Get Ready With Me: Jimmy Choo Dinner

makeup tutorial

I had a (mostly) baby-free afternoon last week and so I thought I’d film myself getting ready for a Jimmy Choo 20th Anniversary dinner that I was attending. This sort of video is widely known as – rather unimaginatively, but we’ll let that pass – a Get Ready With Me video, or a GRWM. I’m not sure about these makeup-set-to-music sort of videos; they’re definitely more interesting to edit, but it makes me feel a bit self conscious, as though I’m trying to be a wannabe in a pop promo. Also, it’s weird doing makeup without speaking. I always feel as though I want to jump in and do a voiceover so that I can explain what I’m up to. For example,

“You might think it’s odd that I’m using a large blusher brush for my setting powder, but it was the only one I had to hand and I couldn’t be arsed to get up and find another.”


“The eyeliner is a little wonky, but nobody’s perfect!”

That sort of thing.

I like to be able to give a running commentary on the reasoning behind my ridiculously inept makeup processes, otherwise they sometimes just look a bit…inept. What do you think? Do you like makeup tutorials or do you prefer music in videos? I sort of think that music makes the dull parts a bit more interesting, rather than having that awkward silence as you spend three minutes blending your foundation in, but my God is it hard not talking. I mean really hard. I have to make a conscious effort not to open my mouth.

Maybe that means that I should only do talking videos. Or perhaps I should have some background music for the bits when I’m quiet (which is probably only about 0.4% of any given video) but talk my way through the rest. I’m rambling, but let me know your thoughts. You are, as ever, my trusted advisors.

I’m reviewing or re-videoing quite a few of the makeup items shown in the video, so please don’t despair if you want to know more about them. The Chanel palette, the Becca foundation, the Benefit brow stuff, they’re all definitely getting their own little blog posts tout suite. All products are listed beneath the video pane, too, for easy reference…

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Fair:

Louise Young LY34 Foundation Brush:

Givenchy Le Prisme Mat Face Powder in Peach Plumetis: (I used this to set, with a really inappropriate brush, as it’s matte and also has a nice healthy tint to it!)

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sunkissed:

Kat Von D Contour Brush:

Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter Illuminating Youth Powder:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Shade 2, Light-Medium:

Chanel Eye Quad in “Empreinte Du Desert”:

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyeliner Brush:

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Rococoa:

YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in Black:…

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Almost Pink:…

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