Telegraph Beauty: Versace Couture Makeup Tutorial

Versace Makeup Look

This is my latest makeup look for my beauty section at The Telegraph. If you want to find out more about my contributions to The Telegraph you can visit my section on their website HERE.

This look is a recreation of the AW12 makeup seen at the Versace Couture show. It caught my eye in the press because it was so unapologetically glam. Polished, perfect skin with that shiny pout and defined cheekbones – it’s proper old-school glamour. I can’t embed the video player here on my own site so to watch the short video tutorial, open it in a new window HERE

This is probably more makeup than I would usually wear, but it is brilliant for a night out and easy to tone down or add to if you want to modify the look. Thanks to Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden for my ever-wonderful blonde hair tones and Jo Hansford for the swooshy blow-dry! The hair really pulls together the whole polished, high-maintenance feel. If you want to have a go at this type of hairstyle, use large heated rollers wound up half-way to the roots of the hair so that the top is quite sleek and the bottom of the hair waves. I suppose you could also use one of those conical wands, though I still find those quite difficult to use. I’m always poking myself in the eye with mine!

Products Used:

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion:

Topshop Gloss in Dash: Topshop

By Terry Sheer Expert foundation in Shade 9:

YSL Cream Liner in Black:

Sisley Phyto Ultra-Stretch Mascara in Black:

Suqqu Face Brush:

Bobbi Brown Eye Brush:

MAC 224 Brush:

No7 Liner Brush: Boots

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzer:

Liz Earle Blush in Nectar:

Pixi Brow Duo in Medium Brown: PIXI Online or larger Boots

Killer Colours Nail Polish in Quicksand:


  1. Beautiful, Ruth! I think on the runways, they had some reflective gold shadow in the inner corner, but your version looks more modern.

  2. Hello, Ruth! I’ve become addicted to your videos because I find them VERY helpful and I love your personality…very nice, down-to-earth, and relatable! I am Romanian, but a naturalized American, and I find myself thinking and writing with a British accent after watching your videos! lol anyways, I was wondering how you feel about vitamin E creams….

  3. This look is easy and gorgeous!!! =)

  4. I haven’t had a chance to watch it but you look fantastic in the still!!!

  5. Great tutorial! But maybe you should talk with the Telegraph about the quality of sound and, specially, image. Your personal videos here on the blog have a much better definition.

  6. Great tutorial, I’ve bookmarked it immediately after watching it! will definitely be watched again. Thank you, Ruth!

  7. Great video, Ruth! Super smokey and sultry, but definitely still wearable. That YSL cream liner looks so ideal for a smudged, smokey eye and the blush adds such a nice pop of colour. Well done :)

  8. Gorgeous tutorial! Where is your jacket from? Perfect for Versace video xx

  9. Just watched the video! This look is amazing, really enjoy it thank you.

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