtly red lip.

The most important consideration for me was that Seona felt comfortable in her look, that it complement her dress, and that the bride would look stunning on her big day.

Seona has amazing eyes, they're blue, but with beautiful yellow speckles in them, and I wanted to make these her main feature. So, after sorting out her base (Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm in Light), then powdering it down, I concentrated on using golds, browns and bronzes to make the most of her beautiful eyes:

Here I am demonstrating ... something. Apparently. Actually, I have no idea what I'm doing here, but I'm seemingly contractually obliged to have this photo in this post, or else.

Insert the obligatory "blushing bride" comment here:

Adding the lips:

And here's the finished look:

So there you go, my handiwork in action. Further makeovers will have slightly more focus on how I go about creating the look itself (and fewer shots of the back of my head), but this was one of the most enjoyable days of my career so far, and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Many thanks to Seona and Sally Langstaff for letting me use these beautiful pictures.


  1. That's a beautiful look - very classic and pretty. Perfect for a bridal look.

  2. I believe you were telling me off in that photo for not holding my face the right way. Man I need to do my eyebrows again. Look at that first pic, it's terrible.

  3. More seriously though, I loved this makeover. So many brides I've known have bought makeup for the day they've never worn again. I still wear everything used on me. With the exception of the Bobbi Brown lipgloss, and that's only because of the rubbish brush. When will they sort that brush out?

  4. Wow looks amazing!

    Thanks for joining my blog!


  5. The first pic is not terrible, it's a charming shot!

    Apparently, BB are introducing a new range of lipglosses next month with a "doe-foot" instead of a brush. Their lipgloss brushes are by far the worst thing about the range.


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