Last week whilst watching Lisa Eldridge’s video with Sophie Dahl, I was inspired by something Sophie said. With two kids under the age of three she doesn’t get much sleep and referred to her transformation with Lisa as “the myth of makeup”. It got me thinking and it really is true, you can use makeup to pretty much transform your face and change any features that you might want to change. I’m all for natural beauty, but I’m also for using makeup to naturally enhance your features to make you feel more beautiful. 

I’m pretty lucky that I was a very lazy teenager so unlike my friends who plucked most their brows away, I left mine to be full and bushy. Fast forward ten years and big brows are back in fashion! If your brows are a little sparse though (and mine are right at the front) the Hourglass Brow Sculpting pencil is great. It has a spoolie on one end to tame the hair and keep them in place and then a really nice pencil on the other that combines the formulae of both powder and wax. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t budge all day and the shades are really natural. 

I have a couple of things I like to do to make my lashes look fuller and healthier, especially on minimal makeup days. I start by using a very dark brown eyeliner in the tight line of my upper lash line and then I also run it very close to the lash line on the top. I almost press the liner into the lashes to fill any empty spaces between them. It also help to curl your lashes and I like to use the Shu Uemura lash curlers and if you feel your lashes don’t hold a curl I’d recommend using a waterproof mascara.

When I’m tired it really shows on my skin, I get dark circles, small red eyes and dull looking skin. To perk myself up I like to use a glowing base like the Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector or the MAC Strobe Cream and both of these add some extra light to the skin that shines through the foundation beautifully. To tackle the dark circles I like to use a salmon coloured concealer to cancel out the blue and my all-time favourite is Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Light Bisque. Finally, to brighten up the eyes I like to highlight in the inner corner with any powder or cream highlight shade and line the waterline with a nude eyeliner. My most recent favourite is the Smashbox Always Sharp 3D liners, it’s soft to use and self sharpening which is really handy. 

Sometimes adding a bit of dimension in your makeup can make all the difference and contouring will give you those supermodel cheekbones. I mentioned in this post last week the products I like to use to contour. 

I have never had a defined cupids bow (thanks Dad!) and although it’s never bothered me it’s nice to know I can always draw one in if I wanted to. If you want to define your cupids bow, give yourself a fuller upper or bottom lip then invest in a good lip liner and draw it in yourself. As long as you blend it well with your lipstick and keep it natural, noone will ever know! 

There’s so much more that can be done with makeup, but these are just a few of my tips! I think the myth of makeup is why so many of us are obsessed with it, it’s so exciting and there’s always something new to try. How do you use makeup to adjust your features or look?

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  1. Great post, I also suffer from dull skin in this weather, I might give the clarins complextion corrector a try and see if it does the trick!!

  2. Freya Hodges says:

    I so agree with the cupids bow it just proves hat you can really change your features! I sometimes use a thin brushes and highlighter to really add definition to it xx

  3. Maddy says:

    Such great tips, all of these are great transformers! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  4. Anna Blush says:

    I love experimenting with different makeup looks and products to get different results. Some times it is all business, just trying to cover pimples or make it look like you did actually sleep the night before but other times it’s all fun, trying something completely new. That’s why I love makeup! x

  5. Hope Butler says:

    Great post. Its so true, makeup can totally transform you or even just highlight your best features. My boyfriend is still outstounded everytime I put makeup on, as I look so different in the end H x

  6. I love how filling my eyebrows + contour help to frame my face. And I also enjoy experimenting with eyeshadows to see how different shades can bring out my hazel eyes. 🙂

    Blu Button Box

  7. sara iqbal says:

    i agree with u i am not a fan for completely transforming your face in away that when i dunt wear makeup people are like wohaa is that u you look soo different..tht would be be weird:|

  8. JulieRoses says:

    I love this post! xo

  9. Jessie says:

    I agree that make-up should enhance your natural features and can be used to transform your face in a way that still looks natural. I love concealer for my under eye area and just some BB cream or tinted moisturizer to even out my complexion.

  10. Really great tips…especially for tired skin…I often suffer around my eyes and really want to work on covering up dark circles so will check these links later for sure. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Danielle x

  11. Apart from the cupid bow section, I do all of it everyday!

  12. Zazie Bibi says:

    Great tips! I’m always scared of overplucking haha! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  13. Marlenne says:

    I’ve only done my eyebrows twice when I was a teen, and it was a pro who did it.So lucky me too, I still have full brows! Love making them even look fuller with a eyebrow pencil.

  14. I wish that I had eye brows like yours lily as I have really dark hair but lighter brown,sparse eye brows!its a bit annoying!yours are lovely!:)xx

  15. Amelia says:

    Great post. I definitely contour my face to make my cheek bones stand out, or to make my nose appear thinner. I also always conceal under eye circles and blemishes!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  16. This is a fantastic post! I am all for enhancing your natural features with subtle makeup. X

  17. I loved this post as I have been saying to all my friends who r into heavy contouring and highlighting, that makeup should be used to enhance what u naturally have not completely transform u as when at night u remove the makeup people might not even recognise u or u may give ur partner a fright 😛

  18. This is a really unique way of showing your point with that picture – very effective! I’m the same with the eyebrows thing. Very glad I didn’t go crazy and make them really thin!! I might have to look into one of those primer/bases you were talking about.

