How to do Your Own Makeup for Day & Night
Believe it or not, I am terrible at doing my own makeup. I’m decent at doing it for a friend, but when it comes to my own face, I never get it right. I have been wanting a step by step lesson for ages so I asked my London makeup artist, Emma Lovell, to show me how. One of my gorgeous school mum friends from my son Mosey’s class agreed to be the model (thank you, Kate!), and I learned so much. I hope it’s helpful for some of you!
Before you start: Skin prep
Before you start to think about applying makeup, it’s important to take good care of your skin by cleaning and moisturizing. These are vital steps that yield the best final results.
Before applying makeup, Emma always cleans the face and neck using a cleansing water and cotton pads.
Next, Emma pats moisturizer on Kate’s face and neck. Apply by dabbing a bit on a few key sections—the forehead, chin, cheeks—now rub the moisturizer in, rubbing upwards and moving from the center out. Emma spends a few minutes making sure she’s really blended the moisturizer into Kate’s skin. One of Emma’s many tips is to moisturize the entire neck, including the back; this keeps the front nice and taut! Don’t forget to always moisturize your lips using the lip balm of your choice.
Emma recreates the makeup she usually does for my daytime interviews and appearances.
Step 2: Concealer
Emma puts some more concealer on her hand and uses a brush to apply layers under the eyes, on the chin, in the t-zone, and around the nose—in the winter, these are the places where people need the most coverage. As always, go slow, and don’t use it all up at once.
Step 4: Eyeshadow
Emma likes to use a creamy eyeshadow like the ones from Ellis Faas. She uses a brush to slowly apply the eyeshadow blending it into the socket line (but not all the way up to the eyebrows!). Don’t dab a lot on all at once. Build the color slowly and in layers. With a small brush, also add a tiny line of shadow under the eye.
Step 5: Mascara
Emma puts a smudge of mascara straight onto her hands and uses a tiny, flat-ended brush to apply. She starts at the root and moves to the tip of each eyelash, making sure to define every single lash. Dark brown is great for rich, daytime color.
Emma now uses the Mascara brush to coat every single lash. Remember, work in layers and don’t overload your brush. The idea is to build up slowly!
Step 7: Cheeks
Emma likes to use a cream blush for a daytime look. She uses her hands to dab it on the apple of Kate’s cheeks and then blends up and out.
For the cream based daytime powder that Emma recommends, Paul & Joe’s is a good option. On Kate, Emma used a plum shade like “Marionette 01.”
Step 9: Final Touches
Using a thick brush, dust the T-Zone with a loose setting powder. This sets the makeup and reduces shine.
Transition into Night time
For my red carpet makeup in Venice, Emma only had 20 minutes to prepare, so she built on the daytime makeup she’d already done. Here’s how Emma transitioned on Kate.
Step 1: Eyeliner
Squeeze some liquid liner directly onto your hand and with a brush, apply to the very top of the eyelashes—starting from the middle of the eye and going out. Mix black and brown for a rich color. Use a slightly bigger brush or a Q-tip to blend.
Emma now draws a line with an eye pencil just above the line she’s made already with the liquid liner. Here you want to work across the eye, not just from the middle. Using a brush, blend and extend out.
EF|Studio Kohl Eye Pencil is a good option for night time makeup.
Step 2: Eyelashes
Now use the pencil and blend in right beneath the root of the lashes.
Ellis Faas’ Ellis Mascara is also highly recommended.
Use one coat of black mascara to make the eyes pop. As before, build slowly and in layers, from the roots to the ends. For a dewy eye look, put a bit more on the middle lashes (this rounds the eye).
Step 3: Lips
Use a lipliner that is one shade darker than the lipstick of your choice. Be sure that your pencil is nice and sharp. Start with the cupid’s bow of the lips, then the bottom lip and slowly extend out to the sides.
When you use lip liner, rather than using your fingers, it’s good to use a small, flat brush to apply lipstick for precision’s sake.
This one’s been passed on for generations: Use a tissue to blot. Finish up with a dab of lip gloss. Emma uses her fingers for this, too.
Kate is looking beautiful and ready for her night out.
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