Sunday, 10 October 2010

X-Factor Make Up: Cheryl Cole, Week One

To offset her black lace and leather outfit, Cheryl wore a soft yet dramatic smokey eye with bronzed cheeks, muted pink glossy lips and a slick ponytail on the opening week of the live shows. Volume was added at the crown to stop the hairstyle looking too harsh and to add a bit of glamour (without the use of glitzy accessories). As ever, Cole's make up artists played up her eyes with lashings of mascara and perfectly placed false lashes, framing them with gently accentuated brows.

To recreate this look, start by using a skin perfecting (non-mattefying) foundation such as Lancôme's Teint Miracle as a base, then set in the T-zone or any areas prone to shine with Revlon's PhotoReady Translucent Finisher. 

Define brows by filling any sparse areas with short, light strokes of eyebrow pencil (such as MaxFactor's eyebrow pencil) and brush through. Blend the shadows from Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes around the socket (using the lightest shade on the eyelid, the pink just above and a small amount of brown to shade the socket line) and then line the lower lash line with an angled liner brush and the chocolate brown, before smudging and smoking it out with a soft blending brush.

Extend the lower line from the outer corner of the eye to create the bottom edge of a wing shape. On the upper lid, use the same liner brush to create a mirrored line that starts from the middle of the lid. Fill the wing shape with the same brown shadow and blend the edges outwards and towards the temple. Apply fine, medium length false eyelashes (such as Shu Uemura s217s) to the upper lid and allow to dry before adding two coats of MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara to the top and outer bottom lashes.

Use an large brush to sweep Bourjois Poudre Bronzante over the cheekbones and subtly highlight above using Mac's Iridescent Pressed Powder. Finish with Smashbox's colour adapting O-Gloss on the lips, which will change colour to give you a pink pout that compliments your skin tone.

Straighten hair and pull it back into a ponytail, leaving the top layers free. Backcomb these layers underneath until slightly textured and spray with L'Oreal Elnett hairspray to help hold the volume. Gently brush the top section back over the crown, pin in place at the top of the pony tail and add a final spritz of hairspray to keep it in place.

  • Lancôme Teint Miracle (£25)
  • Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Powder (£12.99)
  • Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil (£3.99)
  • Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes Contour Kit (£19.50)
  • Shu Uemura False Eyelashes S217 (£12.50)
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99)
  •  Bourjois Poudre Bronzante (£6.99)
  • Iridescent Pressed Powder - Belightful (£17)
  • Smashbox O-Gloss (£20)
  • L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray (£5.89)


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