Beauty Without Fuss

Sunday 10 January 2010

Makeover: Helen

Ah ... back in the makeover swing of things after the Christmas break, it's nice to have them back!

Please welcome Helen, here she is giving it her best "Prisoner Cell Block H" pose:

Helen wanted a very simple, daytime look that she could easily replicate herself, that would make her look more "polished".  We picked some nice, neutral shades to suit her skin-tone, and that would be easy to apply in a rush.

As always, we started with the base, we thought that using a tinted moisturiser would be the best thing, so we wouldn't have to "mess about" with moisturiser and foundation and powder.  I used Benefit You Rebel in light, with a little light concealor under Helen's eyes to even out the little dark circles she has there:

This left us with a nice, sheeny glow.  Then we moved onto the eyemakeup. We had picked out the Paul & Joe eyeshadow I bought recently in 95, which is a lovely rose-gold shade, as we thought it went very well with Helen's eyes:

As you can see from the picture above, it's very natural-looking.   I applied it in an almond shape all over the eyelid, up to the brow-bone, then replicated it on the other eye:

Helen seemed quite impressed!  In order to emphasise the  blueness of Helen's eyes, I used a Chanel chocolate-brown eyeliner on the top lid, and added a tiny amount of Clinique liner in charcoal under the bottom lashes.

Once I'd finished off the eyes with a smudge of Clarins Wonder Perfect (currently my HG mascara) on the lashes, I applied a dab of Cargo Illuminator in Wind to Helen's amazing cheekbones:

Then I realised it needed a bit more blending in, so taking a soft fluffy brush, I did just that!  To give a llittle sheen to Helen's lips, I applied a layer of Clarins Joli Rouge in fig, which is a lovely soft reddish shade, with a lot of illuminating particles:

I think she liked it!

Here's the before and after:

It's a very simple look, with a minimum of fuss and products used, but I think it polished Helen up a  treat.  What do you think?



  1. Love Helen going from Prisoner Cell Block H to smiley happy!

  2. I love that make over! It's SO wearable but she looks so polished without looking over done! Gorgeous! I love that it's a realistic make over and not 5 inches of slap that takes hours to get on and off. x

  3. I think the lippie suits her colouring really well x

  4. Oh she looks lovely, another great makeover Louise! You really are extraordinarily talented. I wouldn't have the first clue how to emphasise someone else's best features.

  5. LMAO - "Prisoner cell block H" She looks fab as always xxx

  6. Great job, brava. Like the others, I love that this is a simple, do-able makeup that does not involve dozens of steps and products, but really makes a huge difference.

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous. Helen was a pretty model to start with. How lovely it is that she can get away with just a tinted moisturiser. is she really working in a prison?

  8. Is our flat now going to be known as 'Cell Block H'?

  9. Liloo, you might want to have a look at this link:

    Helen's actually an accountant, like me!

  10. Hi Louise, sorry to spam you up again, just wanted to let you know that I've featured this post in my 'Free Love Friday' post here:


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