Bella Heathcote Shows: How to Wear Makeuppy Makeup
Fri, 7 December 2012 12:30PM
You probably know we have a soft spot for Aussie actress Bella Heathcote. Why, just the other day we nominated her one of the beauty up-and-comers of 2012.
And I’m sure you’re aware we like our makeup here at PRIMPED. Er, just a tad.
But I have to admit, I’m personally usually too chicken to wear that much of it. That’s because there are so few examples out there of how to wear a lot of makeup well. On the catwalk, sure, it’s all about heavy-handed blush and crazy eye shadow and lashings of lipstick, often all at once. But they’re models and it’s their job to look good no matter what’s thrown at them, be it a dress that looks like a plastic bag or a yellow eye shadow or some old leathery ex-rocker boyfriend.
On the red carpet – our usual inspiration hunting-ground for makeup, considering that celebrities are much more like us than the genetic freaks of nature known as models – most stars are quite minimal in their makeup approach. They’ll wear a strong lip or a statement eye, and maybe a something-something going on at the cheek. And that’s about it.
But every now and then, there comes along a brave soul to show us how to really have fun with makeup.
Enter Bella, and her latest makeup look:
So, as you can gather, there’s quite a bit of maquillage action going on.
I mean, compare it to the fresh-faced look she showed at an event earlier that day:
Of course, Bella could wear no makeup at all and still look ridiculously bella, but most of us do need a bit of warpaint on a regular day. Sometimes more than a bit. So let’s focus back on her makeuppy look, and how it works:
1. The Lips are Strong but Sheer. It’s a rich berry shade, but made light and wearable because the pigment has been diluted by a liquid or balm. It doesn’t look heavy – because it’s not. And you get almost the same wow factor that you do with a statement lipstick – yet with only about a thirteenth (give or take) of the application effort needed. Try Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantique, $17.95, from pharmacies, and top it with clear gloss for extra glam.
2. The Blush is also Strong – and also Sheer! We tend to mostly blush on shades of pale pink and neutral-ish browns and peaches – but it’s totally possible to wear stronger colours, if you apply them lightly. You could use a cream blush, which is sheer and diluted by definition, but my hunch is that Bella has gone for a powder blush, yet whisked it on with a big soft fluffy brush to get the same kind of soft effect.
NB, Primpers! if you’re wearing a lot of makeup, sheer is one way to ensure you pull it off. The other is to mix up your textures. So that’s another reason to go for a powder blush – it contrasts so well against the shine of the lips. What’s more, if you’re wearing major makeup, your base is best flawless, which tends to mean it should be finished off with translucent powder; with this in mind, it makes sense to work it back to a powder blush, don’t you agree?
3. The Eyes are Heavy, yet Immaculately Blended. These days, I’m mostly a single-shade shadow kind of a girl (busy, lazy, scared, so many reasons). But this photo has had me reconsidering a shadow quad. It sounds so ‘80s of me, doesn’t it? But the thing is, unlike how they did things in that style-challenged decade, the way to wear a quad these days is to go for shades in the same colour family, and blend-blend-blend to perfection.
As coincidence would have it, an email popped into my inbox this morning alerting me to the launch of the new L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Ombres quads*, $23.95, from pharmacies. Here’s the shade Incredible Grey:
And to get Bella’s look, here’s how you’d use it:
Step One: Apply the dove-grey hue all over, from the brow down, using a regular shadow brush.
Step Two: With the same brush, or a soft blending one, work the mid-grey shade through the crease of the lids, in a back-and-forth motion. This technique is designed to enhance eye definition, but you could also create a cat’s eye effect by winging the colour out slightly, as Bella has done. Dust some of the same shade along the lower lashline, too.
Step Three: Dampen a liner brush, and etch the darkest shade all along the upper lashline, creating a liquid liner-like look.
Step Four: Take a sponge-tipped applicator, or even your pinkie, and dab the highlighter shade in your eyes’ inners corners, and just under the browbone.
Finally, 4. The Hair is Loose and Low-Key. Imagine if Bella was wearing carefully coiled curls or a big blow-out. It could all look a little studied or done, right? By matching her high-octane makeup with low-key hair, she balances it all out and comes across looking fresh and modern.
* the new L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Les Ombres quads come in eight palette choices, mostly with shades in the one family, but there are also some multi-coloured numbers, such as Disco Smoking, pictured on the left below, for any of you who have been really inspired to amp up your makeup for party season.
What do you think, Primpers? Have I inspired you to up the makeup factor for this Friday night?
And have you worn an eyeshadow quad any time since the 1980s?