On our recent shoot, we were lucky enough to work with the hugely talented Edinburgh-based makeup artist Jenni Muir. The looks Jenny created on model Julia Brown were so flawless they barely required any retouching. We couldn’t resist asking how we could go about recreating it at home, and Jenni was kind enough to reveal some of her trade secrets. Enjoy!
Skin: Bobbi Brown Foundation stick in Porcelain & Ivory (shades blended to match Julia’s skin tone) and applied with a sponge down central panel of the face to even skin tone. Buff skin with a foundation brush (Real Techniques Face Expert brush is excellent for this, giving a flawless finish without looking caked/heavily made up).
Concealer: Bobbi Brown creamy concealer in Ivory applied under eyes from inner corner using a flat concealer brush and patted with ring finger to blend out. Set
with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder. Cover any blemishes with a small firm brush and blend edges around spot (not over the top of).
Cheeks: Soft blush applied to apples of cheeks and blended outwards to edge of face, using Benefit Hervana for a light pink flush.
Eyes: MAC Paint in Bare Canvas applied all over lid and blended with MAC 217 brush to brow bone. Using Naked/Buck from Urban Decay Naked palette, contour eye socket using MAC 217. Take a small shading brush (Real Techniques eye shader brush) with Buck shade and blend along lower lash line. To create flicked liner, take a sharpened black eye pencil (has to be sharp!) and start by pushing pencil along lash line into roots of lashes to given definition. Take a MAC 263 angled liner brush and go over pencil line pulling upwards at outer corner o
f eye to create flick. Look straight ahead in mirror to check symmetry. Once happy with shape of flicks, go over with gel liner (I like Maybelline Gel Liner in Black) using previous MAC 263. Clean up any mistakes using a pointed cotton bud with a touch of foundation to erase and blend well.
Groom brows with spoolie and set using MAC Brow set in clear (fill in brows if required before setting)
Lips: Nude lip – outline shape using No7 Lip Liner in Nude (seriously the best nude liner I’ve found so far) and fill in lip using MAC lipstick in Honey Love.
Coral lip: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Showy. These chubby lip pencils are am
azing – I’ve used them on several shoots now and adore them. No sharpening
required, just twist the silver end and good to go again.
Finally set the makeup using Chanel Loose Powder in 020 for a soft velvet finish with a fluffy powder brush.