My Current Makeup Look (Winter into Spring)

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I didn’t have a clue what to call this makeup look, so I went with something yawn-inducingly generic. Sorry. But I do love this little routine I’ve got going with the slightly sultry, metallic eye and the pretty flush of pink on the cheeks. And I absolutely can’t get enough of my current skin perfecting dynamic duo; Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow skin illuminator paired with the Light Wonder Foundation. So silky smooth, so radiant. I’m turning to this combination almost daily, at the moment.

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And there’s a third Tilbury product, too: the Retoucher concealer, which is almost like a concealer/illuminator hybrid. It blends in seamlessly and doesn’t have any annoying downsides, such as sinking into fine lines or looking cakey. I’m very impressed with it. I use it on my undereyes, over the top of my foundation and then I also pat a bit onto my lids as a shadow base. I just find that it makes the shadows that I apply on top a little more vibrant and luminous.

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The focal point for this look is the smokey eye: I conjured this up after watching one of Charlotte’s online tutorials and feeling inspired to go for the glam. (That’s actually why I ended up using quite a few of her products, too – I was trying to follow the tutorial to the letter but couldn’t find the right shadow palette, lipstick or bronzer. Hence the swap-ins.) The Body Shop Shimmer Cube shadows that I used are gorgeous but with the most frustrating packaging in the world. Oh my God! Why have they been designed in this way? You open up the larger container (with an annoying, impractical lid) to find four smaller cubes, each with an annoying, impractical lid! Just stick the shades into a normal palette already! Then it would be perfection!

spring makeup trends

Anyway, once I’d had a bit of a cry and taken all of the little lids off, packing the underneath of my fingernails with chunks of shimmery shadow and getting the stuff all over my white desk, I used the lightest two shades all over my eyelids and then the reddish-bronze over the top, towards the outer half of the lids. I am completely smitten with the reddish shade, it’s simply marvellous. Watch the video (below) to see how it intensifies blue eyes – you already know how much I like these reddish tones, but this one is spot-on.

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I then took the darkest shadow and blended it along the outer part of the eye socket (I used a Zoeva Petit Crease brush to apply and then a clean Smashbox brush to buff and blend) and then took a little along the lashline, top and bottom, in a kind of V-shape.

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I must say, I did far more blending and buffing than usual, probably because I had been watching Charlotte’s video and I had a makeup “goal” in mind. It’s always easier to do your makeup, I think, if you have some kind of vision in your head as to how it’s all going to turn out. My worst makeup mistakes are usually made when I have no idea how I want something to look..

I fell back on my old trusty mascara for this look – L’Oreal Telescopic – and even touched a little onto the bottom lashes. I also used an eyeliner all the way around my waterline, which is unusual for me because I’m often wary that it can be quite ageing. However – and this is important – I can’t tell you what a difference it makes to actually use a sharpened eyeliner pencil. You get a beautiful fine line that complements the smokiness of the shadow, rather than a blodgy mess that makes the eyes look misshapen and saggy at the corners. I used an Urban Decay pencil (still one of the best for longevity, I find) and I went for a lively brown shade called Bourbon. (Links to all products below.)

ysl gloss volupte 19

Lips were finished off with a gloss, because it was to hand and I wanted to test it out. It’s one of the new Gloss Volupté shades from YSL, shade 19. I think possibly a bit too pink and shiny for this look, but I’m never too bothered about messing up with lips – it’s so easy to do a quick change. You can try on a million different shades, if you like, it’s no big deal. Eyes on the other hand…

Right. Onwards and upwards with the week – I hope that you enjoy the video. I’ve worked out a nice set-up in my beauty room, now, for doing these close-up makeup try-on sessions, so there should be more coming your way soon. If you’re on email then please click here to watch the video, otherwise scroll on down the page and press play. Note to regular readers: this is not my “Brit Awards” look – that will be with you later on this week. Also, question: do you like a lengthier written post to accompany the makeup video? With photos? I usually don’t bother, but I thought that it might be nice to cater for those who don’t want to have to watch a video or who are trying to read this on the London Underground with no internet connection…

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow:

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 4:

CT The Retoucher Concealer:

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer Shade 3:

The Body Shop Eye Shimmer Cube Palette – you have to get mine, shade 30, instore I think, but “06 Warm” looks even better than mine!!

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara:

Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Bourbon: – (get 18% off with code SAVE18 until midnight on the 18th Feb.)

YSL Gloss Volupte Shade 19:

CT Blush in “Love is the Drug”:

The tutorial that I was watching was on Charlotte’s channel here.

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  1. Kate
    February 25, 2014 / 8:33 am

    Hi Ruth, a very pretty look!
    Do you prefer the CT concealer to the Estee Lauder doublewear? I bought this on your recommendation nd love it! Thanks x

  2. February 25, 2014 / 8:41 am

    This is beautiful, I never took too much notice of the Body Shop eye shadows and despite their pesky packaging will be picking them up to give this look a shot.