    Your blog is really cool 🙂

  19. Such a creative post, loved this Lily! x

  20. Aerin Downs says:

    Im really scared Ill over pluck my eyebrows but im too scared anyway! i would really love to learn how to contour!

    BerrieBlogs – Beauty Blog x

  21. Nicola says:

    I have such a round moon face with absolutely no angles so for me contouring is number one essential along with the brows (I shaved mine off as a dad-idolising 7 year old and they have never properly grown back) – i wish i had brows like yours! xx

  22. Contouring is something I have just never got the hang of! I always feel it looks really obvious on me but that’s because I haven’t got the hang of it.

  23. yeh i can definitely say that dull skill is a problem for me during the winter days without the sun x but that’s what make up is for! by the way i am so glad that Lisa made the channel and shares her knowledge with us. I feel so lucky every time i watch one of her videos x

  24. Amy Paxford says:

    Great tips, I have recently been trying to get into contouring – I think I need a bit more practise though!
    Amy xx
    messing with a dreamer

  25. Embellished says:

    This is a really cool post. I love that first picture 🙂

  26. Nice tips! You totally covered most of the important step in makeup 🙂

    Fretty Anggeni

  27. Amanda says:

    That video was one of my favourite of hers, I always feel like I learn something new with her! Loved this post too, the myth of makeup is a lifesaver at the best of times 🙂

  28. Sian Marie says:

    I like to highlight my cupids bow too so it looks fuller 🙂


  29. Laura Baker says:

    I love how makeup can instantly improve how you look and feel without it being overly obvious that you’re wearing any!

  30. Great tip about making sparse lashes look fuller! I’ll be trying that!

    Jenn | PhotoJennic


  31. Amy Taggart says:

    I always forget about Contouring and highlighting! It makes such a difference though, especially to add extra dimension! Thanks for the tips! X.

  32. Sej says:

    It’s so interesting to learn what other people choose to enhance, or alter slightly with makeup. It’s amazing what we can do.

    I prefer to just make subtle changes here and there, because I lack the skill to do more. But even if I could, I would never want to completely cake my face in makeup. I’m trying to figure out contour and highlighting techniques at the moment.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  33. Alk says:

    I really want to know how to cover my dark eyes circle… ;( no matter how much I sleep, it still there…

  34. I love the power and magic of makeup, it’s like your transforming your own personal canvas everyday. Great Post!

  35. Kat B says:

    This is such a great post. It could double as a “No makeup makeup” as this is basically all you need to do to just enhance your own beauty without looking like you’re wearing makeup!

    Kat B

  36. Make up is so amazing! I love this post!

    Joely xxx

  37. V Taylor says:

    Great post! This is the best thing about makeup. I have quite round eyes so I tend to use liner in the waterline to make them look narrower and I flick up at the outer corners to lift them so they don’t look droopy. I don’t contour, as I have a narrow face but I do highlight and put blush on the apples of my cheeks to make them stand out.

  38. Louise Smith says:

    I love this kind of post! The natural look is always my favourite!

  39. Laura says:

    I ALWAYS wear mascara when I go outside. My face looks so dead without it!
    Laura x

  40. Elizabeth says:

    great tips Lily, I had really sparse over-plucked brows for the longest time, so glad I made the effort and grew them out! xx

  41. H M F says:

    I have the cupid’s bow issue too (down to m dad as well!) Really liked this post, very helpful 🙂

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  43. im so glad bushy brows are in. no need to over pluck now!

  44. Chloe Hooper says:

    Great tips! Especially for tired skin!

    fashion and all that

  45. Great tips, especially the one on dark under-eye circles!

  46. daniella-r says:

    Really liked this post, something a bit different, the make-up myth- very true!
    Daniella x

  47. I really enjoyed this post. It’s crazy how a little makeup can transform your face.


  48. Hayley M says:

    Such a great post!! I too suffer from sparse eyelashes *sad face! I’ll be trying the eyeliner trick fo sho! …I also think i’ll be investing in that Hourglass brow pencil! I’ve heard such great things about it!

    Hayley xo | Sailor Stories

  49. Manouk Maat says:

    I don’t purposely try to ‘transform’ my face. I mean, I do use eyeliner, mascara and I shape a bit. But I don’t intent to change my face, just enhance my features. xxx

  50. great post!

  51. Squares says:

    Love this post! I’m the same as you and I didn’t touch my brows when I was younger. They aren’t particularly thick, but I’m glad I didn’t mess with them 🙂 xx

    Sarah Squares – Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

  52. Sybil Mae says:

    This was so interesting to read 🙂 Great post!

  53. Of all those things, I do probably the most useless one: I curl my lashes and that’s it. The life of a lazy girl, ya know !


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