Celebrity make-up artist Armand Beasley helps you get back to basics

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 January 2015

Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up,  Bobbi Brown, £16, Phyto 4 Ombres, Sisley, £57, Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis & Lumos, Illamasqua, £26

Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, Bobbi Brown, £16, Phyto 4 Ombres, Sisley, £57, Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis & Lumos, Illamasqua, £26


Celebrity make-up artist Armand Beasley focuses on creating a simple yet versatile look using some fabulous new products

This month I want to focus on helping you to create a simple yet versatile look while highlighting some gorgeous new products.

Foundation can be so tricky to get right: imperfections need to be concealed without looking as if you’re wearing a mask of make-up.

Luckily the quality and texture of foundations in general have improved dramatically over the years with innovative and interesting ingredients to help create a second skin feel.

Launching this month is Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer (£25), which is a nifty two in one product that really is for the girl on the go. Available in 21 shades, this breathable formulation can create a full coverage yet feel surprisingly lightweight .

This month also sees the launch of Sisley’s Phyto 4 Ombres (£57),a stunning quad palette for the eyes in two colour ways: Dream ( a collection of nudes) and Mystery (seductive greys and denim).

The gel powder texture allows easy application and gives extended wear. For your ‘back to basic’ look I would invest in the Dream palette. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, press on the palest colour at the inner corner of the eye, then pop on the pinky tone as an all over colour wash with the lighter brown into the crease using a blending brush. Swap to a small, flat detail brush to apply the dark copper-brown shade along the lash line and at the outer edge of the eye to give a little width. Add a generous amount of a good mascara to top and bottom lashes.

If you, like me, love organic and natural products, then you are going to love Green People’s Volumising Mascara (£14.75). Made up of 98% natural ingredients like sunflower oil and beeswax, this mascara helps to nourish and condition lashes while creating volume.

Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up by Bobbi Brown (£16) is a cream gel formula which not only allows you to fill in brows while grooming and shaping them, it can also be a temporary touch up for roots! Available in a six shades plus a clear one, I love the fact that it’s pocket size and has a really good tapered brush for a more precise application.

A good choice of lip colour for everyday wear is a pinky nude shade as it’s a hue that doesn’t dominate your overall look while complimenting your complexion.

Aveda’s Nourish Mint lipstick (£13.50) in Sutra is a lovely shade that’s pretty universal, but if you still like a little more drama then Snapdragon ( a deep red/brown) could be the shade for you.

To finish your look, you need to add a pop of pink blush onto the apples of the cheeks to give a little glow and then finish with a spot of contouring. Even though I and fellow make-up artists have been contouring for years, it was the reality TV queen, Kim Kardashian who brought it to the forefront a couple of years ago. It’s a great way to emphasise and minimise your features that you like and dislike... I’m going to do a whole feature on this in the coming months so don’t panic.

In the meantime invest in a contour palette like Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis & Lumos (£26). Use the highlighting shade on top of the cheekbones and a little down the bridge of the nose, while the matt shade is applied at either side of the nose, under the cheekbones and at the temples for definition.

Armand Beasley is a celebrity make-up artist and image expert. His work ranges from the Oscars to being a regular face on TV makeover shows with clients that range from Goldie Hawn to the Queen of Malaysia.....and he lives in Altrincham!

To book a one to one with Armand or ask him a beauty query, email:


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