Carrie Underwood looked so incredible at last night’s Country Music Awards, photo-reviewing naturally turned into an occasion for a make-up tutorial. Forever the fake tan and nude lip queen, Carrie and I have different ideas when it comes to beauty, but we both rock very easy-to-do results. (Hand me a red lipstick and mascara, I’m done!)
Get Carrie’s Look: (Products used at the end of the post!)
1. Skin: BB Cream it. Her skin looks lit from within, so any base in a full coverage or matte finish will look overdone. Conceal under the eyes to lift the eye area.
2. Cheeks: Sweep a natural pink tone from the apples of your cheek towards your temples. Apply a highlighter on the top of your cheekbones for an extra dose of sparkle.
3. Eyes: First, take a long-wearing gold eyeshadow and apply it over your entire lid. Using a thin brush, continue the eyeshadow around the inner corner of your eye and lower lash line. Apply a black gel or pencil eyeliner on your waterline and upper lash line, and smudge the line slightly on the outer corner of your eyes with the same brush. Add mega lashes.
4. Lips: Wipe a dab of your BB cream on the lips to wash them out, and apply your shiniest gloss over the top.
Products used, below.
Now that True Blood Season 4 is coming to a close in the U.S., the world can welcome many more porcelain-inspired make-up looks in the build-up to the finale.
To go a little retro on you in every regard, let’s look at Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne Leclerq – the beautiful and financially-endowed Vampire Queen. While a face like that can cost you thousands (nudge, nudge), I will show you how to re-create it for under £10!
Face: Whatever foundation or moisturiser you want to start with, remember to throw a good layer on matte powder on top! No oil/sheen allowed! (Try Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder Compact, £1.)
Cheeks: No blood = no ‘flush’. Contour your cheeks by applying light browns under your cheeks, blending up towards your ear. (Try Revlon’s creme shadow quad in “Not Just Nudes”, £4, to keep it from looking cakey.)
Eyes: Use the beige shade from the same quad as an allover lid colour. Then, apply heavy liquid liner with a wing on your upper lashes and a light line on your lower lashes – from the centre of your eye outwards. (Try e.l.f.’s liquid eyeliner, £1.)
Lips: The main event! Create a perfect lip shape with a burgundy lip pencil, fill in your entire lips, then add the lightest shade from the Revlon quad – lightly – in the centre of your lower lip for dimension. (Try Lord & Berry’s Ultimate Lipstick Luxury in Burgundy,£3.50.)
Then sing along to the True Blood theme song for a few hours while staring at your beautiful face in the mirror. You know you want to.
As stunning as it is to have a face full of runaway, wet pigments – we all tend to look a little bit better if we go for an aesthetic a bit more polished and a bit less Courtney Love. Summer weather means we may have to add a step or two to a daily routine to keep things from mindlessly shifting across our faces. Let’s face it, tinted moisturizers and lipbalms won’t be a sufficient replacement for the Glamourpuss’ relationship with their favourite MAC eyeshadow or DiorShow.
Switch out your mascara for something waterproof. They typically can’t provide the nourishment of non-waterproof mascaras so it’s a great idea to rub a small amount of shea butter or a similar moisturizer on your lashes beforehand.
Fill your full lip in with a lipliner. Whatever the colour is you want to show, a matching shade will be available in stick-form. Avoid the scary outlines and get it as close as possible to your lipstick/gloss/balm of choice – the adherance it provides will save you the hourly re-applications.
This is esentially where you can’t go wrong. There are primers for everything you can think of – face, eyes, lips – specifically designed to remain best friends with whatever you apply afterwards. Concealer works as a great swap for primers if you find yourself without.
Turns out it’s not just for hair! While it’s a somewhat unorthodox practice, spraying a light coat over your finished face will keep everything from budging. Just promise not to breathe in while spraying.