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February calls for pared-back but glow-giving make-up, and this season’s hot-chocolate tones are on the money
Brown lipstick is back, but for 2017 it’s more Kendall Jenner than retro Drew Barrymore. Think lighter, matte, low-key toffee shades rather than heavily lined, coffee-coloured lips. ‘Brown lipstick is far more wearable than it was in the 90s,’ explains make-up artist Francesca Neill. ‘A matte texture, rather than a gloss, and a less obvious lip line, will instantly make it look more modern.’ First, lightly line lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip colour – this will help your lipstick stay put and prevent it bleeding into lines – then apply your shade. Glowing skin, a pop of pinky-toned blush, barely-there eyeshadow and a sweep of black mascara will finish off your look perfectly. ‘Tinted moisturisers are fab for making all skin types look youthful, as the moisturising properties give a dewy finish,’ explains Francesca. They’re ideal for evening-out skin tone, too – just add concealer to cover blemishes and hide dark circles.
1. NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium, £4/400 points 2. New Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter, £6.99/699 points 3. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30 in Bamboo, £27/2,700 points (35ml) 4. No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in 60 Boots Exclusive £13.50/1,350 points 5. Stila Crush Lip & Cheek Stain in Raspberry, £16/1,600 points (18g) 6. Soap & Glory Kick Into Neutral Ten-Shade Shadow Palette Boots Exclusive £13/1,300 points 7. Rimmel London Wonder’Full Extreme Black Mascara, £7.99/799 points
‘Make-up with an added sheen can give a natural-looking glow, but it’s important to control the amount you apply – too much shine can exaggerate flaws and wrinkles,’ says Francesca. ‘Keep it under control by focusing gloss on just one area, and use a few light layers of product rather than one thick application.’ For this look, Francesca has concentrated on the eyes. ‘Apply an eye primer first to prevent creasing and help the gloss stay put, then gently pat a layer of a wet-look shadow over lids (if the colour isn’t deep enough, use a matte shadow underneath to give it more standout). Skin needs to glow, too, so use a creamy-textured base (such as a moisturising foundation) for a dewy complexion and a cream blush to add a natural-looking flush.’ A coat or two of black mascara and a slick of velvety lip cream, and you’re done!
1.Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, £16.50/1,650 points 2.Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in And On Bronze, £4.99/499 points 3.No7 Stay Perfect Foundation £14.50/1,450 points (30ml) 4.Sleek MakeUp Crème To Powder Blush in Pink Peony, £5.99/599 points 5.Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara in Black, £19.50/1,950 points 6.Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Caramel, £2.99/299 points
‘Smoky eyes can work for daytime: just take things down a notch by choosing a matte-brown eyeshadow,’ says Francesca. ‘Use a fine make-up brush to blend the shadow along lower lash lines – the matte texture helps keep the look low-key, and brown is more forgiving than black.’ Soften the effect even further by smudging the edge of the line with a cotton bud, then open up the eyes by curling your lashes and adding two coats of black mascara. ‘To brighten the look, create a natural glow by applying highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, underneath brow bones and down the bridge of your nose,’ she adds. ‘Add a touch of warmth with a coral-coloured blusher on the apples of your cheeks, and finish with a pinky-brown stain on lips.’
1. Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow in Bourbon Brown, £2/200 points 2. Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 200 Oval Shadow Eye Brush, £15/1,500 points 3. Boots Cosmetic Buds, £1.40/140 points (80-pack) 4. No7 Lift & Curve Eyelash Curler, £8/800 points 5. Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara in Black, £11.99/1,199 points 6. No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, £9.95/995 points 7. Lancôme Subtil Cushion Blush in Splash Orange, £28/2,800 points 8. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Cool Brown, £8.99/899 points
Words Donna Francis Hair and make-up Julie Read at Carol Hayes Styling Charlotte Ellis Models Carole at MOT, Shalke at Models 1, Adena at Nevs Product photography Pixeleyes