Jessica Rose Knowles Jessica Rose Knowles

Make-up tutorial and the UK Blog Awards

Last week I was on the floor in front of my mirror trying to apply make-up whilst Eddie sat on my lap ‘helping’ with a blusher brush and sticking dinosaur stickers on various parts of me. I was in a rush so I went for quantity over quality on the foundation and, as I carefully pencilled in my eyebrows, I thought back to a few days before when I had, had two full and symmetrical eyebrows. I had decided to watch a YouTube video about ‘how to get the perfect eyebrows’. When the vlogger trimmed her perfect arches so did it. I am now the proud owner of half an eyebrow.


Eddie was bored by this point and bouncing a balloon off my head and so I smudged some lipgloss over my lips and faced the day: skin slightly too orange and eyebrows slightly too dark. Since having Eddie this is the story of my life. Pre Eddie I owned a dressing table with a chair. I would allow two hours to get ready. Two whole hours. I would shower and choose an outfit and listen to music and maybe have a glass of wine.

untitled5Now, I throw make-up at my face and hope it sticks, bathe a toddler and plead with him not to splash bath water all over my outfit and then read his bed time story a little bit faster than I should because the taxi is outside and then I kiss him good night only for him to announce he’s just done a poo. As life slowly moves on and Eddie grows I’m starting to have more freedom and with it, my own identity (away from being a mum) is coming back, but only slightly – being a single mother is very different to being a single woman. This week I decided that I have spent 15 years applying make-up not very well and what I needed was some glamour – a day of pampering and learning how to paint my face for a first date. You know, just because. Luckily I know just the person. Harriet Cook is a freelance hair and make-up artist who has beautified me for the likes of Fabulous Magazine and a shoot for Revival Retro clothing and she always makes me feel a million dollars.

untitled1 untitled2She also shares my penchant for green tea and a gossip. I asked Harriet to create a Victoria’s Secret inspired first date look and I kid you not it’s actually so simple even I can do it! The trick she tells me is in preparing your skin. To give my skin a dewy finish she mixed illuminator into my foundation and applied it to my face and then used a bronze cream stick and highlighter stick to define and highlight my cheekbones and then went over them with a powder bronzer, highlighter and blush.

untitled3 untitled4 I’m obsessed with Bobbi Brown bronze eye shadows so she used my own. She tonged the ends of my hair with GHDs and then used a bit of volumising spray.

untitled6My hair took less than 10 minutes. The timing couldn’t have been better as last week I was a judge for the Parenting Category for the UK Blog Awards and so, armed with a little bit of knowledge and a foundation brush, I went to town on my face and was pleased with the results.

untitled7 As a mum I always feel I should be with Eddie or working and feel guilty about how else I spend my time but some things can definitely be classed as an ‘investment’ and learning how to do my makeup was definitely one of them. Now I’ve just got to wait for my eyebrow to grow back- then I’ll invest in a decent beautician.

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For this look Harriet used:

B.Confident Hylauronic Acid Facial Spritz

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Nars Illuminator in Cocobana

MAC Cream Colour Base Luna

Dior Star Concealer

Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick Golden Bronze

Chantecaille 24hr Waterproof Eyeliner Ebony

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days Bronzer (on eyes)

Anastasia Brow Pomade

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Palette

Bobbi Brown Blusher Coral Sugar

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick Crystal Baby

For more hair and makeup inspiration you can follow Harriet on IG hchairandmakeup or visit her site

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