Makeup Tutorial

Jul 13

Summer rock chick – make up tutorial

As a beauty blogger, I’m usually the one trying out makeup on other people and snapping away with my DSLR, but recently it was my turn to be on the other side of the makeup brush – and the opposite end of the camera lens.

Summer makeup

Smokey eyes will compliment any festival outfit (makeup artist: Athena Demetriou, photographer: Dakku Singh)

Athena Demetriou, 30, a trained beauty therapist with a certificate in TV and Film Make-up from The London College of Fashion, asked if I would be a model for her upcoming photoshoot, Days of Summer, shot by photographer Dakku Singh. The theme, it transpired, would be summertime – but with a rocky edge. In other words, the perfect look for festivals!

summer makeup

Makeup artist Athena working her magic!

For the photoshoot, Athena firstly made sure that my face was cleansed and moisturised. ‘This helps set the make up,’ she says. ‘I mixed two foundations – Stargazer Pure White and MAC Face and Body in nc20.’ Athena’s top tip? Always test foundation on your jawline as this area gives a true reading of your skin tone. She also pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, you should never test foundation on your hand as it won’t match your face!

Athena then transformed my eyes from subtle to smokey by mixing several colours from her MUA palette and, using a blending brush, applied the eyeshadow to my brow bones for an open, winged effect. ‘Practise feeling the bones around your eye with your fingertips,’ she advises. ‘This allows you to discover where to apply the shadow for your desired effect.’

Summertime makeup

For a biker-chic look, compliment smokey eyes with an edgy leather jacket and gold bracelet like this one by Feather & Stone (photographer: Dakku Singh)

Athena added a highlighting colour to the inner corner of my tear duct and, using a kohl black eyeliner, lined the upper lash line and smudged it slightly for an edgy, rock-chick vibe. ‘I then applied the same eyeshadow mix under the lower lash line using a smaller eyeshadow brush, and the kohl eyeliner to the waterline of the eye,’ explains Athena.

‘Using an eyelash curler, I gently curled the lashes, keeping them in the curler for about 30 seconds to ensure a decent curl, and applied Max Factor: 2000 Calories mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Two coats is sufficient for the upper lashes.’

Summer makeup

Blending and smudging are the key to achieving smokey eyes

Finally, it was time to contour the cheeks! Athena used a Bare Minerals bronzer in between the cheekbone and jawline. ‘This step really helps to define cheekbones and gives the illusion that they’re more prominent,’ she says. ‘On the apples of the cheeks, I used a rose blusher from L’oreal and used a large blending brush in circular motions to help break up any harshness and bring the colours together.’

‘For the lips, I primed them using Vaseline to help banish any dryness. As the eyes were already strong, I wanted to keep the lips soft (you should only be adventurous with bold colours if you’re going for a striking ‘editorial’ look) so I applied a nude lip colour by Barry M using an angled lip brush. Another little tip: use a gold highlighter at the cupid’s bow – the heart shaped part of the upper lip – as this helps create the illusion of fuller lips.’

‘Lastly, I used translucent powder all over the face to help set the makeup and voilà – the finished look is complete!’ Thank you to make up artist Athena Demetriou, photographer Dakku Singh and fashion PR manager, Aoife McIvor.

Summertime makeup

The clothes I’m wearing in this photo are: Borne Alice Floral playsuit and Apair Amalfi Classic boots (photographer: Dakku Singh)



Jan 13

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

A cat may have nine lives, but the cat eye makeup trend has survived for decades, and I doubt very much that this feline style will ever die out.

The look has been favoured by a variety of beauty icons over the years including Sophia Loren and Angelina Jolie. It’s simple yet seductive, and has the ability to transform a plain set of peepers into a pair of striking, smouldering gems.

There are endless variations on the classic cat eye; some are subtle, some are outrageous, but if it’s a sparkling and dramatic night-time look you’re after, read on for my Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply black eyeliner to your upper eyelid

Begin from the inner corner of your eye and guide the pencil along your eyeline until you reach the outer corner. I like to use Sparkle in Paris eyeliner in Black Sparkle by Oriflame, £3.45 from

Its shimmery finish is perfect for a night out, and its soft nib means it glides along your skin without snagging or looking too severe. The pencil is easy to apply with precision, but its soft texture also enables you to create a thick and smudgy effect, which I think is more appropriate for a night out. So layer up and apply liberally!

Step 2: Create a feline flick

The length of the flick is entirely up to you, but if you’re having a night on the town I think you can afford to be a little dramatic. As for the shape, draw a gentle curve starting from the outer corner of your eye and guide the pencil towards the end of your brow.

Stop drawing at about halfway between the outer corner of your eye and your eyebrow, then lighten the pressure of your grip and finish off the flick with curvy precision.

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Apply eyeliner to your lower eyeline

Black eyeliner is sometimes too harsh and can make your skin look washed out. A dark green shade, on the other hand, will make your eyes look sultry without making your complexion pale in comparison. I personally like Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree (87), £7.25 from, as it boasts a rich, shimmery hue.

Step 4: Create texture and inject colour

I applied the Artdeco eyeliner over the black liner which really emphasised the shape and gave it some depth. I then applied LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from, to my eyelids.

The eyeshadow contains iridescent sparkles which catch the light beautifully. It has a substantial yet silky texture, and rather than congealing or flaking off, it stays in place for ages. The applicator brush makes it very easy to apply, too.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 5: Repeat Step 1-4 on your other eye

Don’t worry about trying to attain an absolutely perfect match, just have fun with it. You can easily improve symmetry and correct any mistakes with a damp cotton wool bud later on.

Step 6: Shape your eyebrows

If you want your cat eye makeup to stand out, it’s essential you attain a pair of purr-fectly (sorry) shaped brows. When giving yourself a feline makeover, you’ll want your eyebrows to resemble a fancy cat. In other words: poised, arched and groomed to perfection! Tweeze any straggly hairs and groom your brows with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel. Then, define the shape and fill in any gaps with some colour.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Rather than a pencil, I much prefer to use Bobbi Brown’s Pastel Eyeshadow palette. It’s a neat trick which I recently discovered while experimenting with the palette. All you need to do is take the liner end of the Dual Ended eyeshadow / eyeliner brush, softly dip it into the mahogany eyeshadow, then use the edge of the brush to apply the shadow to your brows with soft, thin strokes in the direction of your hair growth. Finally, gently sweep along your brows with the flat side of the brush.

Step 7: Contour

Michelle Pfeiffer, in my mind, was the ultimate catwoman largely thanks to her razor sharp bone structure. After applying foundation, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzing powder directly underneath and along your cheekbones with a medium-sized makeup brush. I recommend St Moriz Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99, as it adds definition and gives your complexion a nice sheen.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 8: Finishing touches

Unless you want to look like a drag queen, with eyes this dramatic you’ll want to keep your lips fairly basic. I used Natorigin’s Tolerance Extreme Lipstick in Papaye, available to buy for £16.25 from For a flawless complexion, I used a mixture of Airbase Perfecting Primer, £44.95 from and Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Age Defying Foundation in Natural Beige, £13.95 from Highlight your browbones with Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Duo Pencil.

I haven’t actually used any mascara in these pictures, but my favourite at the moment is Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara, £14.35 from Oh and, contrary to the messy ‘do I’m sporting in some of these pics, I suggest teaming your cat eye makeup with a sleek style. For straight, glossy hair, use Neal & Wolf’s Guard Heat Protection Spray, £10.95 and Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, available to buy from for £34.99 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99.

Now, go forth and slink into the night a la catwoman!

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

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