October 16th 2015
Model makeover: how to create 5 Brit models’ best makeup looks
September 18th 2015
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Which Brit model are you channelling? In honour of London Fashion Week, we got a makeup lesson in model behaviour from some of the country’s best makeup artists
Are you more Cara or Jourdan? Or perhaps you’re more Suki, Neelam or Edie? With each bringing their own signature style to runways and red carpets alike, Britain’s top models are the women leading the way in the beauty stakes both on and off the catwalk.
From natural makeup to the more dramatic, stunnning nudes to the sultriest of smokey eyes, we asked a trio of makeup artists for their top makeup tips for recreating some of the nation’s biggest models’ best looks. When it comes to finding makeup ideas for the new season, this group of the UK’s finest could be the ones to provide the perfect dose of beauty inspiration.
The Look: Smouldering eyes, beautifully glowing strobing and contouring makeup and of course, those trademark brows.
“Cara has exquisite features and her infamous brows frame her face,” says makeup artist Florrie White. “Not everyone is blessed with these bold and beautiful brows so from this glowing, sculpted and highlighted look, I would focus on creating the smouldering enhanced eyes.”
The Makeup: “Instead of opting for the obvious black liner, I would still create intensity but with Clinique’s Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Brown, £19, along the top lash line - the fine pointed nib allows you to create a really fine feline line in the inner corners of the eyes, which can be thickened along the lash line then refined down again to form a cool flick and extension of the lash line.
“I would then recommend creating a soft smudgy lower lash line with Clinique’s Skinny Stick in Slim Sable, £15, which hugs the lash line and can be easily smudged and blended down into a cool, lived-in eye. Add more intensity around the eyes with at least three coats of Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet, £17.50.
The Look: Flawless skin - check, rich smokey eye - check, girl crush - check. Jourdan’s a master of makeup that's equal parts sophistication and sultry.
“Jourdan's signature look is her caramel skin - glowing with health and looking like it's been lit from within,” says makeup artist Ruby Hammer. “This is often paired with dramatic eyes as seen here or vibrant lip colours. It all looks amazing on her due to that flawless skin.”
The Makeup: “My hero product for her would be the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Golden Radiance No.02, £34, which can be used on its own or under foundation or applied to the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the Cupid's bow and upper lip. Dotting it in the inner corners of the eyes or along the brow bone would be great to catch the light and illuminate the complexion.”
GTG recommends: For a selection of smokey shades to choose from, Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow palette, £9.99, contains all the colours you’ll ever need. Top off with a nude lipstick to finish the look - the Bobbi Brown Lip Color range, £20, has a great selection to choose from to suit every skin tone.
The Look: Always making makeup look effortlessly chic, natural beauty Suki’s carefully crafted smokey eye here gives her finished look a subtle edge.
The Makeup: “Suki is wearing a flawless complexion with a pretty flush with smokey brown eyes as the main feature. I often recommend carrying a small eyeshadow compact around which can take you from day to night, such as Clinique’s Eye Duo in Day into Date, £22,” recommends Florrie White. “Sweep the lighter highlighting shade from the inner corner of the eye over the lid for daytime and finish the simple healthy look with a few coats of defining mascara. Then simply apply the darker shade along the top and lower lash lines, blending the product on the eyelid up over the crease line so it literally smokes it out, leaving the inner corner clear or perhaps retouching it with the lighter shade. Add more mascara to take your look into the night.”
GTG recommends: For lashes that offer some serious wow-factor, the new NARS Black Moon Audacious Mascara, £21, could be just what you’re looking for. For skin like Suki, look no further than Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, £32, to provide an even, natural finish.
The Look: Neelam’s signature style is all about those eyes - sharp, clean and amazingly thick eyebrows paired with soft eyeshadow.
“Her coffee skin and huge doe eyes framed by dramatic eyebrows could give Cara a run for her money,” says Ruby Hammer. “Everything is defined but not a riot of colour.”
The Makeup: “My hero product would be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, £17,” recommends Ruby. “Use this terrific product to shade in gaps in the brows using the natural shade for the daytime and the darker shade for night time or for more dramatic impact. Brush with an angled brush for the best effect.”
GTG recommends: To keep flyaways in check, opt for Neelam’s personal pick - Blink Eyebrow Gel in Cardamon Pod, £17, and combine with the colour-coded Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, £38, on lids for the ultimate way to make eyes the focal point of your makeup.
The Look: Edgy, natural and beautifully minimal.
“What stands out with Edie's look is the warm, amber tone around her eyes,” says makeup artist Lee Pycroft. “This colour will light up blue and green eyes and make brown eyes look luminous. The contrast of glowing amber shadow with groomed sooty, black lashes is simple to create and is a memorable signature style.”
The Makeup: “MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow, £13, dusted across the eyelids with a fluffy blending brush will sculpt the eyes and is the perfect texture to create Edie's look as the more you blend the texture, the more transparent and glowing it will look,” recommends Lee. “Don't bother with liner, just apply a coat of mascara, making sure the lashes are styled into a semi-circle shape as this gives a wide-eyed effect!”
GTG recommends: For definition, separation and volume in a single swipe, YSL Babydoll Mascara, £25 in Black is pretty hard to beat in terms of pigment and its lash plumping prowess...