Ladylike make-up

How to recreate the catwalk’s sophisticated cosmetics look.

Sometimes less is more when you want to give off a demure, sophisticated aura. Whether you’re going for an important interview or work Christmas dinner, ladylike make-up will give you that polished finish you hope for.

This season’s catwalks were all about the grown-up facade, with models being styled to resemble ’60s icons with a modern, elegant touch. TV shows such as Mad Men have also helped promoted this classy look.

It all starts with the flawless glowing skin. For generations women have been using Estée Lauder’s Double Wear foundation, which is available in an impressive 31 shades and will remain in place for up to 15 hours.

To nail this look you’ll want to either draw attention to, or give the illusion of, chiselled cheekbones. The Body Shops’ Radiant Highlighter enhances your make-up and when applied outwards from the apples of your cheeks will give more definition.

Blusher is another way to do this. Chanel’s Jous Contraste in 64 Pink Explosion will shape your face in a flattering, ladylike way.

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Lips are also an important aspect of this graceful style. Bold, non-shimmery colours are perfect in this case. However, if you feel insecure about having thin lips, you may want to stop now as you will be drawing attention to your puckers.

When you look at classic black and white photos of glamorous women their dark lips always stand out even without colour. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Prune Avenue will transform your entire appearance. This non-shine, brooding red coverage works wonders against pale skin and will ooze sex appeal. To complement a darker complexion try out bareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Lead The Way.

As your mouth is head-turning you can take a more relaxed approach to your eyes. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Bone, or Velvet Plum for darker skin, can be used as a subtle spot of colour. Simply dab the product gently onto your eyelids, making sure it’s blended in properly.

Mascara will be the only statement on your peepers which should stand out, and by curling your eyelashes beforehand you needn’t wear a lot. A light coverage of Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara will give that delicate impact without clashing against your lips. Or, if you really want to splash out, try Dolce & Gabbana’s Volumising Black Mascara.

Make sure your eyebrows are in order before unveiling this look. A quick slick of Urban Decay’s Urbanbrow Styling Brush and Setting Gel will tie up any loose ends.

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