Make-up can do a lot more than just cover up the flaws
With the help of the beauty vloggers the Pixiwoo sisters, our beauty editor was transformed into three famous faces.
If someone had told me I could look anything like Twiggy, I would have laughed out loud. With those big, Bambi eyes and delicate features, the 1960s icon has an instantly recognisable look. Mine are the exact opposite.
Sam Chapman, 39, and Nicola Haste, 36, aka the Pixiwoo sisters, are famed for their make-up transformations on YouTube and Instagram and are confident they can Twiggy me up with the right techniques. “Whether it’s contouring in certain places, precise positioning of blush or overdrawing lip liner, you can cleverly alter your face shape and overall look,” Chapman says.
The pair are just back from filming a documentary for BBC Worldwide called Hollywood Icons. “We wanted to explore the relationship between present-day make-up and the techniques used throughout the 20th century,” they say. So is it worlds apart? Surprisingly, not. The girls explain that contouring and highlighting may sound modern, but the methods have been around for ages. Take Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s: she was the queen of highlighted cheekbones. And Marlene Dietrich was sculpting her famously chiselled face with shadow and light — in other words, contouring — as far back as the 1930s.
I decided to take on the challenge. The talented sister act, with the help of a brilliant hairstylist and manicurist, transformed me into some of the most famous beauty looks of the 20th century: Twiggy, Kim Kardashian and Ava Gardner. Now it’s your turn.
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Get the Twiggy look (above)
BlushSweep The Estée Edit Blush in
Coy Coral (£20) across the top of cheekbones in a horizontal line to give an extended, plumped-up flush. Avoid vertical motions, especially if you have a long face. Eyes Your task is to create the biggest eye possible, hence the drawn-on lashes. For real life, apply a white kohl along the waterline and rely on the tapered tip of the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper (£43) along the upper lash line. Lashes Twiggy lashes are dense at the root and fanned out at the tips. Try Eylure Lashes in Exaggerate 140 (£5.26).
Get the Kim K look
Skin Go for full-coverage foundation. Then apply a non-shimmer concealer — such as Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50) — that is one shade lighter under the eyes to brighten the sunken area and blur everything. Note: this looks better in selfies than real life. Contour Be prepared to go all out. Use the Sleek Cream Contour Kit (£11) on cheekbones, hairline, jaw, down the nose and under the chin to sculpt the face. Kim’s is oval and she likes to create a more chiselled effect, but it’s important to take your own face shape into account before you start shading. Eyes Sweep a dark brown or black pencil along the lash line to make lashes appear fuller. Softly smudge it for extra depth, then amp it up with liner on the waterline. Lips Go for a creamy natural lip using Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel (£24).
Get the Ava Gardner look
Skin An old trick for an even base is to use two different shades of foundation. The darker one goes on the hairline, cheekbones and along the jaw and chin, the lighter on the forehead, down the middle of the nose, under the eyes, above the top lip and on the centre of the chin. Blend for a flawless finish. A good full-coverage base is Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (£42). Eyes Go for a cat flick with gel liner such as Laura Mercier Cream Eye Liner in Noir (£19.50). Keep the line extra thin at the inner corner and wing it out towards the outside. Lashes are feathered and natural. Lips Sketch around the shape of your lips with a red pencil, rounding out the edges for a sultry smirk. Then, using one shade lighter, fill in the lip. Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lip in Fashion Legacy hits the spot (£17.50).