  3. Susie
    February 25, 2014 / 9:02 am

    I just have to say it again…I love your “put it on and go” attitude when it comes to makeup. You always look lovely and real. Enhanced…rather than plastic! I have tried a load of illuminating primers, but they always end up making my dry skin look greasy. Your writing compliments the pics nicely!

  4. February 25, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Hi Ruth!! How are you finding the new Volupté lipglosses?. I’d like to buy one or two, as they’ve been tempting me so much lately, and now that I’ve seen you using one of them, the temptation has grown bigger as I really like your recommendations in products and some of them have become my HGs. Do you like the formula?. Keep up the great work, I love your blog so much!!


    • February 25, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Yes I DO like them very much! I’m not a gloss girl, but I keep on popping this one in my handbag so it must be to my liking! x

  5. Lou
    February 25, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Hi Ruth, love this look, I’m inspired to try the Charlotte Tilbury products now! Just wanted to say I liked the extended info in the post as I don’t often get a chance to watch your videos, so it was nice to have the explanation of your look there too.

    Love the blog anyway, so either way I’ll keep reading! :)

  6. February 25, 2014 / 10:41 am

    I really like The Body Shop quad, but the packaging is rubbish indeed. What were they thinking!

  7. Steff
    February 25, 2014 / 10:59 am

    V.pretty but I just cannot do eyeshadow with any red tone in it, makes me look deathly! I could use a more neutral darker shadow. I’m always drawn to the Body Shop cubes but your confirmation of my suspicion they are silly to work with puts me off. :)

  8. Sara
    February 25, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    Hello Ruth
    Love the dewy look you have from Charlotte Tilbury’s products. I wish we could get them in the USA. Your eye makeup is perfect and again make your gorgeous blue eyes pop! I enjoy your tutorials immensely.

  9. Kristi
    February 25, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I appreciate the extended text. I don’t always have the time or Internet connection to watch a video but I can always read a post or two at lunch or while travelling. Thank you for considering what may work for a variety of readers!

  10. Kirsty
    February 25, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Gorgeous as always, this look is sinmply stunning and what an impact it has. I may try wearing this at the weekend! :) I have to say i do like these longer post with pictures as i tend to read this at work on my lunch break/when i have a lull and watching YouTube is a strict no no. So please and thank you if you dont mind doing it, i sincerely appreciate it! xxx

  11. Rosa
    February 25, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Great look, I will definitely try it. And thank you so much for recommending Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara. I just recieved mine and love it.

    Happy Birthday to your Mum!
    Greetings from Austria,
    Rosa from

    • February 25, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? Glad you like it! x

  12. Tel
    February 25, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I do like having a longer write up alongside the video because sometimes I find reading more relaxing than watching a video (though I do love your channel!) or I don’t have time and reading is much quicker. On an unrelated note, have you tried the Charlotte Tillbury mascara and if so how did you like it?

    • February 25, 2014 / 8:20 pm

      Not as much as the other bits and bobs, but I have only tried one and I think there are a few! I am notoriously fussy with mascara so I should give them all a try and then send out my verdict! x

  13. February 25, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    I like the pictures!

  14. February 25, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    What a great look! I’m checking out the CT products now!

  15. Sam K
    February 26, 2014 / 3:01 am

    Hi Ruth, thanks for the lovely video. Happy birthday to your mom, all the best!

  16. February 26, 2014 / 3:57 am

    What a beautiful look, Ruth! Love how you’ve sculpted your eyes with the Body Shop palette and the blush is so pretty! I’m quite tempted by the Charlotte Tilbury range :)

  17. Angela
    February 26, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Hi Ruth, love the eye makeup! Just wondered which nail Polish you’re wearing in this video – it looks like the perfect ‘clean’ nude.

  18. Susan
    February 26, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Ruth, I do enjoy a bit of text/photos prior to watching the video. A bit like reading a tv show preview and then watching the show – feel more informed. I think that by February the winter pasty skin needs livened up so video timing is perfect. Love the look. Thanks

  19. February 26, 2014 / 11:53 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try those Body Shop shadows for some time now and this makes me wish I’d picked them up already… so beautiful on you!

    I’m finishing up my February Flake-Away series including my favourite cleansers, moisturisers and makeup along with a few DIYs. Check it out over on:



  20. February 27, 2014 / 4:23 am

    Oh, goodness! That eyeshadow cube does look like it’s maddening. The colors look beautiful on your eyes though. And Bourbon is one of my all time favorite UD liners.

  21. March 1, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    i really love this eye makeup you did. and you’re so right – having a game plan before starting doing your makeup really makes a world of difference! well said.
    xoxo anne

  22. March 6, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    Great post! I’m loving the telescopic mascara at the moment! It is such a staple mascara and just looks gorgeous on anyone!
    Elephant stories and more

  23. Gigi
    April 5, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    LOVE this look! Ruth, what brush(es) did you use for powder and bronzer here? I’m struggling to find ones that I like and yours looked perfect!

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