Recently I’ve been delving into the world of headshot photography. I started as a way of doing castings for my upcoming jewellery shoots and so the hair and make-up looks created are very natural, soft glamour make-up looks.



Step by step

  1. Cleanse skin with Micellar water (1), then apply moisturiser (3) lightly over face and neck.
  2. Apply a small amount of mattifying lotion (2) to the T-Zone, and a dab of illuminating lotion (2) to cheeks.
  3. Prep lips with a small dab of lanolin lip moisturiser (14).
  4. While skincare is being absorbed into the skin, move to eyes and prep whole lid with matte cream eyeshadow (10) in a nude shade, and take the colour to the socket-bone. Blend well, right up to the socket-bone.
  5. Take a nude powder eyeshadow (11) and lightly apply all over the eyelids, up to socket-bone. This will help you blend the shadows you lay on top.
  6. Apply a warm-toned deep brown powder shadow (11) to the crease of the eyes starting at the outer corner, and taking it 2 thirds of the way into the crease. Stop before you get to the inner corners.
  7. Take a clean blending brush and blend the crease further to soften the colour.
  8. Take a warm nude cream powder shadow (11) and apply to the eyelid, from the lashline to the crease. Blend well so that there is a soft edge between the nude and the crease.
  9. Take an angled liner brush and apply a matte black gel liner (12) to the upper lashline. Add a light flick at the end but not a full wing, as we want the liner to blend nicely into the smokey outer corner.
  10. Take a small flat-ended liner brush and a touch of the deep brown powder shadow (11) and run along the outer two-thirds of the bottom lashline.
  11. Apply a coat of mascara (13) to top lashes, and to the outer two-thirds of the bottom lashes.
  12. Correct dark undereyes using a peach-toned colour corrector (4) and pat gently into the undereye area with the ring finger.
  13. Take a small amount of concealer (4) and pat over the undereyes and blend into the top of the cheeks. Also apply concealer to corners of the nose, and corner of the lips.
  14. Apply foundation (4) using a synthetic flat foundation brush. Start from centre of the face and blend outwards to the outer edge of the face.
  15. Take a small amount of cream blush (5) in a light rosy pink shade, apply to apples of the cheeks and blend well outwards and slightly upward.
  16. Lightly dust the skin with a touch of face powder (6) to set the face.
  17. Apply contour powder (7) to the hollows of the cheeks and blend well.
  18. Apply highlighter powder (8) on top of the high points of the cheekbone with a fan brush.
  19. Take a soft pink lipstick (15) and apply all over the lips. Don’t be to precise with the lipline as you want a pressed in natural stained look rather than a sleek look.


Product list

Skincare: (1) La Roche-Posay Micellar Water, (2) Kiko Perfect Picture Photo Finish Skin Serum (my review here), Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion (Sold out online, but available direct through Body Shop At Home – contact me for order details), (3) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel

Face: (4) Bobbi Brown BBU Palette, (5) Ben Nye Creme Blush Wheel, (6) Ben Nye Bella Powder, (7) MAC Sculpt Contour Powder, (8) Makeup Revolution Highighter Palette in Radiance

Eyes: (10) MAC Paintpot in Painterly, (11) Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01, (12) Illamasqua Infinity Gel Liner, (13) Maybelline Waterproof Mascara Rocket

Lips: (14) Dr Lipp Nipple Balm For Lips, (15) B Lipstick in Dolls House