Beauty Without Fuss

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Makeover: Jane C

Another Sunday, and another makeover (or two) today!  Please meet Jane:

Jane's great, and I think she's one of the most naturally gorgeous people I've ever met, so having her volunteer for a makeover was a lovely surprise!  Jane was interested in finding out a simple look suitable for daytime, and trying out a more dramatic look too.  Here's what we came up with - and before we start, I must apologise for the quality of the pictures in this post, we lost the light quite dramatically towards the end of our session, and so some of the later pictures have a lot of shadows which I find really distressing!

So, for the daytime look,  as always we started with the base.  Jane is blessed with naturally creamy skin, so, instead of using a foundation, I used Benefit You Rebel in Light to even out her skintone:

I used a very tiny bit of ELF High Definition powder on Jane's T-zone, but there really wasn't a huge amount of corrective work that needed doing here.  We then moved onto Jane's eyes, I dug out my Bobbi Brown  palette, and used Flesh as a colour wash all over the lid up to to brow, then used Naked as a crease contour:


Jane uses a lot of grey shadows ordinarily, but we thought something a little different might work, so, as an eyeliner, we used a Korres pencil in blueblack - I love these pencils, they're buttery-soft and beautifully blendable, perfect for a novice user - to set off the browns in her eyes:

Then, we finished off with a little Lancome Hypnose, a dusting of Cargo Illuminator in Wind on the cheekbones, and a little beige lipgloss:

For Jane's more dramatic look, we removed the eyemakeup altogether and started from scratch.  I was determined to make this as simple as possible for Jane to be able to replicate at home, so I used a very similar application technique, and mainly just worked with different colours.

As a colour wash over the lid, I used Korres eyeshadow in Base 12s, which is a lovely taupe with a slight pink iridescence.  The iridescence made Jane a bit nervous, but once I explained that it's not actually a PINK eyeshadow, and it would just make her eyes seem a bit brighter, she relented and let me use it.  Then, to accentuate the crease, I use MAC Behold, which is a grey-taupe, and possibly the most useful eyeshadow I have in my kit:


I then applied an extremely thin line of black powder eyeshadow in place of liquid liner, and accentuated the lashes with a coat of Lancome Hypnose Drama (forgot to take pictures of this step - sorry!) Once the eyes were finished, I applied Ellis Red from Ellis Faas to Jane's lips, and the look was finished:

Personally, I love how this looks on Jane.  If I were to try to re-create this look, I'd probably do a little cheekbone contouring too - probably using Ilamasqua blush in Rumour - and add another coat or two of mascara.  I'd also make sure the lighting was right!

Thank you very much for being my sitter, Jane, I hope you enjoyed the session as much as I did.



  1. Love both those looks. The Ellis Faas lipstick is glorious. What a wonderful red.

  2. End results are absolutely stunning! You did a great job, she's a great model :)

  3. Jane's face is beautifully proportioned, what a fab model to have. Ellis Red looks amazing on her; she has the kind of Snow White colouring that can wear red lips fantastically well. Love these makeovers!

  4. She is truly beautiful, it's undeniable. And I think the Ellis Red suits her amazingly well.

  5. Love both looks - she is a fab model too, and has really pretty features - This has mede me want Ellis Red even more....

  6. Oh wow, what amazing pics. Are you sure you didn't photoshop them? I'm fairly sure I had a monster hangover so the before pics really should have broken the camera.

    You'll be pleased to hear that I have actually spent a fortune on new makeup and am now the proud owner of a Bobbi Brown set of shadow, 2 Mac brushes, base (I LOVE BASE) and the Benefit Rebel You. I chose the cement shadow rather than the pinky one you had, which also works well and am working on perfecting the eye contour you showed me.

    Thanks love, you were lovely and helpful and I may well need you again in soon.

    I should also point out that while the lovley GetLippie didn't comment on it, my facial cleansing routine actually made her eyes the way...what was the name of the cleansing oil you recommended?

  7. No photo-shopping, my lovely! I did some cropping, but I haven't had to adjust a thing, that's YOU being all gorgeous and shizzle!

    I thought it best not to mention your skin-care regime. Sadly, the thought of it still makes me wince! The cleansing oil I recommended was Origins Clean Energy, or Nude Facial Cleansing Oil, but that one is HELLA expensive.

    And, any time you want me to help out again, you just let me know, mmmkay?

  8. I love both looks! She is a very pretty lady already, gorgeous skin and such pretty eye/brows. The first one brings out her natural colouring perfectly and I love the red on her in the second one!

  9. What a beautiful lady, she barely needs makeup. I particularly love the first look it's really fresh and gives a great boost without being too much.

  10. Fantastic!
    I need that red lippie in my life


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